I’m Amy and I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, the sunshine state. I first fell in love with the world when I climbed to the top of a temple in Tikal, Guatemala. Standing above the tree tops, looking over the world as far as the eye could see, I knew I had to keep chasing that feeling.
I wanted to be an entertainer from a young age. I wanted to bring joy to the world but I adhered to some of the worst advice. They said that’s a nice dream but pick a career that will make money. I listened and went to UCF which is a great state university which has a really great business program where I got a very practical business degree which I used to get a good paying desk job with good benefits and dental insurance. I thought this is what I’m supposed to do. I need to sit at my desk to earn money to pay for the things I enjoy doing. And each day that passed, I enjoyed it a little bit less.
One day I was camping in North Florida with Erik and as dusk approached a thousand fireflies descended to our wooded haven. I got a surge of feeling ‘why am I not pursuing this?’ When we returned, I started this blog.
My name is Erik Moore. I am an avid outdoors-man with a love for nature and all the animals that call it home. I currently live with the better-half of Puzzle Piece Travels in Orlando, Florida. But my story starts in the Rocky Mountains in western Canada. My hometown is Calgary, Alberta, which is a city located on the doorstep of the mountains. But also a short distance from other terrific lands such as Dino Valley, which is home to the Canadian badlands, filled with the bones of great reptiles that once roamed the earth.
For me, most of my childhood was spent running barefoot through the woods and exploring Kananaskis Country. This area is known for its world-renowned ski resorts and breath taking mountain views. I can’t count the amount of hours I spent there growing up and developing a passion for the outdoors. My high school weekends were spent camping in the back-country during the summer or playing ice-hockey on a stretch of frozen river during the brilliant winter.
As I grew up, I continued to explore my neck of the woods but I was also blessed with a family that loved to travel. On my mom’s side, we regularly flew across the ocean to Norway where we stayed in a tiny boathouse cottage that my family has owned for over a century. This boathouse hasn’t changed at all since it’s original construction meaning that the lack of electricity and running water forced me to spend all of our 6 week vacation outside. We had to catch our own fish for dinner but if we failed the nearest store was a 15-minute boat ride away. This store was also where the only showers and laundry machines were located for miles around.
In addition to Norway, I have been to Cuba, the Bahamas, and about 38 of the 50 United States. My father’s side of the family loved to hit the open road for summer adventures, as we often drove coast to coast in the Canadian summers. If I were to add all the days I’ve spent on the road with my family, it would be more than 4 months. Needless to say, I’ve seen a lot of countryside and had to deal with countless mishaps in strange lands but I have also been blessed with hundreds of take-your-breath-away moments.
I’ve seen the wide open badlands of Texas and New Mexico, the cascading falls in Niagara (Canadian side is better!). I’ve awed at the towering Teton Mountain range as I drove through the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico. I’ve raced though the rolling hills of Maine and Vermont. I’ve marveled at the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Louisiana and all the neighboring states. I’ve spent time in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. I’ve walked under the Gateway to the West in St. Louis, and seen the glorious rainbows soaring over breaching Humpbacks in Hawaii ….but the list could go on for pages.
What I’m getting at is that I love to travel, as does my partner-in-crime Amy Pelham, and we hope you do as well.
So join us, as we take on the outdoors and the adventures awaiting in the great unknown. We hope that you find us a reliable resource for travel tips, but also a good escape where you can daydream while being immersed in our stories.