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Photo Essay: Strasbourg (part 2)

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Walking With The Ghosts of a World War

Last week Iza’s cousin, Maxime, took us deep into the Alsatian countryside for a short hike around a historic World War II stronghold. It was midweek, and the only other noticeable signs of life were a few courageous birds brazen enough to brave the freezing rain. To be sure, we were the only humans there, […]

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Photo Essay: Paris (part 3)

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Photo Essay: Mâcon (part 2)

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Wandering Around Aimlessly

Anyone who has travelled abroad has their own preference on how to best absorb, explore, or immerse themselves within a new foreign locale. Some see the sights. Some sample food and drink. Some lock themselves in their hotel room with a 12 pack of Budweiser, a sack of Big Macs, and a 12-hour line-up of […]

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Photo Essay: Strasbourg (part 1)

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We Miss You, George

This is George. He isn’t our dog, but for about a month’s worth of van-building, Hawaii-going, and surrogate family-having in Walnut Creek, California, he certainly felt like our dog. Every time we walked in the door he barked vigorously and licked ferociously as he nestled his way deep into our hearts — only so that […]

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A Flushing Toilet and Hot Running Water

Over the last few weeks we have been focusing on what the end of our trip looks like. Why? Because we are starting to get worn out on traveling. I could be way too much time in one place, or going to a bunch of places with not enough time. Maybe it’s a combination of both. […]

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Photo Essay: Walking in Alsace

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Photo Essay: Lyon

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Photo Essay: Mâcon (part 1)

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A Semi-Transparent Reflection on 6 Months of Travel

Shortly after our trip began, the enthusiasm died. What we thought was going to be a profound shift in attitude, philosophy, and mental health proved to be something neither Iza or I could have ever predicted. Hardship and discontent. Something that started out as idealistic and pure quickly became a slog of exhaustion (physical and […]

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Photo Essay: Paris (part 2)

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Photo Essay: Paris (part 1)

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Photo Essay: New York

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Photo Essay: Jersey Shore

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Photo Essay: Charleston

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Photo Essay: Savannah

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Photo Essay: Hollywood (Florida)

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Photo Essay: New Orleans

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Photo Essay: Tombstone

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Photo Essay: White Sands

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Photo Essay: Flagstaff

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Short Tales from the Southern Rim

The following short (very short) stories are a collection of anecdotes from our two days at Grand Canyon National Park. They aren’t meant to be funny or interesting, but you might find them to be anyway. Enjoy! 1 We sat down at the Cocktail Lounge tucked away in a dusty corner of the storied El […]

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Photo Essay: Grand Canyon

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Photo Essay: Antelope Canyon

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Close Encounter With a Wild Beast

It was just one of those mornings. “Do not – I repeat – do not get too close, Iza,” says Peter with that all-knowing look of my devious side. “Of course,” I retort. “I’m not fucking around, you don’t want to mess with them.” Ignoring him completely, I bounded towards the rickety fence along the […]

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The Canyon With a Thousand Tongues

Today we spent the better part of our morning winding down and stomping up in utter amazement and awe in the natural spectacle that is Bryce Canyon National Park. The hoodoos – carved over millions of years by water, wind, and sexual innuendo – were amazing in their own right. However, I noticed something different […]

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Photo Essay: Bryce Canyon

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Standing on the Corner of Bonanza and California

I’m standing on the corner of Bonanza and California a half block away from Walnut Creek’s quaint, suburban downtown. It’s hot, and the longest red light in the entire Bay Area keeps me locked in my boots trying to find protection in the thin shadow of the light pole. I’ve been here before. In fact, […]

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Photo Essay: Zion

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Life At Your Own ‘Pace’

Earlier this week we stayed in St. George, Utah with our friends Andy, Jolene, and their adorable baby, Natalie – the Pace family. Not only were they beyond hospitable, their life in motion reminded us of how easy it is to cultivate a life that is enjoyable as much as it is fruitful. Andy and […]

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Photo Essay: Snow Canyon

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Ain’t No Mountain High, Ain’t No Valley Low

There is truly no song that can better represent the literal and physical highs and lows we went through on our brief trip to Death Valley than Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Back at Tamarack Campground in Yosemite, the draft from the back swing doors were tactfully covered by […]

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Photo Essay: Death Valley

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Photo Essay: Yosemite

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From the Valley Floor

Few things in life these days are capable of living up to the heaps of expectation and hype we place on them. The Super Bowl is rarely worth watching, dessert is always a bad idea, and The Force Awakens was actually just a cheap rip-off of A New Hope with fancier explosions and worse acting. […]

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Read The Fucking Manual

There is a saying in Peter’s family to “R.T.F.M.” Pardon my French, but this project did not come with a manual. We are not contractors, electricians, or architects (oops wait, Peter is). We’re just two kids with a lot of time on our hands – full of inspiration and endless opportunity. From our extensive Google, […]

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We Have No Idea What We’re Doing

This week we bought a van – a 2006 Ford Econoline with 56K miles, a tough looking roof rack, and enough space in the caboose to comfortable fit a couple of road-weary travelers and all their traveling shit. Yes, we’ve never done this before. Yes, we understand how big of a commitment this is. 100%, […]

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Decisions in Paradise

“So what do you think of our trip so far, baby?” sweet Peter asks with a warm, boozy smile. I don’t know whether it was the wine, the comfort of a real bed, or the calming effect of the waves crashing on the shore, but out I blurted, “I gotta tell you. I’m kind of […]

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This Just In: We’re Buying A Van!

