BK Household Hits the Street for 6-Month Journey

By: Jinyen and Chris Carew


Area Coast, Florida

This isn’t a renovation piece, which is why I wasn’t highlighting it, however I’ve been renovating this home for the final six weeks or so. The factor is, I didn’t have that in my plans in December, so we’ve been staying fairly native for longer than anticipated, which has nonetheless been fairly adventurous, albeit a distinct sort.

It’s a superb factor although, as a result of this home wanted it.  It was my grandmother’s, and he or she stored it good and clear, but it surely’s outdated, so we up to date issues a little bit.

Now it’s a recent gem of a spot and earlier than we go away Florida I’m doing an exhibition there, of the works I made at my studio in Bushwick earlier than we left New York.  Additionally, my birthday was the 18th, so that is doubling as my fortieth party too.  In order that must be enjoyable.

Which brings me to our different ventures alongside our journey. I’m form of hooked on constructing issues and making concepts come to life, so we’re constructing bunch of issues on this journey.

One in every of this stuff is a lemonade model, based mostly off the lemonade stand Li-Yen and Brook Lyn made, referred to as Lemonland Lemonade (@lemonlandlemonade on Instagram).  Our daughters are superior and good, and we’re at present homeschooling them, so enterprise, advertising, design and hospitality are a number of of the electives they’re taking this yr. Jinyen and I’ve achieved quite a lot of design work – for our personal merchandise and for others – and advertising, additionally for our personal initiatives and for others. We’ve each achieved quite a lot of enterprise and hospitality too, so it’s all enjoyable, and we’re instructing them issues they might not be studying in class.

We will probably be promoting lemonade across the nation all yr lengthy, getting our recipe good, documenting it, and designing our labels, with the aim of moving into New York Metropolis Entire Meals places by 2023, then all over the place else.

That’s simply one of many longer-term ventures we’re engaged on. Others embody a salad-making machine.  Extra on that later.

Meals movies coming quickly.

Photo voltaic panel set up video coming quickly.

Enjoyable stuff!!!


Area Coast, Florida

So near ending this renovation, and so anxious to hit the street.

The meals locations alone have us excited!  Trying ahead to issues like lobster roll in Maine, jambalaya in Louisiana, hotdish in Minnesota, Frito Pie in New Mexico, and BBQ from Alabama, Texas, Kansas and The Carolinas.  All of them have their very own distinctive types, and so they’re all tasty!

To not point out the Mississippi Mud Pie, Cincinnati Chili, Boston Crème Pie, Georgia Peach Cobbler, and so many different native dishes — a few of which you’ll solely actually get in these locations.

The checklist is manner longer, however you get the purpose.

Aside from that we’ve simply been taking part in catch, cooking, consuming, test-shooting for movies and planning our subsequent strikes.

Subsequent week I’ll speak about a few of the different issues we’re engaged on, that we haven’t talked about but.  Keep tuned @theadventuresofus4


Area Coast, Florida (nonetheless)

Okay, so the temperatures all over the place north of Florida have been colder than we wish to be in, so we’re nonetheless in Florida.

Additionally, I’ve been serving to to renovate a household house for the previous few weeks — which must be achieved subsequent week — so hopefully the climate traces up round that point, as a result of we’re getting anxious to go away.  Not anxious sufficient to go away 50 and 60-degree days  for 20 and 30-degree days, however a little bit anxious.

We haven’t achieved a bunch of Florida touring since Christmas as a result of we’ve been doing a little much-needed catching up with household for the previous month or so.  Plus, we’re planning to loop again round to Florida this coming December, for Artwork Basel and Christmas once more.  That’s after we’re going to knock out the remainder of the state.

It’s tremendous rewarding to see the photo voltaic panels making electrical energy, and having the ability to monitor all of it on the my cellphone. Sure, there’s an app for that.

The women are having a blast operating across the woods with their cousins, using golf carts and chasing canine.

Jinyen is having fun with the climate and wildlife, and, in fact, cooking.

I swear we’re leaving Florida quickly…


Area Coast, Florida (leaving quickly!)

Lastly!  Photo voltaic panels are put in! Properly, apart from the 2 cables I needed to order last-minute after needing to… Nevermind.

However critically, for all intents and functions, they’re in, and Thursday the final items are available in. I actually simply plug these in and BUZZ!  Electrical energy from the solar.  You don’t know the way lengthy I’ve been wanting photo voltaic panels, so I’ll cease now.

Yesterday, SpaceX shot off a rocket, and we watched because the boosters returned to the launch pad. In order that was cool.  What number of locations on the planet do they shoot rockets from Earth to Area?  Not many, however look it up. 

Additionally, Jinyen made some tasty Chinese language meals for Lunar NYE dinner.  She all the time makes superb meals, and that’s why I’m making an attempt to get her to take advantage of her abilities for a YouTube channel, as a result of why not?

We scoured the web to create a listing of distinctive regional meals for our state-by-state meals tour of America, and now the residents of the World Broad Internet are serving to us determine precisely the place to go for the perfect model of these meals.

It’s a enjoyable analysis challenge, and we’re tremendous excited to go to the locations, eat the meals, and make movies about all of it.

Getting that YouTube channel all arrange now with some movies, so we are able to make a splash debut subsequent week, after we go away Florida!

Folks can comply with us on all of the social media platforms for the most recent updates…

Simply search @theadventuresofus4 or sort out ‘The Adventures of Us 4’


Area Coast, Florida (nonetheless)

Brrrr.  It’s chilly in Florida.  I imply, not NYC chilly, however like thirties-for-one-night chilly.

