The Forgotten Coast

December 1 – December 12, 2019. They call it “The Forgotten Coast.” It stretches along Florida’s panhandle from Mexico Beach to St. Marks on the Apalachee Bay. Noticeably absent are the high-rises, beach stores, and miniature golf courses that you see on other parts of the Florida coastline. Instead, there are small seaports with rich …read more

December 2019 Cost of Being a Nomad

In November we blew our average monthly goal of spending only $1,500 per month due to our $3,797.96 worth of van repair expenses. So we thought what the heck, let’s just blow it out and spend like crazy the last month of December. Well we didn’t get too crazy but we did spend extra on …read more

“Vannymoon”

November 19 – December 7, 2019. “What’s that grinding noise?!” It was just a signal telling us that the “vannymoon” was over. Our vannymoon lasted three years and almost 65K miles. But it definitely ended on Tuesday 11/19/2019. We had been on the move, visiting friends and family, and were looking forward to camping in …read more

From Virginia to Maryland

October 28 – November 1, 2019. In my last post about the Carolinas, I wrote about my idea to head north along the east coast during the fall ultimately arriving in Pennsylvania where we would visit with relatives. It was a great plan until we started having van problems (I think I’ve alluded to this …read more

November 2019 Cost of Being a Nomad

$3,797.96. No, this isn’t the total expenses for the month of November. It is only the total of one usually empty column from the month’s spreadsheet – Van Repairs. I’m sure this number is more than what many people have probably initially paid for their van. And a number that could put an end to …read more

Guitars, Kayaks, Friends, & Family

May 15 – May 31, 2019. It was mid-May by the time we left New Mexico for our long journey back to the southeast. We’d done this trip once before – a long drive through Texas, stop in Louisiana to see my niece, back to the Carolinas to see Greg’s family and visit with a …read more

New Mexico Part 2

May 3 – May 13, 2019 – (This post is from our travels this past May). Our last travel post covered the beginning of our time in New Mexico, with visits to Earthships, the Rio Grande Gorge. Santa Fe, and Los Alamos. In this post, we visit Albuquerque, El Malpaís, Fort Stanton, and Roswell. Albuquerque …read more

October 2019 Cost of Being a Nomad

October found us back on the road again – well sort of. After spending a few days at Greg’s folks’ house outside of Charlotte in Denver, NC transforming Ballena Blanca into a traveling van from a painting van, the rest of the month was suppose to spent visiting friends and family in North and South …read more

Aug & Sept 2019 Cost of Being a Nomad

As expected our expenses went up in August and September. We spent some money on the van, I had an eye doctor appointment and bought another year’s worth of contacts, we got a new phone, purchased some miscellaneous personal stuff, and paid for another two years of website hosting, as well as racking up our …read more

July 2019 Cost of Being a Nomad

Well, July sped by, didn’t it? And this month is going pretty fast too! I was considering not doing an expense report for July and just combining it with the August report. But our July expenses were pretty good especially considering that we spent lots of money on entertainment living here in the big city. …read more