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I am ending my December Social Media hiatus with a picture of my dog, disguised as me, dressed as a dog.
As 2017 ends, and 2018 begins, my mind has been focused on one thing.
I hope that 2018 is a year of difficult conversations. Ones challenge your perceptions of people, cultures, religions, political views, and yourselves. Conversations that show you that you can speak without yelling, disagree without hating, and recognize that an opinion is just one side to a greater understanding.
And most of all, I hope that we come out of 2018 alive and well, because 2017 almost killed us all.
2017 will be forever remembered as the Year of the National Parks!
Not Photoed Are:
•Redwood National Park
•Bryce Canyon National Park
•Glacier National Park
•Yoho National Park (Canada)
•Grand Canyon National Park
•Joshua Tree National Park
•Hot Springs National Park
•Shennandoah National Park
If this year was nothing else, it was exhilaratingly beautiful, extremely awesome, and exponentially hasty.
Now that my last trip is finally over, after 8,000 Miles in 50 days, 0 paid campsites, a 2 month spree of “Fun-Employment”, and 8 months of endearing homelessness, I’m drawing my year of social media to a close 21 days early, because, quite honestly, it’s exhausting to keep up with.
May your holidays be filled with whatever you wish them to be filled with, and may 2018 greet you with all the blessings one year can bestow. See ya On the Other Side
After 39 consecutive days of being on the road, @chyclist flew home today to start preparing for the next stage of life, and I owe her a long long overdue shoutout. •Thank you for all the lazy mornings, the early mornings, the days that went to quickly, and the ones that seem endless, for laughing until we cried, and crying until we laughed again, for showing me patience, kindness, and love, and for being one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. Not a day of this trip would have been possible without you, and not a day will be the same for the remainder. •
I hope that one day our lives allow us another time to spend driving the world together, because there’s no one else I would rather do it with. Thank you
On this day, the 364th day of the 24th year of my time here on Earth as a human, I met my past life doppelgänger, and (as you can clearly see) he extended the olive branch of pizza to me as a peace offering to carry me through to my 25th year. •
I also went to the Redwood National Park, which, for those of you that don’t know, has big trees. Naturally, I climbed one. The whole thing. All the way up. But the phone died so you can’t see that.
And I have no clue where that last photo came from, but I like it. •
Here’s to sending off my 24th year. For quarter life crisis trips across the US, for long days spent driving to see cool random things, to 12 National Parks, to friends we didn’t expect to see, friends we expected to see and didn’t, and to 40 days of being (F)Unemployed for my birthday!
Oh, yeah, and I got a job in California this winter, so if anybody needs to learn how to snowboard, I know a guy. He’s not great, but he’s good enough.
This weekend, we spent 3 days on the Beaches of Santa Cruz at Doggie Day Care with @pacificpaw, (thanks Michelle and Jeff). Ari still hasn’t recovered from the 24 hour a day dog playground.
Now, we are headed back to the North to escape the burning heat of the sun and return to the rainforests of Northern Washington. #coasttocoast #north
Day 30: Yay! We made it a month into the trip! To celebrate this monumentous occasion we have retreated further south into California to hang out in the coolest place in the whole country, Yosemite National Park.
If you’ve never been, it’s really the coolest place. Check it out. Serious. Go. Now.
Obviously I have loads of amazing photos, but I will leave you with three for now, so you will have something to look forward to later (I don’t wanna spoil it for all the people currently rushing to their cars because I told them to go now). •
Road thought for the day: There is something very intimidating about the unknown. It’s anxiety strickening, fear evoking, and scary. It’s why so many people fear dying, moving to a new place, or even quitting a bad job. We get so used to the comfortable, even if the comfortable is bad, that we would rather have bad than not know what we have at all.
On a related note, we are reaching then end of our trip and I have come to an intimidating realization. I have absolutely no idea what I will be doing in two weeks. (See, I had a cool job in Bend, but I couldn’t find a place to live. There are very strange living situations) So, if anyone has any ideas, I’m open to any ideas, locations, jobs, or anything else you could give me (besides “come home” mom!). So, Here’s to hoping that having nothing to do doesn’t turn in to doing nothing.
