Can a Recluse Live a Life of Travel?

  As a child I dreamed of building my own dwelling in the woods and living alone, self-sufficient off the land.  I like people, I really do.  I love a good party and I revel in great conversations, but a part of me longs to be secluded.  I love my alone time. Does that make me... Continue Reading →

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What We Need; Packing for Two Years

A little over one year ago we decided to sell everything we owned except what would fit in our two backpacks and take off to travel the world, as light as possible.   Over the next eight months that followed we quit our jobs, sold our stuff including cars, a motorcycle, our home and just about... Continue Reading →

Beaver Sapphire

From Midland TX where we visited my cousins Kevin and Michelle we still had another 10 hours on the road before arriving at Trin's brother's house in Phoenix. We decided to break it up with a tour of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and a stop by my old stomping grounds in El... Continue Reading →

Long lost cousins

The last time I saw my cousin Kevin was in El Paso, TX. He and his family (his father and his four other siblings) lived with us for a bit while they were getting reestablished in TX after their move from NY.  They were going through some difficult times, so my mom and dad took them... Continue Reading →

Road Trip

We pulled out of Raleigh the morning of Aug 8th. We had loaded everything we still owned into our car. The good old Subaru looked like it was ready to burst at the seams.  We stood there on the parking lot staring at the car, everything we owned packed like a futomaki.  Barely recognizable things plastered against... Continue Reading →

On the Verge

As we loaded up my cousin's truck I felt a relief.  The next step felt tangible.   We have been renovating for a month and are exhausted – so ready to start our road trip to Phoenix.  I felt that we have been on the verge ever since we left the company, needing to get our ducks in a... Continue Reading →

Renovations and Goodbyes

A month of renovations and goodbyes are almost behind us now.  Weekdays and weekends meld into one long weekend as we awake to work on the renovation of an investment property that we will rent out before leaving the area.  We are camped out on an air mattress in the living room.  We wake in the... Continue Reading →

Our Last Day at Work

6:09 AM  I awake.  The slats on the window shades are already aglow with the early morning sun.  I reach out to the bedside table to retrieve my phone and check the time.  This subtle motion causes Sadie to lift her head off the floor.  I feel her Husky grey and brown eyes on me.... Continue Reading →

Sold the last big ticket item

We finally sold the TV just a few days before we sold the house.  A 60-inch Vizio Smart HDTV.  That was the last big item among what remained of our possessions.  For a while we considered taking it with us when we went to store our stuff at Bonnie’s parents in PA.   On the... Continue Reading →

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