Meet the Earlywines

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The Earlywine Family

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Stacy Mercier Earlywine

Stacy’s first taste of wanderlust came after hearing stories of friends just returning from Nepal. At the time, she didn’t even know where Nepal was on the map but after seeing pictures and hearing tales, she began dreaming of going there. In 1995, she and Randy took their first “leave”. Together they traveled around the US on a rock climbing road trip, camping and climbing in amazing places such as City of Rocks, ID; the Needles, SD; the Shawangunks, NY; Red River Gorge, KY; Hueco Tanks, TX and Joshua Tree National Park, CA.

A few years later, in 2000 the travel bug bit again. Stacy and Randy quit their jobs and after a few more months traveling around the US, they flew to Asia and began a 6 month adventure starting in Nepal. After experiencing the magic of the Himalayas, they traveled to Tibet, India, Thailand and Cambodia. Randy then returned to the States and Stacy stayed on for a few more weeks of solo travel in Laos.

Back home they settled into new jobs but still managed to sneak away for an extended trip to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala in 2004.

Determined not to stop traveling post kids, they spent a few weeks in Puerto Rico when their first child Bodhi, was 2 years old and began planning their upcoming sabbatical in earnest.

When not traveling or dreaming of traveling, Stacy enjoys reading, climbing, backpacking and hiking, playing outside with her boys, gardening and cooking. She is particularly passionate about education and issues of food politics – advocating for organic, sustainable, local food systems for all.

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Randy Earlywine

Randy’s wanderlust has enabled him to visit all 50 states, Mexico and Canada and he has explored and adventured in parts of Asia, South America and Central America.

Randy started exploring and adventuring as a boy growing up in the Midwest and visiting his grandparents home in the “country”. A 3 month motorcycle trip back in his college days brought him through Washington and he fell in love with the place.

Randy and Stacy met in a mountaineering class in 1995 and they have always included adventuring as part of their lives together. Randy’s adventuresome spirit prompted his “popping the question” to Stacy after topping out on a climb of Devils Tower in Wyoming. They have made several memorable trips together over the years and share a passion for adventure and travel. They would like to share these same passions with their children as well during this extended trip.

“Taking time to travel and explore is a very fulfilling way to experience the rhythms of life. We feel privileged to be able to take advantage of our desires to experience spending time in this way. Having done a bit of traveling before, I am especially looking forward to seeing more of the world, exploring cool landscapes, interacting with different cultures and spending time with Stacy and the boys.”

Randy enjoys biking and spending time out in nature. He loves exploring the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and beyond when opportunity permits. An avid climber, Randy has climbed and explored extensively in Washington. He was also part of a team of climbers to travel to South America and recorded four (4) first ascents of mountians in Chile. Randy has worked as a rock climbing and mountaineering instructor for both non-profit and profit based organizations.

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Bodhi Col Earlywine, age 8

When Bodhi was 2 months old, he took his first trip. With his parents he set out from Seattle on a 2 month road trip. In the family’s 1986 Vanagon, they drove north to Canada and then east along the Trans Canadian Highway all the way to Nova Scotia. Back in the States the journey continued down the east coast and westward to the desert southwest. Bodhi spent hours soaking up magnificent scenery and sleeping on the road.

Bodhi has also traveled to Puerto Rico, Alaska, The Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico.  Additionally, he has accumulated many frequent flyer miles flying back and forth to the east coast and the midwest to visit Grandparents.

He loves Joshua Tree National Park, Alaska, listening to the rain, backpacking and camping, digging in the dirt, baseball, Legos and much to his mother’s chagrin, all things that shoot. He’s an accomplished hiker having logged many trail miles in a few short years.

He’s becoming an avid reader, is working on his crawl stroke in the pool and is an accomplished bike rider. He says when he grows up he wants to live on a farm in the Amazon Rainforest with his brother, Joshua. The two of them are best buddies, except when they are not. 🙂

Bodhi is named after Bodhinath, a sacred Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal and a very special place to his parents.

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Joshua Sky Earlywine, age 5

Joshua is an energetic little 5 old who is always up for an adventure. He has two speeds – on and full on. He frequently asks the question “Can we go camping?” and anything less than a “yes” reply prompts the classic response of “WHY”?