Day 27! We went up to Crater Lake, but we couldn’t see the actual lake because they got 2 feet of snow (we just carry winter around with us). So, we went to Lava Beds to see caves and actually got to hang out outside the vehicle for a bit for once in Modoc National Forest. Today marks 25 days of paying $0 for camping, so that’s cool. Its become a goal of the trip.
Also, the sun made an impromptu appearance today, and Ari really enjoyed it. She’s become a fan of the sunroof just like her human.
We still have a couple of weeks and a lot of places to cover, so stay tuned, and feel free to request hilarious stories from the road anytime. #roadtrip #winter #meets #fall
We made it to Olympic National Park, which is Home of the Hoh Rain Forest, the biggest rain forest in North America, right on the Ocean.
We got there in the middle of a huge wind storm with trees down and everything closed so we roamed around the woods for a while, then retreated to Ruby Beach.
Today we are headed down to Bend Oregon via Mount Hood to maybe get a job? Who knows anymore! In the meantime, feel free to look at this really cute picture of me showing Ari how the Ocean works, because she’s a human, who lives in a dog suit, and therefore understands English perfectly. .
For those of you who have been keeping track, we have had 14 straight days of snow, maybe 3 days of sun, and then rain for several days! Yay Fall!
#dogsofinstagram #instadog #beach #rainforest #findyourpark #optoutside #getoutside #breakfromsnow #trucklife #homeiswhereyouparkit #homesweethome #america #nps #fall #ocean #love
Days 22-24: ??? On vacation, you lose track of what days are. @chyclist and I have spent the last 3 days in the farthest North West you can go in the US, Port Townsend, walking along the beaches every day and checking out cool forts, and playing board games!
Tomorrow we are going to Olympic National Park, the heading to check out Bend, Oregon!
So, Bend people, be ready, because here I come! #pnw #trails
Day 20: After 18 dog adventures, 6 National Parks in two countries, and 18 consecutive days of snow, we have finally made it one morning with above freezing temperatures and greenery.
Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. When we first got back, I though got @chyclist was going to cry with excitement to be away from winter. With -6 degree mornings, cooking in the snow every meal, trying to thaw things we didn’t even know could freeze (like the condensation from your breath on the ceiling dripping on you while you sleep), and constantly trying to dry things that shouldn’t be wet, I think we are all happy to have a window open and not be freezing to death. Especially Ari.
#camping #campingwithdogs #dogsofinstagram #adventuredog #winter #fall #pacificnorthwest #washington #campingwithpets #optoutside #getoutside #vanlife #homeless #nothopeless
We made it to Banff! (and yes, they did have to deliberate about letting me in, actually though)
Last night, the temperature was a wonderful -6 degrees, so, we utilized all available resources to find a gas station with a laundry attached. ‘‘Twas there we were able to heat our tomato soup dinner in their microwave, do our dishes in their sink, seek refuge under their shelter, and loiter whilst staying warm.
Today, we made our way around to a lot of cool places and saw a lot of cool animals, and I took Cheyenne on her first ever winter hike, straight up 1,000 feet of a mountain to an overlook, which was an entertaining experience. I will share Ari’s photo shoot later (yay, cute dog photos)
Tomorrow, we conclude our cold weather venture with one more day of Banff, another hot spring, and then off to Vancouver and southward from there! #winteriscoming
Day 13-15: We took a break from #vanlife tobcjeck out the city of Spokane, Washington, and see @nahkobear and @nahko_and_mftp live and in person. No words could ever describe the meaning of this band, their words, and their message. Absolutely Amazing.
Today, we left our hotel room and have headed north into foreign territory to explore Banff National Park! But first, time for another $8 hot spring soak! #canada #ohcanada
As our trip quickly approaches its halfway mark, I want to thank @chyclist for the laughs, fun, tears, and sharing one last great adventure, before we part ways to take on the world. You will be missed.
Days 10-12: The Second day, We got snowed out of Yellowstone, and stuck in West Yellowstone (a quant little mountain town, where everyone knows one another and always has) but here are the other Yellowstone photos!
