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Our Open Road

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What started as a dream and developed into a 12-month plan is now life on the road. Adam, Emily, and Colette Harteau departed California in October 2012 in their VW Westfalia, with the goal of reaching Tierra del Fuego and returning a year later. Five months in, they decided to embrace a future unknown and the rewards of slow travel.  They are blissfully enjoying life on the slow road, with no end in sight.

Adam is an artist and finds inspiration in the landscapes and people he meets along the way; photography is presently his main medium, as he captures moments on the road that will be combined with collages, drawings, and the like into a new body of work.  Emily is a fashion designer and camp chef, currently working on a cookbook. Colette, also known as “the ambassador of love and joy,” enjoys drawing, singing, and joining her parents in the crazy adventures along the way.  In June 2014, they welcomed their second daughter Sierra who was born in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Our Open Road is a modern family portrait. As they shed their robes of comfort to reexamine the American Dream, they hope to inspire others to create, eat well, spend quality time together, and have adventure into their own great backyards. In summer 2014, they ended up at EcoCamp and before Adam decided to head for the Torres del Paine Circuit, they fell in love with the peace of the green domes at EcoCamp.