I’m Cate and I have a passion for oysters, wine, sushi and live music. I once ate 87 oysters in one night and I was told by my 8th grade music teacher that I would pass only if I lip synced. I passed, but, that has not stopped me from singing every song I love at the top of my lungs in every public arena possible.
After living the “ordinary life” in New York for 9 years, I decided it was time to shift priorities. I dropped it all to fulfill a dream to travel and see the world. This past year I have traveled through London, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru and Ecuador. I have love affairs with regions and countries, and have fallen deeply in love with different and diverse people I have met along the way.
I learned that I didn’t want to live the life others thought I SHOULD be living but rather focus on things that are important to me. I am figuring it out as I go. I continue to be curious (and sometimes scared) about the unknown, but I wouldn’t change this journey for anything. Ok, maybe for 87 oysters. You paying?
Travel is different for everyone, it means something different to every person. For me it is a necessity—it’s a way of life.
See you out there,
Who would have thought after growing up in a small southern town with one stop light, population of 509. I would survive eight years in New York city, population of 8 million.
Shrimp and grits, sweet tea, college basketball and a good ‘ole dance party make any day more perfect.
I have loved music for as long as I can remember. If you play your cards right, you might get to see the video of 7 year old me, dancing around the house with my hair brush singing Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl.”
My passion for live music has led me see a lot of this country, but I’ve only scratched the surface. I’ve spent summers (and cold winters) driving, bussing, training and flying around the East Coast to see just a few (ok, that is an understatement) Dave Matthews Band shows.
My first trip to California was a month ago, and yes, it was for a Dave concert. Well, fine, two concerts.
I have always dreamed of packing a bag and heading out to see this country. I have just never had the cojones to actually do it.
Last year, my mother, my rock, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Watching her battle this horrific disease and undergo a very grueling surgery made me realize that there is no better time to live than now. What was I waiting for?
My bags are packed, my Dave iPod is in the car and I am ready to go.
Can’t wait to see y’all.
We met 11 years ago.
On a tour bus.
A band’s tour bus.
A mutual friend of ours had a wild idea to gather 12 crazy kids to follow our favorite band on their East Coast tour. Seven days later, we walked off that bus, not knowing that we had created the foundation of a friendship that would grow and evolve over the next 11 years. We thought we were just the two blondes under 21 who had to sneak into every bar (oops, secrets out!).
We were reunited in NYC when Michelle moved there 8 years ago and the rest is, well, as they say, history.
We share a mutual love of live music and nights with friends and good wine. We are addicted to laughter. We’ve found ourselves in the most unusual circumstances and locations, meeting some of the most interesting people along the way.
People have told us “you are so lucky to be traveling!” This isn’t about luck. Yes, we are very fortunate to have the means and ability to make this trip happen, but this is about choices. Luck implies something out of our control. Life is about choices.
We made the choice to follow our hearts, to get behind the wheel, and see what this country has to offer.
Everyone has a story to tell, we can’t wait to hear yours. And, of course, share ours with you.
xo, Cate and Michelle