2013 Wrap Up: We Were Busy as Hell

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Every time I feel like I’m stagnating in my life, I have to remember that this year has been absolutely fabulous – trying as all hell, but fabulous nonetheless. For those of you who have been on the crazy train with us during this past year I would like to give you a wholehearted THANK YOU for not only supporting us through comments and cheers but for helping us achieve our dreams through visiting the blog, buying things at our new store, and well – just being freaking awesome.

So as this year is coming to a close, I thought I would give a little bit of perspective on went on these past 12 months with some of the major highlights during our 2013 wrap up.

53/365 This is our, "We survived THE HOFF" picture. I think our conversation following included an over usage of "INSANE!" and "CRAZY!". #365days

78/365 Caught a bit of wifi. Heading to El Golfete today! I'm so happy! #365days

86/365 SHOVE IT IN MY TACO HOLE! We have arrived in the land of tacos al pastor (my fav food EVER). #365days #Mexico

102/365 A sneak peek into our #Flipside headpieces (#BurningMan regional). All hand made my moi. #365days

  • We are working our asses off and have made a HUGE dent in our credit cards! As soon as they are paid off we can head out into the wild blue yonder again.

A few things you guys missed that I didn’t cover in the posts over the past year is how incredibly devastating and difficult it is to reintegrate after traveling for a couple of years. When the time comes that I can process what has been happening to me, I’ll make sure to talk about it. I don’t think I’m ready yet.

But when you reach rock bottom, there is only one way up, right? We’re currently getting the hang of the work/travel schedule that we want to have in our lives right now. So here are some of our prospective plans for 2014.

  • Participate in more Regional Burns (big surprise).
  • Go to Mexico (again).
  • It is Shaun’s turn to pick our next big trip and he has chosen… SEOUL, KOREA (yes, to feed his insane appetite for all things Starcraft but I think it will still be AMAZEBALLS!)
  • At some point make it out to Big Bend National Park and Terlingua, Texas.
  • I’m cooking up something awesome that I can’t yet talk about but will make a big announcement about it as soon as plans are solidified!
  • The rest of the year is left to life delegating where we should be. Hell, half of these plans can probably change.
  • Also, we are turning FOUR YEARS OLD in March. Yay us!

And a couple of random goodies:

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Followed by:

  • Most popular video from 2013:

  • Most popular picture from 2013 on flickr – Burning Flipside:

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And just for you guys being so supportive and amazing, we have a little something for YOU! As a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/Festivus for the Rest of Us, I made some wallpapers just for you.


Playa Espadilla Costa Rica-10


Portland Japanese Garden-21


Portland Japanese Garden-12


Best Diving Cozumel-21




Again, thank you for an outstanding year and we hope to see you tag along into 2014!


43 Responses to “2013 Wrap Up: We Were Busy as Hell”

  1. Talon December 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    But one FABULOUS thing happened to you in Playa del Carmen. You met us!

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      HA! Yes, I got to meet some of the most amazing people in the world. I’m sorry that you’re not hallmarked. 😛 xoxoxoxo

  2. Agness December 19, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    Wow guys, this year has been amazing and busy for you I see. So many great adventures! You guys keep being awesome and we wish you more travel adventures in 2014 <3! Hope to meet you on our travels one day!

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      Thank you Agness! <3 We're always trying to make the best of things. Cheers!

  3. Jennifer December 19, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Sounds like you guys had an amazing year and have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Happy Holidays!

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      Thanks lady! Happy holidays to you as well. Let’s rock 2014 together!

  4. Steph December 19, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Umm you forgot the most important trip of all!!!

    Yes please come down to Mexico and hang out with us and eat tacos al pastor every day.

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      Okay, well, right now we are looking for rentals that Shaun can get for work so we can have a place in Sayulita. The unfortunate side is that there are like 200 properties there and I don’t want to be on top of Gringo Hill. Regardless, after Freezerburn he is calculating his vacation so we can see how many days we can spend with you. We will let you know by the end of January! <3

      • Dave December 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

        Ahh, Gringo Hill isn’t so bad – when Sayulita is crazy busy like it is Nov-Feb, you don’t get all the bar noise like you would if you were down in the town itself. 🙂

        • Erica December 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

          But it requires GOING UP A HILL. ew.

  5. Inma, A World to Travel December 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Wow! It seems you guys have been busy! 🙂 Love your jellyfish although I don’t understand why you built it (because you can :D) and can’t wait to cross paths again soon!
    To an amazing 2014!

    • Erica December 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

      <3 Thanks Inma! I look forward to seeing you again one day!

  6. Camels & Chocolate December 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    How did I miss your Iceland dive video? Seems you had a lot better vis than most people I know who have done Silfa!

