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 …

Road Trip Survival Guide – Coping with the Weather

This entry is a part of a series. Check out the rest of the Road Trip Survival Guide for more valuable information. Climate vs Weather – Planning and Preparing When gearing up for a trip, you plan for climate, but prepare for weather. Climate represents average weather over a period of time. For example… If I travel to the Olympic Peninsula, I Read More …

Road Trip Survival Guide – Coping with Mosquitoes

This entry is a part of a series. Check out the rest of the Road Trip Survival Guide for more valuable information. The Ubiquitous Irritant Whether you’re road tripping, hiking, backpacking, train hopping, hitchhiking, or camping – if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors – especially in the summer – you ‘re going to have to put up with insets. While Read More …

War Stories – Oatman, Arizona

Nothing prevents people from following their dreams moreso than fear. And in the interests of helping to motivate people like yourself to take the plunge and get out and travel, I feel there is no more important message for me to convey than this: travel is not inherently dangerous. It is very unlikely that you will be butchered by some Read More …

Forgotten States Road Trip: Part II – TransWorld 2018

I planned the Forgotten States Road Trip around TransWorld, since being in St. Louis already saved me about a thousand miles had I done these two trips separately. Although the convention itself was pretty damn good this year, I did not particularly enjoy my visit – for a number of different reasons. But through adversity, I can say that I Read More …

Forgotten States Road Trip: Part I – Lower 48 States

It is official. I have now been to every contiguous state in the United States (the lower 48 states). I’ll apologize in advance for the length of this post. I have a lot to get to, and I want to dive in straightaway. It is ironic that this post will be so long since the trip was uneventful and unremarkable. Read More …

Cold Weather Challenge

With the “Forgotten States Road Trip” I’ve got planned in March, I will be returning to Ottawa for the third time in 30 months. The first time was in September 2016 as part of the Salem trip. The second time was a stand-alone trip in May 2017. Cold Nights One of the things I remember from last spring’s trip was freezing Read More …

Whistle While You Work

I’ve begun hunting for work, though without any sense of urgency. I can usually sit down one day a week (maybe two) and take the job search seriously. The other days of the week, I just goof off. Green Bay Community Theater So far, the only hit I’ve gotten was on a volunteer position with the Green Bay Community Theater. Read More …