Our Adventure begins...
Brian and Sabrina
Hello! We want to officially introduce ourselves. We’ve been dancing together for about 34 badass and beautiful years and continue dancing through a wide variety of songs and seasons. Even as we jumped into our airstream adventure the song changed but the album remained the same. Decide every day whether or not we want to be together, have Kindell family dance parties once a week, talk it through when times get tough and leave this world smiling! Brian, aka our maintenance man, chose our theme song for this adventure “Free” by Zac Brown - played it one night before we took flight, had sold the house in one day, were packing up and I was second guessing our year long road tour. That shit made me cry, laugh and ultimately agree that we had what it took to take our lives and put them right out there on the open road.
We like to share the story that we met at a Church bingo night. In actuality, we met clubbing in San Francisco in 1984… and yes there were mirror balls, Boone’s Farm and disco music involved! Don't judge! You've probably heard of creatures of habit. We were not that - instead we prided ourselves in being creature of change! In the 34 years we've know one another we've owned 15 homes in 10 different cities - we are definitely stones that gather no moss! In between all these moving adventures we were blessed to enjoy our lives with two marvelous kiddos and started spreading the camping bug early, beginning with a super used $500 Viking pop up and traded up later to a 26 foot hard side trailer with bunks. Neither of us grew up camping so we wanted to share the joy and magic of the outdoors with our kids in a way we never had. We were all smitten with camping, so much so that when the kids were four and nine we put our home on the market and planned to homeschool for a year as we traveled the country together. Always a little ahead of our times! After an unfortunate ankle injury we had to chalk our plans and now, twenty years later, with adult children who've uniquely flown the nest, we’ve set sail as a couple of adventurous change junkie. We're glad you're here and hope you find this place we created a spot to learn, find cool travel tips, get inspired and internally prepare for a world outside the sticks and bricks boxes we called home!
“Leave this world smiling!”
Jizo painter and in-house Zen Den social media mavin, Sabrina was born in San Diego, California, graduated from UC Berkeley and later received her masters degree in psychology and counseling at CCNY. She is a published author, licensed marriage and family therapist for 25 years and has trained nearly 150 Clinical Supervisors in the State of Texas, where she helped to lovingly raise her family with her maintenance man and soul mate. They lived in Dallas for a time and for the past 20 years called Austin, Texas their home. About six years ago Sabrina was diagnosed with Mycotoxin Black Mold poisoning. She had to set down her private practice, the entire family had to let go of almost all their belongings and leave their home. Little did she know how this release of material possessions would prepare them for leaving it all behind, living minimally and not being attached to places and things but rather finding joy in each moment.
“Each moment life as it is the only teacher - being just this moment compassion’s way.”
Resident maintenance man, Zen Den driving magician and grill master extraordinaire, Brian graduated from Indiana State University and found his way to the Silicon Valley working in the burgeoning High Tech industry. After meeting Sabrina in San Francisco they relocated to Georgia & later moved to the New York metro area where they finally decided to tie the knot and landed smack dab in Texas. Brian spent the next 30 years working hard for his family, helping to lovingly raise two awesome kids, now 28 and 23 and dreaming of retiring early. As he neared the end of this chapter in his career he imagined traveling to far off destinations around the world. As the idea to retire early got closer to becoming a reality Sabrina reminded him of their dream 20 years previously to travel in an RV with their young kids. The idea was super novel back then and way ahead of its time and took twenty years to finally hatch!
“Take the pace of nature her lesson is patience.”
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