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19,989 Miles • Oregon

I will forever associate Oregon with onions. I’ll think of other things, too, when I think of Oregon, but from…
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19,316 Miles • A Bit of Utah and Idaho

As I crossed the state line from Wyoming into Utah, it immediately got windy, hot, and smoky again. There were…
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18,655 Miles • The Grand Tetons

Heading south from Yellowstone National Park, I camped overnight (and finally got some good sleep) at a dispersed camping area…
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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone at Sunset

18,410 Miles • Yellowstone, Revisited

Back in Yellowstone, this time in the daylight. The fires in Montana and Wyoming have finally calmed down, as well…
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18,135 Miles • Stargazing Revelation in Gallatin Forest

For Labor Day weekend, I drove up into the Gallatin National Forest just northwest of Bozeman, MT, and camped at…
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17,855 Miles • Shakespeare in the Parks Presents: Othello 

Wandering around southwestern Montana for a couple more weeks, still feeling without direction and a bit depressed slash reflective about…
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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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16,938 Miles • Glacier on Fire

So far, Montana isn’t what I expected. I had images in my mind from movies and TV of big mountains…
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16,478 Miles • Mrs. T-Rex

Heading east from Yellowstone National Park, I wound a circuitous route through several high mountain passes in gorgeous northern Wyoming.  …
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16,138 Miles • 20 Hours in Yellowstone 

I’ve been slowly working my way westward across northern Wyoming, and could hardly leave without a visit to probably the…
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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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