    • Erica December 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

      Really?! I thought this was normal! lol. It was one of my favorite dives, albeit a bit cold.

  7. Contented Traveller December 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    What a big year with so much diversity and so much achieved, Good on you both and looking forward to mix with you more. Take care, Regards, Paula and Gordon

    • Erica December 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      Thanks guys! <3 We hope to see you around here more often. 😉

  8. Laura December 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Love the Iceland diving video! I can’t imagine how hard it must’ve been coming back to the US after being abroad for so long. Hopefully it’s getting easier. That giant jellyfish is AWESOME!

    • Erica December 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

      It is getting easier every day but the hardest part is realizing your ethics have changed through travel. THAT part is hard. (And thanks on the jelly- I LOVE IT.)

  9. Hogga December 23, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    looks like a great year. Here’s to 2014!

    • Erica December 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

      Hell yeah! Now when are we finally going to grab a drink together?

  10. Zara @ Backpack ME December 26, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    What an AWESOME year, you guys!
    Wishing the new year is filled with many more adventures. Keep on spreading the positive vibes! 🙂

    • Erica December 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      Aww thanks Zara! Here is to an awesome 2014!

  11. JR Riel December 27, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Yay! Great roundup! Here’s to an awesome upcoming 2014.

    • Erica December 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      *high five*

  12. Adam December 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Aww love your round-up post. Sounds like you had a great year and looking forward to hearing about your 2014 trips & plans! Korea sounds like a good time 🙂

    • Erica December 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Here is to hoping! Shaun just got his vacation breakdown for 2014 and I think we’ve already spent it all!

  13. Naomi December 28, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    YES, SEOUL!! You are going to have so much fun. Seoul is an insane city. Here’s to 2014! 😉 x

    • Erica December 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Good. Because I need a little but of insanity in my life. xoxo

  14. Ryan December 29, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    Totally rad blog! How am I just discovering you two? Either way, love the graffiti feel to everything and the attitude of the blog. Looks like you had one helluva year! I’ve just finally broken free from the US to travel and now figuring out what the hell to do to sustain it in Thailand, but in all do time things will be figured out. I’ll be adding you two to my “Hall of Gnarly Travel Blogs” when I get my broken computer working again, but in the meantime rock on and here’s to the New Year!

    • Erica December 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

      HAI RYAN! Welcome to our little bit of chaotic heaven. Hope we can keep up with you over the next year and thanks for dropping by to say hello! <3 (If you ever happen to drop by Austin let us know so we can grab a beer!)

  15. Giselle and Cody December 31, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Amazing year guys! we can only imagine how it feels heading back home for a while after all of the exciting travels! We’ll be experiencing it soon ourselves. Love the giant jelly fish! We’ll get to Burning Man one day! Perhaps on our road trip through the US? We REALLY love your instagram shot! It is Beauuuuuuuutiful! Have a great 2014, and maybe we’ll see you on the road!

    • Erica January 3, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

      If you ever need an ear, let me know. It is really freaking hard.

  16. Alex January 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    Happy new year! Loved reading your roundup. I am really looking forward to reading your posts about reintegration, when you are ready to write them.

    • Erica January 3, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

      I’m still at a loss for words and a little crazy right now so I’m not sure when I’ll write them. I need a more objective view. But I think people need to know nonetheless. I just hate writing downer posts.

      • Alex January 4, 2014 at 9:57 am #

        I know they can be painful to write, but I find the process is sometimes cathartic! And god knows people love to read them… my most popular posts are on breakups, weight gain, and whale slaughter. Ha.

        • Erica January 8, 2014 at 11:44 am #

          Cathartic and then I feel guilty for writing them. *sigh*

  17. Diana Edelman January 1, 2014 at 11:52 pm #

    What a year!!! I know all about re-enry and getting back into life in the States. It’s tough. Glad you are working through it and going to share it!

  18. Sofie January 2, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

    Whoaaaa, what a year!
    I absolutely loved the spy station post:)
    And that most popular instagram is superb!

    You have gotten me curious about your secret plan though…
    Will carefully follow this…:D

    Have a great 2014 guys!

    • Erica January 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

      ha! I will let you know about my secret plan as soon as its hashed out for sure.

  19. Escape Hunter Travel Writer January 11, 2014 at 5:25 am #

    I see 2013 was a busy, colorfully diverse year!
    I wish 2014 be the same to all travel writers! 😉

  20. JB @ sweden road trip January 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Great round-up! Seems you’ve had an amazing year, hope 2014 will be even better!

  21. Bethany January 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Great round up Erica! Yeah, you guys were busy and you got to do a lot of really different things which is cool. That jellyfish is bad ass!

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