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A rainy day at camp

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{Photo of the day: Playing cards and hiding out from the rain.} When we arrived in the Owyhee desert yesterday the smoke from Oregon’s wildfires was thick. We all commented on how dry the area was and how obvious it is that chances are high this area has not seen precipitation in quite some time. With that, there was a 30% chance of rain in the forecast for today. Knowing what we all know...

8 essentials I carry for comfort & safety in the wilderness

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About 10 minutes in to an evening walk today, Mark decided to turn back since he wasn’t feeling great.  As I continued down the road without him I realized I had nothing with me that I usually carry when venturing out alone.  Mark knew exactly what route I was taking and it was only a couple of miles so I decided to not worry about it.  However, it got me thinking about the handful...

Treating ourselves to 24 hours of unlimited water

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{Our tiny home, all cleaned up and organized} For the first time ever we nearly maxed out the 14 day stay limit at our spot in Buena Vista.  It was that good.  As moving day crept closer we began to hatch a plan for where we would head next.  With no public dump station to be found, we learned that we would need to pay $20 to use a dump station at one of the area’s RV Parks before...

My favorite thing about full-time RV living

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The National Historic Landmark of Interlaken Resort. Twin Lakes, Colorado. Cleaning, cooking, bills, healthcare, maintenance, jobs…these things all still exist when you live on the road. And when you’re living inside your RV, life doesn’t feel all that different from living in a house. It’s just smaller and you have to figure out where you’re going to find water and...

This is why we moved to Idaho

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We’ve lived in Idaho for a little over two months now.  Last week we sold the Casita trailer that we lived in for a year and if I’m being honest, I wasn’t sad to see it go.  It served the exact purpose we bought it for.  To have a comfortable means of living on the road while we sought out what was next for us.  Through our year on the road, we were able to clearly see that moving to Idaho and...

13 reasons why I can’t wait to live in a house again

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We’ve been living in our little RV for nearly a year and it’s literally been a dream come true.  For years I ached to break free of the confines of our house and to be free to roam.  When we drove away from that house last September it felt as good as I’d expected.  And living on the road turned out to be everything I hoped it would be and more.  I had reached a point in my life where I felt lost...

A little story about taking chances, pursuing dreams and deciding to move to Idaho

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Yes, you read that right.  We are moving to Idaho!  (Not for another five months, but still, the decision has been solidified!)  I’m excited to share this story with you but I thought I’d jump straight to the point so you can decide if you want to stick around for what may be the longest post I’ve ever written.  It may be long, but I promise…it’s a good story. April was nothing short of a...

Idahobound: In search of what’s next for us

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After a week spent in the magnificent Alabama Hills, March was coming to a close.  We’d been on the road for six months and it was time to decide how we wanted to spend our final six weeks of travel before spending our summer in Colorado for work.  We could go anywhere and do anything but there was one particular thing that we couldn’t stop thinking about and that was an opportunity in Idaho that...

Alabama Hills lives up to the hype

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Let’s start this post with a confession… I’m a bit of an Instagram addict.  I could browse travel and nature photos all day long.  Of all the Instagram photos I’ve seen over the years, there has been one place that I’ve seen over and over and over again that I knew I had to see with my own eyes.  The Alabama Hills outside of Lone Pine, CA.  This well-known, insanely beautiful and unique stretch...

Trona Pinnacles Teaser

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At the end of January we made a goal to cut way back on our stays in campgrounds and take better advantage of the free camping opportunities found throughout the vast public lands of the West.  We’d been missing the peaceful serenity of the wilderness, not to mention the cost of campgrounds was adding up.  However, we were quickly learning the major disadvantage to boondocking in remote places. ...

Michele

Hi, I'm Michele, a nomadic wedding photographer and lover of the great outdoors. I live on the road full-time and document my adventures daily. This is my personal blog where I share and record my thoughts on living simply and intentionally with less debt and more freedom. Check out my wedding and portrait photography at http://www.oncwest.com

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