The past three days we have been traveling through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho on the way to Spokane Washington, where tonight we will see @nahko_and_mftp perform (my favorite band. Check ‘em out)
After a demoralizing boot from Yellowstone, we hopped to Bozeman, where we searched for a hot shower. After turning down $10 YMCA shower, we found an amazing hot spring spa, and for only $8 we got live music, soaking, showers, saunas, and a warm place to cook and eat!
We’ve seen several herds of bison, a lone Bald Eagle, have driven in the snow for 4 straight days (going 40mph in an 80mph zone for 200 Miles kinda snow )and And Cheyenne, who has never driven in or even seen this much snow, watched a truck spin off the road trying to pass us going 60, for her snow driving debut.
So as all plans go, as our 1 planned Drive day turned into 3, we got to slow down and have some fun, and we are safe and sound and loving every second.
If you made it to the end of this novel, thanks for tuning in! Love you all! See ya out there @chyclist
Days 7-9: Hey peeps! We’ve been too busy playing to update!
We have been to the Tetons (apparently on the last day it was open), we went to Jenny Lake and Phelps lake, and Coulter Bay, and stayed out by the Moultan Barns.
Today we went to Yellowstone, Saw Old Faithful, ran into a Coyote, then a bunch of Bison, ran into a wreck in the snow, then saw more bison, and now are in our warm home in bear country by a lake!
TOMORROW! We are going to try to shoot/upload a few videos of what our days out on road have been like, so stay tuned! 32 days and 10 more parks to go! #roadtrip #nps @nationalparkservice
“The ‘Wild Barefoot Homeless Tiger’ is a native of the Mississippi River Plains. While he can primarily be observed prowling amongst the vast flatlands and meadows, here you can see he has taken a break from the monotony of hunting daily to feed his family, and is showing his cubs how to traverse the more mountainous hunting grounds.” Happy Halloween all you hooligans. Get dressed up and go get that candy!
: @chyclist @offthegrid629
Day 4: Rocky Mountain National Park
Let’s start with the Thought of the Day: “Nothing will ever inspire you more than you will inspire you.” #inspiration
The Highest Elevation Road in the US (the one we wanted to take) closed last week, so we are backtracking to Leadville and Vail one day early! Vailians, Mountain Folk, and Valley Bums, I’m back for two days! Call me, Beep me, if you wanna reach me!
See ya soon!
Day 3: We made it to Boulder, tried to camp at this beautiful lake in Nederland, CO, got kicked out, and moved to this lovely quiet abode amongst the trees. Since we couldn’t camp at the lake, we went back for oatmeal breakfast time.
Oh, and in case you couldn’t tell, it’s cold outside. Like, 14 degrees in the dark cold. Today is Rocky Mountain National Park day, so keep those eyes peeled
Welp, I’m on the road again!
Here’s the itinerary!
October 26: Boulder CO
Oct 27- Oct 28: Rocky Mountain NP
October 29: Big Horn National Forest WY
Oct 30- Nov 1: Yellowstone National Park
Nov 2- Nov 4: Teton National Park
Nov 5- Nov 7: Glacier National Park MT
Nov 8-Nov 10: Banff National Park Canada
Nov 11- Nov 12: Vancouver Canada
November 13: Seattle Washington
Nov 14- Nov 15: Bend, Oregon
Nov 16- Nov 17 Sacramento, CA
Nov 18- Nov 19: Yosemite National Park
Nov 20- Nov 21: Lassen Volcano NP
Nov 22- Nov 23: Valley Springs, CA
Nov 24- Nov 28: Roadtrip Cali-Washington
Nov 29- Dec 3: San Juan Islands
Dec 4: Bend for Winter
Come find me if I’m in your neighborhood.
The adventures grow longer and larger, but leaving never gets any easier.
To everyone who continues to love and support my dreams and push me out the door again, words will never do justice to the gratefulness and love I carry with me. I hope my journey inspires and encourages you all. See ya soon.
Ladies and Gentleman! You’ve all been waiting, and the day is here. Tomorrow I embark on another epic 45 day adventure with @chyclist ♀️ and @Ari around the US. As always, It’s going to be an adventure of photos!
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I’ll be sure to fill you up with my road thoughts as well as photos of all the cool places we find!
Who knows, you might even win good karma or something crazy like that.
See ya out there peeps!