Adventurous cat hikes in America’s wilderness with his owner and loves every bit of it

STEPHEN SIMMONS IS A WAR VETERAN who is fighting PTSD by practising “adventure therapy” — healing by hiking one’s way out of stress and anxiety.

But Stephen is not alone on his outdoor explorations. In 2004, on a mountaintop, he found Puppi, the dog who always accompanies him on his hikes. Later on he adopted Burma, the cat who now joins them on their adventures in the wilderness.

Hiking with your dog is not uncommon, but going on hikes with your cat through rugged, challenging mountains, rivers, and alpine lakes is not conventional. Nevertheless, Burma seems to enjoy every aspect of it, even when it gets his paws wet.

In an inteview with Purina, Simmons explains that his pets help with the healing process because of their capacity for empathy. He adds: “They just fill my day with laughter and funny things, happy things.”

Simmons and his friend Lydia Davey started a Kickstarter campaign and raised more than $14,000. With the money collected, they published a picture book called, “The Adventures of Puppi & Burma“.

Simmons hopes that his story and his pictures will inspire others suffering with PTSD.

For more about Stephen, Puppi, and Burma’s adventures, follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

H/t: The Dodo.

Marvel Comics March 2021 Solicitations In Full

Bleeding Cool has the full Marvel Comics solicitations for March 2021, give or take a few covers which will likely pop in a little later. But for now… King In Black comes to its conclusion. But a lot more begins. So what jumps out for you>


Marvel's First Family are divided and at each other's throats!
As the Earth-ending threat of the KING IN BLACK rages on, half of the Fantastic Four are Knullified and out to destroy their remaining friends and family!
If that weren't enough…an ancient force has reemerged in the Multiverse. Who-or what-is THE RECKONING?!
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SRP: $3.99


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There's another Cat on the scene and she doesn't play nice.
Lily Hollister's life has taken some turns. From socialite daughter of the district attorney to fiancee of Harry Osborn to goblinized Menace… The last turn to imitation hero called Queen Cat seems to have stuck.
But now that Queen Cat has set her sights on the Black Cat, does Felicia stand a chance? Or will this misguided attempt screw up all of Felicia and Black Fox's plans?
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In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $3.99


A vengeful Donald Blake, Thor's enchanted ax, Jarnbjorn, and the World Tree – not a good combination! With Thor still nowhere to be found, Blake is about to finish what he started: the end of Asgard! Meanwhile, Valkyrie manages to track down the long-absent Odin, but he is not the same All-Father he once was. Can Odin rise to the occasion and help save his son and Asgard? And who will help Lady Sif and the others in Dimension Blood? Surprises abound as the gods face the fight of their eternal lives in the penultimate chapter of "Prey"!
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SRP: $3.99


Anyway, bad news, Massheads – in this issue I get PLAYED by my HATERS into FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE against someone who is trying to MESS UP MY ENTIRE FAMILY, so let's just say: Things get a little TOO real!
Also there's a special guest star…WOLVERINE!! He's on the cover. I tried to get them to add a red arrow to it, pointing toward him with a circle around his claws, but they said that was "clickbait," and I said, "Lol, I know."
And remember: Real heroes don't forget to like (this comic) and subscribe (to this comic through their local comic book store).
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99


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In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $3.99


Rated T
In Shops: Jun 30, 2021
SRP: $125.00


In Shops: Jul 07, 2021
SRP: $125.00


In Shops: Jul 14, 2021
SRP: $100.00


Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 14, 2021
SRP: $44.99


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SRP: $44.99


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SRP: $8.99


A popular form of accommodations is resorts – some in the mountains, some on the seacoast – because they typically welcome families and offer a wide assortment of entertainments and access to the tools (rented kayaks, canoes, snowshoes, for instance) for outdoor adventure.

Morningside Flight Park

357 Morningside Lane Charlestown, NH, 03603 Phone: 603-542-4416

Find aerial adventure at Morningside Flight Park

Ice Castles

24 Clark Farm Road North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: Toll-Free: 888-407-4054

Your moment of imagination, exploration and magic awaits at Ice Castles

Castle in The Clouds

Route 171 - 455 Old Mountain Road Moultonborough, NH, 03254 Phone: 603-476-5900

A mountain estate featuring activities, tours to hikes, horseback riding

Canobie Lake Park

85 North Policy Street Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-3560

Reopening on July 16th - Great expectations are met at this historic family fun park

Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

Spring in the White Mountains is a season so fresh you can taste it

Mount Washington Cog Railway

Off Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH, 03589 Phone: 603-278-5404 Toll-Free: 800-922-8825

Climb to the clouds on New Hampshire's Cog Railway

White Mountains Attractions

Visitor’s Center at Exit 32 Off I-93 North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8720 Toll-Free: 800-346-3687

Everything for a memorable vacation is here to enjoy!

