New Mexico Pt. II: The Rainbow People

“When you begin to doubt yourself, doubt your doubt.” Average Gas: $2.50/galMiles Driven:975.7Slept: Original EarthShip, Truck Stop, Pink Pelican Inn TaosTaos is home to the original Earthships–completely sustainable, recycled housing that works with the Earth. Lucky for me, a close friend from my college days at UCSC lives in the ORIGINAL Earthship. This means it […]

Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Going Full Circle

A soldier will sacrifice more than you can know. These last few days have been interesting. My travels are on hold as Mom is in the hospital healing from a heart attack. Thursday, 9/12, marked 7 months since Dad passed, and Friday the 13th would have been his 67th birthday. I’ve spent this time being […]

New Mexico Part I: Community High

“Where is the love and depth?” Average Gas: $2.40/galMiles Driven:518.6Slept: Motel, Truck Stop, friend’s driveway I’ve been getting lost in New Mexico for almost 2 weeks now. But not entirely lost, just flowing, enjoying and connecting each step of the way.  The first day out of Colorado, I got caught waiting out a thunder and […]

Bonus Post: Van-Life Debates

This current lifestyle of mine is not unique at all, but is still uncommon enough to be interesting to the vast majority (this isn’t the 9-5, mow the lawn, make dinner, and get hitched lifestyle, after all). I’m fortunate enough to have lived in a house in Santa Cruz where I became acquainted and connected […]

Colorado: Remnants of Home

Miles Driven: 854.2Average gas: $2.60Slept: Campground, Family house, truck stop Rocky Mountains all around in the distance, waterways everywhere, and well-detailed aesthetic comprise Colorado in all its wonder. Some places I was able to visit: Telluride, Gunnison (and the Gunnison National Park), Westminster/Denver, Golden, Arvada, Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, and Trinidad. All of […]

Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming: The Learning Curve

I am a long way from home Day 1: NevadaMiles Driven: 308.1, totalAverage gas: $3.65/galSlept: At a truck stop I didn’t think that I would stop in Nevada, as I’ve already been there several times. However, since I left for this journey late in the day, I decided that stopping Elko to honor my Dad […]

Today is the Day

Today is the day. I am leaving. This journey begins. My CRV is loaded with everything I will need for all seasons, hopefully for all situations. I am nervous and figuring out distractions so I don’t think too much about the anxiety I associate with this. It’s pretty difficult to write and not think about […]

Setbacks: Letting go of Control and Trusting the Plan

Frustration, fear, anxiety. These are just a few of the emotions that revealed themselves last night as my Mom and I hung up the custom curtains, the final step of the conversion. We’ve spent 2 nights working on these, her exhausted from balancing work and driving over to me, me getting anxious and acknowledging fears […]

Mental Preparation

A friend had suggested that it would be interesting to hear about the mental preparation that goes into this kind of journey.  This is the type of thing that can only be written at night, while I am tired, so the guards are further down. So, please do excuse typos!  I ordered business cards to […]