The Stars at Night

I’ve just returned from yet another trip to my favorite campsite in Nicolet National Forest. It was likely my final visit to the campsite as I prepare to move far away from Wisconsin. Part of me will miss hiking around in that forest and swimming in Butternut Lake. But part of me will not miss it. Final Visit? Even if Read More …

Hard Truths and a Reality Check About My Nomadic Identity

This past weekend, I was so excited. I hadn’t been to my campsite up at Nicolet National Forest since December. And it was two months before that when there wasn’t snow on the ground. I’ve been waiting seven months to do some camping! I monitored snow coverage maps for weeks, waiting impatiently for the snow to melt. Then I waited Read More …

Implications of the Forgotten States Road Trip On My Future

Road trips provide excellent opportunities for reflection, introspection, and self-discovery. For me, TransWorld and the Forgotten States Road Trip were no exception to this rule. The trip gave me plenty to think about in terms of my future plans – where and how I’ll live, and how I’ll earn a living. Unfortunately, I’m left feeling like I’m back at square Read More …

Making (& Maintaining) Friends as a Nomad

It’s not always easy for nomads to make and maintain friendships. Physical proximity is – whether we like it or not – a major element of friendship. Proximity isn’t mandatory, but it is very helpful. Many people maintain legitimate long-distance friendships. But the prevalence of social media has also fooled many of us into thinking that long-distance friendships are easier Read More …

Distractions

I’ve managed to maintain a good mood now for about a week and a half. I got a boost from my most recent trip to Nicolet National Forest, and have been supplementing that boost with various distractions. The Forest Effect Last week Wednesday, Remy and I made a third trip up to Nicolet in two months. The night before, I Read More …

Coping with Competing Passions

I’m pleased to report that my head is in a slightly better place this week than it was last week. Last week, I was severely depressed¬†– nearly suicidal, even – mostly because I was back in Green Bay and was unable to see a clear path back to the happiness I experienced on the road. This week, I’m still depressed, Read More …