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The subtle ramblings and tales from a life on the road. Read, laugh, cry, ponder, muse, comment and enjoy.
Meisha chillin' at our water station waiting on the first runners to arrive
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Midnight Water Crew to the Rescue! Volunteering for the Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay

One of the things we'd set out to do when we began this whole traveling adventure was to volunteer as much as possible. That being said, we haven't spent near as much time volunteering as intended :( Luckily, injuries and circumstance provided us one such opportunity to spend a little time giving back. At the end of last summer, I had the pleasure of running the Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon with some old and new friends. This same relay group decided that they were just crazy enough to do another 200 mile relay: The Ragnar Wasatch Back. Because my knee is still recovering from an ACL and meniscus tear from the ski season, I was unable to run the relay BUT… when asked to be honorary members and serve as volunteers for the team, Meisha and I jumped at the chance!   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 1: The Vagabloggers Work?

Well it only took us a year to finally compile all the video clips but at last, we're pleased to bring you the first of our 8 part series documenting our trip from North Carolina back to our home state of Utah.

After returning from our 3 month long backpacking trip in Costa Rica, we found ourselves back in North Carolina and anxious to be back in our van and back on the road.  We definitely realized that we'd come to view the van as our home.  We'd rather live in it that any other "conventional home".   Read more

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200 Miles in 29.5 Hours: Hood to Coast - The Mother of All Relays

3:45 A.M. came early (which I suppose is to be expected) and we rolled off our benches to prep for the approaching insanity.  Half of team "Hood to Whose Idea Was This" climbed in and Van 1 of 2 was off and rolling out of Hood River towards Mt. Hood.   The mountain was still enveloped in darkness as we parked near the relay's starting point.  A quick check of the weather confirms that my run was going to be quite brisk at 36 degrees.  Nerves and excitement set in as team names are announced over the loud speaker and the sun began to peak over Mt. Hood's conical snow line.  This is it... we try to wrap our minds around the fact that some time tomorrow afternoon we're going to have run as a team to the Oregon Coast 200 miles away, as long as we can actually make it.   We were about to attempt the possibly impossible task of completing the Hood to Coast Relay along with 12,816 other runners. Read more

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