Chris and Kristin, the latest Investigators
Above: Chris and Kristin and their Honda Element
Roberto Chocolate, The Retirement Detective is proud to announce the hiring of the first new investigators to join the Retirement Detectives team. Here is their story:
The Newest Investigators!
Quitting their jobs, selling their possessions, and fitting all of their remaining earthly belongings into a Honda Element equipped with a pop-top camper, Chris and Kristin set out in July of 2008 from San Francisco, CA, for an epic road trip across North, Central, and South America.
Kristin, age 33, grew up in Massachusetts but moved to Berkeley to attend chemistry graduate school. Chris, age 36, was lured from his home state of Wisconsin to California during the dot-com days. In their previous lives, Chris managed the development of custom software applications while Kristin worked in various research and science-policy positions.
Shortly after they were married in 2006, Kristin and Chris had the brilliant plan of living 3000 miles apart for 1 year as they both pursued important career opportunities. They have always dreamed of traveling, so to reward themselves for surviving that painful year, they began researching different travel destinations as soon as they were living in the same city again.
When Chris first came up with the idea of driving to Argentina, Kristin thought he was fairly nuts, but it turns out lots of people have done it. While the world-record for driving the entire Pan-American highway from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Ushuaia Argentina is under 25 days, they decided to take a it a little slower.
They spent 2 leisurely months driving from San Francisco to Boston to Florida, to see the sites but mainly to visit family before setting out on their true adventure south of the border. They entered Mexico on September 8, 2008, and have been having the time of their lives ever since. 2 months in Mexico, 5 months in Central America, and now over 1 month in South America, they have learned Spanish, met wonderful people, and seen spectacular sites.
They plan to end their trip at the southernmost point of Argentina some time in January of 2010.
They are especially excited about being the newest investigators on the Retirement Detectives team, as they want people to share their adventure and learn more about the wonderful countries they have visited.