We bought our first Airstream in 2005 after many years of hiking and backpacking in the Pacific Northwest rain, showers, and drizzle, and several long cross-country road trips where we worked on the road from a tent using a candle lantern, and internet via a tethered Palm Treo smart phone. One time we were visiting SF MOMA and saw one of those first little 16' Bambi CCDs and said "Hey! We could work from THAT." We went looking and ended up with the 22' International with the little desk in the back, but we spent so much time in that Airstream that we decided we could really use a few more feet and in 2010 we upgraded to a 27'FB International. We believe it's the perfect size for us, forever.
I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. At age 5 I had my first serious road trip when my mom (at age 32) packed up my 2-year old brother, me, 3 standard poodles and 2 guinea pigs and drove the Alcan Highway in an old International pickup truck with a white and black camper shell (we called him Bumpin' George) through Alaska and Canada, and then all the way to Southern California. Go mom!
I grew up in Southern California (Seal Beach) and moved to Portland in 1995 to go to art school. I have a degree in fine art (painting) but since about 2005 or so I've mostly focused on photographic portraiture. My work portfolio is here: www.domela.com if you're interested. I'd photograph more strangers on the road if I wasn't such a wuss. I need to work on that. In the meantime, I'll just write stories about those strangers.
I'm a sucker for road trips, good design, gourmet meals, meeting new friends, and my awesome husband.
I was born in Texas, but I've worked hard to lose the accent. I lived there for about 30 years, moving to Portland in the late 1980s. I loved Portland and decided to settle in for the long haul. I have a degree in Electronic Engineering, and spent the first twenty years of my career working for big technology companies - mainly doing electronic design automation (EDA). In 2003, I started an online publication for electronic engineers (Electronic Engineering Journal), and that business continues today.
When I was young, my parents owned RVs, airplanes, and other toys for getting out and exploring the world. (They were both school teachers and had nice, long summer vacations to fill up.) Since we now have a business that can be operated from the road, we want to travel as much as possible - even if it means spending a lot of time working while on the road.
I find that doing the Riveted blog helps me enjoy the travel more fully. I feel I need to pay more attention, take more photos, and experience more of what we're seeing so I can help share it on the blog.
Working on the Road
With all this fun and travel we still have a business to run, and most of our time on the road is spent working. For this reason, we've really gone to town with the technology amenties on our Airstream. Internet, solar, extra batteries, data cards etc....all so we can be connected from most places. We run a publishing company (Electronic Engineering Journal), and we do it part of the time from the road. Laura's been able to split up the studio photography (based in Portland) with more location work, and she can edit shoots with her 17" MacBook Pro just fine on the road. Conference in a city that might warrant a road trip? We take the Airstream instead of commercial airlines to some generic hotel.