The 2019 Sand Van Adventure

August 23, 2019

Owning a health insurance brokerage has been an incredible life changer.  I've been blessed enough to be able to run a business from the road as I improve my work-life balance.


This Summer, my wife Alexa and I took our dog Skid on the adventure of a lifetime.  I recently purchased a Dodge Sprinter Van and poured my heart into building a "home" from the interior of our new van.  We boldly packed ourselves into the Sand Van for an extended trip around the United States.


Living in the van was an incredible experience.  The van is incredibly comfortable!  We slept very well.  Our queen size bed fits all three of us.  I was lucky to have 2 great companions. Alexa is an avid hiker. Her enthusiasm to see new things helps me get out of the bed in the morning.  


Our Golden Retriever "Skid" was also a great adventurer. Watching him frolic gleefully is a real treat when your legs are tired of walking.  While on the road he can't sleep; he stares out the window.  Still, he had tons of energy while exploring.  He slept very well at night from playing so hard during the day.


Our 50 day trip took the three of us from California through Las Vegas into Utah.  Utah surprised me.  I didn't realize how much there was to explore and how few people live there.  Utah would be a great place to spend a month in a van but we continued on to visit some friends in Aspen, Denver, and Boulder Colorado.  A bit of loneliness can set in after being on the road for a few weeks so it was a good opportunity to experience city life and hang with some good people.


From Colorado we traveled through Wyoming to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.  If you are thinking, "my goodness they are far away from home" then you are correct.  This was the halfway mark.  After driving long, long hours through Montana, we reached Lake Coeur d'Alene.  Alexa's mom grew up in this area so we were able to reconnect with her and all of her high school girlfriends.


We then traveled through Washington and Oregon to reach our home state.  We did our most exhausting hike in Washington when we climbed Sunrise Mt Rainier.  After Portland we bolted West because we missed the ocean so much.  Alexa jumped into the freezing water the moment we got there.  Being back at the ocean felt like our long trip was coming to an end.


So how was it?  We cannot wait to do it again.  HealthyMarks was in good hands with my team here in San Diego and I was able to keep up with work they sent me from the office.  I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to see the world in this way.  I will see you on the next trip!


Keaton Marks

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