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel & Raft NH

32 Valley Road Jefferson, NH, 03583 Phone: 603-545-4533

The seasons change the fun remains

Conway Scenic Railroad

38 Norcross Circle North Conway, NH, 03860 Phone: 603-356-5251

All aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad in New Hampshire's White Mountains

Woodstock Inn Brewery

135 Main Street North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-3951 Toll-Free: 800-321-3985

Beers and Brewery Tour - Why Not?

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

Mountain View Road Whitefield, NH, 03598 Phone: 888-260-4929

The list of things to do at this resort is almost endless – and lots of fun

The list of fun things to do onsite at the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa is only outdone by the list of things to do in the immediate area. On the inn’s 1,700 pristine acres, you can hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, play golf on a course with spectacular views, play tennis – even engage in an axe-throwing competition. There are night campfires (with s’mores, of course), an indoor and outdoor pool and gameroom, as well as a full slate of kids’ activities. In the area is everything from fishing, whitewater rafting and mountain biking to shopping, dogsledding, horseback riding and moose tours. Come back to a luxurious room and four-star dining.

Northeast ATV & Snowmobile

325 Main Street Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-458-1838

Bring out your adventurous side!

Seven Birches Winery

River Walk at Loon - 22 South Mountain Drive Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-7550

Wine-lovers, experienced and novice, will love this winery’s tours, atmosphere

Lopstick Lodge

45 Stewart Young Road Pittsburg, NH, 03592 Phone: 603-538-6659 Toll-Free: 800-538-6659

Activities almost endless in this Great North Woods lodge resort

Santa's Village

528 Presidential Highway Jefferson, NH, 03583 Phone: 603-586-4445

Pure Joy. Family Style. Every Summer & Christmastime, too.

Mt. Washington Auto Road

Route 16, Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

So much to explore on the Highest Peak in the Northeast

Canterbury Shaker Village

288 Shaker Road Canterbury, NH, 03224 Phone: 603-783-9511

The simple life made extraordinary by the Shakers

Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train

3 Crossing at Riverplace North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-3500

A unique White Mountain culinary attraction

Loon Mountain Resort

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-6281 Toll-Free: 800-229-5666

New England’s most accessible mountain resort destination

Waterville Valley Resort

33 Village Road Waterville Valley, NH, 03215 Phone: 603-468-2553 Toll-Free: 800-468-2553

Every season is a perfect season at this active resort surrounded by mountains

Chuckster's Family Fun Park

Two Great Locations Chichester and Hooksett, NH Phone: 603-798-3555

Golf, zoom around a go-kart track or fly through the air!

Bear Rock Adventures

545 Beach Road Pittsburg, NH, 03592 Phone: Toll-Free: 866-663-9777

Pick your own ATV adventure in the Great North Woods with Bear Rock Adventures

America's Stonehenge

105 Haverhill Road Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-8300

Explore America's Oldest Known Structure

Fun World

200 Daniel Webster Highway Nashua, NH, 03060 Phone: 603-888-1940

A Day of Play for the Whole Family

New Hampshire Campground Owners Association

Enjoy endless activities from New Hampshire’s campgrounds

Top 30 Pet Influencers

Are you wondering who the best and top pet influencers are out there? From the most popular to the most adorable, here are the top 30 to follow today:

Grumpy Cat

I’m pretty sure you already know Grump Cat by now. If the entire Internet (or at least Instagram) belonged to cats, then this unique and hilarious cat will be deemed the leader of them all! She’s one of the most interesting felines you can find online, looking like a real grumpy cat because of her underbite and small frame. But unlike seeing grumpy humans, seeing the Grumpy Cat online actually makes people laugh and love her! With over two million followers, her own hashtag, and even merchandise made to her name, the Grumpy Cat is definitely living the life as she explores the world with that unique, adorable face of hers.

Loki the Wolfdog

What makes Loki the Wolfdog so popular is because of his love for adventure and travels! He’s an arctic wolf and husky mix, who’s always out and about with his dad, Kelly. He has such inspiring posts and amazing photos with beautiful sceneries, making him one of the most loved and popular dogs all around. And the amazing part is that he’s gotten sponsors from big-time companies, like REI and Mercedes-Benz! That’s a huge feat for such a simple and lovable dog. You can catch him and his travels until now.

