How do you know you’re not in the Bay Area?

Answer: you don’t see another car or person for HOURS. Heaven! We’re in Day #2 of our 6 month adventure. We drove 12 hours on Day #1 straight to Death Valley. The “BAMF” (our nickname for the Jeep – hint: the first 2 letters stand for Bad Ass…) is handling the backroads like a champ. We spent our first night near Telescope Peak (elevation 8,000 ft) at a small campground where the wind howled and the temp dropped to 30 degrees! But I slept like a baby in the pop up tent. I didn’t think it would be that comfortable!

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#BAMF2015

What do I miss? So far, nothing, but it’s only Day #2. I haven’t given up the bad habit of checking my phone every 30 seconds yet. Good thing there’s no WIFI in DV except for the spot I’m sitting right now. I can’t wait for the moment I don’t even remember I have a phone and I stop checking completely. Not that I don’t miss all of you terribly! I do. But living in the moment and not knowing (or caring) what time it is is very freeing.

#BAMF2015

#BAMF2015

#BAMF2015

#BAMF2015

Tomorrow we head to Valley of Fire which I’ve heard is amazing. I’ll try to report from there. Right now the moon is starting to rise, Martin is lighting a fire, and we just opened a bottle of wine, so life is good! xoxo

Alaska or Bust 2015

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Welcome to my new “180 day road trip” blog. I will do my best over the next 6 months to entertain you with stories of our adventures, mishaps, discoveries, and new friends as we trek our way from California to Alaska in the beast (aka bad ass Jeep) that will be our home.

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I have no doubt there will be plenty to tell! I expect to come home with a whole new set of skills, like how to pee standing up, clean my own fish, and stay upwind of grizzly bears. I’m sure that will come in handy in my next job interview!

Yes, mom, I really am homeless and unemployed, and I’m ecstatic about it! Time to get off the beaten path, off the grid, and off the calendar and see all that is magnificent about this country and our National Parks.

Please keep in touch. I will miss you all. Stay tuned…