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Where is next?

By     |    Sep 12, 2012
Posted in: Ithaca, Reality     |    No Comments

Over the past eleven months, we’ve thought a lot about what we want to do and where we want to be after our trip, and we’ve made a decision. Well, we’ve made a decision for a year, at least. It feels too scary to commit to anything longer than a year right now. When we return from London — the first week of October — we’ll grab a Penske truck, […]

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The entrance to our storage closet in Chicago...

Things we’ve missed

By     |    Sep 6, 2012
Posted in: Reality     |    5 Comments

This isn’t about places we’ve missed — it’s more about the simple things we’ve missed. The things that you take for granted, the things that are there every day, the things that you don’t miss until you don’t have them. On our last night in the van, we thought about the things we were looking forward to having, once we finally had a roof over our heads… Lisa: Drinking cold water […]

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The sunset before the meteor shower.

Cross-country bikers and meteors lead to a serious case of introspection

By     |    Aug 28, 2012
Posted in: Reality, Utah     |    3 Comments

We met our first cross-country biker of the trip in Baker, NV. We’ve seen plenty of serious bikers on the road and have heard about others (my parents’ friends’ daughter and son-in-law recently completed a trip from Syracuse to San Francisco, you can read about it on their blog), but we haven’t actually met any of these brave bikers. Michael wasn’t blogging about his journey; he was just out there […]

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Your kids: to everyone else, they're cute and adorable. To a mountain lion, they're lunch.

Hiking Etiquette (aka Lisa’s Trail Etiquette for Everyone)

By     |    Aug 20, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Hikes, Reality     |    2 Comments

Hiking isn’t like walking in the city. In the city, you’re just trying to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible while avoiding eye contact at all times. Sometimes people bump into each other, sometimes they step in dog poop, sometimes they accidentally meet another person’s eyes, for a moment. But out here, this is the wilderness. So here we are, in Yosemite National Park. It’s […]

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Great for coffee, cash.

Travel Nightmares

By     |    Aug 2, 2012
Posted in: Reality, Travel     |    3 Comments

People often ask, “Has anything terrible happened to you so far?” I have to admit that no (fingers crossed), nothing really awful has happened during our journey. Sure, we have bad days, and I’ve narrowly avoided countless collisions with crazy motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, deer, and one black bear, but overall we’ve been fine…no flat tires, no robberies, no assaults, no scary interactions with people of any kind. Just a minor […]

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Look at this pile of Douglas Fir!

Trail Booty: What We’ve Found

By     |    Aug 1, 2012
Posted in: Adventure How To, Reality     |    No Comments

I love the Mountain Gazette, the west’s great free adventure magazine. Recently, we read an article about trail booty, the stuff you find while playing outdoors. Here’s what we’ve found so far:  4GB SD memory card found along the Million Dollar Highway. We were keen to try to return this to its owner, but the thing was blank. Note to readers: if you want your photos back, you might want […]

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Let the bankers keep your money for the day.

The Free Day

By     |    Jul 31, 2012
Posted in: Reality, Travel     |    2 Comments

It’s wonderful to have a free day – not a day off (though that’s wonderful as well), but a day where you spend no money, all day. True, no day is ever really free. We’re always “paying” a portion of our car payment, car insurance, health insurance, student loan, cell phone bills, storage bill, etc., every day. Then there’s the averaged cost of things like the National Park pass, gas, […]

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The Space Needle from the ferry. No plastic bags in that water.

Seattle’s Green Coup: The Death of the Plastic Bag

By     |    Jul 26, 2012
Posted in: Reality, Washington     |    4 Comments

It’s true. As of July 1st, 2012, the plastic bag is dead…murdered by the city of Seattle, complete with full (and hilarious) obituary in the Seattle Weekly (which reminded us of our dear old Chicago Reader, except with even more advertising). Quote: “In lieu of flowers, please throw something into the ocean capable of choking a small marine animal.” Seattle isn’t the first city to ban the plastic bag. It seems like […]

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Time keeps passing.

It’s almost over!?

By     |    Jul 25, 2012
Posted in: Reality, Schedule     |    No Comments

One recent afternoon I had an awful realization. We’re almost done. We have about two weeks before we need to be in Sonoma, CA. About 20 days after that we plan to be in Milwaukee, WI. Two weeks after that we fly to London from Chicago. We’ll spend three weeks in London, then return to Chicago. True, this all works out to about two and a half more months and […]

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CoCoVan rocking a beret, mole, and cigarette. We've got to break her of that habit.

Meet CoCoVan.

By     |    Jul 13, 2012
Posted in: Reality     |    3 Comments

We were driving down a particularly exciting section of road in Glacier National Park when Rocky confessed something to us. “Ahem. Hey, guys,” he said, “…after all this time together, I have to tell you that I haven’t been completely honest about myself. I’ve been hiding something from you. I’m not who you think I am. I’m not Rocky. I’m really CoCoVan … I’m a woman.” “Coq au vin?” we […]

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