Sunset in the Coconino National Forest, looking northeast toward Sedona, AZ, 4/17/15

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Still Here

I recently had several readers ask me if I'm still on the road.  Although I rarely blog anymore, I'm still shunpiking in a Prius.  I have a 2015 model now, and gave my 2004 to family because it was still running good.  I just wanted something less likely to break down when out in the back country.

Cameron and Jasper taking ownership of my 2004 Prius, June 2017  

2015 Prius, Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, CA, April 2018.  

At the end of 2016 I went full-time.  John and I divorced, and gratefully remain friends.  I typically spend winters in the desert southwest as a snowbird, June in Washington to see my grandson, and the winter holidays in the west with family and friends.

On the Oregon Coast with grandson Jasper, June 2017.  

Thanksgiving pie with family in Southern California, Nov. 2017  

Chrismas at Bryce's home with friends in Pahrump, NV, Dec 2017

The rest of the year I typically follow the good weather on the road, exploring, in nature.  I also started traveling to volunteer with Remote Area Medical (RAM) which is a mobile organization that communities host for a weekend to offer quality free medical, dental and vision services, no questions asked.  I'm so impressed with them,  I would encourage you to seek free treatment if you need it, and volunteer and donate, if you can.

A typical dental area of a RAM free clinic (extractions, fillings, cleanings),

While in the desert southwest in the winters, the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) is always a January highlight.  This year we were written up in the NY Times.

Cover photo from NY Times article, The Real Burning Man, Jan 2018.  

This year, for the first time, I organized and facilitated a 3-day Women's RTR following the main RTR.  I was thrilled with the turn out, the mentoring sessions, panels, and camaraderie.  I'm looking forward to our second annual WRTR next January.

Friends at Dome Rock in Quartzsite, AZ before the RTR, Jan 2018.  

I have so many good friends, camp mates, and family to visit, I've been surprised at the amount of time I actually spend hanging with people.  Somehow I expected, when I went full-time, I'd have large chunks of time to myself.  That just hasn't been the case.  I'm thrilled, and am learning to take the time I need to be alone and recharge when needed.

Desert back road, north of Tucson, AZ, March 2018.  

That's my travel life right now and into the foreseeable future.  I'm loving it.  I'm living an amazing gift of freedom, experience, and contentment.  So grateful.

View from my camp on a New Mexico Lake, April 2018.  

I don't expect that I will be writing about my travels anytime soon.  But, I wanted my readers, new and old, to know that I do respond to comments and questions.  This blog isn't going away.

Sunset, Padre Island National Seashore, TX, Nov 2017.