Only Planet

One Child, One Year, One Planet. A family of three traveling around the world...

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Friday, March 18, 2005

Who are we? What are we doing?

Greetings. We are a family of three about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. In August 2005 we plan to set off for at least a year and travel around the world. We are Andy, Loey and Dylan Wells and we currently live in Portland Oregon.

Andy(37) is a mechanical engineer who has worked for the same company for the past 12 years. He grew up in Colorado and Montana and went to college in New Hampshire and California. He met Loey at a Youth Governor's Conference for the state YMCA program in Helena Montana in 1985. They passed flirtatious notes back and forth and kept in sporadic contact for six years before Loey called him up and proposed a visit. From that moment on they were inseparable and have been married since 1993, when they moved from Southern California to Portland Oregon. Andy has traveled to Europe three times, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Andy loves being in the great outdoors, as evidenced by his work on the Dartmouth ski team, Dartmouth Outing Club and his long bike rides. Unfortunately since having a full time job, and a kid, Andy has had to cut back on his recreational time, but hopes that there are a few outdoor adventures in store for him on this trip.

Loey (38) is a writer/stay-at-home-mom/professional dilettante who can be found either sucking down the iced tea at Milo's Cafe, or browsing the stacks at the local library. Loey was raised in Colorado and Montana and did her respective university stints in Missoula Montana, and here in Portland Oregon. Originally Loey and Andy came to Portland so that Loey could attend the law school here and grow up to be an environmental lawyer. Loey soon discovered (within the first semester of law school) that she was a square peg being pounded into a round hole at the law school, and no matter how much she tried, she couldn't figure out how to be lawyer-like. She blames it on that damn ethics exam. Shortly after graduating from law school, Loey and Andy had their daughter Dylan and since then Loey has been a full-time caregiving parent, board member, volunteer at Dylan's school, professional fundraiser, writer, and social director. (not only for her family's life, but often for those around her as well.) Loey's lust for wandering first surfaced after a trip to NYC when she was 12. A three month backpacking trip through Europe in '91, travel to New Zealand, Japan and South Korea (the motherland) further planted the seeds in her mind for this trip. Loey's mid-thirties crisis brought the idea for this trip to the forefront so she takes the responsibility of being the grand instigator as well as researcher.

Dylan Elizabeth (8) is the best possible sport about this entire adventure. Dylan is currently a second grader at Hollyrood Elementary in Ms. Lindeman's class. Her favorite subjects are reading and project time and she really hates missing any recess period. Dylan's passions include eating sushi, watching Hayao Miyazaki movies (her favorites in descending order are Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle In the Sky, and Kiki's Delivery Service) reading, and RATS!!! Dylan had two pet rats, Tara and Sara who are cherished more in their afterlife, than they ever were alive. Dylan has enjoyed two trips to Hawaii, one to NYC, three to Boston, numerous trips to Disneyland and a big trip to Japan. Her goals on this trip are to visit every Disneyland in the world, and to find the best ice cream in every city she visits. Even though many well-meaning adults say that Dylan is the luckiest person in the world and that she will see the coolest things ever, she is forgiven for being doubtful, since at the age of eight, she's not sure what the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids, or the Grand Bazaar mean in the scheme of things. She just knows she will miss her close friends and hopes they keep in touch via e-mail. Dylan will be homeschooled (or should we say worldschooled) while on the road.


Blogger Rhonda said...

You guys are *awesome*. I hope to tag up with you in some obscure country where I can leave my adult responsibilities behind and never be found -- for at least a week. Will you adopt me? Please? . . .

May 05, 2005 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Don N said...

Hey, Don't forget to collect some postcards and local stamps from all of those cool countries; they might be better to look at fifty years from now than anything email can do. I still have all of the stamps my relatives sent my way when I was Dylan's age... Good luck and we look forward to seeing you soon! Don N

May 25, 2005 7:19 PM  

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