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Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs for 469 miles.

Its northern extent begins in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and ends at Great Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina. However you choose to approach the trip, the drive alone is worth the visit, full of dynamic scenic overlooks and without the distraction of bill boards and major towns.

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New Hampshire Backpacking Disaster

You know you’re nuts when sleeping in your trailer, which gets new scenery every few days, starts feeling ordinary. After months on the road, we had a craving to bring out the tent and spend a night on the ground.

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Vermont: the Green Dream

We knew we would love Vermont.

It has maple syrup, tons of craft breweries, very few Walmart’s and ZERO billboards. Vermont is one of 4 states that bans their use. No one trying to sell their business with gigantic pictures of greasy meat or confounding slogans and no lawyers to distract you into crashing your car so you can use their services. Instead there are acres upon acres of trees and grass land, farmhouses, and a plethora of local businesses. You immediately recognize it as “normal”, what normal should be anyway.

Vermont is one of 4 states that bans their use. No one trying to sell their business with gigantic pictures of greasy meat or confounding slogans and no lawyers to distract you into crashing your car so you can use their services. Instead there are acres upon acres of trees and grass land, farmhouses, and a plethora of local businesses. You immediately recognize it as “normal”, what normal should be anyway.

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A Sweet Stop in Savannah, Georgia

We had a sweet 24-hours in Savannah, Georgia.

We parked it at the Savannah, Georgia visitor center, a fantastic find as it is only $8 per night to park your trailer downtown. With limited time, we were quickly turned onto the 10,000 steps self-guided tour through town (a map is provided in the Visitor Center). We began in the morning and found our way around the city, stopping at several of the block parks which are punctuated by manicured gardens, fountains and monuments.

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Florida the Sunshine State

We spent an entire month in Florida but not on purpose.

We were trapped by the delusions that set in with too much sun. You begin to fear leaving for if you do the next place might rain, or be cold or run out of rum.

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Route 61 Blues Highway

We recently traveled a portion of Route 61, famously known as The Blues Highway.

Along this route, from New Orleans to Memphis , blues, jazz, soul, and gospel has poured and spread out like rain over the flat Mississippi Delta. After the Civil War and up through the Civil Rights Movement, social temperatures were hot, new voices emerged and were heard for the first time through music, lyrics and rhythm.

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Lafayette Bayou Run

We took a boat trip into the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge near Lafayette, Louisiana and it didn’t quite work out as we hoped. Life!

After New Orleans we wanted to head out into the wild to see alligators, birds and water bogged Cyprus trees. We found a reputable guide, who was lovely to spend a few hours with and took off into the swamp.  Unfortunately, we chose to venture out on the weekend of a big bass tournament. So imagine rush hour on water. This really did the trick to scare off all wildlife in the area.  In other words, here are some beautiful pictures of Cyprus trees. Better luck next time.

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Mardi Gras Homecoming

New Orleans was the first place I called home outside of Denver.

It was my first experience in the art of adapting. My prerequisite for personal space had to diminish in order to survive in a city that is so open, free and outgoing. It is not just the town of Bourbon Street and bachelor parties, it is a city that has survived crippling storms and kept its lifeblood of music, art and culture flowing. It is boisterous and fearless, and it is hard working because there is work to be done.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas, A Quick Dip

It had been thousands of miles, a dozen towns and 2 oceans since our last bath.

Living on the road means showers only, and often it’s just the stream of water from our kettle. This means a chance at full immersion is worth a stop and a write-up.

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Eureka Springs Music & Landslides

There is a palpable spirit living it up in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Like any interesting spirit it has layers. It is culture and it is music which have been mixed in with catastrophic geological events staged on a precarious hillside.

This town “happened” to us. We had followed our own yellow brick road meant to loop us through cities around North America and get us back home in a year, but our stop in Eureka Springs almost side railed us and brought us to a more permanent stop.

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Big Bend National Park Celebration

Holidays on the road require special planning to abate homesickness.

For Christmas 2016, after a 4 month commitment to living on the road, we decided we needed a quiet week where we could set up our trailer and make it feel like home. We had been moving spots every 3 or 4 days then driving 5 to 8 hours to our next location. This meant tearing down and rebuilding our home a few times a week. Exciting as it is to have an ever changing view out our trailer windows, it can be tiring and lonely.

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Caving in Southern New Mexico

There is a world below our feet, rarely thought of or visited.

Few have the natural makeup to be comfortable in dark, tight spaces. Caves provide environments that are not well suited for long term human habitation. But since caves exist, the human instinct to dominate every place on earth, leads us down the proverbial rabbit hole to these dark subterranean caverns.

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White Sands NP

White Sands National Monument is home to a vast field of white as snow, gypsum sand dunes located in the Chihuahuan Desert in southern New Mexico. Once a luscious land inhabited by towering beasts such as dire wolves, saber-tooth tigers and mammoths it is now a rugged and harsh desert. Now this land host smaller beasts such as foxes, the terrifying Apache pocket mouse and our own beast, Brody.

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Santa Fe: Food, Art & Tattoos

Day 90 on the road brought Christmas lights and Christmas enchiladas in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

The holiday season was upon us and given our new life of continuous change our holiday traditions would need to evolve. In place of skiing in the mountains we choose a day of psychedelic art; and rather than going to a mall to buy Christmas presents we got tattoos.*thanks Lost Cowboy for a great experience and tattoos we love. I will be driving from Denver next year to get that special tattoo I showed you!

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El Morro, NM: The Oasis

When the sun shines get your ass out of bed and seize the day.

There are several events that can be anticipated during a year of traveling around the country while living out of a small trailer. Cold weather is one of them. Our planned route aims to miss winter extremes by hugging the south and venturing north in the spring. Nonetheless, we knew enough to bring a few extra blankets, which we have stowed away for the one or few nights where cold weather still finds us.

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