Josh and Jessa Works are adventure seekers. In 2011, they decided to sell everything and trade in a 'normal' life to hit the road, along with their son, who was just a toddler at the time. They bought a beautiful Airstream and pared their life down to the essentials: food, water, smartphones and laptops, and each other. They set off to visit all of the U.S. National Park sites, and along the way, they captured their adventures in a colossal collection of inspiring images. Herein is just a taste of their travels.
Living on the road full-time is an idyllic dream for many, young and old, who wish to break free from the burdens of everyday life as we know it -— the alarm clocks, the morning traffic, the housework. The Works were in search of a different kind of life, one of their own making. They zigged and they zagged. They drove east and they drove west. They followed a carefully compiled list of priority stops at first, and then learned to slow down, breathing in the pace of local life instead of feeling like tourists on a busy schedule.
They chronicled their journey in photos on a website named after their shiny wheeled home, the 1337stream. That name is representative not only of the family’s freedom, but also of the means by which that freedom was made possible -— namely, Josh’s work in the tech industry that allowed him to work from any internet-connected locale. 1337stream is pronounced “leetstream,” and the name marries the Airstream tradition of adopting a caravan ‘number’ for your trailer with a common traditional in geek speak. The Works explain that “choosing ‘1337’ for our numbers pays homage to our inner meekness, our trailer’s supreme excellence, and our hacker’s approach to life.”
After nearly two years on the road, the Works clan has settled down again, back in Kansas. The 1337stream is still around. Their son, Jack, is attending kindergarten now and they’ve decided to trade in the wandering nomad life for the life of farmers, at least in part. They’re still posting beautiful photos of what it looks like to live the dream, though. Follow Josh and Jessa on Instagram for inspiration.
Images via Joshua and Jessa Works, with permission