Keeping Up with the Petersons

09 2007

About Us

We started talking about taking this trip about a year and a half ago, but there were so many things that had to happen before we could actually buy the tickets. First, we had to figure out where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see. That was probably the most fun part, at least for me, because I love planning. When I went to Europe for my post-college 2 month trip, this was the only thing had to worry about. But, we weren´t 21 anymore. We were now 31 and 34 and putting our lives on hold for a year was not as simple as we´d hoped. Once we decided where we wanted to go and how much it would cost, we had to figure out how we were going to pay for this great trip. At the time, we had a house in San Francisco and a house in South Lake Tahoe, both of which could have been rented, but there was no way we would have been able to save up enough money in a year to finance the trip. Plus, there would have been the issue of my student loan payments while we were gone, mortgages, worrying about tenants, etc. So, after much discussion, we decided to sell the house in San Francisco and use the money to pay off the student loans, the car, and finance the trip. So, when we come back from our travels, we will be going home to South Lake Tahoe, which is very exciting for both of us because over the course of the past 2 years, we have fallen in love with Tahoe. Selling the SF house was a big deal because I actually sold it myself. I got my broker´s license, listed it on the MLS, held open houses, and within 10 days of the listing date, we were listening to offers. We moved out of SF on June 22nd and unloaded our uHaul into storage in South Lake Tahoe on June 23rd, the day before the Angora fire broke out. Nice welcome, right? For the most part, we were out of harms way with the fire, but there was one day that the fire jumped over the highway and started heading toward our storage unit in Tahoe - where just days before, we had unloaded all our things from San Francisco. Now, the last puzzle piece that we needed to deal with before we could buy the tickets to South America was finding tenants for Tahoe. The tenants we had (who were also good friends of ours) were planning to move out at the end of July so we basically had about a month to get someone new in. We wanted to have a tenant in the house from September 1st, 2007 -August 31st, 2008. Luckily, we ended up meeting a carpenter who was moving up from the bay area to go into business with a friend. After several hours of meetings with him, we agreed on an arrangement whereby he would not pay rent, but instead would do certain projects on the house. Fortunately, there is no shortage of projects at the house in Tahoe, but prioritizing which to do first took a while and eventually, we agreed on what we wanted done and a deal was made. The day the lease was signed, we bought our tickets to South America and started packing. It was a big day for us. The plan had finally come together and it was all really happening. We left Tahoe on September 1st and headed down to LA since we were flying out of LAX and leaving our car with my parents. Our flight was scheduled to leave on september 5th at 2 a.m. (really like the night of september 4th) for Santiago, Chile, but as you´ll see from our first South America post, not everything went as planned en route to Santiago…

4 Responses to “About Us”

  1. I didn’t know some of that background. This blog answers some of my unanswered questions. Cool!

  2. Your mom told us about your blog! Carole and Donald are meeting your mom and Dakota in Hong Kong in mid-October. I spent three months in SE Asia and also 2 1/2 weeks in S America during/after b-school. Inca Trail (do the 4 day trek!) and Angkor Wat the two highlights of my travels. Have fun!!

  3. TP & Jenny! Fantastic! I’m in Ecuador myself, having started traveling south from SF in May. I’ve been in South America for the past 2 1/2 months. Hopefully we’ll bump into each other somewhere along the way. In any case hope all is well, enjoy your trip and best of luck!

  4. Hey guys, had a bit of trouble finding you on facebook. Couldn’t add me could you? Turns out there is a lot of tom petersons. Great sight. I had a great time in Europe and am about to head back home to Australia.

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