I've been on the road for a year now.
On the morning of April 1st 2006 I pulled away from my San Francisco apartment
for the last time,
behind the keys
on the kitchen counter as I left. Ever since then,
"home" has been a rather fluid construct for me. From the beginning I've
held the specific intention that this was NOT a trip with some final destination
in mind, ending once I reached a certain place or after a certain amount of time
had passed. Rather, my goal has been to invent and live a sustainable and
fulfilling technomadic lifestyle - living on the road indefinitely.
For the most part, I've succeeded.
I have had an incredible year on the road. I have seen and done some
amazing things. I have met and stayed with a range of fabulous people. And on
the whole, I have never been happier.
I have also managed to see a do a lot LESS than I expected to have by now.
When I set out, I expected that by the end of the year I would have conquered
both Alaska and Mexico, and everything in between. And though I haven't
yet reached either, I certainly still intend to. But I've found that I
strongly prefer a slower and more intentional pace of exploration. I like
not needing to race to get somewhere, and instead focusing on enjoying where I
am at and the people I am with. Alaska isn't going anywhere - it can wait
till the time is right.
Overall, it still feels as if I am barely getting started. And I love
The next chapter of my journey starts next month. Cherie and I have
of May 10th to head out together on the road, just under a month from
When I set off on this journey I did not expect to find a life partner along the
way, but I couldn't be happier with the way things have turned out. This
five month nomadic "hiatus" in Florida has certainly proven to be very
I've been chronicling my adventures of the past year here in my blog using two
different "tags" to flag journey related entries.
" tells the in depth chronological story of my trip, complete
with many pictures. I've fallen behind in posting the June (!!!) through
February entries - but I intend to fill in the blanks of the past year
is a superset of
", and includes both the large entries as well as many more
smaller (and more timely!) snapshots from the road.
(Note: I've now worked some magic to incorporate those two streams directly into
click on the links above to see how I've managed to integrate LiveJournal feeds
right inside my personal homepage. Cool, huh?)
A Year in Review:
This past year I've
to avoid a
marveled at the
on a river's edge
off at Tab rallies
at a sci-fi con
with elephant seals
on a Rhea ranch in Oregon
a solar panel
remote Utah and the Flaming Gorge
off the grid in Colorado
Big Brutus in SE Kansas
, visited family in St. Louis and Baltimore,
a guest on "radio" shows of various sorts
the space shuttle launch
(at night from sea!),
, and I've even managed to
along the way.
Wow - what a great year. *grin*
IL, KY, TN, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, VA, DC, MA, PA, NJ, DE
(a few highlights here - there are a
lot more in the new
Serendipity set on Flickr
Wherever I take it, my cute little Tab stands out...
I travel with a paramotor packed into the back of my jeep...
I've also left the motor behind and have been free flying over Hat Creek Rim
(Northern CA) and at the Point of the Mountain, Utah...
I've been to both edges of the continent...
I've seen natural and man-made wonders...
I helped build a Cathedral in the Black Rock Dessert...
I spent two and a half weeks
in another world...
I've worked on tractors, jeeps, solar panels, and (of course)
I've seen more than a few bizarre sights...
And I've seen many wild things...
But perhaps best of all - I've gotten to spend lots of time with dear friends
and family all over the country.
Cherie and I head out May 10th, with a goal to be in San Francisco in time for
the ANDC on June 15th. Between here and there we are tentatively planning
stops in Tallahassee, Atlanta, Rock City, Nashville, St. Louis, Lake of the
Ozarks, Austin, Colorado, Utah, and Las Vegas. We'll be hanging around the
SF Bay Area through Lindsay's wedding at the end of June. July and August
remain undecided - we may head back east towards Chicago, or we may head north
towards Seattle and Canada. Or perhaps both. Then comes Burning
Man. And after that, who knows? (Suggestions on cool people / places
/ things to stop and see are always appreciated!)
I love that my life is such a wide open adventure.
And I am thrilled to be starting my next year on the road with a partner by my