About Us

We are Mark, Alison, Markey, and Samson. Our story started 10 years ago while we grew up in Columbus, MS, dated in high school, went to Mississippi State University, and married. We both got our Bachelor's and Master's degrees from MSU. Mark got his Master's in Business Administration, while Alison got her Master's in Mathematics. We moved back to Columbus and found teaching jobs at our local community college. We were living a pretty average life. Going to the Y to work out, going to Zachary's to share a turkey bacon wrap and a beer, walking Samson around south-side, and attending Annunciation Catholic Church.

Our life changed when we bought a 36 foot sail boat and decided to travel around. We quit our jobs in May of 2011, sold our house in 12 days, sold our furniture, gave away most of our clothes, and moved to Gulf Shores to work on our boat, Open Book.

While working on the boat we found out we would become parents to our sweet little boy Mark III. We are still working to get the boat ready and we only have a few more projects left.



Alison, Mark III (Markey), and Mark.

Samson, our 7 year old Yorkshire terrier



Open Book will be our mode of transportation to see the world along with diverse cultures.



This blog is for our family, friends, and dreamers to see our struggles and our mishaps as we embark on this chapter of our life. We are excited but a little nervous to see how this journey will unfold.

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