After many long and painful hours setting up camp, fending off swarms of bugs, sleeping in discomfort and the uneasy feeling that whatever is rustling in the bushes next to our tent might, in fact, be a pack of sabertooth tigers, we’ve decided car camping is best left for weekend warriors and savages. But it’s […]

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Photo Essay: Maui (part 2)

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Photo Essay: Maui (part 1)

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Photo Essay: Napa Valley

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Photo Essay: Big Sur

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12 Crazy Hours in the City by the Bay

My friend Wes and I looked at each other sitting in the back of a black Toyota Camry with the same baffled and terrified look on our faces as our Colombian Lift driver was getting ready to either murder us for knowing too much or drop us safely at our destination in the Russian Hill […]

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Paul Bunion’s Beautiful Chest Hair

Winding through the meandering path of Redwood National Park, flanked by the world’s tallest trees and a fine, misty beachside fog, we come to a clearing of a grassy field, a jammed parking lot, and the biggest f*#$#% statue of Paul Bunion and his trusty blue ox, Babe, either of us had ever seen. This […]

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Photo Essay: Redwood National Park

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Photo Essay: Crater Lake

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Lasagna, A Bat, And A Broomstick

According to history, bats have variably been referred to as flutterers, bald mice, old batters, fleder mauser, slang bats, vagabonds, and my personal favorite, flitter mice.  To two grown adults hiding under a table and four others trying mercilessly to get one out of a rented mountain cabin – blood sucking tiny Dracula fixated on raising hell and spreading […]

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Photo Essay: McCall, Idaho and Something About an Eclipse

Some images from our temporary home in McCall, Idaho, our home base for hiking, eclipse viewing, and bat hunting (yes, bat hunting).

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Pit Stop Americana

The day started peacefully with hot coffee breath fogging against cool misty ocean air. With steamed eggs and overnight oats in our bellies, we took off around 8am to buzz back up the coast towards the ti-cities. We spent a night with Peter’s parents, Lisa & Jim, at a Comfort Inn in Kennewick to break up the […]

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Photo Essay: Canon Beach, Cape Perpetua, Kennewick

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Finding Our Footing As Homeless Travelers

I’m standing on an ice cold tile floor in a campsite bathroom, naked from the waste down (but not from the waste up) and trying to figure out how to balance my clean clothes on the handle of the door so they don’t topple to the floor to mingle with what I can only hope […]

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A Wide, Blank Stare Down The Open Road

It’s been 398 days since I wrote this in my journal: Today is July 14th, 2016. A year from now I will quit my job and start doing something more meaningful. This is my goal. This is my dream. This is how I make it happen. It was an elusive seed that had been fluttering […]

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7 Steps To Affording A Life On The Road

A step by step process of how we planned, saved, and sacrificed our way to an affordable and sustainable nomad life.

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Pulling Up Your Roots Is Hard Damn Work

P This past weekend Iza and I spent painstaking hours stripping our apartment of everything we’ve ever done to make it our own. Moving your stuff and leaving a place you’ve gotten so used to calling ‘home’ is never easy. Getting rid of 95% of your things while preparing to live out of your car […]

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Photo Essay: Lake Cushman

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Hatchets, Rivers, and Going Full Pyro

Steam rose from my enamelware coffee mug in front of the cold steel head of my Husqvarna hatchet and the warm fire crackled in the background. I looked over to see Iza shaving ribbons of hard maple from our small stockpile of wood, sitting next to her a giggling baby and a sweaty, cold can […]

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The Incredible, Collapsible, Endlessly Transportable Wander Küche

As a couple, cooking together is one of the things we do best. Even in our tiny shoe box of a kitchen (thanks, Seattle) we manage to operate like Sigfreid and Roy before one of them was mauled by a show tiger. Treating ourselves to the familiarity of a home-cooked meal is a comfort neither of […]

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This Is Why We Wander

One day we woke up and decided to quit our jobs, sell our stuff, and hit the road. Here’s why.

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We Love You, Jane Honda

Our special little home away from home. See why we have such an unnatural love affair for our mobile domicile.

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The Big Ass Gear Post

A way too big list of every piece of gear we’ve managed to stuff in our tiny, beloved Honda Fit.

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Dear Seattle

Dear Seattle, It’s over. This isn’t easy for either us to say as you’ve been so good to us over the years. Your thriving spirit and unparalleled natural beauty has provided us with some of the best times in our lives. It was because of you we were able to come together (via Tinder’s location-based […]

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