Every once in a good long while I meet someone that I feel that I’ll know for the rest of my life.
Last spring, while hiking on a remote trail in Yosemite National Park, I had the good fortune of meeting two such people in one fell swoop; Mathilde Treille, and Alexandre Milan, an amazing young couple from Lyon, France.
After several hours of chatting while huffing and puffing, we reached the summit, exchanged info, promised to stay in touch, and then went our separate ways.
They’re on a journey of a lifetime, traveling in a camper that they built themselves, on the chassis of an old Toyota Land Cruiser.
Inside, they have a bed, a little kitchen, and a shower. It’s super cosy, and it’s all they need.
After shipping it to Sydney, Nova Scotia, they spent a year exploring Canada and the States, and now they’re on their way to the far reaches of Patagonia for another year, or two, of extreme adventure.
Astonishingly, we did keep in touch, and met up again many months later in Joshua Tree, where we once again hiked together, swapped tales, and laughed. Their simple way of life inspires me. I love how self sufficient they are, and how everything they need is in their little mobile home. It’s a disciplined life of few possessions. Minimalism to it’s core. Yet they’re two of the happiest people that I’ve ever met. They’re fantastic!
“The journey, not the arrival, matters.” – T.S. Eliot