Nala the Cat

Nala Cat never has the goal to reach fame, but it found her and she sure is enjoying it all! Nala actually started out in Instagram back in 2012, when she was still a wee kitten. Fast forward to today, she’s almost eight years old and with almost four million followers loving her adorable face and fellow cat friends! She’s the top cat influencer with a ton of sponsored posts, as well as adorable posts that show her craziness. You can find her in cat festivals, where she usually makes appearances like a celebrity.

Boo is just the most adorable dog ever, one of the top dog influencers but coming at such a small size! You’ll be surprised that even if he’s smaller than most dogs, he has over 16 million fans on Facebook and reaching a million followers on Instagram. You will get to see a ton of posts not only go Boo but his equally adorable siblings as well. He’s even gotten to meet a lot of celebrities like Anderson Cooper and Seth Rogen because of his fame and popularity!

Doug the Pug

Doug the Pug was actually an overnight success, starting off with just a few family and friends as his followers! But one cute video of him on Instagram, and the net thing you know he’s had millions of views the next day! Because of his cute face and bubbly personality, Doug the Pug now has over three million followers on Twitter. Everyone loves him because of his pop-culture photos and hilarious videos of him being… well, himself! He even has his own merch of dog plushies, showing just how famous he is!

Marnie the Dog

What people admire about Marnie the Dog is how she started out. She has the heartwarming story with humble beginnings, being adopted from a shelter when she was 11 years old. Marne also has a vestibule disease, which has her head tilt a bit to one side (it’s like vertigo). Now, she’s 17 years old and still one of the top pet influencers, having more than two million followers. Marnie even works with other companies like Netflix and Airbnb! It’s inspiring how she’s now a huge success after her struggles.

Maru the Shiba

Maru the Shiba is also known as Marutatro, a Shiba Inu living in Japan. And if you’ve already been following Marutaro for quite some time, you already know how adorably happy he is. He’s actually known to be the happiest dog in the whole of Japan! His photos are filled with his hilarious antics or smiling, bubbly face. But he isn’t just a top influencer on Instagram with three million followers! When Maru the Shiba isn’t posting, he’s manning a department store and selling items with that huge smile of his.

Chloe the Mini Frenchie

French bulldogs don’t get enough credit for being so adorable! One of the most adorable ones is Chloe the Mini Frenchie. She’s the first-ever pet influencers whose focus is on fashion. When you see her posts, it’s filled with amazing and fresh looks. Chloe has worked with a lot of huge clothing brands like Vogue and Barney’s New York. Unfortunately, she passed away from an error made from the veterinarian, and her owner is currently still using Chloe’s Instagram to spread awareness on defending pets and animals.

Pumpkin the Raccoon

Who says that pet influencers only have to be cats and dogs? Pumpkin the Raccoon breaks that boundary and shows to the world how kind and adorable raccoons can be! What people love most about Pumpkin is that she looks to be living the life that we all dream of. Always in luxury, filled with love, and chilling by the poolside when she wants to (she lives in the Bahamas with her owners and dog siblings!). Pumpkin now has over one million followers on Instagram, so keep watching out for her luxury posts.

Jiff Pom

Another adorable pomeranian on the list! Jiff Pom is one of the top pet influencers with one of the biggest followings for a dog. She has almost eight million followers on Instagram and also set the record for the most followings, a part of the Guinness Book of World Records because of it. When you see his Instagram, you’ll see a ton of photos of him in cool costumes, even posting with many popular influencers (pet and human!). He even has a website for all his merch!

Boris the Chameleon

Another very unique pet influencer is Boris the Chameleon, a funny pet who has over 60,000 followers on Instagram. You can see him in mini-adventures with his owner, may it be in the gym, the vet, or just him roaming around the house. His owner is a veterinary technician who wants to make known how all animals are beautiful and kind, just like Boris! You can even purchase his own merch from their official website, with a ton of cool products ranging from shirts to fish products.

Manny the Frenchie

Manny is a French Bulldog who has earned the status as the most followed bulldog across all social media channels. She has over one million followers and his owners describe Manny as a philanthro-PUP! You’ll be surprised and amused to know that he’s got his own book (thanks to his owner for co-writing), as well as his own merch with a ton of cool products! Watch out for his cute and funny antics online, as his owners always post daily stories and posts of him, wherever they go.

