“Itch On” is a kind of a travel blog and kind of place to share some thoughts. It chronicles the adventures of Caleb Belohlavek and Sandy Alves, in what is planned to be a one-year trip counter-clockwise around the country. Over the next year we plan on going from California to Florida, up the East Coast, across the top (with some stops in Canada), and then back down the left coast back to our home in Grass Valley, California. It’s a place where we can tell people what we are doing, and stay in touch with our family and friends.
Why “Itch On”?
Well, for most of our 30+ years together we have shaken up our lives with a major change about every seven years. It’s just how we are wired (mostly Sandy), and we recognize when it is going to happen. So, in 2003, when we bought a little ranch in Grass Valley, we decided to call it The Seven Year Itch (or the 7YI Ranch for short). Our original plan was to stay there for about… you guessed it – seven years. Well, in the end, we stayed there for twelve and counting. But that itch was still there and it sorely needed scratching.
So, in the Summer of ’15, we bought an Airstream trailer, and decided to head off for awhile. We stocked up the trailer with food and cocktails, solar panels, and some special wi-fi equipment so Sandy could work on the road. Caleb decided to take a year off from work to get some rest and do some writing. We had a few plans, but mostly just a general direction toward which we wished to point our truck and coach.
But the trailer needed a name, and thanks to our friend Barbara, we ended up with “Itch On!”
Thus the name for the blog.
Thus the name for the trailer.
And thus our philosophy: “Keep scratchin’ that itch – wherever it may take you!”