Small House Big World

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Staying Put (For Now) – An Update!

When I arrived to Colorado at the beginning of August I decided it was time to consider parking the RV and staying put for a while. There are many reasons why I found the idea appealing, but my primary motivation was being able to better develop in-person relationships. I decided to choose Colorado specifically because of…

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Bounce Back.

So my last post was kind of a bummer, but it made me feel so much better to write and share and let it out. And I have some good news, I’m totally getting my mojo back. I can’t be kept down for long. Yes, life can be a rollercoaster.  Emotions are a weird and wonderful…

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Colorado Rocks!

From what I can tell, the Denver area is pretty much all about beer and hiking. In other words, paradise. Beautiful scenery, mountains nearby, great bustling cities with breweries and restaurants galore, and trails packed with people and their dogs out hiking. I’m pretty much in love with it. I was only able to spend about…

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A Quick Jaunt Through New Mexico

New Mexico is the newest state under my belt! I think I did a pretty admirable job of trying to pack as much as possible into my week long visit, but I know I left SO MANY stones unturned. Initial thoughts:  An incredibly beautiful state! Not to mention the culture and history and of course, the food….

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3 Days at the Grand Canyon

This past week I got to visit the Grand Canyon. This was my first visit, and it was just as spectacular as I had hoped. The grandeur is basically impossible to capture in photographs which doesn’t mean I didn’t try. I spent 3 days at the park taking it all in, hiking, biking, and snapping a thousand pictures….

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Boondocking Sedona

This past week I decided to try my hand at boondocking again. Of course I have been boondocking quite a bit over the past year, but it feels a little bit different being alone. And I’m cheating because I was not actually alone – I joined Marshall and Kelly (not THAT Kelly, but a girl…

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Shaman’s Cave, Sedona

The hiking in Sedona is pretty fantastic, as you can imagine. And as much as I like hiking on a marked trail, nothing is better than finding a place to explore where I’m not going to run into another soul. When Max and I go out hunting for nice views I find my happy place. Well,…

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Week 1 Solo Complete!

As a heads up, everyone can go ahead and prepare themselves for lots of hiking selfies… 🙂 After last week’s post a couple of people checked in with me to make sure I was OK. Don’t worry friends! Good news! I AM OK 🙂 I am not sad, I am not fretting, I just wanted to…

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Away I Go!

A lot has happened in the past week. I kind of don’t know where to begin. First off, I’m happy to announce that I am writing this from a new town in a new state. I successfully packed my stuff, hooked up the car, said goodbye to Kelly, and hit the road again, alone. I…

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Life on Pause and BIG Repairs!

Ok friends it’s official: I’m sick of Desert Hot Springs. This is a GREAT area, but we’ve been here for like 2 months. This is not the RV adventure into the wilderness that I signed up for! Also it’s starting to get HOT. In the 90’s all this week. Boo-hoo I know, but all I…

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Preparing to Go Solo

First off: News. Kelly bought an RV! A 1989 Pace Arrow (keeping it in the family). It is currently in the shop being serviced so we are unsure when his moving date will be. It’s a work in progress. In the meantime, Kelly and I have each been gathering resources and trying to prepare ourselves to…

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Changes: An Announcement

There’s no great way to say this so I’ll just spit it out: After much deliberation Kelly and I have decided we should part ways. We made this decision a couple of weeks ago and have taken some time to let it sink in. Long story short, we greatly enjoy each other’s company, but ultimately we…

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Desert Boondocking

Kelly and I have spent the past 3+ weeks boondocking in the desert with new friends. I have been bad about updating the blog, mostly because we have been BUSY!  For most of our time on the road, we’ve been pretty solitary, only meeting up with friends here and there when we cross paths. But the…

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San Diego Christmas

Growing up in Michigan means a warm Christmas is always a little unsettling. The nostalgia factor is missing. That being said, palm trees and sunshine are hard to frown beneath, so I will keep my whining about no white Christmas to a minimum.  We had a great Christmas in San Diego, where my parents were…

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Desert Hot Springs and Joshua Tree National Park

We spent a week in Desert Hot Springs, California, a small city just outside of Palm Springs. Turns out, the desert is AWESOME. Let’s talk plants. Boring right…? NO! In the desert everything that was once mundane is now fascinating. Oranges growing on trees, ripe for the picking, and one wrong step can mean a foot…

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Work + Travel: Earning a Living on the Road

Deciding to live in an RV and travel full-time was not a quick or easy decision to make. One of the big issues I had early on in process was figuring out if I would be able to support myself and make money while traveling.  Because sure, traveling the country sounds like fun, but is it affordable?…

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Lake Piru, California and a Look at the Drought

Yes, we are still in California. And no, not one single part of me is upset about that. It is a big, beautiful state with incredibly diverse landscapes and a ton to see. After Monterey, we wound our way down the coast towards Lake Piru, which is about an hour outside of L.A. But first,…

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Monterey Bay and Minor Repairs

Our luck couldn’t last forever – something finally broke. Well, it broke on the drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay, actually, about 2 weeks ago.  When we pulled into our campsite, there was a burnt-sugar smell coming from our engine area.  I’m only bringing it up now because we decided to pretend that…

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Paying the San Francisco Price

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that the Bay Area is not famous for its reasonable cost of living. Food is expensive, homes are expensive, and yes, you guessed it, RV accommodations are expensive too. This means you can easily find a way to pay someone over $100 per night to allow you…

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Wine Country!

We got a recommendation from a Sacramento local that although Napa Valley is a lovely part of the country (and I agree, I was there a couple years ago), a slightly more down-to-earth and off-the-radar spot is Lodi, California. I had not previously heard of Lodi, but it is conveniently located between Sacramento and Stockton, about…

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