The Blog

  • The Everglades Part 2
    March 16 – 19, & April 17 – 19, 2021. The Everglades National Park is 1.5 million acres of wetlands in Southern Florida. It is vast but unlike the vastness of a national park like the Grand Canyon you can’t just walk up to it, look out over the edge, and say – “yes, there…
  • April 2021 Cost of Being a Nomad
    April didn’t go as planned. We came to Florida (our state of residency) in March to have physicals (which we hadn’t had in over three years). I figured it would take a couple of weeks to meet with our primary care physician, have referrals for the kind of tests you get when you are our…
  • Cuban Bomber Crisis
    March 19, 2021. I’ve heard a lot about the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, but I didn’t know that it was also a “bomber” crisis. Along with the nuclear missiles that Soviet Premier Khrushchev shipped to Cuba were the parts for 42 Ilyushin Il-28 bombers. And while 265 defensive anti-aircraft missile sites had been established already…
  • The Everglades Part I
    March 13 – 18 & April 17 -19, 2021. “But it all looks like — this.” It was both a question and a judgment. The woman who voiced it had just listened to a Park Ranger describe some of the things to see and do in the northwest Everglades. We were waiting behind her with…
  • Latta Nature Preserve
    February 27 – March 4, 2021. At the end of February, we found ourselves in Stanley, North Carolina at Greg’s parents’ house. We had decided to make a speedy 2200 mile trip across the country from the California/Arizona border to check in on them. It had been a long while (almost a year and a…
  • March 2021 Cost of Being a Nomad
    We were still at Greg’s parents’ house during the first part of March. Since we were on the east coast and hadn’t had physicals in a while I made some appointments with the last doctor we saw (over three years ago) in Florida, our legal state of residence, and where we can use our health…
  • Three National Wildlife Refuges
    February 11 – 19. I usually have a plan. It is always flexible, never set in stone though, and often veers off in any direction at any moment. But this winter I didn’t really have much of a plan at all. We were meeting up with friends and it seemed easier just to follow them…
  • Mittry Lake Wildlife Area
    January 20 – 26 & February 9 – 10, 2021. We were itching to get to a lake and break out the kayak. We were still in the Yuma area. Our Pandemic Pod we had spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years’, and had made multiple trips across the border for dental work with had split up…
  • Valley of Names
    February 7 & 8, 2021. I had heard (and read) that a 4WD was required to get to the Valley of Names. We had first come to know about the site, 1200 acres of barren land where people go to spell out their names with rocks, back in February 2020 when we were hanging out…
  • 2020 Cost of Being a Nomad
    On January 1, 2020, Greg and I woke up in a cold practically featureless field in the middle of nowhere Louisiana. New Year’s Eve had been spent doing the usual, supper eaten on top of the fridge/dinner table, reading ebooks on our tablets, turning the couch into a bed, and then topping off the night…