Friends since the age of 15, Jesse and Jordan have dreamed of this adventure since they first left home for the first time. Jesse to Alaska after joining the Army, and Jordan to Switzerland to spend a year as an Au Pair.
They spent an absurd amount of hours chatting online through deployments and travels, making big plans they never really thought would happen.
Eventually, after 10 years of friendship, they found themselves dating, then moving back to Connecticut, then married with two kids and a small house in Jesse’s hometown. Having found stability and success, there was a big hole in the fabric of their lives where adventure used to live. Yearning for more purpose, impact, fun, and family time, they finally fixed up their fixer upper, put it on the market, and made plans to hit the road.
Jesse is a carpenter turned road schooling dad and trip planner. Jordan is a business and marketing consultant for farms and business that want to make the world a better place. Lily is a sensitive soul, incredibly helpful big sister, and self-proclaimed future veterinarian with a particular fondness for cats and horses. Josie is a singing, dancing, climbing force of nature, providing aggressive cuddles to everyone around her.
Supporting roles include our faithful dog, Nara, and our grumpy cat, Mildred.
Together, we’re the Whinnems. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.