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Our summer working & RV-ing around Colorado

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It feels like a big statement to say that this was the best summer of my life…but I think it might have been. We make a living photographing destination weddings throughout the Colorado Rockies. In summers past, we would photograph 1-2 weddings every weekend for 18 weekends straight. During the week we would edit and manage the business. We never saw our friends, we very rarely went camping, and...

Six weeks in the Verde Valley

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A few years ago, I never could have imagined us camping in the same area for six weeks.  Our house has wheels so that we can move.  Why would we stay put for a month and a half?  I think it has to do with a lack of urgency.  When we owned a house and went on trips in our truck camper, there was always an end date.  Whether the trip was a week long or a month long, there...

All the weird & random things that happened in Ajo

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I actually kept a list. By the time the third weird/random thing happened I decided it was time to keep tabs. It started with the night we genuinely thought the world might be ending. I’d stepped outside for a moment when a wildly bright light in the sky quickly caught my eye. Bright enough it was casting shadows. Yet it seemed to be quite a ways away. We spotted a smoke trail behind it and then...

This is winter in the desert

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In January we spent two glorious weeks at Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. It would have been great all on its own but the fact that Claire & Brandon came to share a week with us made it that much better. Our lifestyles so easily and seamlessly blend when we’re all together. And the ways in which we bring ingredients together to make decadent meals without ANY pre-planning…well, it makes our...

Our new travel style: living life two weeks at a time

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Yesterday we concluded our 14 day stay outside of Hurricane, Utah.  We moved 2 hours south to Lake Mead, Nevada where we plan to once again take advantage of the maximum allowed stay of 14 days.   This is our third time living on the road full-time since 2013.  Each time with a different truck/trailer combo and each time with a different style of travel.  And if there’s...

Summer 2020: Reacclimating to life on the road

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In a matter of 5 weeks (or was it 4?) we sold our house in Idaho, sold our plane, procured our next RV, filled a storage unit with everything that wouldn’t come with us, and hit the road. In June 2020 our third stint living on the road full-time had officially begun. We had a few goals for the summer ahead… Re-establish residency in Colorado (not an easy task with no permanent...

Two months on the road after the busiest year of our lives

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Back in 2017 when Mark was offered the job he has now, it took us a year to decide if it was the right move for us. We knew that no longer being business partners would change everything. And it has. Last year, more times than I can count, one of us was walking in the door from a work trip just as the other was on the way out of town. What made it all okay was knowing at the end of the year we...

Alabama Hills lives up to the hype

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Of all the Instagram photos I’ve seen over the years, there has been one place that I’ve seen over and over and over again that I knew I had to see with my own eyes.  The Alabama Hills outside of Lone Pine, CA.  This well-known, insanely beautiful and unique stretch of public land is perfectly poised at the base of the Eastern Sierras; making it easy to understand...

Trona Pinnacles Teaser

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At the end of January we made a goal to cut way back on our stays in campgrounds and take better advantage of the free camping opportunities found throughout the vast public lands of the West.  We’d been missing the peaceful serenity of the wilderness, not to mention the cost of campgrounds was adding up.  However, we were quickly learning the major disadvantage to...

Hiding out in the California desert

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After leaving Death Valley we decided to delay our Northbound trajectory due to the weather.  As we were lazily cruising down a deserted California highway, I noticed some interesting rock formations in the mountains to the West.  We pulled over, dug thru our maps and found a road to take us there.  The start of the road was easy then turned to sand.  We were hopeful we wouldn’t have to turn...

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We’re Mark & Michele, modern-day nomads perfecting the art of slow, full-time travel.  Our tiny home on wheels and slow-paced travel style allows us to minimize our expenses while maximizing our freedom.  May our unconventional way of life inspire you to design a life that you love.

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