Plus, the trail from right here to Los Angeles is stuffed with a-little-too-cold temperatures in the intervening time, so we’re not dashing to go away but.

Bought the cost controller for the photo voltaic setup, so now we’re simply ready on the mounting brackets, so I can set up all of it (lastly).

We’re documenting principally the whole lot for our YouTube channel (going dwell quickly), so I’ve unboxing and set up movies to provide and edit.

Going to do some portray this week, and doubtless going to go again to Miami to indicate some artwork items earlier than we head north, then west.

Jinyen has been cooking superb meals like she all the time does, and we’ve determined to do a cooking sequence, as a result of why not?

Beginning to actually map out our meals locations, as a result of we’re producing a meals street journey sequence for YouTube too.

The plan is all coming collectively. Tons to do!


Area Coast, Florida (nonetheless)

Bought all of our photo voltaic panels lastly!  However nonetheless ready on another parts so we are able to set up the whole lot.  So shut!

SpaceX is capturing off rockets like loopy out right here.  About twice every week, it appears.

As we’ve been stalling in Florida, we’ve selected two new objectives:

1.) We’re visiting all the decrease 48 states in 2022.  (Perhaps we’ll get to go to Hawaii or Alaska too, if we’re fortunate.)

2.) We’re visiting all 47 of the Nationwide Parks within the decrease 48 states.

Oh, additionally, it’s in all probability going to be extra like a 10-month street journey, as a substitute of 6.

There’s rather a lot to see, and we’re engaged on a number of revenue streams that may permit us to journey year-round. Plus, we don’t know if we are going to ever do that once more, so we determine we are going to do it proper this time…


Area Coast, Florida (nonetheless)

Photo voltaic panels must be right here this week, however nonetheless ready for the cost controller, which ought to (hopefully) be right here subsequent week.

All the things prices extra time and/or cash since March 2020. Okay, effective.

Very appreciative of nature and wildlife in the intervening time.

The variety of birds in Florida proper now could be huge! Climate is good, however bugs that chew are plentiful.  Ocean breezes can blow them away although.  And bats and birds can eat them.  Isn’t it humorous how all these issues work collectively?

Loving trying on the stars and the planets and the moon, and the rockets launching in the direction of them.

Having fun with southern meals at southern costs.  

Taking it straightforward, and taking this time to get all of our plans in place.

Getting our curriculum to ensure that the ladies. Geography, historical past, zoology, geology, music, artwork, enterprise, house economics, design, actual property, astronomy, style, and extra.

That is principally the perfect area journey ever.

It’s going to be an awesome 2022.

Oh, and comply with us @theadventuresofus4 on Instagram & TikTok


Area Coast, Florida

Climate!  Not gonna lie, we’re fairly pleased after we hear it’s freezing in NYC, as we get pleasure from a heat, Florida New 12 months’s Eve.

After all, there’s no place like NYC.  The meals, the folks, the way of thinking, the faucet water.  (Fairly positive Montezuma could have a grudge in Florida that individuals don’t point out). Oh, and neglect about doing something after 10:00pm, except it’s a visit to Wal-Mart.

Booked some cool spots to remain for the following few months, from Texas to California.  Nonetheless uncertain of our actual departure date from right here (delivery delays), but it surely’s kinda good, truly. Daily in New York was a hustle, so we’re having fun with the gradual tempo, for now.

Anyhow, the ladies are having plenty of enjoyable, operating round with their cousins and their canine, whereas Jinyen has been cooking her coronary heart out.  All of the whereas, Chris has been capturing some photographs of the pure world – alligators, chickens, rabbits, lizards, birds, squirrels, planets, and the moon – for an upcoming exhibition.


Nonetheless in Florida.  Had a enjoyable Christmas with the household, noticed some very Florida Christmas issues — golf cart parade, anybody? — however nonetheless ready on these photo voltaic panels.

We’re taking this time to work out the finer particulars of the place we’re going, and we are able to’t wait to hit the street once more.

For the following leg of our journey we’re going from Florida to California, by way of Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.  We’re actually making an attempt to take a look at this rodeo in Fort Value in the course of January, however apart from that we’re not caught to any dates but.

We do have to begin choosing some dates for these high-demand California coastal campgrounds although, as a result of final cross-country street journey we realized the arduous manner that these get booked waaaaay upfront.

So, rodeos, canyons, huge landscapes, southern meals, riverboats, and reservations are subsequent.  Tremendous excited!

Additionally, I dropped my first NFT : )

Till subsequent week…


The Adventures of Us 4. We’ve had the RV for about 3 weeks, and it’s been enjoyable to this point!

Our first cease, on the best way to Artwork Basel in Miami, was Washington DC.  There we meet up with a pal, and shot our first meals journey episode at Ben’s Chili Bowl, a DC staple.

After dinner, it’s off to Florida.  Needed to make a number of stops, however made it to Miami on Friday.  Simply in time to get the large Uhaul for the popup artwork gallery Chris has deliberate.

Met some cool folks, offered some artwork, hit the seaside. Monday comes, and we’re off to Key West.

The Keys are lovely, however not so RV-friendly when you aren’t staying in a campground – which we received’t be doing very a lot on this journey.  That’s why we’re upgrading with SOLAR PANELS!  So we are able to go off-grid so long as attainable.

After The Keys, we head again to the Area Coast to hold with household for the vacations, get accustomed to our new house on wheels, and get the rig prepared for the lengthy street journey forward earlier than setting off…

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