Monthly Archives: September 2009

Vicariously living through other women’s adventures

If  you are home,  bored,  and drinking that third glass of wine, I recommend you check out photographer Sandy Wheaton’s Route 66 blog.
Sandy is driving the entire length of historic route 66 and capturing some pretty amazing photographs as she goes along. Oh, and she is doing it while camping in a (bathroom-less) Aliner trailer [...]

Arctic Ocean itinerary

After an obsessive weekend of research, I now have a very detailed itinerary on how I will drive to the Arctic Ocean for summer solstice.
It is actually not that complicated! I would drive across the US to visit Yellowstone, then to Glacier National Park, then into Alberta, Canada, across British Columbia (where I pick up [...]

I’m going to sell my house

I emailed our realtor. I am not sure if I am going crazy or finally freeing myself from a bunch of stuff that does nothing but weigh me down.
This quote, from Emily Fagan’s blog Roads Less Traveled, put me over the edge:
“As I read, and thought, and stared at my stuff around me, I slowly [...]

The Road to Inuvik

My Milepost arrived in the mail today! The Milepost is an annually updated publication on driving the Alaskan Canadian highway, popularly referred to (well, by the few that might refer to it) as the Alcan. It is still an ambitious longshot for me, but I am up studying the suggested itineraries.
Fairbanks, Alaska is about 500 [...]

What to do until then

I feel TRAPPED in my house. My cute little bungalow, that I love, feels like a prison. I want to drive away.  But I can’t, just yet.
So, to feel like I am still working toward my simpler life on the road, I’ve decided to beef up my knowledge on related topics . Since I know [...]

May 1st

That is the goal date for my full time van plan. Well, the van plan has actually morphed into an RV plan. I’ve decided that I will need a bit more space so am looking for a 25-27 ft Class C motorhome.  (What I rented in April of this year.)
Not sure where my first trip [...]

I got rid of some stuff!

I made a list of items that I could easily part with and emailed a local charity that we support, Lifeworks. They are going to bring a truck to load up a bunch of my stuff!
Yeah! Someone is going to have a very nice crate and barrel home. Not me.

What I really want to do

is live in my car.
I don’t know why. I just want the simplicity. I want the mobility. I don’t want all of this stuff that I have to store, clean, maintain.  Compared to most people, I probably don’t really have that much. I live in an 880 sq ft minimalist house and drive a five [...]

Fulltime Van Plan

I seem to have convinced David of my plan. It involves renting out my (much adored) central Austin house, upgrading his gulf coast home to be our ‘home base’, and, here’s the best part, the purchase of a van for me to live and travel in! (Duration, undetermined.)
I am up late obsessing what kind of [...]

I found my husband!

Grand Canyon kicks my ass, but I’ll be back

I made it to the Grand Canyon! The drive in was beautiful and strange. As I rounded the curvy road and got closer to the North Rim, I drove through acres and acres of burned forest.

It turns out it was a controlled burn intended for the health of the Kaibab forest, but still offers up [...]

One more on Zion National Park

In my relief, I didn’t get to post about the real beauty and majesty of Zion National Park.  What is so extraordinary is the height of the sandstone structures. You can’t appreciate the scale in most photos, but these should help. This is the same photo, cropped down three times, to show you the rock [...]

My pretty campsite at Zion

Psychotic Grandma takes me hiking

Realizing I have crammed too much into two days, I have a hurried drive to Zion National Park, a quick camp set up (I feel like a pro at this point), and an early morning jump on the trail shuttle with very little preparation.  Sore from my previous day’s hike, and desperate to see a [...]

Zion National Park Tunnel

You used to only be able to enter Zion National Park from the west, but in 1922 they blasted their way through the sandstone to create an eastern entrance.  At the time, it was the most expensive mile of road ever developed in the United States – $2 million dollars, on the eve of the [...]