JournalWild Places
August 10, 2017

Oceanside in Rhode Island

It seems like whenever I hear about Rhode Island it’s always as the punchline of a fact designed to wow it’s audience. “This National Park is bigger than the state of Rhode Island!” Rhode Island is a gorgeous state with miles and miles of rocky coastline. I can attest to…
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August 6, 2017

Finding Magic in the Berkshires

I've been reading long enough that dusk has turned into night without me noticing. I look out the window near my bed and see the nearby field alight with fireflies. I sigh in satisfaction. We've made it back to the Berkshires. We wave goodbye to Saratoga Springs on Friday morning…
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July 28, 2017

Lakes And Racetracks

Two weeks ago I was musing to Mike that I’d like to relax on the shores of a lake, and we spent the last week doing just that. We’ve been in the Adirondacks at Mike’s parent’s new house, enjoying the sun and the water. Of course our relaxing isn’t really…
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July 20, 2017

Dog Days Of Summer

Hiking, a big-band street dance, farmers markets, military forts…it’s been a great week. We started off near Burlington visiting our friends Melaina and Mike. We spent two nights eating great food, drinking great scotch, and playing with their three sweet kitties. On Friday Melaina took the day off work and…
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July 17, 2017

Exploring The White Mountains

Mike and I both grew up in New Hampshire. We didn’t meet until college, but we both spent our first 22 years in the Granite State. I’m finding that it takes extra effort to have an explorer’s mindset when you’re so close the place of your childhood. Before arriving in…
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July 7, 2017

Back To The Mountains

After almost a month on the Maine Coast we set our sights inland to the high peaks. I love the ocean. It’s wild and unpredictable and I get a feeling of wonder looking deep into the horizon. I enjoy sitting on the coast watching the tide bash wave after wave…
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June 30, 2017

Six Months On The Road

It is our six month anniversary of living and traveling in Hobbes. Six months ago we were saying teary goodbyes to friends, emptying the last bits of our life from our house and packing Hobbes’ nooks and crannies. The last thing we brought out of the house - a bag…
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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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