Greetings everyone!!! Five words for you; Adventure Family Campervan New Zealand…EQUAL AMAZING!
I shot this photo when we first picked up our campervan, the sheer joy was oozing out of both Blaze and Brian. I think it’s still one of my favorite photos from our three weeks! We packed all our belongings, put our home on the market and bought one way tickets to New Zealand to begin an adventure of a lifetime–one that starts with our home becoming a home on wheels for three weeks!
Some of you must have been praying for our family these last few weeks because we were able to do what almost seems unreal!
The dream we are working to launch is a family travel show: Adventure Family. The pilot begins with New Zealand.
We filmed TWENTY TWO segments in twenty one days!
I’m not sure how our family pulled it off, but we did! To paint the picture, every three minute segment averages four hours of filming from start to end. Our twenty two segments ranged from 2-7 minutes long. For those of you who love math, it’s a LOT of hours of filming. Alas, you see why I haven’t blogged the last three weeks! LOL!
To catch us all up, the last time we talked we were in a whirlwind of having raised the funds to get our Adventure Family dream off the ground (from the most amazing supporters!). We packed up our home, put it on the market, broke my toe, had our car broken into and checkbooks stolen, closed our bank accounts less than 48 hours before our flight, and then got on the flight! With one way tickets to New Zealand, our family picked up a slick Britz campervan, with two cameramen in tow, and no reservations.
We let the wind lead us!
We met the most incredible people, photographed the most stunning landscapes, laughed really hard, got super lost, and embraced every challenge that you can imagine would come with filming a family travel show.
I say it all with the WIDEST SMILE! The four of us became multi-tasking superheroes from figuring out where to go each day (we were somewhere different all but four nights) to learning endless dynamics around how to film a show with your kids to finding time to connect with your kids to not freaking out with your spouse because you are super overwhelmed to laughing at your mistakes to remembering to exhale and take in the sheer gift of each new day being a new adventure.
I know I’ve already changed. I know this three weeks of stepping into the unknown, putting it all on the line to launch our dream, the people we met, the gifts we’ve been given, I know it’s changed me. I know it’s changed our family as a whole.
Right before we left, my mama gave me a photo of me and my two younger brothers from when we were kids. The three of us are playing on our parents’ bed in the back of our family campervan.
Childhood Motorhome Memories, 1981
That back bed was the coziest place in the world! We would wrestle, tickle each other, laugh and try to convince our parents we should sleep with them because we were just to far away in our beds (despite the fact that we were all in the space of a campervan).
I remember sitting at the window, watching the Pacific Northwest evergreen trees fly by, and listening to my Korean dad sing “Lucky Mountain High” at the top of his lungs (John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” with a broken English accent). My dad’s version is WAY better!
I took the photo to New Zealand. At times I found myself deep in thought, looking at the majestic scenery, looking at that single photo and remembering home. We have left all that is familiar behind. Yet somehow, I was closer to one of the greatest joys of my childhood than I’d ever been. And I had brought my kids there too. It reminds me of T.S. Eliot’s words;
“We shall not cease from exploration
And in the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
We hit the ground running in New Zealand. The last two days we hit a wall and both kids got sick. But I’m happy to say we made it to our friend’s home in Thailand and are getting some hard earned R&R before we start filming here!
Lots to share with you! The footage has been shipped home so editing can begin. In the meantime, let’s share photos and fun!
My first of many posts to come;
17 Reasons to Campervan New Zealand with the Family! Head on over to Disney’s Babble for all 17 reasons with photos!
And most of all, a HUGE thank you to Britz in New Zealand. They supported our vision for this pilot and went above and beyond with taking care of us and the campervans our family and film crew needed. AMAZING! We also want to thank SONY for helping us get ALL the gear, and there is a TON, to film this show! It’s an incredible gift to have their support and belief in us too! Most of the photos you see were shot with the new SONY a7r!
Sweet As! (A fun New Zealand phrase that means “all is good”, not to be confused with “Sweet Ass” that Brian learned the hard way.)
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