South of Kansas City happens to be a town called Fayetteville, AR. A couple months ago, John found an online quiz that suggests towns to consider living in, based on one’s lifestyle and desired amenities. Fayetteville was the top suggestion for both of us. Neither of us had ever heard of Fayetteville, and knew virtually Read More →

From Chicago we headed southwest toward Kansas City to visit more friends of mine. We avoided interstates because the scenery is monotonous and opted instead for small state routes. Driving through Illinois was enlightening for me. I read a lot about food production, in particular about the benefits of crop diversity and rotation over monocultures. Read More →

Preface: This post is a little outdated. I wrote it nearly two weeks ago, but just got to the point of putting in pictures and publishing it. I am sorry about the wait! FYI, the events take place  November 8-11. From Niagara Falls, we headed west through Canada, crossing the border only to travel north Read More →

From Rochester we headed west to see Niagara Falls.  John had just driven by them twice, on the way to and from Toronto with his friend Ken, but he was willing to go again so I could see the giant waterfalls. Ten years in New York and I had never seen the famous river on Read More →

After apple picking, John tracked down one campground that was still open, Waterloo Harbor Campground. Growing tired after stealth camping for most of the past week, we were happy to find a campground to relax in. I was extra pleased when I realized we were headed to the Finger Lakes region of New York State. In Read More →

After completing the 100 Mile Wilderness hike, we needed some rest and to resupply. The nearest grocery store was an IGA a couple towns over. On the way we first stopped by the Abbot Village Bakery to pick up some bread. If you are around the area, go to this bakery. But not if you are Read More →

In the final months of my graduate program, I started thinking about taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to mark the accomplishment of earning a PhD. I dreamed of hiking on glaciers, and researched taking a trip to Alaska – I found week-long guided adventures hiking on glaciers and sea kayaking around them, which sounded perfect. But Read More →

Our hike in Shenendoah was a great warm-up, but not long enough to really put ourselves to the test before attempting a 100 mile hike. John suggested going for a 4-5 night trip in Maine as a warm up, but I thought it would be nice to hit another long distance trail that I’d heard Read More →

We have been packing our schedule with visits and sights in order to do everything we want to do and still make it north to Maine before the freeze hits. There is a big hike up there that I have wanted to do for years, and when I agreed to come live in a van Read More →