Last fall, my partner, Jason, decided that he was going to write about minimalism. We were on a motorcycle camping trip from Portland, Oregon to Prescott, Arizona when he decided this was what he was going to do. It made sense - when we moved in together he had a suitcase, a backpack, and a … Continue reading More Fun With Less!
Traveling through the western US, Jason and I have been spending most of our time on public lands: National Parks, National Forests, and Bureau of Land Management lands. We do stay at a state park from time to time, but the majority of our camping and recreating has been on federal lands. This is true … Continue reading What Americans should know about federal employees
I've been getting a lot of questions - everything from the specs on my vehicle and teardrop trailer, to what it's like to quit one's job and travel. Have you been considering remote work? Or downsizing and becoming a minimalist? August 15 will be three months in my teardrop and I want to post a … Continue reading Ask me anything – 3 month traveling Q&A
(Elephant Journal posted this blog post on their website! Check it out!) I was recently writing an article for my blog about quitting my job and traveling. For the first time in my life, I am giving myself permission to put myself first and to honor myself and my needs. While writing, I was searching … Continue reading Changing the definition of self-love
Here's just a sample of the amazing wildlife we've seen in the past eight weeks on the road!
The cornerstone of the Greater Yellowstone Area is Yellowstone National Park. Anyone who has visited here has no doubt why these 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km2) were set aside as the first National Park. The natural beauty alone is enough to inspire any who visit. Snow-capped mountains frame vistas of green grasses and every color of … Continue reading Yellowstone Survival Guide
In mid-May, I set out from Anchorage, Alaska with my partner and senior dog, to explore western North America in a 5 x 8-foot teardrop trailer. We have gone nearly 5,000 miles and, so far, have seen wild places and small towns in Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Montana and Wyoming. The road has taken … Continue reading 10 lessons I’ve learned in 6 weeks of tiny teardrop living
The interpretive sign speaks of a battle A mighty war between foes Steady blows lasting era The sturdy rock victim to water’s relentless force Carving sheer cliffs and canyon walls I sat on the rock face and inquired How does it feel to be at war? With an enemy that resists every blow One that … Continue reading If these canyon walls could talk
“There's no one with intelligence in this town except that man over there playing with the children, the one riding the stick horse. He has keen, fiery insight and vast dignity like the night sky, but he conceals it in the madness of child's play.” - Rumi (A version of this article is now featured on … Continue reading Rediscovering Play
Home has been a five-foot by eight-foot American Falcon teardrop camper for two weeks now. There have been a few surprises. I had imagined I would miss having a roof over my head or be frustrated living in such small space. It’s been quite the opposite. The trailer holds a queen-size memory foam mattress in … Continue reading Teardrop Diaries