Midnight Wild Child Gypsy Dreamer: The Middle

It cannot be seen, cannot be felt, Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt, It lies behind stars and under hills, And empty holes it fills, It comes first and follows after, Ends life, kills laughter. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit Tuning out the voices was easier than I ever imagined it to be.  I decided…

First Breakdown

It’s happened. One month in and I’ve used the Roadside Assistance button on my Progressive Auto-Insurance app. Buying a Vanagon that’s older than me was always going to yield breakdowns and stalls. You don’t go into #vanlife thinking that it’s always going to be smooth sailing. I will admit I thought it’d be a little…

Fording Rivers

Our first overnight backpacking trip was a success and my new backpack was wonderful compared to the first one! We traveled along the Otter Creek Trail, at least part of it. Let me show you what the trail looks like and you can see how easy it is to manipulate trail paths for your needs.…

Trial Trail

On Thursday we successfully completed our first trial trail!  We loaded up our packs, hit up the grocery store on the way out for some beef jerky and trail mix, and drove off to a local state park that offered a few trails ranging between 2 to 6 miles.  When we first arrived at the…

Camp Swinging

Good afternoon!!  I am going to start recording our newer hiking and camping experiences as we venture and branch out with trying  more intense camping with the girls. Today is shaping up to be a cloudy, humid day that awaits for bursts of rain to drain from the clouds.   Since we are stuck inside…

Running Waters

Hello!! It has been a bit of time, but I have been quite busy, plus a little avoidance of actually sitting down at my computer.  My internet has been all over the place for some odd reason.  I have yet to determine fully if it is the browser I am using or if something else…

Fresh Strawberries

We have had an extremely busy week.  This past week was the Strawberry Festival!  In this small town everything stops and pauses for nine days around this event.  The festival has food trucks, parades, eating contests, pageants, live music, crafts, kid events, contests, games and a carnival.  Each day of the week offers something new…

Summer Planning

I have done it again.  I fell off the side of the road and been letting the wind blow away all my thought bubbles of writing to you.  I have been occupied family wise. The weather has been insane.  Nice days and rainy days, but now that the weather is starting to warm up we are…

Past Triggers

The snow does not seem to want to linger on the ground.  The locals keep describing a winter that I fear does not exist.  I would love to see the rivers and lakes frozen over for ice skating to occur.  I would love to be forced to carry my shovel in my car with me everywhere I go…