About Us

Thanks for finding us!  We are Abi and Patti, and we’ve been traveling through life together for 39 years.

Porto, Portugal - May 2015

Porto, Portugal – May 2015

In 2011, after 30+ years of living/working in the Bay Area, CA, we retired from our careers, sold our home, dramatically downsized our possessions and moved to Ashland, OR.  We bought an amazing 107-year-old home, which was/is a Bed & Breakfast Inn, and took on the challenge of restoring the home. It was a true labor of love and the lifestyle of an innkeeper is like no other.  Here are a couple of posts to give you a glimpse into our lives as innkeepers. You’ll find more in our archives – Hospitality Intrigue.

If I Had a Nickel ~

What the Innkeeper Won’t Tell You ~

In 2014, just 3 1/2 years in to our lives as innkeepers, the universe presented us with an opportunity to make perhaps the biggest and boldest change to date.  We sold our inn, downsized our possessions even further and packed what was left into a 16′ big yellow truck we named, Big Betty, and drove across America; landing in the state of Maryland.  We’ve never lived on the east coast so it’s a new time zone and a new life.

On a whim, I started writing a blog for our inn, with the primary purpose of bringing exposure to the inn and it provided a window for those who wanted to know where/how we were.  In the process, I released the creative writer and very amateur photographer in me.  I also discovered I have a voice, which in turn led to the launch of One Road at a Time in October, 2012.

We have chosen Maryland as our home base primarily to live near our son and daughter-in-law, and from here we plan to continue to travel the world and redefine retirement… One Road at a Time.

You can contact us at:  Patti@OneRoadAtATime.com

Kashan, Iran - March 2015

Kashan, Iran – March 2015


34 Responses to About Us

  • I just love this whole idea and it is so fun to read about your journeys. I really enjoyed your trip across the country last time. I will keep reading! Gotta take one road at a time right to my house. Lot’s of great history and wonderful sights to behold here in this beautiful state. Have fun and keep on writing (and truckin’).

  • Hi Patti & Abi,

    I am so glad you reached out Patti and that we have connected! I love your story and the “one road at a time” approach. We seem to be kindred spirits as far as creating a major new beginning after decades on one particular path. It takes guts to shake it up and really dare to reinvent yourself but it is so rewarding! While I admire people who take that to such an extent that they embark on circumnavigating the globe, like you, I focus on one particular journey at a time and then love coming home to “process” it and share what Ive learned with others! Look forward to staying in touch! Meg

    • Hi Meg ~
      Thanks so much for the message, it is a pleasure to connect with you as well. I have been following your blog and look forward to reading/learning more! I have so many plans not only for traveling but for the growth of the blog and we definitely have similar paths for our blogs! Sadly… patience has never been my best asset, not even in the running. I seem to be keenly aware of the phrase, “Life is short” now more than ever and so it is an exercise in patience with me every day. Some days are better than others! Okay, really, I suck when it comes to patience! 🙂

  • Simply inspiring. Optimism keeps us alive. Congratulations Patty, keep it up!!!

  • What a neat story you guys! It’s very much along the lines of what we think we might want to do one day, starting with moving to Portland, maybe opening a B&B, etc. I’m excited to read your blog and catch up on your adventures! We’ll have to swing by and see you guys when we’re in Oregon!

    Maria and Skyler

    • So nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by! You are living one of my dreams, the ultimate road trip! Please do stop in if you find yourself in Ashland!

  • Inspiring story! There is no time like now! Wishing you happiness and fulfillment in your journey!

  • Patti
    You have been nominated for the Super sweet blogging award 🙂

  • Dear Patti,

    You have very much impressive blog, we like it very much. Dreaming to explore Nepal Himalaya ?? You are inviting to explore Nepal Himalaya with us. Visit our website for the further in details. If you have any questions, do let us know. for the further information http://www.gokyotrekking.com.np , http://www.gokyotreks.com.np (Deutsch) and http://www.ammarguni.com.np

    Thank you and welcome to see you in Nepal.

    With best regards,
    Ammar Raj Guni

  • Patti, you should write a book about the people you’ve met at the Inn. It would be great!

  • Hi, Nice history and when you decide is time to road in Argentina, you hava a house where stop in the Middle of our contry. We are a travel familly and we love histories like your. Keep in touch, nice blog. Regards

  • Patti, it is so nice to meet you. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m really looking forward to read your posts and follow your journey!
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  • Great idea for a business, we are also thinking of opening a hostel in a couple of years 🙂
    Lovely blog, guys! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work and travel safe!
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    • Thanks so much for finding us – it’s great to connect with you as well and good luck with the future plans for a hostel.

  • Patti!
    I just love your blog and the Inn and travel tales. What luck to have known when to pull the plug and head for new adventures. Abagail’s in of itself is a book! We envy you with all the past adventures and all the new ones to come! We be coming up your way soon so hopefully we can get together for lunch or dinner before your big season starts! Give my love to Abi! My total favorite guy at the RDA and continuing on!

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  • What a great story! I live in Portland and have been to Ashland but never often enough. I always say to my husband “we could live here” when we visit. I seem to say that quite a lot which is why we’re gearing up to become backpack and rollie retirees in the very near future. Hitting the road to wherever as long as the Fates allow.
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  • Hi Patti,

    I am writing to ask your permission to use your photos of Fort Laramie for a project I am working on through Western Wyoming Community College. I really appreciate your help and thanks so much in advance:)!!

  • I loved coming across your blog!! Lots of fun reading your adventures.

  • You are doing about the same thing we are! We’ve been retired and traveling since June/2015 and we love it. It is going to be fun following each other and maybe meeting up sometime.

  • Just discovered your blog. Looks awesome! We are from the Bay area as well. Now living in Boquete, Panama and based here for our South American travels.

    John and Susan

    • Hello John and Susan. Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello. I’m heading over to say hello to you at Latitudeadjustment and wishing you continued safe travels.

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We are Patti and Abi. We retired early to live a simpler life, travel the world and hopefully, inspire others to redefine retirement.


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