365 Days. 50 States. The trip of a lifetime.

Too many times, people get caught up in a world driven by a need for things, not experiences.

But there are no guarantees in life.

No one takes their last breath wishing they worked one more day. Or owned one more possession.

What they do wish is that they had followed their dreams and passions. And that is exactly what this tour is about.

In a nutshell – to live with no regrets.

And that is what this trip is all about.

We are Jim and Mary Competti.

We have always loved to garden, cook, travel, write and create.

Those have always been and will always remain our passions.

But 8 years ago, we finally decided one day that we weren’t getting the chance to do those things that we loved nearly enough.

Like so many others, we were stuck in the daily grind of working traditional career jobs.

All in order, of course, to have the things and possessions you are supposed to have and strive for in a “normal” world.

But the funny thing is, all of that striving was keeping us doing what we loved most.

So we decided to change, simplify, and do what we loved.

It is amazing what happens when you simplify your life and follow your dreams.

You learn to live with what only matters. And you begin to realize that the only way you can ever be truly rich is to be rich with time.

The time to follow your passions and dreams.

For us, it led to finding a little 3 acre plot of land and creating a garden to grow our food. And a homestead to live out our dreams.

It also gave us the chance to write and speak about it all through a website we created to document the process.

And this fall, we are going to fulfill one more dream.

For one entire year, we want to travel the United States and see the sights and sounds this great country.

Why? To see and experience all of the things we love most. Backyard gardens, beautiful public spaces, people, culture, cuisine and more. And then write about it all!

It is for us, the trip of a lifetime to celebrate all of the things we love most.