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As often as possible, we tend to look for free things to do. Well, it turns out we had good timing this time around in Denver. The Denver Botanic Gardens just so happened to have a FREE ADMISSION DAY! We packed up our camera and our friend Steve and headed for the gardens. We found the Gardens to be a nice place to take a stroll for the evening and imagined it'd be a great place to have a picnic or simply sit and read while enjoying the surrounding plant life. Meisha had a good time taking a few black and white photos as we walked around the Botanic Gardens, so naturally, we decided to share them with you here. See more

Sometimes I really find myself wondering why it is that we're doing what we're doing. Certain aspects of this whole journey have been a constant struggle. As we strive to live the life of full-time vagabonds, we learn just how difficult that is. Our path has been plagued with unforeseen large expenses, injury, and more than our desired share of marital tension. It's during those times that I question our choices the most. Is it really worth all of this? Then I find myself in a situation such as this morning See more

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!   See more

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.   See more

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.    See more

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.   See more

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.   See more

After two all-too-short days spent in Tennessee, it was back on the road for us with Arkansas in our crosshairs.  We drove all day and found ourselves in Little Rock that night.  We drove around downtown Little Rock looking for something to do on our zero dollar budget with no luck in particular.  Finding ourselves with nothing to do in a city we knew nothing about, we decided to "stay in" for the night and just hang out in the van.   See more

From North Carolina we moved on to Tennessee to explore the town of Chattanooga.  In particular, this was because I was reading book American Gods by Neil Gaiman and two Chattanooga tourist attractions play a prominent role in the book:  Rock City and Lookout Mountain.  We had hopes of visiting the attractions but found them to be out of our budget.  Instead, we enjoyed checking out the cool bridges, architecture, graffiti, and relaxing to the cool vibe we felt from the people of the city See more