Meet Cherie & Chris & Kiki
We're Cherie Ve Ard & Chris Dunphy - two gen-X geeks who are utilizing technology to engage in a full-time mobile life.
Kiki is our Admiral of the Fleet, and keeps us in line.
We were both bloggers since before we met, and just continued sharing when our lives merged and started a little joint blog we randomly called 'Technomadia'.
We really have no objective here, than perhaps making some new friends along the way to share a glass (or three) of wine with.
Blogging has been a long time hobby for both of us, and we just simply enjoy creating this journal of our lives and perhaps provide some inspiration and resources along the way.
We consider this space our personal virtual living room. And we welcome you to hang out, interact and explore around.
We use the term technomad to describe our lifestyle:
Technomad: Technology enabled nomad.
(term coined by our friend and original technomad, Steven Roberts / www.microship.com)
Short Story of Technomadia
Chris started out solo in 2006 after wrapping up his Silicon Valley career in mobile tech. He hit the road in a tiny 16' travel trailer.
We soon after met online (Prius forum), fell in love and hit the road together. Our entire relationship has been while exploring a nomadic life together.
Cherie had run a software development business from her home for many years often working remotely while pursuing extended personal travels - including weekend camping trips in her pop-up trailer. She had often contemplated a full time RV nomad lifestyle, and was well positioned when she met Chris to jump right in.
Turns out we were aligned to be true partners not just in romance, but also in business and cat servitude. Over the years, we've merged our strengths and created our own business endeavors - ranging from consulting, app development, writing and now running the Mobile Internet Resource Center.
Our life is consciously created to be a long term, sustainable, mobile optimized lifestyle that combines our hi-tech careers with a rich and fulfilling life of love, travel, serendipity, community, adventure and amazing experiences.
We mix it up when we feel so inclined, and aren't tied to too many labels or presumptions.
We currently split our time RVing the USA in our vintage bus conversion and time on the water slowly pursuing the 'Great Loop'. And we have a van conversion to get between the two.
We have switched up our travel modality many times.. including: a 16' T@B trailer, a 17' Oliver Travel Trailer, a cottage in the US Virgin Islands, an Amtrak rail pass, backpacking Alaska, a 35' vintage bus conversion, a 47' motor yacht and a van conversion. What's next? An air ship? A space ship?
Here's a quick video introduction to us:
Explore around our site - use the menus above, the search function - you'll find tons of content. We've been filling this blog up since the beginning.
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Please click through to our 'Contact Us' page to read our preferences for being approached 'in real life'. (Quick summation: Yes, we'd LOVE to meet you... but PLEASE don't just show up at our dock or campsite.)
Meet Chris, Cherie & Kiki
Chris is a long-time technology geek, working in several venues of the Silicon Valley tech industry with a specialization in mobile technology. He's been a tech journalist, mobile tech industry spy and forged creating a mobile application ecosystem. He grew up traveling and living all over the world, including spending 3 years in Indonesia as a kid.
After traveling the world as an industry spy for Palm & PalmSource (a job just too good to give up), in April 2006 he evicted himself from his San Francisco penthouse apartment and launched into a technomadic lifestyle, making his life a living laboratory for mobile technology. He bought a T@B trailer, traded in his beloved hybrid vehicle and off he set... never imagining he'd meet a partner willing to sell her home and join him.
He’s also a pilot (he used to carry his ultralight paramotor with him), photographer and all around adventurer. He's the one you'll find writing the occasional big epic tech posts here.
Cherie Ve Ard
Cherie had wanderlust and technology in her blood from an early age - programming by age 7 and solo traveling the world by age 12. She grew up the daughter of an entrepreneurial tech pioneer dad and a common sense mom. She's been self-employed as a location independent software developer since 1992, managing some pretty large scale projects in the medical and government sectors.
At several times during her life she had contemplated becoming mobile full time, but the timing was never quite right until she met Chris and she made the leap to share 45 sq ft of mobile living space with this new dude she met on a Prius forum.
Cherie is passionate about inspiring others to live their lives by conscious intent, and abundance instead of scarcity.
She handles 98% of our social media - blogging, video creation and postings.
Born in a chicken coop on a llama ranch in Lebanon, Oregon and orphaned by her feral barn cat parents, Kiki found her way into Chris & Cherie's heart and joined Technomadia in late 2008, after a trial run on the road at the age of 7 weeks old.
She proved to be adaptable, sweet, spunky and photogeneic. She's known nothing else but travel. She's the real boss and brains behind Technomadia, and Admiral of m/v Y-Not.
She's kinda lazy about making blog posts and keeping up on Facebook - but you'll sometimes hear from her or see her make a cameo appearance in our videos.