My blog started when I decided to travel across the USA for a year from the Fall of 2010 to the Fall of 2011. The detailed story can be found below. Since then, I have focused my blog on other travel (domestic and international) as well as local hikes that have piqued my interest enough to encourage photographic journalism.
I am originally from Dallas, now live in Denver, and enjoy the outdoors. Photography is a hobby, though I’ve never taken a photography class, and writing, well, I have to work at it. I’m certain, my high school English teachers would be surprised to hear I write a blog…math and science is more my thing! Anyway, I have found it fun to tell stories about the nature travel that I love…ETB
My story when I started my blog:
November 30, 2010 would have marked 12 years of employment at FirstSouthwest in public finance. Instead of pursuing another day in the finance business; however, I submitted my resignation letter! Now jobless, and soon to be homeless as I leased my house in one day with a move out date of August 15th, I am planning my year long tour of scenic drives through the 48 contiguous states beginning September 14th. With my 13 year old SPCA lab mix Scout and 10 year old doberman mix Petey in tow, I won’t be able to make it to Hawaii or Alaska quite yet.
I plan on hiking and geocaching in the multitude of state and national parks and forests. Geocaches may be the size of my pinky finger to a 5 gallon bucket and can be found anywhere in the world. The gps coordinates as well as the items included in the cache, if any, are logged online at www.geocaching.com. The items included are generally small plastic toys for kids, but are sometimes more elaborate…books, money, cd’s. While not all cachers hide a cache, they all look by downloading the online description and coordinates into a gps or by using the geocaching app on the iPhone. The object is to find and log the cache. It is left there for others to find. If a cacher takes an item from the cache, he/she should replace it with another, unless of course he/she takes a geocoin or travel bug, which are trackable. These items get moved from cache to cache so the owner can watch it move around the country.
My goal: To couchsurf and camp across America while completing the Reader’s Digest’s The Most Scenic Drives In America, 120 Spectacular Road Trips. For those of you who don’t know what couchsurfing is, see the link under resources to the left. A network of individuals open their house up to complete strangers to stay the night while others simply host visitors for coffee, lunch, or dinner to give travelers the local flavor. Given I’ve never couchsurfed before, I’m not sure how many members in the couchsurfing community will be open to hosting my two old dogs: one with liver cancer and only a few months to live and another with Addison’s disease, so hopefully I have enough friends, relatives, and blog readers to get me across the country one night at a time. Worst case scenario, I might be doing some camping in the national parks — time to look into purchasing a class B motorhome, a van retrofitted for camping! I never thought I’d own a van…I’m more of a two seater, convertible type girl. I guess my lead foot will be tested.