The Long Way Around

Thursday, October 1 I’m about 80% sure I see a wolf when driving to my morning truck appointment in West Yellowstone. The air is cool, traffic is almost non-existant, and puddles grace the pavement from last night’s rain. Around a curve a light colored shape is trotting along the shoulder towards me on the other […]

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Endings and Beginnings

Have you ever noticed when you look back over the past phases of your life that it’s the beginning and the ending that stand out the most? Whether it’s a job, a relationship, or a place to call home, our memories are always sharper when recalling the start and the end of something. I believe […]

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Gallatin National Forest Camping

Well, it’s getting to be that time again. After four and a half months of working in Yellowstone National Park; the nights are getting cooler, the aspen are losing their leaves, and visitation is (finally) slowing down. It won’t be long now. Last Monday (the 21st) was the south district going away party, held at […]

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Three Years In A Casita

While September 14th marked my third nomadiversary, it also marks almost three and a half years of living in a small RV. To this day I get incredulous looks that a trailer only 17 feet long from hitch to bumper provides adequate space to live and thrive in, but I can now say in no […]

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Not The End of the World

Friday, September 18 It’s been a wet few days. The rain starts before sunrise on Tuesday and we have a good day at the store, everyone is hanging out indoors shopping instead of walking the basin. Not the best sight-seeing weather, but at least this will help the fires. When I wake up for work […]

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Photo: Objects In Mirror

  Had a pretty major issue crop up today that kept me from being able to finish a regular post, so today is a picture day instead. Rest assured that I am fine, just lacking time. I took this today on my drive through the Tetons.¬†Of all the things that could be closer than they […]

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Off Trail Finale

Friday, September 11 My coworkers all decided today was the day to do Tomato Soup, so I eagerly tag along with. This isn’t a hike a person can easily try themselves unless they’re with someone who’s done it before because it’s entirely off trail, there is no worn path or markers to follow. In Yellowstone […]

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RV Tires and More Yellowstone

Friday, September 4 Did I mention that after that big 10.8 mile hike I did yesterday that I couldn’t rest when I got home? Instead, I dumped tanks, stowed away all loose items in Cas, and hitched up so I could depart early this morning. No, not for a weekend getaway or anything exciting like […]

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Moving Back To A Fixed Home

Don’t worry, I’m not giving up RVing yet. This is just an intellectual exercise to lay to rest one of the fears I hear from prospective full-timers on occasion: how easy would it be to go back to sticks ‘n bricks living after being a full-timer? People who are contemplating getting off the road probably […]

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Twenty Miles

In the last week, I have added a whopping twenty miles to my hiking total for this season. For newcomers to IO, Yellowstone National Park puts on this little competition called the 100 mile Hiking Club. Employees have the summer season to hike 100 miles within the greater Yellowstone ecosystem (includes the national forests and […]

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