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One Month in the San Luis Valley

One Month in the San Luis Valley

Matt and I spent the month of July traveling around the Northwest in our camper van. We saw so many beautiful places and it was a truly amazing trip. However we also like to travel REALLY slowly sometimes. We balanced out the busy travel of July by spending the entire month of August in one place. During our two years of living in Denver, we discovered a magical place in southern Colorado. The Orient Land Trust is a 2200 acre…

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Northwest Van Trip Part II: Oregon, California and Nevada

Northwest Van Trip Part II: Oregon, California and Nevada

We spent the month of July traveling around the Northwest in our camper van, Cashew. As we finished the first half of our trip, living in a van started to feel really natural. We had our routine figured out.  Traveling in a 30-year-old van slows things down. You can’t cover miles as quickly. Driving it takes more effort and energy. Our seats are uncomfortable and we don’t have air conditioning. Cashew has helped us to embrace the journey, and not…

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Northwest Van Trip Part I: Idaho and Washington

Northwest Van Trip Part I: Idaho and Washington

On June 30, my nursing contract had finished and Matt and I excitedly drove out of Denver to start a month long van trip around the Northwest! We planned this trip to bypass Seattle and Portland, which we have both visited multiple times. Instead of cities, we focused on the natural beauty of the Northwest; Idaho, the Olympic Peninsula, the Oregon Coast, Redwoods National Park and the Loneliest Road across Nevada. We wanted to experience the northwest, soak in hot…

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Introducing…Cashew!

Introducing…Cashew!

One of Matt and my dreams has always been to have a camper van. We are going to be moving to Rochester, New York in September so we finally justified buying a van by figuring that it could also serve as our moving truck. We purchased Peanut, a 1984 Dodge B250 extended van with a Sportsmobile pop-top, from a friend and in February Matt flew to Las Vegas to drive her back to Denver. Despite her age, Peanut only has…

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The Beaches and Junkies of Kenya.

The Beaches and Junkies of Kenya.

I left Zanzibar in early March and flew to Mombasa, Kenya. I was picked up at the airport by Edward, the representative from Love Volunteers. During the 45-minute drive to Ukunda, he mainly talked about how wonderful Donald Trump is. It was bizarre, I assumed that the only people who liked Trump were (some) Americans and nationalist-leaning Europeans but he’s got fans everywhere! Edward took me to the house of Cosmus, his wife Tabby, and their 12-year-old son, David. Cosmus…

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Fun Times in Tanzania.

Fun Times in Tanzania.

  After 1 month of volunteering, I was very excited to have 2 weeks completely free before my next volunteer program. When I left Arusha I did what any good tourist in Tanzania who loves hiking does- a trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro! I did the Machame route, which took 6 days. You have to go on an organized trip as you are not allowed to climb Kilimanjaro independently.  There were so many companies offering what appeared to be the same…

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Quit Your Job and Go to Africa!

Quit Your Job and Go to Africa!

“Today, at 35, I’m largely out of fucks to give…” Michelle Ruiz. On Turning 35, the Age at Which Donald Trump Dumps his Girlfriends. Vogue. In January I turned 35. And what better way to celebrate than to quit my job and go to East Africa for 10 weeks? I had been working as a nurse at one single place for 15 months. I was getting itchy for a change, and I missed the longer-term traveling that I did before…

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