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Archive for May 2013

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Thoughts on Van Life: Time to Build a Bed?

Now past the 2 year mark since transitioning into the van, we find ourselves rethinking our bed.  It has been extremely convenient to simply turn the middle seat around making a common living space and each take a bench for sleeping, but it’s reached a point of separation anxiety in our marriage.  No matter how comforting it is to slip into our minimal vandwelling lifestyle, our marriage has to take precedence.  

Simply living in close quarters with another person can bring tension to any kind of relationship.  Since we are a couple who slept in the same bed for years and enjoyed the simple touch of the other person while drifting into dream state, we split ourselves apart in the attempt to be minimal.  It was a successful attempt, but with a side affect.  It seems to have added distance to the tense situations.   Read more

Watching Albuquerque's glow over silhouetted mountains as we drive north to Chaco
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Confronting Fate in Albuquerque

I'll never forget seeing "actual" mountains for the first time in almost a year when approaching the Sandia Mountains on our way into Albuquerque.  As we've traversed this gigantic country and met all kinds of people, it's become apparent that there are different types of people (well of course, but I'll explain...).  There are river people, and beach people, and desert people, and city people, and mountain people.  Upon viewing the massive cliff lines, jagged rocks, and tall peaks, I was reminded once more that we are most definitely mountain people.    Read more

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The Road Home Part 5: How to Defile a Cadillac

We rolled into Amarillo in the early evening.  We weren't sure what to expect and frankly, we didn't find much :(  We started by heading straight downtown to see what there was to see and weren't able to muster up anything to do outside of visiting one of the local watering holes for a drink.  Feeling disappointed by downtown Amarillo, we decided to drive around and explore a bit more.   Read more

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The Road Home Part 4: How to Get Lost on Route 66

When we left North Carolina to head back to Utah, we never set out to end up on Route 66 specifically.  In fact, we weren't exactly sure which way we were taking back to Utah, only that it had to be somewhat direct based on our budget situation.  Once we arrived in Oklahoma City, we realized that hopping on the Route was an option and decided it would be a welcome change from the straight-shot freeway route we'd taken up to that point.   Read more

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