Nov 25, 2014


Trying to give some sense of scale to the trees at Fort Frederica

We are ambling towards Florida for a couple months this winter, and after our fun but ‘getting too cold’ time in Columbia SC wanted to head south to warm up again. MsBoyink found the county-owned Blythe Island Regional Park (great acronym here) and we headed there for a few days of full hookups and onsite laundry. It’s a nice park with some great trees and some of the longest pull-through…   Read More >>

Nov 23, 2014

Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai was film released in 1957. Set during World War II, the film depicts a group of British prisoners of war being held by the Japanese. After the group arrives at the camp, the Japanese commanders and a British officer argue over whether or not laws allow for manual labor for officers. The officers are punished for their independence. Eventually, the officers are released from…   Read More >>

Nov 21, 2014


Jack Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was the youngest of three children, but his older brother died of rheumatic fever at the age of nine. When Kerouac was six years old, two years after his brother had died, he gave his first Sacrament of Confession. He’s says that during the meditation, he heard God tell him that he had a good soul, and that…   Read More >>

Nov 19, 2014

Startup Weekend - Boyink’s Take

Boyink presents at Startup Weekend

This was my 3rd Startup Weekend, and it appears that I require a full two years to recover from the experience as my first one was in 2010, and the second in 2012. So - why Columbia, SC in 2014? I’d love to say we did a bunch of research around the hottest tech scenes in the country, intersected that with where there were Startup Weekends planned, and matched our…   Read More >>

Nov 18, 2014

Startup Weekend - Harrison’s Take

Harrison (in the Fedora) in the crowd at Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend in a sentence: A place where many types of people come together, some to try to start businesses, some to help start those businesses, all in 54 hours. If I were to add another sentence: Sometimes these weekends will have prizes for the project some judges choose as the best. Friday night, there were about 25 projects pitched (for that night, pitches were one minute presentations about the…   Read More >>

Nov 18, 2014

Miranda’s Take on Startup Weekend

The winning BiblioTech team includes the Boyink kids

Boyink’s note: StartupWeekend is an event where people pitch business ideas, the crowd votes on them, then form teams to try and build that new business (or product) over a weekend. I had started one in West Michigan in 2010, attended again in 2012, and wanted to do one again. They happen all over the world so it was just a matter of getting lucky with route and timing. I…   Read More >>

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Howdy! We are the Boyinks - a family of four who left Holland, Michigan for a one-year family roadtrip around the USA and ended up with a new life. We sold our house, gave away most of our stuff, and are now full-time 'technomads' - traveling while still working and schooling. Read more about us, view the map of our travels, or read entries from our travel journal.

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