About Us

Strait Of Juan de Fuca, Washington, USA.  Photo by Tripscholars

About Us

Strait Of Juan de Fuca, Washington, USA.  Photo by Tripscholars

The seeds of this project were planted almost 30 years ago when Erica and Brandon met in college, both majoring in philosophy. Back then, their trips were often taken with their last $20 and the goodwill and auto mechanic skills of the people they went to see. They used to dream about being able to take road trips with a cassette narration about the history, cultures, and natural history of the places they drove through. What a long strange trip it has been since then, both personally and for the world! They have lived in the  beautiful states of Washington, Oregon, Hawai’i, and California. They have three kids, who have been their greatest teachers and inspirations in life. They enjoy planning their next adventures from their home base in Seattle, Washington. 

Erica (she/her) has spent her adult life in education and group facilitation. In traditional learning environments, she has been a public high school science teacher, Montessori school director, and a preschool teacher. Outside of that, she is also one of the founders of a thriving secular homeschool community in Seattle and has taught history and philosophy classes to homeschoolers. She has coached numerous creative problem solving teams, facilitated adult discussion groups, and has served as a both a political and naturalist volunteer. One of her primary roles as a home educator of self directed learners has been to seek out and curate resources for their children. She has invested hundreds of hours into web design and development. She often cries in museums and has kissed many rocks around the world. 

Brandon (he/him) works in the field of sustainability in health care, helping hospitals and surgery centers recycle their surgical equipment. This keeps it out of landfills and brings down the costs of healthcare. He manages large amounts of equipment as it moves through the cycle and has applied the business skills he has cultivated over decades to help Tripscholars launch as a sound and well organized venture. Before Covid, he traveled weekly all over the western United States. This has allowed the family to sometimes join him and to put his hard earned airline, hotel, and car rental points to excellent use. Brandon is passionate about sustainability and is always up for a conversation about electric cars and solar power! He is also an avid sailor and scuba diver.

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