ABOUT JERIMIAH & STEFANIE
I suppose if you guys are going to be following us on our journey you might as well know a little bit about us.
I was born in the city of Santa Cruz, CA but grew up 20 miles inland in the San Lorenzo Valley, between Bonny Doon and Boulder Creek. I raised hell in those redwoods until about 8th grade when my dad got a job offer across the bay in Pacific Grove. At that point, I had already been skateboarding for three years and I was excited to start high school, live around like-minded kids and have loads of cement to skateboard on.
Growing up, just my dad and I, I learned a lot about working hard for what you have and the importance of looking after yourself. My dad worked long hours to make sure he and I had food on the table and a roof over our heads. I didn’t grow up with much, but we always had what we needed to live. There were often times when it was hard for me to understand that we really didn’t need more than we had. But as an adult, I know now it has shaped me into the man I am today and I am very grateful for what he taught me.
That being said, life started out as adventures with my skateboard, day trips to San Francisco, and weekend trips to L.A. This eventually led to a lifetime of a trip to Chicago when I was 19. I had never lived on my own and I didn’t know a single person in town, but I moved to Chicago in January of 2005. I had a job waiting for me, but I knew nothing about Chicago, except maybe that it was cold. I quickly made friends through skateboarding and things kept moving. Skateboards turned into motorcycles and new friends, with even more traveling. We would take day trips to out of state bars and even month long trips back to California. I got used to the view of life from the road.
Travel and good friends have kept my body moving and my heart full. And right when I thought my heart was as full as it could get, I met Stefanie. She shares the same love of adventure as I do. We grew close pretty quickly and we’ve been partners in crime ever since. We are both ready to challenge ourselves with this new adventure. I am so excited to see new things, meet new people and make new memories. All of this with the person that I love.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -- Mark Twain
I grew up in a small farm town in central Iowa. It was a place with a sense of community that taught me what a work ethic was. I lived there until I was 18, when my first bout of wanderlust kicked in. I moved around a lot, trying to push myself into situations that would challenge who I was and what I was capable of. I moved to Chicago in 2002 with no job and very little money, but my blind determination had me a job within a couple of weeks. It was the same a few years later when I decided to move to California. I had $700, no car, and I only knew one person! Los Angeles was tough, but it was very rewarding. I had the opportunity to work for some amazing companies, like Dogtown Skateboards and Swindle Magazine. The travel bug allowed me to work a broad spectrum of great jobs and meet tons of amazing people.
Even though I liked L.A., when I moved back to Chicago in 2008, I felt like I was home again. It was the same sense of community and family that I had grown up with. I met Jerimiah a couple years after moving home and when we started dating it felt like I had found my new best friend. We bonded on so many levels. We had similar interests and ways of thinking, so when we started talking about traveling the country and living in a camper, it seemed so right.
I am excited to go on this adventure with someone I love, trust and have so much fun with. I hope you all enjoy watching our journey and I hope we get to meet many new Camper Crew friends along the way.