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." 
This is the life less ordinary created by Justin and Patrice. 

Patrice Kopec
 Justin Lavigne

Patrice was born in Landing, NJ

---Born Aug 21, 1978


Born Oct 6, 1976 ---

1982 ---

Justin was born in Fort Hood, Texas

Moved from Dallas 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

(2000) Moved to Phoenix, AZ Joined Holy Cross Associates for a year of volunteer service.


 1999-2002 ---

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 University in pursuit of a Master's of Science in Recreation Management which he achieved in 2003.

Worked with VerusMed, until 2009 where she becam,e senior business writer.


Aug. 7, 2002---

Justin and Patrice met at a hiking club in Arizona

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


(2003) Conducted master program research in Denali National Park and Preserve.   Also acted as a backcountry hiking guide/naturalist for the Denali Backcountry Lodge.

We 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

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. 
   Oct 28 2006 
We Got Married

But, in 2011, they gave up ordinary life and a permanent address. The first leap of faith was hiking the Appalachian Trail and this became the catalyst for their life less ordinary. Since 2011, 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.

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

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

(2009) Patrice embarks on freelance writing career

(2011) We hiked the AT which we started June 6, 2011 and finished Oct. 24, 2011 

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

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

(2014 summer) We lived in Enterprise, OR where we ran RimRock Inn

(2014-2015) We are hiking the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand!