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More Traveling, Please

I’m skipping over our trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In my last entry I stated it would be next. I will get back to it along with other adventures soon. Today I’m dedicating the blog to my best friend. My amazing wife, Amy.

Amy has a good job. She works hard. I both appreciate her job and loathe it. This good job takes my friend away from me for long hours.

“There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.” ~ Mark Twain

Amy and I work great together. I am happiest when she is by my side. We sync up and get the job done. I’m a daydreaming creative man who moves from one idea to the next. Amy grounds me, encourages me and shows me the way. She is a get it done kind of woman. I feel lost when she is not around.

This October Amy and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. I know what you’re thinking. How can these two kids have been married that long? It’s true though. Half our life on this planet has been together. We’ve weathered some tough times. We’ve reveled in the good times. And we love the result of our twenty year union.


How could you not love those results? These four beautiful children bring a certain amount of stress, worry and frustration into our life. It’s not all bad, they out weigh all of that with an overwhelming amount of joy. Pure unconditional love and moments so precious you wish time would stop.

This is why I loathe Amy’s job. I suppose it sounds selfish. But I think it is okay to be selfish with time. As I said her job is good. It has all the benefits you could want in a good job. Overall she enjoys her job. And yet I still loathe it.

When Amy and I had Kaitlyn everyone said “Enjoy this time, it will go by so fast!”. Some people don’t see that. I did. Right from the start I wanted all the time I could with this amazing little girl. Time marched on and three more children (Emily, Kyle and Ella) were added to our Family. Now we’re a big Family and I love it.

I want my Family, who loves nature, to see more of it. All of it. I want to travel with them so much more. I want more of the silly jokes and memories made together while on road trips to and from beautiful places. I want to experience many more of those hushed moments and happy tears as they see a new place for the first time.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~ John Muir

Those moments are not going to come from a good job. A good job means you settle into a routine. You pay bills. You share silly memes with one another. The kiddos go to school. Life pushes forward relentlessly as you go through your days. Every now and then you stop and realize how fast time is going by.

I’ve discovered that time moves much slower when we’re together as a Family. My Family has noticed this as well. On our most recent trip we joked about how long the days were. It felt like we had spent two weeks in Estes Park, CO. When, in fact, we only spent three days.

So, the goal moving forward is this. Get Amy fired! Okay, that won’t work. Leaving the question “What will work”? This is a serious question. One Amy and I have pondered. What we want is to home school the kiddos and travel at least once a month, if not more. There are some logistical problems. Problems we would like to have. Problems I know we could solve. First is funding. In fact, it is the biggest problem. Isn’t it always?

There was a time when I thought being the best photographer I could be would lead to funding for our Family to travel more. It went the wrong direction and I traveled without my Family. I didn’t like it. My work suffered because of the separation.

Nothing I do without Amy is successful. In our twenty year marriage I have learned this over and over. However, everything I do with Amy is successful. This has been proven to me again and again. She is an incredibly hard worker. She is dedicated. She is focused. I need this if I ever hope to be successful in my endeavors. Right now she is working hard at her job. She is dedicated to it. She is focused on it. I’m jealous they have such a great person working for them. I’m jealous she is not working with me.

I want to offer Amy a GREAT JOB! One that involves more time with our Family and much more traveling together. To do that I need clients. Clients who wish to benefit from a daydreaming creative man, his hard-working woman and amazing children. Clients who want authentic content. Clients who want to support an amazing Family in achieving unrealistic goals. All we ask in return is some traveling money and those benefits I mentioned earlier. That’s it.

With Amy we cannot lose. I guarantee it.

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“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” ~ John Muir

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Keep scrolling to read the story of our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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It Would Be Sensible Not To Go

Margaret and Edward Gehrke loved the National Parks. Edward loved taking photographs of their visits to the parks. Margaret kept a beautifully written journal of their travels. The quote below is from Margaret’s journal in the summer of 1921 while close to Lassen Volcanic National Park. The roads were treacherous and to go would be dangerous.

