About Us

Entrepreneur Seth Godin says:  "Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from." 

The history of the Wandering La Vignes goes back to 2002, when Justin and Patrice met at a hiking club in Arizona. They dated, married and had successful, growing careers. For many years, it was a very status quo life, moving from homes and jobs around the country and adventuring when they could.  But, in 2011, they gave up the ordinary life and a permanent address.  Since then, they have worn many hats, merging their respective careers and talents to create a life fueled by their love of the outdoors where they can work and play together. 

This is the life less ordinary created by Patrice and Justin.
Patrice (Kopec) La Vigne
 Justin La Vigne

Patrice was born in Landing, NJ

---Born Aug 21, 1978


Born Oct 6, 1976 ---

1982 ---

Justin was born in Fort Hood, Texas

Moved from Texas to New Jersey 

Attended Roxbury High School 
in Succasunna, NJ




Attended Seton Hall Preparatory School  in West Orange, NJ

Attended King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA 
Bachelor's of Arts in English and Spanish




Attended York College in York, PA
Bachelor of Science in Community Recreation

 Studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain ---Summer 1999    Summer 1998--- Attended the Walt Disney College Program in Orlando, FL

Moved to Phoenix, AZ for a year of volunteer service through the Holy Cross Associates program



Worked as a Recreation Program Specialist at Morris View Nursing Home in NJ

Worked with St. Joseph the Worker, a nonprofit dedicated to job placement for homeless and low-income individuals



Moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University in pursuit of a Master's of Science in Recreation Management, which he achieved in 2003

Worked at VerusMed, where she became senior
business writer


Aug. 7, 2002---

Justin and Patrice met at a hiking club in Arizona

They both worked as event coordinators for 3D Racing (adventure races)


Justin conducted his master program research in Denali National Park and Preserve, where he was a backcountry hiking guide/naturalist for the Denali Backcountry Lodge.

They moved to Danville, VA, and bought a house, which would eventually become a 
rental property.


  2004 - 2006---

Justin worked as assistant director of outdoor recreation in Danville, VA

   Oct 28 2006 
They got married

(2006) Justin worked as a land tour manager for 
VanGuard Cruises (via Holland America Cruise Line) in Alaska

(2007 - 2011) 
They lived in Penacook, NH, and Justin worked
as Director of Parks and Recreation for Hopkinton, NH

(2009) Patrice embarks on freelance writing career

(2011) They hiked the Appalachian Trail southbound, 
starting on June 6, 2011 and finishing on Oct. 24, 2011 

(2012-2013) They lived in Bluemont, VA,
and ran Bears Den Trail Center and Hostel

(2013 summer) They ran the Gear and Go Tour
 for Backpacker Magazine

(2014 summer) They lived in Enterprise, OR,
where they ran RimRock Inn, a remote lodge

(2014-2015) They hiked Te Araroa in New Zealand!