Joshua took his first trip at the tender age of 1 month. With his big brother and parents he headed out on a road trip to the desert southwest. The family spent 2 months camping and adventuring primarily in Arizona and Utah and Joshua soaked up some rays while watching his brother dig in the dirt with his trusty dump truck and shovel. He nearly turned into an infant popsicle when camped at Joshua Tree National Park. Warm, sunny weather turned to snow and as temperatures plumeted changing diapers in the middle of the night in an unheated tent proved a challenge. The family headed further south reaching the Mexican border and warmth once again.

Though his brother has a good head start on him, he holds his own on the trail. As a 2 1/2 year old he walked unassisted on every hike and backpacking trip we took including a 5 mile round trip backpack in the North Cascades.

Joshua loves balls and has an arm that catches the attention of anyone who watches him throw or kick. He’s currently working on perfecting his golf swing and he rides his two wheeled bike with wild abandon. We think he’s 5 going on 16. This is a problem.

Joshua is named after Joshua Tree National Park and the magnificent blue desert sky.

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Responses

  1. Hi Stacy,
    Loved your blog. Sounds like you have the right idea for your journey. Live each day – in the moment. Soak it all up!
    Blessings for a safe and memorable journey.
    Bonnie Tollison

  2. Hi Stacy! Great blog – I am excited to read more of your adventures. I’ve always found that big adventures like these often seem more fun in memory than when you were actually doing them – maybe there is some solace in that: you *will* look back fondly on that ferry trip! Amy

    • Hi Amy,
      I realized I never replied to you… Ack! You are so right, our brains hold on to the good times and the not so good ones fade away… How nice! Things are going great. Thanks for your kind thoughts and for following along!
      Stacy

  3. Hi Stacy and Randy. Stacy, you are a gifted writer. You make everything sound so interesting yet down to earth. Excited to read future posts. Travel safe. Larry and Pat Rekart.

    • Thank you so much! I’m having a great time writing about our adventures. I hope you are both well. We sure do miss the Rekart-McCarthys.

      Stacy

      • If at some point, your travels take you to Florida, you have a place to stay here. Everything from historic St. Augustine to quiet beaches within minutes. Wonderful estuarial waters for fishing and boating within minutes too. Off to see Ruby and Clyde later this month. Oh, and Tracy and Neil. Larry & Pat

      • Thank you! You never know where we might end up and Florida sounds quite nice! We appreciate the offer and will certainly take you up on it if we make our way down there. Have fun in Seattle, we miss Ruby and Clyde… Oh and Neil and Tracy too. 🙂

        Stacy Mercier Earlywine http://www.lustingforwander.wordpress.com

        Sent from my iPad

  4. So excited for your family!! You guys are truly an inspiration to us all. Need a place to stop on your way to Maine you can use our camp in Shapleigh or of course come to Peaks….Love watching your adventure unfold…I’ll keep up with your travels…Love to you all- Jen Hale

    • Hi Jen!
      Great to hear from you! Thanks for the offer of a place to stay. We might take you up on it! Let’s try to get in touch in a week or two when we get to Maine!
      Big hug,
      Stacy

  5. Hi Stacy, Randy and family. My name is Nancy and my husband Scott and I (from Boston, MA) just recently returned from Las Galeras in the DR. Actually, Randy was nice enough to e-mail us with a message from our friend, Orlando, who gives great massages on La Playita Beach! Thanks again Randy, and please do say hello to Orlando, Pi, Francis, Kelly, Aneodi, and Negro. We miss them!

    Scott and I dream of taking a year or more off to travel extensively, and I look forward to living vicariously through your travel adventures posted on this blog. Boston is getting cold right now, but hopefully we’ll get some time in Jackson, NH this winter for xx skiing and snowshoeing.

    I think it’s great you’re doing this with your kids. Happy and safe travels to all of you!

    Best,
    Nancy

  6. im 5 months pregnant with first child and freaking out that my travel days to far flung exotic locals are over. but your blog gives me hope!!! haha. thanks for sharing your lovely family and your travels!

  7. Congratulations! Big changes and many new adventures await you. Traveling to far flung places is totally possible with little ones… It’s just a little different with kids along. In some ways it’s hard to give up the freedom one has pre kids but in other ways it’s so great to have them along! People treat us differently with kids in tow and it’s a positive difference.

    Best of luck to you!

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