Simplifying our lives and traveling continuously has provided new challenges almost every day. These are some of the more profound lessons we've learned.
As Beth and I have cavorted around the country together over the past 7 months in our new home, we’ve learned a lot about road trip planning that we never considered before. What follows are the successive revelations that led us to the conclusion that one normally “plans” trips like these, and that by doing so, we might find the journey to be simultaneously easier, cheaper and much less stressful.
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When I first imagined this life — living on the road in an RV with my wife and two dogs — long before we purchased our motorhome and began our journey, I envisioned us cruising gleefully down US Route 66, the dry, desert breeze blowing through our hair as Beth sits with her feet on the dash and two happy, goofy puppies sit smiling behind us, watching the scenery fly by.
Fast forward 5 months into our journey, and the reality isn’t quite so picturesque. Turns out, our dogs really suck at this. Read More →
I love hiking. In fact, I look forward to Sunday mornings more than every other day of the week simply because Beth and I have made it a habit to hike every Sunday.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not innately a morning person, and no matter how hard I try to make getting up early a ritual, it still feels grueling every day. Still, on Sundays, once the fog has lifted, I almost spring out of bed knowing how much a 3 mile hike will burn away the cobwebs in my brain and help me refocus, regenerate, reenergize and reinvigorate my passion for… well, all the things.
Today, as I hiked, I focused on my own perception. See, I really enjoy hiking in Vibram Five Fingers. You can call me a douche for wearing toe shoes — I don’t care; wearing minimalist shoes that both give your toes room to breathe and your feet a feeling of connection with the earth while hiking through the woods is, to me, the very definition of mindfulness. At least I’m not wearing a bluetooth headset too. 😉 Read More →