To the guy that puts up with me when I want to quit.
Josh is my boyfriend and best friend. Sometimes I turn into a hangry psycho in the middle of a desert and he still hasn’t tuck and rolled. I’m impressed.
He’s been exploring with me ever since we randomly met through a mutual friend (thanks, Kendall!) and ended up in an abandoned asylum near Detroit exploring together.
I am so grateful to have someone who is willing to sleep in the car, almost get arrested, and climb random things with.
I’d also like to say he is crazier than I. Sure babe, I’d love to see you climb that huge cliff while I wait at the bottom and prepare to call your parents and tell them I let you die. Sounds like a great plan.
He has pushed my limits and made me realize I am stronger than I thought. I wouldn’t change a single thing about the way we travel together. With him, there is no such thing as a boring weekend.
You’ve heard him mentioned in posts and here you get to meet him. I think it is really important for you all to know who I travel with and why I travel with them. So…meet Josh, everyone!
I’ll let him introduce himself below:
Hey readers! I’m Josh and I’m that guy who’s lucky enough to call Shalee my girlfriend. In the past four years we have taken on more than a few adventures and new experiences that I’ll remember for a lifetime; and I’m excited to say that we are just getting started.
I too was born and raised in Pure Michigan and have lived here all my life, from small towns near the gateway to the thumb to the suburbs of Metro Detroit (“Detroit” as Shalee refers to the area). It’s funny because although I’ve lived here my whole life, my family never traveled often. I had basically seen very little of other parts of the state, much less other regions. It wasn’t until I picked up the hobby of geocaching until I really caught the travel/exploration bug. Soon I was taking a trip at every opportunity to somewhere within driving distance, whenever possible with my college studies. When I graduated college, I hated the sound of jumping right into a full-time job, so I decided to take a few road trips around the US. I tried to find someone to join me, but everyone had excuses or commitments. Despite the loneliness, it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. From the top of the Smoky Mountains to the top of the Rocky Mountains, I had found my passion, but still no one to share it with.
I came home a couple months later and had to start looking for a job. Although I had loose plans to move to Colorado, I had basically given up on the idea of long term travel, and was pushed to pursue a career in my field. Then I met Shalee, and all of that slowly changed. We urban explored, camped at a music festival in the UP for an extended weekend, of course several dates; and we began our relationship a month later. Since we’ve been adventuring somewhere new, or doing something different every weekend. We took an amazing weeklong trip out west. I’ve had the best year of my life and I owe it to this girl.
Anyone who has experienced a road trip knows that traveling is a real test of a relationship. I’m not just talking romantic relationships (although that does play a factor) – ALL relationships. So like Shalee and Kalee’s travel dynamics is going to be much different than mine and Shalee’s, and so is the case with anyone involved in a travel endeavor. With Shalee and I, we both have qualities to offer one another in a travel sense. For example, I am probably the most stubborn/compulsive about saving/budgeting money where expenditures are at an absolute minimum. Like we were at Antelope Canyon in Arizona and apparently it’s impossible to explore there without a $25 tour guide, each person. I noped out of there, and Shalee reluctantly did too on the premise that the cost would be worth it for a future visit in the summer. I let money affect my decisions way too often, and Shalee helps me with that. Not to say that she isn’t an amazing budget traveler – because she is – but she is really well-versed at knowing what experiences are worth the cost. Another way we differ are reason’s that cause us to get grumpy. Mine would usually be related to either lack of sleep, tourists, or money; and hers usually revolve around simple lack of food (“hangriness”), or me forcing her up a 70 degree rock face ;) Which reminds me that we also have different fears, and help each other out with them. She once said that hers are more “physical” and mine is more “mental”, and I completely agree with that. We offer encouragement to one another and that usually gets us through any difficult situation.
I’m getting carried away… anyway just to summarize, traveling with Shalee is the absolute best thing ever and I’m so thankful for her and her wanderlust spirit. We have some exciting plans laid out for the future, and I can’t wait to live them out. Thanks for following along ☺