Young Couple on the Road – The beauty of breaking away

Young Couple on the Road – The beauty of breaking away

Neither of us lost our jobs. In fact, it was looking much more like the opposite. We were climbing the career ladder, we had 401k’s, we had a house and a big flat screen TV. We were not forced into this lifestyle due to financial constraints. We chose this life because those jobs, the house, the flat screen TV – they were killing us. We woke up to a life in ruins. Our priorities were significantly based on a wish…

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Disarming the Guards

Disarming the Guards

Last night we were laying in the camper watching the Walking Dead. I had to do a double take when I remembered that an hour earlier Chris and I were sitting outside mouths open as a family of bald eagles circled our camp. A river clearer and colder than any I’d ever seen was rushing past 50 feet away, and in the morning we would startle a beaver while crossing it. This is real, we are actually living the life we…

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Standing up for the Present

Standing up for the Present

The News. I get it now when I log into Facebook when somebody posts something like “what happened was horrible today my heart goes out to the victim.” Just last night I spoke with a man around our campfire, we laughed at how if the world ended at least in human terms we would be the last to know. We spend much time outside of cell or internet service, and when we do have it we NEVER look at the…

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Grand Tetons

Grand Tetons

We are camped just outside Grand Teton National Park. We chose a spot from fellow friend and blogger’s recommendation that meets the ideal criteria. It is free, it has a great view, it has adequate cell and internet and is quite peaceful. This morning a contracted helicopter for the Forest Service has been running fire drills where they suspend two employees below on a rope and carry them across the landscape. It certainly is a nice landscape. Going for a…

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Wading for Gold

Wading for Gold

Haley met Wades dog before we started gold mining. Much of the day was spent writing, reading, setting up the hammock and lying by the river, but Wade brought over a rattlesnake without head and was running out of beer. Luckily we brought beer from a run into town to keep this gold mining operation going. I did mention the sign showing no gold panning, no metal detectors and absolutely no prospecting or removing of minerals. Good thing he brought…

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Crossing Streams

Crossing Streams

The best part about it is that there aren’t words to describe it. The things that come closest are metaphors, and even then it still feels like a child describing how to ride a bike to a bird. The child is so new to it, that it sees some things those who have known for a long time never think of, and also maybe misses the important parts like holding onto the handle bars. And the bird maybe has little…

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Freedom to know why

Freedom to know why

I had neglected to write much about why we are doing this outdoor adventure simply because I didn’t really know. I was scared of the reasons, scared relatives and friends might judge me for them. The familiar word is freedom. So freedom from what? We still have bills to pay, credit cards and student loans. We buy fuel, food and truck and RV fixes. The only real difference is relying on a vehicle as a house rather than a house…

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Outer Space

Outer Space

We had a brief run in minutes ago with police in the outskirts of Colorado Springs, there was a car with nobody in it, a trashbag the size of a person in the passenger seat and multiple police cars and men with suits in ties in the woods. We put the pieces together and decided when so close to a city, it might be best to avoid the remote area entirely. It was all for a reason because we got…

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Retaining Moisture

Retaining Moisture

An animal raised in a cage will not act the same as one raised within its natural surroundings. Exposure to such loneliness and pain creates more and more defense mechanisms. Fear begins to take over their lives. Sometimes the fear is so painful that buffers are added in, like a shutting down of the mind to dull the pain. It seems odd that we do not see this as systemic in our world. Humans have built a massive cage with…

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Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

We happened across a pseudoscorpion while packing up our things in Dixie National Forest outside of Leeds, Utah. The best part was how excited the lizard researchers were about this thing. Even “Destroyer” was interested. Maybe I should back up. The past week or so we’ve been exploring the areas around St. George, Utah while awaiting a few packages from Amazon. We’ve hardly been in the camper more than two and a half weeks, and the world is pouring in…

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