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June 22, 2017

Wild Campobello Island

Riding a wave of euphoria after launching Camp Academy, we promptly left the country. I was concerned about leaving behind technology so soon after the site went live, but it turned out to be perfect. My brain and heart needed time to rest and bask in the glow. We drove…
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June 15, 2017

The Rugged Edge Of Vacationland

Oh, Maine. The land of rugged coastline and tide pools and great friends. We’ve had an epic week. We left Wells Beach on Friday and drove north to Portland. On the way we stopped for a day at Biddeford Pool, a tiny peninsula jutting out into the ocean. A sea…
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June 8, 2017

Living Easy On The Maine Coast

When I left you last week I had no idea where I was going next. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you probably have it figured out. But for those still in suspense, I’m in Maine! Last Thursday I messaged my mom about visiting her and my step-dad…
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June 1, 2017

A Week In The Adirondacks

Let me tell you how I feel about a week on the shores of a beautiful lake in the Adirondacks…ahhhh. Looking out my window each morning to see the lake in fog, in sunshine, and in mist was a delight. Occasionally loons would float by, kicking up water as they…
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May 25, 2017

Exploring Waterfalls and Boulder Fields

I’m writing this week’s dispatch from the shores of a lake in the Adirondacks, slightly chilly in a sweatshirt. It’s hard to believe that last week at this time I was melting in the Pennsylvania heat. In the past seven days we haven’t moved too far, less than 200 miles,…
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May 18, 2017

Fun With Friends In Washington, DC

The focus of life on the road ebbs and flows based on our location. Throughout the winter in the southwest we spent a lot of time in remote locations, scrambling on cliffs and mountains, and exploring ancient ruins. Now that we’re in the East and closer to friends and family,…
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May 11, 2017

Virginia to the Bay

We’ve made it to the (almost) Atlantic! This week we had a nice, easy journey east to coastal Maryland. From Blacksburg, Virginia we drove to Appomattox. Appomattox is the small southern town where General Lee of the northern Virginia Confederate Army surrendered to General Grant of the Union Army. It…
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May 4, 2017

800 Miles In The Appalachians

I’m 810 miles from where I last left you. For those keeping score, that’s a whole lot of driving in our beloved rattle trap. Let’s start back in Little Rock, Arkansas. On Friday morning we walked to the Clinton Presidential Library and Heifer International’s headquarters. We skipped the library, not…
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April 28, 2017

Moving East: New Mexico to Arkansas

After four spectacular months in the desert southwest we waved goodbye and set our sights east. Before leaving we had a bit of exploring left to do. It started at Ghost Ranch , the home of Georgia O’Keeffe. We hiked through the vibrantly colored hills she loved and painted. I…
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April 20, 2017

Living History in New Mexico

This week has been an incredible trip into the human history of this land we now call the United States. Thursday afternoons have turned into long drive days. It's not ideal to take a long drive after a full day of work, but it places us closer to our adventure…
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April 13, 2017

Into the Wild

Last week I left you with the tantalizing promise of Garth Brooks and the Gila Wilderness. And, for this week at least, I've kept my promises! We stuck around Las Cruces to see Garth Brooks open a five concert run at the PanAmerican Center. Most concerts I attend are intimate…
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April 6, 2017

Enchanted Beginnings

That sounds like the start of a Disney movie, doesn't it? Though I do have an itch to see the new Beauty and the Beast, this isn't that kind of story. After teasing about it for weeks and weeks, we have finally arrived in the New Mexico, the Land of…
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March 30, 2017

Epic Beauty in the Four Corners

What wild, beautiful week. We've spent the last seven days exploring the Four Corners region. Four Corners is where Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado meet. It's remote, untamed, and nearly perfect in every way. Mike picked me up from the airport in Grand Junction, Colorado late on Thursday night.…
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March 23, 2017

A Snowy Interlude in Sun Valley

I'm home! Sort of. These days, home is with Mike, Lemhi and Hobbes. But for the past week I've been in our longtime home base of Sun Valley, Idaho. I flew to Sun Valley late last week for the Dent the Future conference. Dent the Future is a highlight of…
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March 16, 2017

Adventures in Moab

For once we stuck to our plan and spent the last week adventuring in the stunning red landscape of Moab. This week has been all about hiking, mountain biking, and enjoying the company of other nomads. A colleague of mine led us up a grueling hike to the Moab Rim,…
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March 9, 2017

My Own Private Utah

The week in a nutshell: Bryce. Escalante. Capitol Reef. Arches. After one last night in Zion we set off across southern Utah. Our first stop was Bryce National Park. Perched at over 9000 feet elevation, Bryce was chilly and frosted in snow. Most trails were covered, and I was sick with…
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March 2, 2017

Exploring America’s Treasures

I'm writing this from Utah...a state that is not Arizona! As I said in my last post, Arizona was incredibly good to us, but it was time to go. We headed north from Sedona and have been bouncing between national parks and national monuments ever since. The weather application on…
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February 23, 2017

Turning North

In my last post I signed off from Interstate 10, hurdling toward New Mexico. And I was, truly, on my way there. But then we changed our minds. The change came when we stopped for a couple days around the national monuments of Fort Bowie and Chiricahua. Let me diverge…
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February 16, 2017

Arizona’s Hill Country

Late last week, after visiting the Miniature Museum, we headed south from Tucson. We spent a night with friends of my parents whom I hadn't seen in 20 years. They are living in a retirement community in Green Valley and having an awesome time. They were such graceful hosts, filling us with hearty…
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February 9, 2017

A Gem of a Week in Tucson

I'm loving life on the edge of the United States. I'm currently in Tucson, a piece of land that has waved the flags of three nations in the last 200 years (Spain, Mexico and the United States). We wrapped up our time in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in grand style.…
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