Charge Up!

It’s time to recharge those batteries. Literally, after a weekend on a mountaintop we need to charge up! We decided to transition from an eastern mountain range to a western mountain range that was just a little bit closer to work so the drive in on Monday morning wouldn’t be as long. That transition takes…

First Road Trip

First Road Trip I am a Washingtonian. I love cloudy days, cold rain, and a perpetual temperature of around 75 degrees fahrenheit. The Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful place in the country. I haven’t been to Alaska or Hawaii, but I’ve been pretty much everywhere else. JC and I decided to spend our first…

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…

Out of Gas

The Vanagon as of this time is unnamed. We haven’t found one that has stuck with us above all others. We’ve made a casual joke that maybe it’s like the Pacific Crest Trail, you get your name once you are out there. JC and I are not mechanical people. I would say we are educated…

#VanLife 6 to 10

VanLife – it’s blowing up your social media platforms. It’s the constant notification from a friend to your inbox about some news story about people forging their own path. It is for many a pipedream of a simpler life as they try to escape the chaotic and hectic reality of their day to day. And…

Journal Excerpt: Ukraine Series

September 9th, 2013 It is cold. Ukraine offers four full seasons with cliff dropping transitions. Only a few weeks ago I was enjoying the hot impact of summer. One morning I stepped outside and it was instantly fall. The trees were still vibrantly green and the streets were littered with soft, verdant leaves that died…

Journal Entry: Training Day

October 12th 2012, Friday Teaching day.  Elizabeth and I taught first, the 6th form as it is called out here. Our lesson was on school subjects. We alternated introducing words and sentences to a class we had never met. Our expectations were low of their English comprehension, lower when the usual teacher told us that…

Journal Excerpt: Ukraine Protests

Written in my journal on February 2nd, 2014 In the night Ukraine burned. Kiev was a shifting vision of smoke and tear gas and intermittent flames lapped up what remained of the buses set up as a barricade. The police had lost their footing once, then a second time as flash bombs and Molotov cocktails…

Abound

When we first applied to the Peace Corps it was anticlimactic. We spent weeks talking it over. We would lay on our backs staring at the ceiling, our fingers entwined, and we would talk about where we would go next pending where we landed first.  The application wasn’t very long and at the end it…

The First Move

Ukraine Series – Our relationship was a whirlwind. We had our second cup of coffee at a small brewery on the sands of the Pacific Ocean. Whales breached the water as the sun set behind the haystack rock. It was like taking a scene from a romantic novel or beautifully done movie.  The reason it…