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What Kills Dreams (And What Saves Them)

Let’s talk for a moment about what kills dreams. Fear kills dreams. “I worry that this won’t work out, it’s safer not to try.” Practicality kills dreams. “This seems like an unrealistic goal, I better scale it down to something easier.” Uncertainty kills dreams. “I don’t know how I’m going to do this, I’ll just […]

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Taken in Rocky Point, Mexico earlier this year

Forgiveness

When you think of forgiveness, you probably think of forgiving others – letting go of feelings of anger and resentment towards someone who has wronged you as a way of healing and being able to look past an incident. And if you’re doing something unconventional with your life, there is probably someone who could use […]

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Trail Making

March 29, Wednesday Spring is a tricky time of year for RVers. When I arrived in Sedona two weeks ago it was to escape 90 degree heat in southern AZ, and Sedona was getting up to 80. After the rain came through temperatures dropped and 70 was the average high. Tomorrow night, another cold front […]

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Flavors of Happiness

Four and a half years ago, I took a hike. It was about a week into my full-timing adventure, when I’d settled in enough to finally take in what I was doing. That hike was an amazing experience of extreme emotion and giddy anticipation. I’ll never forget how free I felt standing on top of […]

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Musings on Bad Luck and Probability

And we’re back in business! The problem with my laptop was a dying hard drive, replaced to the tune of $216 (a drop in the bucket compared to the truck repairs). Several readers have pointed out that I seem to be having a string of bad luck lately. If you look at the past 12 […]

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600 Acres and a Long Drive

Friday, June 24 (continued) The wildfire on the hillside north of Lee Vining, CA burns merrily. I’ve determined that I’m not in any immediate danger, but this puts a serious crimp in my plans. I can’t go anywhere in case the wind changes and threatens the trailer. So much for visiting Bodie State Historic Park […]

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Saddlebag Lake and… Wildfire!

Wednesday, June 22 The sun rises soft and mellow in a cloudless cornflower-blue sky, a light breeze brings the scent of sage into the trailer. A person couldn’t ask for better weather for a day trip! I’m up bright and early, throwing the things that I’ve packed into Bertha. 120, known as Tioga Road, is […]

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Mono Lake and an Announcement

Monday, June 20 It’s been a quiet several days at Hartley Springs Campground, near June Lake, CA. After the excitement of Convict Lake on Wednesday I spend the weekend at camp, writing during the day and taking long walks in the evening when the sun slips below the treeline and my solar power peters out. […]

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A foggy morning at Mt. Madonna County Park, CA

The Waiting Game

As a full-time RVer, I have more leeway in where and how I spend my time. I can decide what part of the year I want to work, and what part I want to travel. I can more or less decide where I want to travel. I do have more freedom than the stationary person […]

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Mt. Madonna County Park, CA

Saturday, May 7 My time at Park Delta Bay is up and early in the afternoon I make the two and a half hour drive to Mt. Madonna County Park, part of the Santa Clara park system south of San Jose. At $40 a night it isn’t cheap, but it’s no more expensive than Delta […]

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Upheaval

Edit 5/21/16: “Jessica” did not end up working out, but I decided to leave this post untouched other than to add this disclaimer at the top so new readers aren’t wondering why I never talk about her. I ended up fostering her for almost three weeks before driving her down to her new family near […]

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Not Just a Sunset

So far, the boondocking experiment has been going amazingly well. My 100w of solar is getting the job done, I’ve learned to stretch my holding tanks and propane for 3 weeks. I’m having a blast, and I’m not breaking the bank. I’ve been at the dry lake bed near Joshua Tree (the town) in southern […]

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