Creekmoreworld.com began as a travel blog for exotic family adventures. In 2004, Trish was diagnosed with a dangerous breast cancer – triple negative. The real possibility of death made us rethink our lives, and together we committed to travel more if she survived. The girls were still babies then. In her chemo haze, Trish fantasized about taking a year off to travel the globe with them. It gave her the strength to continue the ghastly treatments.
When the kids got old enough to handle adventure travel, we set a goal to spend a year abroad. But rather than take a whole year off, we began doing a series of month-long trips. The kids love their school and we enjoy our careers, which fortunately permit us to travel quite a bit.
Almost half a year of travel took us far and wide on hundreds of adventures, all of which were live blogged and posted from the road, technology permitting.
But 2010 saw the cancer return again, before finally going metastatic in 2012. Those were difficult times for any young family, and we found ways to fight the doom and gloom. I blogged much of the struggle here, alongside our adventure travel.
Growing cancer didn’t stop us from going to Costa Rica, or Africa in the meantime. But it finally took her in October of 2012. She died stoically, and in peace that she had lived her life to the fullest.
We’ve completed 38 weeks of our original goal. Trish won’t be going with us except in spirit, but the girls and I will continue to do what we can to see the world and quest for adventure. The New York Times captured this so perfectly in a short documentary they filmed of the three of us.
In 2015, we started new adventures, joined by a loving step-mom and wife, Amanda. Amanda had traveled with us to Spain once, but our first big trips with her were Turkey and Indonesia. Amanda, naturally, had her own history of adventure travel that included most of South America and big parts of Europe and Central America.
Adventure travel has become not just a way to grieve and remember, but to blend and make new memories with our short time on earth.
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A little background
We are David, age 47; Amanda, age 38, Lily, age 13 and Emma, age 15. Washington D.C. is our home. We are avid scuba divers, circus artists, video game players and fans of heavy metal.
Contact us at Creekmoreworld at Gmail.com