A Change of Plans

Sometimes—no oftentimes—life does not unfold to plan. Take Monday. The plan was to go camping in Pepa, to get out of the city for a night and shed the daily noise and commotion. Instead, the day went like this: Pepa was a bit sick—air was sneaking into her coolant from somewhere. To find the leak, … More A Change of Plans

Writing and Tidying

Lately, my attention has been to writing and tidying. Together, they’ve filled up days. I’ve found both disciplines carry similar language. When I attend to one, I learn about the other. When I place words on a page, I tidy thoughts together. I put each word in the place it fits. If a word, or … More Writing and Tidying

What we brought back

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

Roads of Baja

A few things we’ve learned about Baja roads: always assume the road is rougher than it is described to you; Toyota corollas have the ability to be excellent off-road vehicles; llanteras (tire repair) are five times as common as gas stations; washboards and rocks are no match for semis; buses take priority over on-coming traffic … More Roads of Baja

We come, we go

“Podemos alquilar kayaks?” I ask as I approach the old man under the sign that says “Se renta kayaks.” “Si,” he replies. He’s sitting on his sand porch under a blue tarp. It appears that he lives with his wife in a nearby tow-behind trailer that may not have moved in a decade. He’s wrinkled around … More We come, we go

The Happy Ruster

One of the most magical parts of traveling is the people. We’ve met Canadians, Idahoans, Floridians, Germans, Argentineans and one happy ruster from Ejido Bonfil. Everyone we meet adds a new texture to our experience, adding a different perspective or outlook on the world. If we were living just the two of us in the … More The Happy Ruster