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25,200 Miles • The Calendar Project Debrief

For close to two years, I have kept the commitment I made to myself at the beginning of this Grand…
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24,344 Miles • On Worry and Trust

I just realized that the definition of worry is being afraid of things that exist entirely in my imagination. They’re…
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24,225 Miles • On Why We Hate New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t generally make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t really like them. I’ve found that a lot of people share…
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23,059 Miles • Heading Home

I left Los Angeles on a balmy fall day that could almost have been mistaken for summer, and arrived two…
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22,122 • NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Some people get excited about seeing their favorite band in concert, some people get hyped about a day at an…
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21,933 Miles • Facing the Judge

I have been extraordinarily hard on myself. For a very long time. I have especially been hard on myself about…
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21,888 Miles • King Tut and Endeavour

I spent a full day at the California Science Center, which was currently hosting a rare collection of items from…
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21,801 Miles • Los Angeles

When I finally arrived in Los Angeles, far later than originally planned, it was the beginning of November yet the…
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21,185 Miles • Down the California Coast

After Science Hack Day, I spent a few days in the area visiting my cousins, and had two other visits…
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21,072 Miles • Science Hack Day

This is going to start off with a story of me being pathetic. Rephrase that. This is a story of…
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tree stump rings

Why I Didn’t Start This Blog A Year Ago

It has been one year almost to the day since I bought a Ford Transit cargo van, and just over…
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rocks balancing on wooden pier

How I Want to Travel

Just taking a trip isn’t all that hard, and though long-term travel takes more planning, it doesn’t inherently require mindful…
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my new van

0 Miles • Purchasing the Van

This is a backdated post from January 14th, 2017   Tuscon, AZ seems to be a hub for used Ford…
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Dante and Beatrice meet

3,845 Miles • First Night in the Van

This is a backdated post from June 29th, 2017 First night in the van! The conversion is far from finished,…
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taos ski valley new mexico

3,954 Miles • Food: A Steep Learning Curve

This is a backdated post from July 29th, 2017 Two gorgeous weeks in Taos Ski Valley, NM, testing out my…
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van in the woods

4,000 Miles • First Night Boondocking

This is a backdated post from July 22nd, 2017 Moved out of the Ski Valley and into Carson National Forest…
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garbanzo beans

4,150 Miles • How Not to Cook Humus

This is a backdated post from August, 2017 Spent the rest of July and all of August parking in the…
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new mexico sunset

4,574 Miles • Setting Out on My Grand Adventure

This is a backdated post from August 31st, 2017 The van is packed and I’m getting ready to leave this…
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ship at sea in a storm

5,571 Miles • A Barrage of a Thunderstorm

This is a backdated post from September 12th, 2017 It’s been overcast almost every day since I set out. This…
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Mississippi river

6,225 Miles • Crossing the Mississippi

This is a backdated post from September 20th, 2017 Crossed the famous Mississippi River on a drizzly, overcast morning. Kept…
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14,677 Miles • One Year in the Van: The Practical Side

  Okay, I’m caving to imaginary social pressure in writing this. Imaginary, because no one has actually made any comments,…
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17,315 Miles • Learning to Listen to My Body

Back in Missoula, I spent a week or so puttering around, feeling kind of lost since my plans to go…
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15,670 Miles • Bighorn National Forest 

A little west of Devils Tower in northern Wyoming is a little city named Gillette. I spent a few days…
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10,422 Miles • A Love Letter to My Dad

Here’s the thing. I don’t want to be my father. I feel like a traitor writing that. Like I’m betraying…
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15,350 Miles • Spearfish Canyon

The morning after Neutrino Day, I woke up to super dense fog and mist. The forest was lovely in the…
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15,126 Miles • A Powwow of Consequence

  You’ve probably heard the observation by Robert Ingersoll that, “In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are…
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14,677 Miles • One Year in the Van Report

Today is the one year anniversary of officially moving in to my van full time, and it has been quite…
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14,795 Miles • Learning to be Flaky

After a stint in Nebraska with a sewing machine to make my new, fabulous, wonderful, keep-the-bugs-and-heat-out netting for the side…
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12,540 Miles • A Mammoth Autistic Moment

To put this in context, since I was a teen, my mom, an older cousin, and I have been a…
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taos ski valley new mexico

3,954 Miles • Food: A Steep Learning Curve

This is a backdated post from July 29th, 2017 Two gorgeous weeks in Taos Ski Valley, NM, testing out my…
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