Why Chew 32?

Gwenn and David in Yellowstone National Park
David & Gwenn at Yellowstone National Park

During COVID lock down, Gwenn and I got hooked on watching travel vloggers on YouTube. We enjoyed being able to virtually adventure, even though we weren’t going anywhere at the time, and that inspired me to document our road trip so that other people could adventure with us.

We took a cross-country road trip in the summer of 2001 in order to visit our west coast family after not seeing them for several years. We had just gotten vaccinated (and thought the pandemic was coming to an end). We didn’t feel safe flying, so we camped across America instead.

In the late 1800s, Horace Fletcher came up with the idea that people should chew their food 32 times before swallowing. The practice became known as “fletcherizing,” and it attracted die-hard followers including Upton Sinclair, John D. Rockefeller, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Chewing your food 32 times (mastication) inspires you to slow down, taste all the flavors, and digest nutrients efficiently. It’s fun, try it!

While Horace Fletcher had an influence on our daily travels, the big inspiration came from the following YouTube video makers:

- Nomadic Noms
- Jennelle Eliana
- Sarah Yak

My goal in making 32 Chews was to simply create without getting too precious about the process or the product. It was fun composing the music, and shooting and editing the videos. I hope you enjoy traveling along with us. Thanks for watching, and adventure wherever you are!