Chasing Adventure with @ourwildabandon
For more photos and videos from Jill and Kyla’s adventures, follow @ourwildabandon on Instagram.
Though Canadian Instagrammers Kyla Trethaway and Jill Mann (@ourwildabandon) had been acquaintances for a while, it wasn’t until they bonded over their shared longing for adventure they became fast friends. Weary of dead-end jobs and craving an experience they would remember for life, the two decided to make the leap.
"Half joking, half serious, we started hatching out a plan of leaving our boyfriends, quitting our jobs and taking off across the country with no destination or return date," Kyla says. "One afternoon, a couple months later, I sent Jill a text that just read, ‘Actually, do you want to go Salt Lake city? If we left now, we could watch the sun rise on the salt flats. Please say yes.’"
That first adventure was the taste of freedom they needed. “We went back to Vancouver with a new sense of motivation, put our heads down and saved every penny we could. In the summer we bought our trailer, Bobby Jean, and gave notice at our jobs.”
Nearly four months and eight states later, the pair are still on the road. Their feed is a series of breathtaking photos and precious memories of their experiences, often accompanied by creative and witty hashtags. “The hashtags started as a way to make each other laugh on our long drives,” they explain. “It’s a way to show that we don’t take ourselves too seriously because, truly, we don’t.”
From monster truck rides to sunsets on the white sands, an accidental night in jail to sliding into snowbanks, feeding alligators and running through a live lightning storm in the desert, their trip is proving to be unforgettable.
"I think what ‘Our Wild Abandon’ is really about is choosing to live with a different perspective and committing to a path or an idea that’s going to better your life," Kyla adds. "It’s about not being complacent, not letting yourself get steered off a path you’ve set and being hyper aware of the beauty in the people, places and situations you find yourself in and around. Whether you are at home or in a Wal Mart parking lot in the middle of nowhere Texas, you need to be responsible for your own happiness."