Plunge in the Ironwood Forest

November 25 – December 1, 2020. Towards the end of November three couples and the lovely canine, Maya, converged in Tucson. All ex sailors (except for Maya). All now wandering around on the hard. We had met one of the couples, Scamper Squad, years and years ago after reading their blog and discovering they were …read more

January 2021 Cost of Being a Nomad

We finally made it back to the dentist in January. Last February we rushed from Texas to our dentist, Dr. Bernal, in Los Algodones, Mexico because Greg had lost a crown (and a bit of tooth with it). The dentist pulled the tooth and put an implant in its place. The implant needed at least …read more

December 2020 Cost of Being a Nomad

December found us spending lots of time with our nomadic pod. The month before we had hooked up with these friends, 2 other traveling couples, for a Thanksgiving/Birthday/book launch celebration in the desert outside of Tucson, AZ. After the festivities, we all eventually went our separate ways but made plans to reunite for Christmas and …read more

November 2020 Cost of Being a Nomad

We spent all of the month of November in the Tucson, AZ area and the majority of that time was spent house sitting – living in a real house with real running water, real heat, a real oven, real rooms, and all the other real conveniences of living in a structure that stays in one …read more

October 2020 Cost of Being a Nomad

Our main motivation for traveling in October was keeping warm. We got waylaid in Rapid City, South Dakota waiting for some merchandise I ordered through Lowes to arrive. When we finally got on the road again the cold started closing in. We had been talking about going to Dinosaur National Monument for years but the …read more

September 2020 Cost of Being a Nomad

We have finally left Montana. Right now (9/30) we are sitting in a library in Rapid City, South Dakota This is our third day in the library and we will probably return tomorrow. Luckily, it is a really nice library. Very quiet and they seem to be taking social distancing and mask-wearing very seriously. Library …read more

Shorebirds in Idaho

June 19 – 20, 2020. It was a little disappointing that we didn’t get to kayak on the Snake River. When we were at Swan Falls the weather turned bad on the days we had lined up for kayaking and at Celebration Park, north of the Swan Falls dam, the current ran too fast for …read more

The Desert Around Ajo Part 2

This is part 2 of our The Desert Around Ajo post. See part 1 here. April 20 – April 26, 2020. I was looking forward to visiting the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, even though it wasn’t going to be too much different from the 4 days we had just spent camping on BLM land …read more

Madera Canyon

April 7 – 15, 2020. We spent a week at Las Cienegas and had gone down almost every road, wash, trail, and cow path within walking distance from two different camping spots. We could have found another campsite and explored even more but we were ready to move on. But besides just the normal restlessness …read more

Free Camping on the Gulf Coast

January 1 – 23, 2020. Sometime this past summer I found out that you could camp on the National Seashore beach at Padre Island in Texas for free for 14 days (*free if you have an America the Beautiful pass or for the cost of the entry fee to the park if you don’t). We …read more