Menswear Dog

Have you ever dressed your pet up in formal wear and other human outfits? It’s a hilarious form of entertainment and you can’t just help but coo in cuteness over your pets wearing your clothes! If you want to get a daily dose of pet fashion, then you’re going to love Bodhi. Chloe may be the most fashionable, but Bodhi is the most stylish and sleek, wearing men’s clothes and acting all professional in all his shoots! You’ll love his debonair looks and cool facial expressions, which is what has him with thousands of followers online!

Toast, Muppets, Cheese, and Pants

Toast, Muppets, Cheese, and Pants are a group of dogs who love life! The account began with Toast, who was the world’s first dog supermodel and an advocate of anti-puppy mills. Unfortunately, Toast passed away but his trio siblings are there to carry on his legacy and advocacy. On their Instagram account, you can find the trio donning their styles and sharing their lifestyle to the world, as well as spreading the anti-puppy mill advocacy. They are the absolute cutest siblings with the closest bonds everyone loves!

Lil Bub

The first thing you’ll see in Lil Bub is her one of a kind facial expression! Though she’s a small cat, she has such great influence and uses it for good, spreading her advocacy for freedom to animals in shelters and the like. Besides her adorable posts on Instagram, she has her own line of merch online, with the Bub Store being very popular (and currently on the move). With over two million followers, she certainly has made such a huge impact and influence over cats AND humans.

Waffles the Cat

Do you know Waffles the Cat? He’s now well on his way to becoming one of the best pet influencers out there, already on the Forbes Top 10 Influencers! But you’ll be surprised that he actually has a rough past, as no one wanted him because of his unattractiveness (which is totally NOT true!). The Scottish Fold has then grown up to be a handsome cat, who now has over half a million followers online. Today, he works with top brands like Friskies and Samsung, showing the world just how handsome he is!

Hamlet the Pig

Another unique pet are pigs, who are just as cute and with as much attitude as cats and dogs! Hamlet the Pig proves how fun it is to have a miniature pig at home (and yes, the pun on his name was intended!). You can catch her adorableness all the way from Tennessee online, where her owners post her wearing wigs, hats, and other cool outfits that make her a delight to see. Besides being a pet influencer, she’s also a therapy pig, helping kids and adults alike.

Lionel the Hog

Hedgehogs may be filled with spikes, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t as soft and lovable as our “normal” pets. Lionel the Hog proves just how adorable hedgehogs can be, with his lovable attitude and a smile that warms hearts. His posts will make you want to hold him up like a furry ball! You can find him traveling to beaches or around his hometown with his mom (they live in Charleston). And just like many pet influencers, he has his own merch where you can buy cool products!

Atticus and Acorn the Hedgehogs

Another adorable hedgehog is Atticus and Acorn, who are still starting out as pet influencers. These small and young hedgehogs are making a hit online, being Instagram famous and filling timelines with adorable posts. Find Atticus and his sibling goofing around or acting all cute for the ‘gram. Atticus has become so famous that he’s landed partnerships with a ton of brands, included camper and pet cleaning products, as well as Burger King! With over 100,000 followers, you can see he deserves all of the lovely attention.

Juniper Foxx

Foxes are another awesome set of pets, who are just as lovable as dogs (but quite faster with amazing hunting skills). But have you ever seen one that worked as an influencer? If you haven’t yet, then you’ll love seeing Juniper Foxx! The fact he’s a fox has him stand out from all the pet influencers here. Plus, he even has a book that showcases his life, which is all about him. Find him with his other cute friends and antics up on his website and Instagram!


If you ever get a chance to meet Louboutina, then you’ll want to give her a huge hug! She’s known as the hugging dog of the world, who loves to spread her love and cuteness all around NYC and the world. She isn’t only photographed by how dad owner, but by other different humans who she hugs. All her posts on Instagram consist of her smiling or hugging someone, as well as photos of her and her little stuffed animal friends at home. With her hugs, there’s no doubt as to why she’s so popular today!

Goldens Glee

It’s funny how Goldens Glee’s Instagram account started out. The account’s owner didn’t even have any pets upon creating Goldens Glee, using it as a place to share and repost the cutest photos of golden retrievers. However, he did decide to adopt a dog, making her the official face of Goldens Glee filled with smiles and love. Now, Goldens Glee is a part of People magazine’s Most Famous Animals of Instagram, sharing her love and happiness online. After all, there’s no dog happier than a golden retriever!

