In this latest edition of The Stream, we are thrilled to feature professional photographer, Joe Hendricks and his family. Relatively new to the full-time lifestyle, the Hendricks clan has learned what they love about being on the road and Joe has taken some amazing pictures (you'll see!).
Tell us about yourselves:
One year ago, we went on a trip out west that would change our lives forever. On this trip, I saw my wife come alive in a way I hadn’t seen in a long time and my son had a whole new sense of adventure! I thought that it would be great to see them like this all the time, so we sold our house, bought an Airstream and started traveling America! We’ve been in our 2015 30ft Bunk Flying Cloud for a couple of months and it has been an amazing adventure so far! I make a living as a Landscape Photographer and my wife does all the business side of it. You can see my work at www.joehendricks.com.
What's your favorite Airstream Brands product(s)?
We love the insulated coffee mugs! They match the Airstream perfectly and keep our coffee hot :)
Tell us about your Airstream:
We have a 2015 30ft Flying Cloud Bunk model. It feels amazing to live in this thing! Shiny exposed aluminum everywhere, huge windows to see all the amazing sites with and it tows like a dream!
How long have you been an Airstream owner and how did it come to be?
We have owned our Airstream for four months. A year ago, we went on a trip out west that would change our lives forever. On this trip, I saw my wife come alive in a way I hadn’t seen in a long time and my son had a whole new sense of adventure! I thought that it would be great to see them like this all the time, so we sold our house, bought an Airstream and started traveling America!
How long have you been on the road? Pros/Cons of the lifestyle/greatest tips for those aspiring to become full-timers.
We have been full-time on the road for a little under two months. We started out fast, but have slowed down quite a bit. The hardest thing we have to deal with is seeing family and friends. We would love to see them, but we also need to make a living and get out and take pictures. We are learning that it’s great to see everyone for a day or two. After that, it’s good to get back on the road.
What’s the hardest thing about living on the road?
The hardest thing is deciding where to go to next and booking those places in advance so we actually have a place to stay.
What's the best trip you've been on?
Our time down in the Florida Keys was pretty amazing. A spot opened up at the last second right on the beach in Long Key State Park, so I booked and it we loved it! That’s the great thing about this lifestyle… We can just pick up and go whenever we want!
Where's your favorite place(s) to camp?
So far, we love staying in State Parks the best. They provide a ton of space and usually have some amazing things to do while camping there. The only downside is no sewer hookups, but they have great showers and they all have a dump station on your way out.
What’s the most important tip you can provide to someone that wants to own an Airstream?
Get the Airstream you want. We are a family of three with a 30ft trailer. It’s probably a little over kill, but it was the same price as a 27 International, so we are very happy with the extra amount of room that we have to spread out.
What’s the most important tip you can provide to someone that owns an Airstream?
Share your experiences with others. Try to put your problems and how you solved them online. The people who have done that, have been a huge help to us!
What are the top three places you want to go that you haven’t been?
Washington State, Yellowstone, California boondocking sites
What’s your road trip soundtrack?
We listen to everything literally. Austin (our four-year old) loves rock music. I love country, pop, jazz…. you name it. Rhonda is classic rock and country.
What are your must haves for your Airstream?
Vitamix, Velcro, wifi, bikes and a hammock.
What is your favorite motto or quote?
Life is meant to be lived. Get off the couch and get outside. - Joe Hendricks
What's the favorite gift you've ever received?
My dad coming into my life when I was five-years old.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Read the Bible slowly. Take it day by day and let it grow on you.
What is your greatest regret?
Regret is what you feel when life isn’t the way you want it to be. I don’t have any regrets.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Walking out of my airstream, seeing the mountains, knowing my family is secure and I’m doing what I love.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My Dad for being an amazing role model, and my son for showing me not to take life so seriously.
What are your most treasured possessions?
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Living on the road, making a living while doing it and seeing my family happy.