Hi, we are the Dalrymple’s. Don, Sonya, Gabe, Isaac and Jadyn. We consider ourselves modern-day gypsies or nomads. We are the product of a virtual world that affords us the freedom to work and live anywhere.
Originally, we were living in Austin, TX, an awesome city with amazing friends, but decided to take a year in 2013 and travel around the Western United States. We sold our home and our possessions. We made the decision to do this in early summer 2013 and were able to pull out of our driveway in six weeks. It was crazy, but the time-constraint helped us focus well. It was a great opportunity to shed many things we’d accumulated over the years.
We love the mountains and wanted to have plenty of time to explore new trails and snowboard during the winter. We are not RV-type-people, so we just decided to pack up our SUV and gear and hit the road, renting nice furnished homes.
That year we lived in different cities like Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, Durango, St. George, and San Francisco for a month at a time as a home-base for work and school. We felt that we were able to get to know an area well and use it as a day-trip hub.
After a year-and-a-half of traveling like that, we were completely hooked. So we decided to head back to Austin for 3 months to reconnect with dear friends, play soccer, and tie up loose ends. Then we took off again, this time deciding to try to stay in places for 3-6 months. First destination was Keystone, Colorado for winter 2014-15. We hopped around the Sierras and Alaska during the summer of 2015, and then stayed in Nashville, TN for the fall of 2015. We spent a second winter season in Colorado for the kids to progress in snowboarding competitions, and we’re off again for the summer, starting in Sedona, AZ for some relaxation and red rock trails.
How We Live
We have a lot of fun together as a family and make the most of every moment. We try to get real with ourselves and our friends on this journey called life. For fun, we jump in creeks, hike new trails and snowboard. It’s our idea of a good time. At the same time, we are wired in. It is amazing what the internet has afforded us. Our kids work off of their iPads wherever they are, have their own sites and can navigate for anything we need with some swipes and clicks.
We had been moving our life towards this adventure on the road for quite some time. We homeschool our kids, and they have been doing well and enjoying their studies thus far. This type of lifestyle opens their eyes, and they can experience the wonder of nature and the history of the west beyond just merely reading the stories.
Don has been working remotely with clients all over the world as an executive advisor and venture partner for years now. He and Sonya juggle working while traveling. They have a thriving business with customers in all parts of the country, and enjoy meeting new clients along the way. Don works with his Macbook Air on any internet connection. He uses various cloud computing systems for a virtual business setup where he manages and leads his team of people, as well as works directly with clients for meetings, solving problems and helping owners to grow their business. His business is congruent with what he preaches. He builds business systems and processes to help people start or grow their businesses.
Sonya works with marketing content and design on various projects with Don. She connects with clients and facilitates projects. She juggles all this from her iPhone, iPad and Macbook Air as well. This is of course mixed in with her time as a teacher, mom and wife.
Why We Are Doing This
We came up with the term “freejourners” as a derivative of the words “freedom” and “sojourners”. We live our life to be as free as possible. Our friends who know us get this, as they pursue freedom and happiness with their own lives. For us, it means being unencumbered and able to make the choices we want.
There is this current in life that seems to sweep us. Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” We always want to examine our lives and live it deliberately, not because these strong conventional currents pull us. Many of these forces are good. But many are just tradition and unquestioned.
We also see ourselves as sojourners. It is a bit of a Biblical term describing the journey of people who believe in an afterlife. This life is so temporary. We’re here seventy-plus years and gone. There are billions of us that will pass through this journey.
As a sojourner, we want to always maintain a long-term perspective and try to help as many people as we can, honor God, love our family and have a great time experiencing the wonder of the world.
So, we are freejourners. We love knowing and meeting people who are of the same vein. We hope this site will continue to inspire you towards a freejourner mindset in your own life.
We will keep you posted on where we are at and do stay in touch!
Where We’ve Been
- Dallas, TX
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Omaha Zoo, NE
- Mt. Rushmore & Badlands, SD
- Devil’s Tower National Park
- Glacier National Park, MT
- Lake Louise, Canada
- Jasper, Canada
- Spokane, WA
- Coeur d’Alene, ID
- Palouse Falls, WA
- Grand Coulee Dam, WA
- Yellowstone National Park, WY
- Grand Teton National Park, WY
- Jackson Hole, WY
- Boise, ID
- Seattle, WA
- Long Beach, WA
- Portland, OR
- Multnomah Falls, OR
- Mt. Hood
- Canyonlands National Park
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Park Cities, Canyons, UT
- Sundance, Brighton, Snowbird, and Wolf Creek Mountain, UT
- Arches National Park, UT
- Durango, CO
- Mesa Verde National Park, CO
- Pagosa Springs, CO
- Telluride, Snowmass, Steamboat Springs, Crested Butte
- Buttermilk, Monarch, A Basin, Loveland Mountains
- St. George, UT
- Zion National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
- Yosemite National Park
- Death Valley National Park
- Sequoia National Park
- Santa Barbara, CA
- Big Sur, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Crescent City, CA
- Gold Beach, OR
- Bend, OR
- Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
- Pecos National Park, NM
- Petroglyphs National Park, NM
- Santa Fe, NM
- Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek
- Colorado Monument National Park
- Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, CO
- Curecanti National Recreation Center, CO
- Backpacking at Channel Islands National Park
- Backpacking in Sierras outside of Bishop, CA
- Anchorage Alaska – Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park
- Antelope Canyon, Page AZ
- St. Louis, MO
- Nashville, TN
- Smokey Mountains National Park
- Atlanta, GA
- New Orleans, LA
- Petrified Forest National Park
- Sedona, AZ