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Writer Residency: Elsewhere Studios

Well, being I won’t have much of an update about Justin while they hunker down waiting out weather at Camp 3 (14,200 feet) this week, I thought it was time more »

Fenton Ranch Wrap Up

We have wrapped up our spring season at Fenton Ranch! Though we’ve only been here 6 weeks, it feels like much longer. Some of the days were unending–like the day more »

RIP Vernon Miller

This is our dear friend, Vern. Vern died today of stupid cancer.   We’d like to memorialize Vern not only because he had a huge impact on our lives, but more »

The Land of Enchantment

On March 28, J & I will add our 14th state to our growing list of places we’ve lived: New Mexico!! Though our permanent residency remains in Colorado (made really more »

Writing Retreat Review

When I was researching writing retreats for my book on Te Araroa, I was completely overwhelmed by the quantity and variety of retreats offered. Some lasted just a weekend. Some more »

Patrice, The Writer?

If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time, or if you are my “real-life” friend, you would know I am a writer. I have a degree in English more »

2015 – It's So Last Year

After tucking 2015 into bed, J & I realized we’ve had quite a year. If you are a long-time reader, you know I love me some stats. I’m also quite more »

Island Life Wrap-up

We said goodbye to our 2-month caretaking gig on that secret island today, but want wholeheartedly to come back someday. We are mountain people through and through, but there was more »

Caretaking 101: 5 Tips for Becoming a Professional Nomad

J & I have created what we like to call a “life less ordinary,” particularly since 2011. We support this life of adventures by working seasonally ain the hospitality setting.  more »

Island Life

We have settled in for our 2-month caretaking job on an island off the coast of New England.  Some of you have been quite curious about this gig! There is more »

Why I Once Lived in Phoenix: My HCA Story

Last weekend, J & I met 3 other couples and their kids in Beckley, West Virginia, for our 15-year reunion as Holy Cross Associates (more on that later).   The Holy more »


We completed the sale of our house in Virginia! Our friend Van was so nice and gave us a bottle of champagne to celebrate … doesn’t matter that he found more »

Post-Trail Blues

So it’s pretty suffice to say that since we returned from New Zealand, we’ve had a black cloud following us around, or maybe it is just reality overcompensating for our more »

RIP Mr. McKinley

If this week were not emotional enough, we have other bad news. Mr. McKinley passed away Saturday night. McKinley, who would have been 11 this June. McKinley, who was part more »

Our Danville Story

We’ve been in Danville, VA, since May 6. Danville, for those who don’t know, is one of our many home bases. Danville is a small town of roughly 40,000 people more »

Te Araroa Stats

I plan to write more about our overall impressions and feelings about the Te Araroa, as well as some tips for people considering it, but for now, it’s just the more »

Ode To The North Island

As I said in my last post, we have finished the North Island (NI) section of the Te Araroa (TA), all 1686 kilometers (or 1076 miles)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a difference more »

Marriage By Numbers – The 8th Anniversary Edition

8 memorable, adventure-filled years married 7 times we’ve rented a moving truck (Penske rocks!) 6 cats fostered  5 zip codes shared (of legitimate places we’ve lived for more than a more »

Our Next Adventure: Going Tramping in Middle Earth

Tramp [verb]: to walk long and far, hike, march or trudge. to wander about as a vagabond. to walk for sport or recreation To some (okay, most), backpacking means schlepping more »

End-of-Season Review

Today is the last day RimRock is open. Let me start by saying we had a good time this summer. Overall. This week has been anti-climatic and deathly quiet compared more »

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