We are Caleb and Marci Larsen. We met in art school and got married in 2003. In the past eight years we’ve lived in Kalamazoo, MI, Portland, ME, Seattle, WA, Providence, RI, Tulum, Mexico, Hancock, MI, and now, Calumet, MI. This nomadic lifestyle has mostly been for fun, to experience different cities and parts of the world.

Caleb is an artist with his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Marci has a degree in art and is a freelance social worker volunteering at Hogar Infantil, a children’s home in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico.

Caleb grew up in Hancock, MI a small town in the center of the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Marci, the daughter of missionaries, grew up in Budapest, Hungary and lived under communism, then saw the fall of the Iron Curtain, then the rise of democracy – she speaks fluent Hungarian.

For the past few years we have been living on a whim…embracing the tangent so to speak. It, rather unexpectedly, lead us to live in Tulum, Mexico for a year. One day in July of 2009 we were looking for apartments in New York city, however, three weeks later we were living on the Caribbean coast. We had intended to stay for a couple of months, but wound up not leaving.

In October 2010, we were in Hancock, MI visiting Caleb’s parents. A frequent family hobby is looking at land for sale – never buying, just window shopping. This time we saw 20 acres on Bootjack Road, the same road that Caleb was originally born on and one that has significant sentimental meaning to the Larsen family. We made a phone call, prayed about it, and put in an offer the next week. Our offer was accepted and we became the proud owners of 20 acres of lush, marshy, cedery, slashy forest. It is definitely a diamond in the rough. After two years of living out of suitcases, we now own this land. We are voluntarily tied to it. It is to be a landing pad, a comma, a constant in our wanderings. A place to call home for longer then until the lease is up.

We’ve decided to build a cabin (‘camp’ in local parlance) and will be blogging about the experience. From our inspirations, plans, triumphs, to our failures, frustrations, and utter devastations – this is our return to Bootjack.