Read About Our Adventure!


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A Life Without Borders: By sailboat, planes, train, and RV, a funny and inspiring tale of a family’s quest to escape the boundaries of their ordinary life


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Customer Reviews on Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome September 11, 2013
By Sharon
“Ok this book was great I laughed till my sides hurt and cried at the end”
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read!, May 28, 2013
I read A Life Without Birders in two days; I just could not put it down! Carla’s stories made me feel like I was on the catamaran right alongside her family. Her accounts of different locations, cultures, and people reignited my desire to travel to new, exotic locations. A Life Without Borders is a captivating adventure tale reminding readers of the importance of family.
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Adventure, July 28, 2013
Carol - 
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This book left me wanting to read more. I truly enjoyed reading about the BeDell’s adventures and the different countries they visited. Through the author’s great sense of humor and art of storytelling, you felt you were right there with them. I applaud their leap of faith in giving up their old life to reconnect as a family and enjoy life’s challenges as a family.

A must read for every parent, it makes you realize how we let everyday life and monetary things get in the way of really being a family and appreciating life.
I hope the author will write another book about returning home and dealing with the everyday challenges that it brings.

You will laugh out loud as you read the inspiring true story of a family who abandoned their crazy, stress-filled days to live a life of adventure.Carla and Dan were living what was supposed to be the American dream—the big house, successful corporate careers, and two young, wonderful children. But it all came at a cost—the constant stress of the weekly morning race to work and school, the tired weekends, a family headed in different directions, the struggle to keep it all together as effortlessly as everyone else seemed to be doing, and the overwhelming fear that the struggle to live this life was costing them a life of happiness.

They knew they had to make a dramatic change, so over the objections of family, friends, and co-workers, that’s what they did—they made a big change.

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Family Adventure: Zip Lining At The Gorge

Last few days of July and we wanted to sneak in a few more adventures before the gear up of college and high school. Late July days are always perfect for a trip to the mountains. For our adventure we chose zip lining or more correctly, a 3 hour zip line tour through the tree tops!

We did our research, then went with our gut and chose The Gorge in Saluda, NC. It helped that it was just under 2 hours from our house and there were other outdoor activities nearby, like white-water rafting, kayaking and river float-trips.

This was my first time at a zip-line course. When we were in Ecuador, Dan and the kids took an incredible zip-line tour in the cloud forest on Mindo. I couldn’t go because earlier in the trip I broke my arm rappelling down a waterfall, but that’s another story. I was very excited about this trip.

First off, The Gorge is extremely easy to get to. Second, the office is gorgeous. I could live in the office. Seriously, I could live there. The view is spectacular. In the middle walkway, as you come in, there are several very comfy chairs, placed in a circle around a table carved from an old tree trunk. It ‘s the perfect place to relax and have a beer or soda after your tour. It’s a great place to talk to the friendly staff, introduce yourself to one of the gracious owners, Sara, and chat with other zip line enthusiasts.

But we came for the tour. And the tour was fantastic. It’s billed as the steepest and fastest canopy tour in the country. It’s fast. Rocket fast. Watch the video of our tour and listen for the sound of the zip line!


Our guides took all the pictures during the trip and we bought them afterwards. Such a great idea! 

So this was in the summer. Can you imagine the view in the fall? We hope to go back and bring you more videos. In the meantime, where will you go?








Video: The Colorful, Lush Island of Grenada. A Jewel In The Caribbean

In 2008 and 2010, we enjoyed the beaches, the colorful fruit and vegetable markets, the Carnival, and celebrating with the locals on the Caribbean island of Grenada. For nearly 3 full months, we lived like a local: buying our food from the markets, using the same transportation, eating the same foods and hiking to waterfalls in the high mountains. It was wonderful, especially for our children to be so immersed in the culture.  Grenada is safe for tourists, the beaches are beautiful, the sailing is wonderful, the people are friendly, the island is historical and the nature on the island is fascinating. All this and much more make it one of the best islands in the Caribbean for families.

I wrote about our adventures in the book A Life Without Borders, available here
This video gives a glimpse into our time there. Enjoy!


Video: The British Virgin Islands Is Definitely For Kids





Don’t Over-Think Summer!


Summer is officially here, but if you are like most of us, it’s already in full swing at your house. Graduations are done, the kids are out of school and it’s time to make those summer plans.  OR not.  

Why not this year, instead of planning, shoot for spontaneity?  

Spontaneity rules at our house. Yes, sometimes it does lead to a bit of stress, and a time or two of chaos, but it’s a great ride.

The closest beach to our house in North Carolina is almost 4 hours away. Many Saturday mornings or late Friday evenings we’ve been known to look at each other and say, “Hey! Let’s go to the beach!”

We will race around, throw a few things in a backpack, grab snacks, make arrangements for the dog and get on the road. Sometimes we’ll spend the night; other times we’ll make it a daytrip. Yes, a 4-hour each-way day trip.

Why? Why not? 


Summertime and the living is easy


I was raised in a family that loved the “Sunday Drive”. Mom would make fried chicken, mashed potatoes and other items for an amazing picnic. All seven kids would pile into the station wagon and off we would go. Where? Anywhere. When we got hungry, we’d find the nearest park and have our picnic. Crazy? Yes. But fun, and wonderful memories.

My husband comes from a similar background, so we keep those memories going forward with our own versions of the “Sunday Drive”.

Last summer, it seemed like it rained every weekend, and we were anxious to go camping. One Saturday afternoon the sky cleared and my husband and I looked at each other and said, “Camp On!”

Sure it was already two p.m. but there was a great state park campground only thirty minutes away. This park is well loved so the campsites fill-up quickly. The internet showed only two possible open sites, so we knew we needed to hurry. We grabbed the tent and raced to the campground. Our idea was to establish our spot by putting up the tent, then return home and pack the food and the stove and the rest of the camping supplies. Sure enough, when we arrived, we had the choice of only two sites, and a car was right behind us to take the spot we didn’t.

After we set up the tent, we went back home to get the stove and food. Looking at the less than desirable camping food in our refrigerator, we realized we would have to stop at the grocery store. Unfortunately by now it was after five p.m. By the time we would buy food, drive back to the campsite, and set up the stove, we would be eating very late. No one wanted that, so we bought fried chicken, and side dishes at the grocery store, and ate at the picnic table outside out tent. It wasn’t as nice as cooking on a campstove, but it served it’s purpose. We did have a fire, roasted marshmallows, but the best time was just being together, playing board games late into the night. 

So this summer, when you are sitting around the house worried that you don’t have any plans, think of us. Jump in the car, head to the beach, head to the mountains, grab your tent or just go on a picnic. Be spontaneous! 





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