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30,280 Miles • Radical Singletasking in Maine

The area around the University of Bangor, Maine is a very lovely grouping of small, semi-rural towns and friendly people.…
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30,212 Miles • 50th Moon Landing Anniversary

50 Years ago today, two men from Earth set foot on another world for the first time in the history…
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30,025 Miles • Acadia National Park

It is a beautiful new world. A new life. New possibilities and new perspectives.  After my recent catharsis, the ensuing…
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29,380 Miles • My Independence Day

Yesterday I visited the house I lived in when I was little, had a big catharsis about the life I…
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29,278 Miles • This is Where Everything Broke

Names are important. Lake Placid. Mount Poke O Moonshine. Adirondacks. The places themselves are important, but the names somehow, mystically,…
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28,944 Miles • Shaker Simplicity

Heading northwest from Hartford toward New York and the Adirondacks, I found some lovely mountainous roads along a small river…
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28,858 Miles • Noah Webster

Two years ago, I visited Noah Webster’s birthplace in Hartford, Connecticut, and even went into the building, but was put…
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28,811 Miles • Two Years in the Van Report

This is the middle of what I consider my third *season* of van living, but since I moved in right…
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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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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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28,811 Miles • Two Years in the Van Report

This is the middle of what I consider my third *season* of van living, but since I moved in right…
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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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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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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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