They Swapped Suburbia For An Airstream Trailer… And Found The Real American Dream.

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Josh and Jessa's life sounds like something out of a romantic comedy: The pair met on Facebook and got married. Jessa took a job as a graphic designer, and Josh was a web developer. After having their first child, they realized that their vanilla suburban life just wasn't going to work for them.

That's when they decided to do something drastic. The couple quit their jobs in favor of freelance work and bought a 27 foot Airstream mobile home. Their goal? To see 400 of the country's incredible national parks.

With their baby in tow, they set out on their adventure and began documenting it on Instagram. According to their social media, the family far prefers the simple life than the one they left behind. And, if their photos are any indication, the simple life is far more beautiful.


A favorite campsite at Bear Lake on the border of Idaho and Utah. Like *literally* on the border: we're parked in Utah but that row of bushes behind #1337stream are in Idaho. A #latergram from June.

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How Jack spent his Fourth of July, part 1.

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There's a smaller, second set of falls up the river from the main falls. We loved the beautiful hike up to see them.

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#1337stream

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We took a hike through the awesomely-colored badlands of Blue Basin with new friends @wrecklesscreative & @heavenmcarthur this weekend. What a crazy, beautiful place. #traveloregon

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Pair o' 'streams at Craters of the Moon National Monument. A #latergram from June. @malimish_airstream #1337stream

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#worksbenchmates at the Painted Hills, one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. #traveloregon

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Our beautiful riparian campsite in Water Canyon near Winnemucca, NV. Not sure what these trees are, but they shed sticky sappy seeds all over everything.

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Jessa overlooking Waimea River and Canyon.

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One of my favorite consequences of our travels is constantly recognizing places depicted in popular culture, or brought up in conversation with new friends, or in pictures posted by other explorers right here on Instagram. A truck commercial shot in the southern tapers of the Sierra Nevada mountains, a familiar view from the top of the Haleakalā volcano in Hawaii, that Google commercial at Silver Falls State Park in Oregon, or this shot right here: of a mildly inaccessible cubby near Second Beach on the Washington Coast. It is so rewarding, and a source of great pride, to have collected memories of so many beautiful locations throughout our country. #latergram

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#airstream life.

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Evening in the Tetons. #airstream #campvibes

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Somewhere amongst the 300-foot tall California Redwoods. #1337ergram

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Jessa & Mila.

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Jack at the Nooksack River.

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Got out onto Lost Lake this week for a bit of paddling. What a placid, serene location and oh so far from civilization. The lake also features a stunning view of Mount Hood (when it's clear, which wasn't too often this week). We also watched as a bald eagle harassed some smaller bird carrying a fish. Eventually the smaller bird dropped the fish and the eagle swooped and caught it from mid-air. Amazing.

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Jack snapped another good portrait of Jessa & me at Eagle Lake. Thanks @jackworks!

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The sun setting on our fourth & final night of camping at The Pit, a BLM campsite near Bishop, CA. Yesterday, I paid for our site in dimes and today I wrote a check for $2. Okay, this traveling thing is pretty terrific.

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