Travel Journal

Wild places have called my name since I was a young girl running free with dirt-streaked jeans and leaves tangled in my hair.

In January 2017 my husband, dog and I packed up our vintage campervan and began a journey around the United States. This weekly journal is a reflection of my time spent seeking the country’s wild places.

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December 8, 2017

Unseen: The First Six Months

Last year at this time Mike and I were frantically trying to get rid of the last of our things. We were saying goodbye to friends, working our way down…
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December 1, 2017

Sun Valley’s Strange Season

Mike and I have landed in Sun Valley in the weirdest season of the year. The days alternate between bone chilling cold and relative warmth. Hiking and biking trails are…
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November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving in Idaho

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm grateful for what a crazy year this has been, driving over 25,000 miles and experiencing amazing places and people all over the country. It's been a wild…
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November 17, 2017

From Red Rocks to Mountain Sage

Well, we've made it! I'm writing this week's dispatch from a dining room table with views of sagebrush covered hills and the Pioneer Mountains looming in the distance. After almost…
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November 9, 2017

Living In The Red Rocks

This week we are in Moab, Utah, land of the red rocks. We’ve been taking advantage of the warm weather and sunny days to hike some of our favorite trails…
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November 2, 2017

Nomad Heaven in Fruita and Moab

We've escaped winter! In last week's entry I bemoaned how hard it was going to be for us to get out of the imminent winter weather. Luckily, we've done it,…
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October 27, 2017

Windy South Dakota

It's been a long time since we put the gas pedal down and burned through some miles. But this week, that's exactly what we did.We left Minneapolis and crossed into…
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October 19, 2017

Falling For Copper Harbor

“It’s so far north” we argued, simultaneously trying to convince ourselves to go and not go to the Keweenaw Peninsula. We aren’t usually ones to shy away from a remote…
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October 13, 2017

Up With the Yoopers

Since crossing the Mackinac Bridge last week and landing in the Upper Peninsula we’ve been in a whole different world. It’s wild up here, both in landscape and culture.After wrapping…
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