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28,669 Miles • Farewell, Grammy

As expected, the family gathering in Connecticut went better than expected. After my rant about my anxiety, and then getting…
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28,288 Miles • A Short Detour into the French Revolution

In the spring of 1776, an embittered France, angry and smarting from losing its North American colonies to Britain in…
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28,097 Miles • On Rules, Not Liking Myself, and Confusion in the Alleghenies

Deeper into Allegheny National Forest, I made camp for a few nights at a designated site along one of the…
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28,069 Miles • My Heart is Content

In the Allegheny Forest of western Pennsylvania is a spot called Hearts Content National Recreation Area. The name is fitting…
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27,917 Miles • First Sighting of Lake Erie

Sign: variable speed limit ahead — What does that even mean? Sign on a restaurant billboard: “An edible experience.” —…
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27,701 Miles • Reflections on Overworking, from Kansas to Ohio

At a roadside picnic area in Kansas, this tragedy of line markings begged the question, what happened here? Was the…
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26,525 Miles • Kansas’ Space History Treasure Trove

Driving through northeastern New Mexico and the Oklahoma Panhandle was very windy. Not windy, windy.  As in air was moving…
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26,052 Miles • New Mexico’s Grassland

Did you know that New Mexico has grasslands? There is a small bit of northeastern New Mexico called the Kiowa…
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25,777 Miles • Trager Goodness

I need to tell you about an amazing body work experience I had recently. It is called the Trager Approach,…
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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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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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28,097 Miles • On Rules, Not Liking Myself, and Confusion in the Alleghenies

Deeper into Allegheny National Forest, I made camp for a few nights at a designated site along one of the…
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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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