US Forest Service Roads: a brief history and reflection

Nothing embodies the word freedom more than the dusty one lane tracks that make up United States Forest Service road network. There are over 380,000 miles of Forest Service roads in the United States. Forest service roads can range from two way paved highways to narrow rocky tracks that can only be crossed with a…

Scotland

There are many directions I could take while writing about Scotland. I could make this a travel guide outlining the must see spots, or I could make a road map telling you about hidden gems away from the tourists train. Finally I could make it an adventure blog, and tell tales of our water logged…

Trekking Patagonia: A Perspective on Becoming a Mother

Over a year ago my husband and I traveled to Patagonia. Not only was it a trip of a lifetime it was also supposes to be our last hurrah before starting a family. On that trip I had a lot of time for reflection on motherhood and the changes it would bring to my life….

Embracing Your Wild Woman

I recently contributed a piece to The Unknown Persists, an online collective of artists and writers. Its a piece that means a lot to me as it dives into self discovery and letting your wild woman out! It is set in the beautiful desert wonderland of Anza Borrego State Park. Go give it a read…

How to MAKE Purpose in Your Life

Do you ever feel lost in life? Do you get a nagging feeling that there is something you should be doing, that you would be doing, if only you knew what it was? I recently had this conversation with my husband and it lead to some interesting conclusions. Let’s jump right down the rabbit hole…

Through the canyon and to the mountains where the hot springs lie

Continued… After spending the night at chateau BLM we headed towards Death Valley National Park through Titus Canyon. The Titus Canyon route is a 27 mile dirt road which passes through the rugged mountains that frame the eastern edge of Death Valley National Park. The road was originally built, like so many other roads  in…

The Opera, Pupfish, and Ghost Towns

Continued… As the diffuse morning light painted the landscape in pastel we packed up and left the desert rat enclave of Tecopa and headed toward Death Valley Junction. Death Valley Junction is a small desert town with a population of less than 20 people. The town was formed in the 1920s with the backing of…

Hippies, Date Palms and Mud Mites

For thanksgiving we explored corners of the desert we had not been to before. Our five day road trip started in the depths of the Mojave, took us over arid mountains and into Death Valley. We finished our trip by popping out by the eastern Sierra. I realize I write an awful lot about the…

The Little Things

Slow down and look around. See the little things. Find beauty in the smallest part of a flower. Stop to smell the earthy scent of sage brush as it transitions into winter. Always take a small amount of time to appreciate what lies directly around you. There is magic in these moments.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

For three days salt has encrusted my hair, I have drank more beer than water, and spent more time in the waves then on dry ground. Welcome to Baja California, the Sea of Cortez, a very sandy paradise. After 10 years of living so close to the border I have finally made it down to…

Boondocking

Sometimes a little patch of dirt at the end of a long dusty road is as close to heaven as you can get.