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Backpacking Trip Prep

The mad planning from early in the week transitioned to mad packing a couple days ago, and by the time you read this on Friday, Julie and I will be in the car and driving up to Grand Portage, MN where we’ll spend the night at a hotel and then catch the ferry out to […]

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Tips for Visiting Badlands National Park

Longtime readers will know that I worked at Badlands National Park in the summer of 2013. Boondocking out here the past two weeks has been fun and I’ve gone into the park a couple times. Rather than write a travelogue about where I went and what I did, which would be repeating stuff from four […]

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Back to the Black Hills

May 14, Sunday I leave my overnight camp at Riverside Park in Douglas, WY around 10. There’s less rush this morning to get on the road because my drive is only about 180 miles and I can’t check into my campsite until noon at the earliest. I retrace my route on I25 east to Orin, […]

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Fisher Towers Trail, Moab UT

May 6, Saturday Around 8 am, I pick up fellow solo full-timer Katina for a hike. We drive to where the Colorado River intersects 191 north of Moab and then turn east onto 128, following the river. It’s a pretty drive, cottonwoods line the river and tall cliffs line the valley. There are several BLM […]

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Tower Arch

April 13, Thursday It’s another travel day, goodbye Valley of the Gods! Before noon I’m passing through Bluff, UT, the cute little town that I’ve been utilizing for laundry and showers while in the area. If you get the chance, stop at the Twin Rocks Trading Post – neat scenery and the Navajo Taco at […]

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A picture in the visitor center of the Betatakin ruin, since mine turn out so poorly.

Navajo National Monument, AZ

Days fall into a routine along Camino Real road south of Cottonwood, AZ. Breakfast is usually had with hot air balloons for company. After breakfast, I take a walk. On April 3rd, another storm blows through. This one comes as a surprise, as early as noon the weather forecast wasn’t calling for anything significant. But […]

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Sedona State of Mind

March 18, Saturday Uh-oh. A hissing sound becomes audible when I turn on my water pump, and the pump can’t seem to build pressure, it keeps cycling. This can’t be good. Actually, I end up being really lucky. First of all, I trace the sound to the city water connector underneath my ‘office’ bench seat. […]

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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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Anza-Borrego Hiking

February 18, Saturday It rains overnight, but not the heavy downpour that was expected. This morning the road into camp has a few puddles in the low spots, but if there was any flash flooding it’s past. The sky is a uniform gray, and low clouds shroud the tops of the mountains. It’s a stay […]

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View from the Top

January 6, Friday Julie and I arrive at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument at about 10 am, we need to get some hiking done! Two days ago when we visited we ended up driving a long one-way road which was really pretty, but there was little time to hike. Many parks and monuments have this […]

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Arizona Bound

December 26 (continued) After climbing down from the White Mountains, 70 meets up with US54 in the town of Tularosa, New Mexico. I point Bertha’s nose south and cruise through Alamogordo, after which 70 splits off again and continues southwest. Not far out of town lies Holloman Air Force Base. After passing the proper exits […]

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AAQ: Story Time

While working at Amazon this holiday season, I’m running a weekly “Ask A Question” post since I’m not sightseeing much and have limited time to write. Have a question you’d like answered? Read more about AAQ here. Today, Ethan asks for one of my favorite stories to share about my time on the road. This […]

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