Teddy the Shetland Pony

Another one of the most unique pet influencers out there is Teddy, who’s a Shetland Pony with over 100,000 followers on Instagram! This little pony has a ton of hobbies he loves to share to the world, from modeling, swimming, as well as volunteering to be a therapy pony for children and adults. Because of his popularity and love for what he does, he’s landed a ton of sponsorships with companies like Puffin Books and Amazon! Catch him with his adorable zest for life on his Instagram.

Harlow, Sage, Indiana, and Reese

Here’s another team of four adorable dogs! Though they’re different breeds of big and small sizes, there’s no favoritism or inequality among each other. They all love to snuggle together and hang out without the huge fights at home! Their Instagram feed is all four of them cuddling or getting into weird antics that their parents (and the whole world) laugh about. With almost six million followers, you can see why they’ve become such large pet influencers and partnered with a lot of brands already!

Venus Two-Face Cat

Venus the two-faced cat is one of the most unique cats out there, and it isn’t just because of her personality. She was born with literally two faces, having half a black-colored face and the other all orange! She even has different eye colors, which is what makes her stand out even more. Her signature feature has made her famous all around the world, especially with her fierce facial expressions in every photo. It’s led her to partnerships with huge brands, and even her own calendar!

Diddy Kong and Yeti Kong the Marmosets

Monkeys as pets? More like family with Diddy and Yeti Kong! These two are the most famous monkeys all over the world, getting viral from a video that got almost 24 million views. Once their fame grew from there, so did their following on Instagram, which reached one million as of this date. These pair of monkeys are still cute, very playful, and now works with huge businesses like The Klique App and Two Hats Beer Company. They even host weekly giveaways for their followers!

Jill the Squirrel

Squirrels aren’t just animals you find in your garden, but they can make the most adorable and playful pets at home. Jill the Squirrel is just one of the many well-cared for squirrels out there, but the difference is her massive following of over half a million people! You’ll find that she’s a stylish squirrel, always dressed up or taking long naps in her Instagram posts. With her fame and viral videos, she’s gotten sponsored deals with brands like Tribe Socks, Popyourpup, and Squawk Box!

Tito The Raccoon

Tito the Raccoon is another awesome rescued raccoon who’s living the life! He has over 50,000 followers on Instagram and has his own YouTube, which has over 70,000 subscribers who love to know more about his life and daily antics. Tito loves to go out on adventures and enjoy hobbies like hiking, swimming, and even painting! As a raccoon, he’s very smart and with the great personality many love. And with his amazing skills and hobbies, he’s has gotten a lot of brand deals.

Jax the Siberian Husky

Jax is one of the many Siberian Husky pet influencers out there, and it can be quite difficult to stand out because of it. However, Jax can stand on his own and continues to grow in popularity, with almost 200,000 followers on Instagram. He’s best known for his entertaining and fresh content, at the original one who created the “What the Fluff Challenge,” a trend ongoing worldwide. You can see a ton of playfulness and a unique personality in Jax.

Mr. Bagel the Chinchilla

Mr. Bagel the Chinchilla isn’t only famous for his adorable looks. He and his owners also want to make a statement, spreading their advocacy against fur and animal testing. While many people follow him to squeal about how cute and fluffy he is, especially with his miniature furniture, his 107,000 followers also admire him for his advocacy. Mr. Bagel has even partnered with The Body Shop for their campaign, Forever Against Animal Testing. It’s a huge feat for a small chinchilla like him!

Couple sell all their possessions take their cat on tour of 28-countries in van

Bee Roper and Theo Gove-Humphries sold all their belongings in 2014 before heading off on a six-year adventure across Europe with cat Ginjey Bear in tow

Theo Gove-Humphries and Bee Roper with their cat (Image: Theo Gove-Humphries & Bee Roper)

An intrepid couple have explored 28 countries in their campervan with the purrfect travelling companion. their CAT.

Touring tabby Ginjey Bear and owners Bee Roper and Theo Gove-Humphries went on a six-year adventure across Europe.

The puss spent six months living on a narrowboat before heading off by road to the Netherlands, France, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Switzerland and Romania.

She has witnessed the beauty of Italy, the beaches of Greece and the mountains of Austria.

And the kitty has just come back from six months exploring the Arctic Circle, taking in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway. Bee and Theo are childhood sweethearts who sold all their belongings in 2014 for a life of travel and adventure.

And when they left Birmingham, they decided to take beloved Ginjey too.

