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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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February 2, 2017

Joining the Snowbirds

Arizona is snowbird heaven. Snowbirds are retirees from the north who travel to the southern states for the winter. Southern Arizona is covered with snowbirds who either create their own communities in the desert or take over campgrounds. After living in Sun Valley we're both used to being the youngest the…
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January 27, 2017

Slowing Down in Yuma

We have made our way out of the rain, which in itself is cause for celebration. We also have found a bit of warmth, a bit of wind, and lots of birds. Mike posted a great recap of our trip south, but in summary we cruised through Paso Robles, Bakersfield, and the Salton Sea.…
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January 20, 2017

Hobbes

The most important thing we did this week is name the van. It's taken forever. Our other vehicles received names really fast. Before-we-got-home-from-the-dealership fast. The Astro Tiger's name has been elusive, tauntingly out of reach for the past eleven months. We were stopped at a traffic light in Santa Cruz and…
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January 20, 2017

Rainy Coast

After years of severe drought California is getting a good soaking. I'm excited to see rain return to the Golden State, but after a few weeks of being wet and cold we're ready to move on. Last Friday we started north from San Diego to explore the coast. We spent a couple…
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January 12, 2017

Desert to Ocean

We don’t always get to spend the night in beautiful, wild places. Last Thursday heavy winds on the highway forced a night in Las Vegas. We pulled into a casino parking lot that allows overnight camper parking, drew our shades tight to block out the neon lights, and tried to…
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January 12, 2017

Time on the Road

I tried not to set expectations about life on the road. Expectations often lead to disappointment, and though I have friends who have lived this lifestyle, personal decisions make for drastically different experiences in the landscape of nomadic life. One thing I subconsciously assumed would change is my relationship to…
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January 5, 2017

Finding Joy Every Day

On January 1st, at 2:30 in the afternoon, we waved goodbye to friends and pointed the Astro Tiger south. With over a year of planning, an entire house emptied, work negotiated, and a tribe of friends behind us, we launched into a nomadic life. The first days we struggled through the…
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December 29, 2016

Pulling Up Anchor

At the end of every adventure, every trip, and every rough day I've always had one constant: a place to return to.  Over the past six years it's been the house Mike and I bought, this construction of wood and sheetrock carefully curated into a place of comfort. But in November I started selling…
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December 22, 2016

Getting Ready for Nomadic Life

The preparations for a year-long road trip began before the idea of a road trip crossed our minds. Two summers ago, after reading Everything that Remains, Mike and I began to lighten our lives in exchange for the freedom of time and mobility. Getting rid of things takes a surprising amount of time.…
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