When you're backpacking, you don't care about the time or showering daily. You flow with the creek or some faint footprints on the path, stopping to take in the autumn colors or pausing before crawling into your sleeping bag to watch the endless light show outside. Yesterday, I felt lonely because I was walking sidewalks instead of backcountry trails. My heart ached for flora and bursts of unexpected sunshine. It can be hard to go back and forth between the city and the trees, yet we do…
Rise and shine, sista. Get your downward dogs in. We've got a river to float. #tinyhousemovement #campingwithdogs #dogsofinstagram
Sleepy-eyed we stumbled upon this place in the middle of the night. Under the shine of a full moon, we set up our tent and headed in. These fall nights are some of the best for sleeping outside. The air is crisp and we feel it heavy on our faces. Yet, we are warm and cozy bundled in. As the sun rises, we explore the terrain. We had an idea of what it would look like at night but there's something special about the morning. The discovery of this place, our version of home for the day.
'Where are we?' I whisper. It's easy to get happily lost here. In this open space, Greg shows me where we'll be camping, where we came from and where the trail goes next. It's nice to have him, for he knows the trails, and I know the spots where we just have to stop to take it all in.
These legs have carried me through the forest, over mountains and in between swarms of mosquitos. There's dirt in my fingernails and knots in my hair. There are other people walking along this shore but I choose not to notice them yet. Right now, I'm celebrating making it this far in the journey. But it's not over yet. Canada, we will see you soon.
Our creative minds were in overdrive as we headed straight for the mountains today. Last night, we raised enough money to fund our book. Thank you. Thank you. We are dizzy with excitement and are already dreaming up some extra surprises we want to throw in our packages. Only three days left to back our project by ordering a coloring book, eBook or a hardcover illustrated book, to name a few.
When we're not sleeping, we're looking for freelance and remote work. We work with organizations that align with our lifestyle and support a connection to the outdoors. In turn, we create content that brands can share. If that sounds like something you need, send us an email. Post someone you know in the industry in the comments below. We are part of a community that values nature and the freedom that comes from living on the road. We'd love to fund our blog and travels, but we're finding it…
Writing is something that has never been easy for me. I spend several minutes, sometimes an hour scribbling. Thoughts turn into messy sentences without a real purpose or theme. Sometimes I end up just doodling. But eventually I come back to the words, reworking them into what I'm trying to say. And when I read them here, they become little diary entries for that particular day. Come to think of it, life is a little that way.
Backpacking helps us remember what we need to be free. Our eyes grow wide like when we were child, and we see colors and shapes in nature that are normally forgotten. We prefer to sleep close to the ground, in tune with the wind and nighttime sounds. We doze off and have visions of our next adventure. And when we wake up, we can't tell if it's still a dream. So much can be relished when you feel free.
We're taking a break from the blog this week to focus on our book and some of the people who have helped make it happen. Meet Ben. I met @sahebjamin through my elementary school friend @bnast325 a few years ago. Since then, he's watched us go from wanting to build a tiny house to realizing our camper was already our dream house on wheels. And we've seen him upgrade his rig from a Toyota Tacoma with a topper to a Ford E150 van.