Adventure

The Worldly Javernicks live their next adventure in Cañon City – Canon City Daily Record

The Worldly Javernicks live their next adventure in Cañon City – Canon City Daily Record

It’s rare for two adventurous spirits to meet, but when they do, the world can become their common playground.

This is exactly what happened for Luke and Tiffany Javernick. Luke, a fifth-generation “Cañon City-ite”, comes from a hard-working family, where his father owned a landscaping business and his mother worked as an OB nurse. He and Tiffany (née White) began dating during their early high school years and graduated from CCHS in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

The couple tied the knot in 2006, with a reception at The Annex on Main Street, and found themselves in places like Arizona and North Dakota before moving to Fort Collins soon after. Luke fondly remembers it was time for them to take school seriously and get a civil engineering degree at CSU-Fort Collins. Tiffany would complete her undergraduate studies in elementary education at UNC.

While finishing his undergraduate studies, Luke spotted a flyer at CSU that simply said, “Come study in New Zealand,” and the young couple flew to live in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2010. Over the next three years, Luke would complete his doctorate. in civil engineering with research in river restoration, and Tiffany worked in a kindergarten and in real estate.

After completing the scope of his graduate research, Luke was able to work remotely and the couple moved to Wanaka, New Zealand. Tiffany started out as a receptionist at a gymnasium, where she later taught body pump classes and fell in love with the gym life.

“I’ve always loved working out,” she said, “Gyms were always kind of my thing, but I hadn’t pursued it as a profession at that time. was really fun for me.

The couple would also have their first child in New Zealand, a son named Dane. Wanaka, a mountain town, had no hospital and the nearest was a three-hour drive away. Needless to say, Luke figured out a way to get Tiffany to the hospital, where she would have a C-section. Dane had medical issues that kept him in the newborn intensive care unit for a week before the young family returned to the United States.

They would land in Cañon City for a short time before moving to Fort Collins, where Luke would be a water engineer. However, the cabin nature of the job and his desire to continue his research prompted him to look into scholarships. He came across the Marie Curie Fellowship program, which could potentially take the family to Italy for two years.

However, he took another job in Oregon in the meantime, where the family would spend a brief but exciting nine months.

In 2015 they moved to Trento, Italy, a northern city that has preserved many old and eclectic Italian traditions that the south has since lost, including passionately speaking Italian rather than Italian- English.

“People say, ‘Oh, in Italy they speak English’, that’s probably true in southern Italy, near Florence and where all the tourists go, but northern Italy doesn’t speak English “, Tiffany said with a laugh.

Luke would complete two years of research working in and on a canal, an artificial channel for water, specially created for research and testing. The family would take advantage of the closer proximity to cities in Europe and regularly visit Venice on weekends – a popular tourist destination that most only dream of seeing once in their lifetime.

“Travel there was amazing, living there was really tough,” Luke said.

The couple had to overcome both language and bureaucratic barriers that we take for granted in the United States, but still found ways, every day, to enjoy their lives.

In 2017, they welcomed their second son, Kai. Tiffany fondly remembers the doctor who attended to her. Although very grumpy at their fragile hold on Italian, he would follow Tiffany until Kai was born – a rarity in public health care in Italy.

“He was very annoyed that our Italian was so poor. I think at the end of my pregnancy he was a lot nicer,” Tiffany said.

The young family would then be called to Delft, the Netherlands, to continue their work and research. They had several months of freedom left before their presence was required in Delft.

“We then decided to ‘bounce back,'” Luke said. “We only have to be in Delft so long.”

So, with a 3-year-old and a 2-month-old, the couple spent time in the south of France, Croatia, Norway and the Netherlands. They would pack their little compact car with all their stuff and go wherever the wind took them.

In 2018 the family moved back to Cañon City and Luke would fulfill his earlier dream of opening a non-profit organization. He was connected to TechSTART and opened River Science as a nonprofit. River Science is dedicated to helping clients access information that was not readily available before to achieve big conservation impacts.

“I logged in with TechSTART, and I could see how many people were doing really cool things and working remotely and downtown had a heartbeat,” Luke said. “The longer we stayed here, the more we knew we wanted to stay here.”

River Science has since grown to four full-time and three part-time staff and has also designed a Department of Education approved curriculum for secondary schools – River Watch and River Science. As of 2021, the two courses had an enrollment of 94 students and were in seven high schools statewide.

Luke hopes to expand the program to more schools in the coming years.

Tiffany was also busy with her own projects during this time. What started as a one-person fitness class at his home turned into a 25-person class in a rented room in the Abbey complex.

In January 2020, she teamed up with close friend Kristi Rowland to locate and purchase a building on Main Street that they would both use for their respective businesses. Fit101, a women-centric high-intensity circuit training gym, would officially open just 75 days before COVID-19 brought the country to a standstill.

Tiffany did everything she could to lessen the impact on her fledgling business, which didn’t come easy. She rented equipment to gym members and held Zoom workouts and was relieved to partially reopen in May 2020. She currently teaches around 100 women in several different classes throughout the week.

Despite crossing Europe, the Javernicks have taken full advantage of the new opportunities that surround Cañon City.

“We are very lucky,” Tiffany said. “We get paid to do what we love, which is really rare.”

They bought a house and are currently in the process of doing a complete renovation – a process that can take between a year and five years – depending on whether you ask Luke or Tiffany.

“We are happy to be here,” said Luke. “We really like adventures and that’s why in the past we were so eager to go and do all these things, but being here and entrepreneurship, I think, is our adventure right now.”

The Javernicks are living proof that local culture and adventure can exist within a family.