Ed and Jennifer make adventure look easy, after reading Jennifer’s post about doing an aerial ropes course in Hamilton County outside of Indianapolis (which she did with our recent Traveler Tuesday spotlight, Katie) and her recent hike at Angel’s Landing in Zion, I’m convinced I could be a little more adventurous than I currently am, I am not talking about the misadventures that I get dragged into by Mr. Misadventures when he wants to photograph something, although his shots always turn out amazing, I’m sometimes scarred for life.
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But I digress. Back to the amazing Colemans! Jennifer has a long history of working in the service industry so travel blogging is a no-brainer for her, she is an ex-ski instructor and is super friendly with an infectious laugh. Ed is a rocket scientist…okay, a physicist in aerospace who loves adventure. With their two cats, they make quite the family.
Lucky me, Mr. Misadventures and I are meeting up with these two crazy kids in Tucson this weekend, it should be a blast, but in the meantime, let’s get to know them a little better!
Let’s meet travel bloggers Ed & Jennifer!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
Ed – I was born a traveler but I didn’t know it at the time. My family was on some kind of a post-doctorate vagabond program. Both of my parents were finishing up their master’s degrees at Virginia Tech when I was born but we didn’t live on campus like normal people. We were sort of homesteading in a primitive farmhouse that may or may not has had running water. Mom says my baby bottles were used to nurse the spring lambs. Hopefully, I was done with them but I don’t know. I have no cognitive connection to this time.
My first memories were of Auburn Alabama, where we went for mom’s Ph.D. program. Our first big family trip came in the summer of 1976. I was just five but I still have crystal clear memories from it. Dad put a camper shell on his green pickup truck and built a bed frame over the wheel wells with plywood that had extra storage underneath. We went up to Washington DC for the bicentennial 4th of July, Mammoth Cave, and all the way to Toronto Canada. We also passed through our future home at The Ohio State University, where mom would go on to teach Poultry Science. She later traveled around the world as a poultry consultant, and would often take me with her, but it was on that first epic road trip that I realized that I was a traveler.
Jenn – No stories of livestock and pumping water from me. Dad was a stockbroker and we were living the dream in suburban Denver. We took lavish vacations to Club Med in Eleuthera Bahamas, Penthouse suites at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, and living large in Montego Bay Jamaica. The Black Monday crash in the ’80s hit our family hard. Pretty soon, it was time to leave Denver, but mom managed to wait until I finished high school.
The family left. I stayed behind taking a gap year working at Keystone Resort on Copper Mountain. That gap year turned into twenty years of ski bumming through the Western US. I was a solo traveler before it was even a thing. I would work a season or two and then off to a new mountain. When I decided to make my gap year permanent, I knew for sure I was a traveler.
 What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
We define ourselves as activity-driven travelers. It is “what we do” that is most important for us on our trips. Sometimes we are sleeping in tents, other times we are recovering in 5-star hotels, but, either way, it is all about the experience.
 What do you love most about traveling?
We love the newness. Waking up every day to new and exciting places and discovering new things.
 What do you dislike about traveling?
We miss the cats. We also miss our routines like working out and staying on the diet. Coming back from a kick-ass vacation five pounds overweight is always a bummer.
 Why should people travel?
Traveling rewires your neural pathways and keeps them healthy. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, says “Navigating unfamiliar places, tasting new foods, or learning even just a few words of another language delivers the brain-building effect.” We have found this to be very true in our lives.
 What famous person would you like to travel with?
Phil Keoghan. We are huge fans of the Amazing Race, but it was hearing him speak that elevated him to number one. He has a passion for life and people that showed through in everything he did and said. He has the sort of positive energy that you want to surround yourself with in life.
 What won’t you travel without?
Our cell phones. Pound for pound, they are the most powerful travel tool ever invented. They have a camera, do conversions, GPS mapping, translations and so much more.
 Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.
Our travel bamboo pillows, Mio water flavoring, ibuprofen.
 If you’re a foodie, what’s your favorite food city? Do you have a restaurant recommendation?
There isn’t one city or food. We have found that every town has a “must try” dish. The hard part is finding it. We make sure that when we travel, we are always trying new foods and new restaurants.
 What’s one location on your bucket list?
Maldives. We are getting into scuba diving and this seems like a must-see location. Who wouldn’t want to stay in an overwater bungalow?
 Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. It’s also a business so you need to always be working to perfect your craft.
Ed & Jennifer’s Lightning Round of Favorites
Mode of Transportation: Biking
City or Country: Whitefish Montana
Travel Gear: Cell Phone
Travel snack: Trail mix with M&M’s
Book: Dharma Bums
Movie: Off the Map
Song: Down With Disease- Phish close with Lose Yourself- Eminem
Thanks Ed and Jennifer!
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