October 21, 2014
by Sam

Cross Country Road Trip Recap.

Good morning!

I’m so glad that you guys were excited over my announcement in yesterday‘s post! Having your support is awesome and so very much appreciated. Now that we all know where I am, I’m so, so excited to see what adventures I have out here.

Although, just getting here was an adventure in itself. My dad, my dog and I in a car from Tuesday-Saturday with as much stuff as I could possibly bring. Atticus was a little crowded in the back seat, but he made it work.

Atticus in the back


But fortunately, my dad and I managed to not only survive the trip, but really, really enjoy it.

Road Trip


We took a few detours – some on purpose (Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park) and some not so much. But we made it, and that’s the important thing, right?

So, prepare to look at a lot of pictures from our trip. 

Our first quick detour was at Falls Park in Sioux City, South Dakota.

Falls Park


Where Atticus and I proceeded to run around and climb things because nature and not being in the car anymore!

Falls Park


Falls Park Walking

So pretty.

Falls Park


After that detour, we kept driving and stopped for the night in Keystone, South Dakota.


Which was picturesque and adorable and made me feel like I was in an old Western movie.

And then the following morning was Mount Rushmore:

Mount Rushmore


Picking Mount Rushmore

My dad encouraged that picture, by the way.

Although a few of the attractions around were closed for the season, I’m glad we went when we did – it was still nice enough outside but we didn’t have to deal with a ton of tourists.


Friday definitely had the best adventure though. Yellowstone National Park!



Ya. It’s kinda pretty there.

Old Faithful

Old Faithful And of course, the wildlife was awesome.





We got out of the car to get that shot, but that’s ok because there were other people closer than us so if the bears decided we were getting too close they would go after them first (a second bear came out from the trees after we got that picture).


Yup, I need to go back there.

And Saturday of course, we finished the trek to Canmore. I could show you pictures I’ve taken so far, but believe me – you’ll see a lot of those in the coming weeks.

So that’s all for me today – have a good one! 

<— When did you last take a road trip?

<— Have you ever seen a bear in the wild?

<— Have you ever been to Yellowstone National Park?


October 20, 2014
by Sam

I’m Here.

So, that was quite the road trip.



(that’s in kilometres, but still….).

We made it!

Road trip


I was more concerned about the pug then anyone else, but he survived :-)

As for where I ended up:









Canmore, Alberta. In the Rocky Mountains. I’m fully convinced that I was being pulled to Alberta, so here I am.

Also, I have a pretty kickass roommate.

Sam and Jo


If you don’t recognize this beauty, this is Jo from Living Mint Green.

Basically, the blog world and the real world just imploded a little bit.


This is going to be one hell of an adventure.

Have a good one!

<— Any advice for moving to a new place?

<— Did you guess where I was going? 

October 14, 2014
by Sam Kolpin

New Beginnings.

So, today’s the day.


Moving day! My dad and I (and the pug) are heading out on a four-day trip to my new home. I’ll arrive Saturday, dad will fly home on Sunday. Then I’m on my own.

To say I have a lot of conflicting emotions right now is putting it lightly.

I’m excited…but I’m terrified.

I’m grateful for this opportunity…but I’m afraid that it won’t work out the way I want it to.

I’m happy…but I’m sad to leave the people I love.

I’m a Type-A personality. I believe in five and ten year plans, I believe in preparing for every situation, and I get anxious or upset when things don’t go as expected. And I like being near family – the furthest away I’ve ever lived was an hour and a half drive away.

But for this move, I’m flying by the seat of my pants. I have my living situation worked out, but I don’t know where I’m going to find a job (or in what industry) or who I’m going to meet. I’ve never even been to my new city, and I was ten years old the last time I was in the province that I’m moving to. I have no idea how long I’m going to be there and I don’t have a solid plan or timeline.

So basically, I’ve thrown all caution to the wind and I’m operating completely on intuition. It is overwhelming and terrifying, but so, so exciting.

Adventure And no…I’m still not telling you where I’m going until I’m actually there. I’m having too much fun being mysterious. (img source)

Of course, the goodbyes are always, always the hardest part.

How do you say goodbye to your family, who are always willing to support you whether you’re going back to school or gallivanting across the country?


Rock On

How do you say goodbye to the friends that you have trouble going without seeing for a week? That idea of 6 months without these faces is painful, to say the least.


Basically, goodbyes suck.

Sam and Laura

Sam and Mels


Wine Running

Sam and Tyler

So to be cheesy – instead of saying goodbye, we’re going to call it “see you later.” Because I can’t wait to see all of my favourite people again.

Thank you to be family and friends (and readers! <3 you guys) for supporting me in my quest to find adventure (and myself) in a different part of the country. It means more to be that I could ever hope to put into words. To those I’m leaving in Ontario – I can’t wait to see you again in about six months (unless of course, you want to visit me in the meantime!)

Goodbye (img source)

I won’t be blogging this week while I travel, but I will be Instagramming the trip!

Have a great week and I’ll see you next Monday!