Summaries of Days 29-31 – Route 66

Route Updates Tuesday / Day 29: Fort Stockton, Big Bend National Park, Alpine, El Paso, Las Cruces, Dragoon Wednesday / Day 30: Dragoon, The Thing, Tucson, Wellton, Yuma, Slab City, San Diego, SD Navy Yard, Del Mar Dog Beach, Los Angeles, Barstow Thursday / Day 31: Calico, Mojave Desert, Oatman, Kingman, Flagstaff, Canyon Diablo Bridge, Meteor Crater, Gallup, Cibola National Read More …

Summaries of Days 27-28 – Hiding Out in Texas

Yesterday was a rough day. Emotionally, I realized that my trip is nearing its end and I’m not quite prepared for the final days and the days that will follow. Physically, I drove for about 14 hours on very little sleep, battling a headache, and a sick stomach. I usually try to stay in a motel only once a week Read More …

The Five Questions

In the documentary, A Map for Saturday, a segment is devoted to “the Five Questions”. These are questions that are most commonly asked of long-term travelers. Over the past few months, I’ve had to answer a lot of the same questions over and over and over again. Some of these questions are similar to “the big five”, and then there are Read More …

Employment Criteria and New Business Ideas

Continuing off of last week’s post about what I perceive to be my value in the job market, I thought I would share my thought process regarding rejoining the workforce, including my criteria for finding new employment and my thoughts on a possible new business. Money Isn’t the Big Factor The whole point of selling my house was to give myself Read More …

My Job Market Value and Resulting Dilemma

When I began making these plans to retire and travel, I knew many people would encourage me to continue practicing law. We’re well-trained in America to equate money with happiness, and to encourage loved ones to make wise financial decisions. Even though I was prepared for this, there was an angle I had not considered. Early last month, I had a conversation Read More …

Formal Retirement Announcement

But TransWorld wasn’t the only big thing happening this week. Before I left for St. Louis, I was comfortable enough with my funds on hand that I paid off my third and final student loan! Apart from my mortgage (which will go when I sell the house) – I am debt free! And so on Monday, I sent out 124 letters Read More …

TransWorld’s 2017 Halloween and Attractions Show

What a week! I just returned last Sunday from TransWorld’s 2017 Halloween & Attractions Show in St. Louis. TransWorld’s HAAS (known colloquially just as “TransWorld” is an annual trade show convention held in St. Louis in mid-to-late March. Objectively, it’s the largest trade show of its kind in the United States, and arguably, it is “the event” that all haunters foam at Read More …

Haunt Tour – Putting the “Gothic” in Gothic Nomad

While I am on the road during my North America Tour, I won’t be building any corpses or Necronomicons. I won’t have enough room to carry all of the necessary tools and supplies. Nor will I have time to work on any haunted houses or theatrical productions. In many ways, I will need to put my haunt career on hold while Read More …

Spartan Envy

As Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are fond of saying, minimalism is not a radical lifestyle – it is a tool. Take any two people who identify as minimalists, and you’re likely to see two very different lifestyles. There is no right way to be a minimalist, and minimalism is not a competition to see who can own the least Read More …

Discovering Passions and the Haunt Industry

I used to believe that I had a lot of passions. Ultimate frisbee, hockey, microbiology, astrophysics, quantum physics, and aviation were among some of the things I would describe as being my “passions”. And for nearly five years, I convinced myself that I was passionate about being a horror fiction writer. My “Passion” for Writing For years, I had been on Read More …