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Why We’re Taking the Alaska Marine Highway in Four Photos

By     |    May 17, 2011
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NYT’s In Transit blog reports that the Alaska Ferry will now get us within 60 miles of Anchorage.  $547 for the fare (at its cheapest) plus $130 for a two-berth room.  We’ll do this either on the north leg or the south leg.  And here’s why: photo credit: izik photo credit: supafly photo credit: Eddie Awad photo credit: supafly    

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Be Prepared: A Few Thoughts on Packing Theory

By     |    May 16, 2011
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Be prepared — that’s the Boy Scout motto.  Luckily, I only made it through Cub Scouts. Being prepared means different things to different people.  Remember Captain Lone Starr in Spaceballs?  “I said to bring only what you need to survive!” To which Princess Vespa responds: “It’s my industrial-strength hair-dryer, and I can’t live without it!” Luckily, Lisa’s not a Princess Vespa. Be Prepared The Boy Scout motto, as I was taught, was […]

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Why We’re Going to Big Bend National Park in Four Photos

By     |    May 13, 2011
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Big Bend National Park is one of the least-visited national parks.  All the more reason to visit.  And for views like these: photo credit: sean_mcgee photo credit: sean_mcgee photo credit: AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker photo credit: Tycho Moon

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Another Win for the Minivan

By     |    May 8, 2011
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I love this story from Grassroots Motorsports: Soccer Moms’ Revenge.  In it, they compare the Honda Odyssey with the Porsche 356 and Jaguar XKE.  And there’s a race.  And I don’t necessarily agree with the last sentence, but I do like seeing the minivan kick some ass. photo credit: MSVG | Just another classic sports car.

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Scared Sober on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

By     |    Apr 27, 2011
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September 12, 2009.  We awoke in Bryce Canyon, Utah, and drove furiously south to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to make the sunset and our campground reservation.  It’s always painful to have to move through such beautiful country so quickly, but the pain was slightly eased by the Fat Tire we were able to purchase just across the Arizona border, which tasted even better than usual after a […]

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We Almost Have a Kitchen, But We Still Have a Boat

By     |    Apr 27, 2011
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We’ve made big progress on the kitchen front: we have new maple cabinets, working water shut-0ff valves, a working and installed microwave, stove, and refrigerator.  We’ve made minimal progress selling our Merit 25 sailboat.  We feel … closer.  But having your entire kitchen vomited into the rest of your home certainly doesn’t make it LOOK like you’re closer to moving.   Mentally, I think we’re starting to fatigue.  It’s a […]

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Sometimes Free Is A Great Deal (For Everyone)

By     |    Apr 20, 2011
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You’ve probably heard that we love craigslist.  Love it.  We’ve bought and sold a bunch of stuff on craigslist over the years.  But sometimes what we’re selling has no value.  And not only that, sometimes our stuff is such a liability that giving it away for free is a great deal.  Hear me out. We’re remodeling out kitchen.  There are existing cabinets that we no longer need screwed into and […]

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Hello, @bootsnall, I Love Your Site

By     |    Apr 14, 2011
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I love finding inspirational confirmation of what we’re trying to do.  Today was on bootsnall.com: 11 Reasons to Stop Dreaming and Start Planning Your Round the World Trip. My favorites: #1 — You are only going to get older #5 — You can be free from all your crap (still an issue for us) photo credit: Aric McKeown | Packed.

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The 10 Cheapest 2-Bedroom Condos in Chicago’s Lincoln Park (60614)

By     |    Apr 11, 2011
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Things seem to be picking up in Chicago’s real estate market.  There are a bunch of condos listed as ‘under contract’ on Baird & Warner’s website.  That’s good news for us — we want a quick sale when we finally list.  But there are still a lot of units for sale.  We know we’ll be at the bottom-end of the cost spectrum, but we’re still not sure what price we’ll […]

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Can We Score a Free Van?

By     |    Apr 7, 2011
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We’ve been brainstorming vehicles for a while.  First, we thought we’d do a truck or SUV, then a minivan, now we’re thinking Dodge Sprinter.  We have four criteria — MPG, space, handling, and cost.  We don’t want a car that gets 11 MPG, we need enough room for a bed and all our stuff, we don’t want to drive a beastly bus, and we have a limited budget.  But what […]

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