We’re back. We’ve brought in the food, the dishes, the clothes, and the books. We’ve cleaned Pepa and tucked her into a garage. We’ve started jobs, shoveled snow from the sidewalk, and run errands. There’s adjustment. It’s different, but good. What have we learned about living after living in an eighty-square-foot van for two months? … More What we brought back
Traveling for two months in a van is not easy. There are huge highlights: time stretches out, we get to go to wild and fantastic places, and we spend a lot of quality time with each other. But, challenges are common too: bad roads, bad moods, and worst of all—expensive, crowded camping ($35 a night … More The Art of Boondocking
“Bridge washed out. Do not cross.”Caution tape.We find bridge planks held fast forty feet downstream. We cross the shallow ribbon. Heart Sutra. Japanese is hard to chant. Ferns crinkled, red, and wet. Those two walking uphill in front of me, they weigh down the corners of this fragile existence of mine. One takes steps of … More A Day with the Mountain
The sun sets on the year… And rises on the next… Happy New Year!