“It would be sensible not to go. To be sensible is to be commonplace. To be commonplace is unpardonable. I shall regret this decision.” ~ Margaret Gehrke

The Gehrke’s had no children. Amy and I have four children and for us, traveling is often financially irresponsible. When presented with the opportunity to travel we pour over the bills. The reasons not to go always out weigh the reasons to go. That is until we arrive at our destination.

On our recent trip to Rocky Mountain National Park we watched every dime as we stopped for gas and food. Compared our funds on hand to the travel days lurking ahead. Each trip starts with a well calculated budget which we must adhere to.

Those worries melt away at the first sight of snow capped mountains as we arrive at Estes Park, CO. Amy’s eyes tear up as she takes in the view from the car. She looks at me with a knowing smile and says “This was a good idea”.

“Let those who will buy lands and horde money, we will have our memories, glad memories of golden experiences together” ~ Margaret Gehrke

As a photographer I cannot pass up the opportunity to capture a beautiful sunrise. This means waking up early in the morning, 4:30AM to be exact. Fortunately for me I am not alone in wanting to chase the morning light. Kaitlyn, Emily and Kyle all woke up early with me and joined me at Sprague Lake. Amy and Ella slept in.

We all enjoyed the incredible scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park. Each morning we would open the curtains, stop for a moment, and take in the view. Some of us were content to sit on the porch, sip our coffee, linger around the room and enjoy the view between naps. While some of us could not wait to be in the mountains hiking through snow. To immerse ourselves in the surrounding scenery. Somehow we found a comfortable balance between the two. I chose to photograph the scenery.

These precious memories made together are worth more than any amount of money. The time spent together now brings our family closer. As time marches on and our children grow Amy and I will have these incredible moments to reflect on.

Fuhrman Family At Rocky Mountain National Park

June 24, 1934 – “Sunday at Rose Den. The twilight hour is here: I look out to the dark clouds on the mountain sides. . . Towards evening we have gotten our things together for quick packing in the morning. Our stay here in Rose-Den comes to an end. Will we come back again? I wonder.” ~ Margaret Gehrke

We hope our blog will inspire you to seize the day. Travel when the opportunity arises and ask yourself “If not now, when?”

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Next on the blog: Our trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park this past fall.

Fuhrman Family at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah

Last Look At 2014

This past year our family covered many miles. We love traveling by car!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/d24/81930526/files/2014/12/img_0703.jpgWe played in local state parks here in Missouri.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/d24/81930526/files/2014/12/img_0225.jpgVacationed in Branson, MO.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/d24/81930526/files/2014/12/img_0355.jpgAnd hit the open road to explore the wide open expanse of the west. As the miles rolled by we joked, napped and peered out the window at the ever changing landscapes.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/d24/81930526/files/2014/12/img_2093.jpgThe entire family continues to talk about the places we visited. To laugh about the inside jokes that came from hours in the car. And to dream about the next adventure.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/d24/81930526/files/2014/12/img_6484.jpgIt was so amazing to spend time with my family like this. To show them some of the places I had been to without them.

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/d24/81930526/files/2014/12/img_1036.jpgNow we look forward to 2015. The time together during the next 365 days of possibilities. Visiting places we have not yet seen. Going back to favorite spots. And enjoying the moments that spring up as we explore together.

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An Adventurous Family

As 2014 ends I have come to realize I am less a photographer and much more a storyteller. The story I tell is one of a family who enjoys spending an abundant amount of time together. We play, travel, explore and enjoy each other’s company even when the moments are quiet and calm.

As 2015 marches on Amy and I will reach the top of the hill, not quite over it. Our four children will continue to grow like weeds with our two oldest leading the way as a tween and the other solidly into her teenage years.

As always we will laugh. Sometimes at each other. At times we will disagree. Some days will no doubt be boring. Others will be beyond exciting. And at the end of the day we’ll always remember to say “I love you” as we say goodnight.

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