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Bee, 30, said: “I was working at a vet’s when Ginjey Bear was brought in. She’d been stuck up a tree as a kitten and was rescued by the fire brigade. She wasn’t microchipped and nobody came to collect her, so we decided to adopt her.

“She moved in with us on our narrowboat and is the perfect companion for a life of adventure.

“She’s inquisitive and can swim pretty well after falling in the canal a handful of times while in the Midlands. She loves adventure and is completely unfazed, whether travelling in a boat or driving along foreign roads in our van.”

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The pair adapted their Mercedes Sprinter van to suit the cat.

Theo, 31, said: “We converted the van and built it with Ginjey in mind. We created an over-cab mezzanine nook, which is her day bed for her to sleep in – which she loves.

“And we built her litter tray under the seating area.

“Ginjey follows us everywhere and, as we always park up in fairly remote locations, it means she can come along for walks too.

“Exploring beaches, forests and coastal areas is always more enjoyable with her along. She reacts differently to the new surroundings, which makes travelling more fun.”

Bee adds: “Her personality is infectious and she’s a pleasure to be around. We can’t imagine travelling without her.

“If we get back to the van after a hike without her she greets us at the door. And every morning we wake up with her snoozing on our pillows. She’s part of the family and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Theo and Bee, who have been together since they were 16, were saving for a deposit for a house when they decided a conventional lifestyle in the UK wasn’t for them. Theo used to run his own film production company, while Bee did a degree in animal conservation science and worked at a vet’s.

Now they make YouTube videos documenting their travels. Their channel, The Indie Projects, has more than 200,000 subscribers and they live off the earnings their videos make.

Bee said: “When we first headed off, we did a whirlwind trip of Europe. We visited France, Belgium, all the way through Germany, the Netherlands and up to the Arctic Circle.

“We pretty much covered all of Europe and did 80,000 miles in the van. The last trip we spent six months up in the Arctic Circle, we went via Finland, into Sweden and then spent a huge amount of time in Norway.”

In between their travels, they live off grid on land they bought in Portugal – where they are currently chilling out.

Theo said: “We have solar panels and a generator, we harvest our own water from the rain and collect it from two wells. We have composting toilets.

“Basically, life is a little bit harder, you can’t just flick a switch and have electricity or turn on a tap for water. You really have to plan ahead.”

Theo and Bee say travelling with a cat is easier than people think.

Bee said: “She has a passport, current rabies jab, current vaccinations and a microchip. That’s it. At ferry check-in a quick scan of her body finds the chip and checks the number against her passport. It’s simple.”

Their great adventure prepared the couple for a new challenge – BBC2 show Win the Wilderness: Alaska.

While Ginjey was cared for by relatives, they competed to win a home in the wilds of Alaska in a reality show dubbed “The Apprentice meets Bear Grylls”.

The home up for grabs belongs to Duane Ose and his wife Rena, who claimed five acres of land under the US Homestead Act.

They built a three-storey home from 7,000 spruce trees, 100 miles from the nearest road. They even built a runway, so the property can be reached by plane.

Now in their 70s, the pair are seeking a couple to take over their home of 35 years – and Bee and Theo are one of six intrepid British couples hoping to win it.

They take part in outdoor tasks – such as building shelters – and lived in a survival camp surrounded by bears while the series was filmed.

Theo said: “We adore Alaska. We spend a lot of time in Scandinavia and it’s really similar.

“We felt at home there as soon as we arrived. Duane and Rena are a fascinating couple.

"They’ve definitely got a lot of grit and determination.

“I think the best way to grow as a person is to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

“It was such a good challenge. The hardest part was being around other people all the time, because we’re so used to being alone with our cat for company. It was fantastic being reunited with her.”

  • Win the Wilderness: Alaska is on BBC2 at 9pm tonight

Webinar: Searching for Wild in the Age of Man

Join Jason Mark and Lucy Moore for a webinar on Thursday, March 10 at 3:30 pm EST.

Have humans really tamed every inch of the world? Despite more than 100 years of stewardship and protection from agencies like the National Park Service, America’s wild places are still vulnerable to commercial and residential land development. In the Grand Canyon, uranium mining and increasing rates of tourism not only threaten land and air quality, they also undermine a social balance that Native Americans and other local groups have worked hard to maintain. On March 10th, join Jason Mark, editor-in-chief of SIERRA Magazine and author of Satellites in the High Country and Lucy Moore, environmental mediator and author of Common Ground on Hostile Turf as they discuss the importance of wild places in America and how stakeholders can work together to resolve their environmental disputes. More details here.

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