We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian and Anna Maria Rogalski and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brian and Anna Maria, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Our thought has always been that without taking risks, you will stay stuck in a rut and never develop. If you take the easy route, you will not have the opportunity to see and experience new things. Anything worth doing or achieving requires taking a risk. But taking risks goes hand-in-hand with faith. You must have faith that things will work out the way they are meant. That achieving what you are aiming for can be achieved with risk, hard work and faith.

Taking risks has been a major factor in our life. It has led to better career and educational opportunities, improved living conditions, and personal growth. In this latter stage of our life, we have opted to take the risk of giving up all our material comforts and live on a limited budget to travel the nation full-time in our Jeep Wrangler with a rooftop tent. At this point, we have never felt more at peace and excited to experience new adventures.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Anna Maria left her career in trade compliance four and a half years ago to help her family with their family business. Brian is medically retired having served 10 years active duty in the U.S. Navy and was medically discharged.

After leaving the Navy, Brian was working in the construction field when he was involved in a serious and almost fatal work site accident that changed our lives forever. The accident left him with limited use of one of his legs and in constant pain from nerve damage. Coming close to death and dealing with depression changes the way you look at the world. From this experience, we started seeing every day as an opportunity to truly live for the moment.

That is why at the end of last year, we decided to downsize to our Jeep Wrangler living in it full-time as we travel the nation and have committed to a year and a half to become content creators as we share our experience hoping to inspire others to live, travel and find what it is that makes them happy.

All that we need is all that we have, and truly believe in having less things and more experiences. As our website and YouTube channel is named, Make the Most of the Dash – our lives are each made of two dates and a dash – we are now striving to make the most of our dash as we live fully while traveling and sharing our experiences.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Our favorite trip thus far has been a three-day backcountry overlanding trip traversing the 100 mile long White Rim Trail in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah.

The route commences at Shafer Trail which consists of a 1,500-foot descent down several tight switchbacks lined by sandstone canyon walls. At the base of the this trail you will then proceed onto White Rim Road which travels across the different elevations of the mesa. Every turn offers a different landscape of red rock cliffs, arches, rock formations, towers and sandstone lined canyon rims to be viewed and admired.

Our campsites along the trail would be Airport, Murphy Hogback and Labyrinth – each offering its own distinctive view of a landscape unique to its location. The Airport campsites are nestled at the base of a 700-foot-tall sandstone butte named Airport Tower. Murphy Hogback marks the halfway point of the trail and is composed of slick rock with views of the Green River and Murphy Canyon. On the rim of the Green River and at the entrance of Taylor Canyon, Labyrinth campground is one of the most picturesque sights you may ever experience, and a great last hurrah as you come to the end of the trail.

The trail ends with a steep climb up Mineral Canyon with a few narrow switchbacks. Once arriving to the top of the mesa, the drive is long and uneventful on a maintained dirt road back to the highway. After having spent three days in the canyons, brining with you all the food, fuel and supplies you would need, and experiencing this unique adventure – it will be difficult to find anything else that will compare.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Our children – Jessica, Ana, Alia and Dakota.

They have always encouraged us to follow our passion, live for ourselves, and to be happy.

Website: https://www.makethemostofthedash.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/makethemostofthedash

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mtmotd

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MaketheMostoftheDash

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