On Solid Ground

Sometimes it takes a comparison to really understand and appreciate a difference. Sometimes the only way to know who and what you are is to spend time with or stand next to someone you are not. I mean, how do you know you may or may not belong until you have someone or something to…

Mopping with a Masters

Sometimes it is hard for me to wrap my head around. Sometimes I whistle and hum and sing while I do it. Sometimes those ten or so dollars I earn per hour seem enough. Sometimes I want to crawl in a hole and hang my head with shame. Sometimes I look around and wonder how…

Another Birthday

I was reminded yesterday of the day I made the decision to radically change my life. It came up on Facebook. I read it as I looked back on over a year of adventure. I read it as someone who was now living it. I read it as a changed human. Here is exactly what…

Gunflint Gratitude

This is it! This will be home until Fall. I suppose I should figure out what my end date will be, but no rush. I have time and the world is not settled, yet, so who knows what Fall will even bring or what our world will be like.  I have tons and tons of…

Settling in Again

I am sitting in the common lounge nearly dead-center in employee dorm housing. There are about 20 rooms here all on a single level. There are double and quad rooms, laundry facilities and cleaning supplies. We have a free stuff pile and outdoor space when wether permits. I share my room with another woman around…

Return to Pilgrim

It came out of nowhere. It was an email from my formerly scheduled summer job. I should have known something was up because the title was “Gunflint Work!” My heart raced as I started to read. “We are starting to take on staff for work starting next week. “ The email started. Wait, WHAT???? She continued,…

Amazonian!

I started working for Amazon. This is a factory sort of job in a gigantic and windowless warehouse. I have never seen or worked in a space like this. I am miles away from all that I have known or that is familiar. I am now an AMAZONIAN! The entirety of this operation blows my…

A Return to Convention

Here I am, writing in my rented room in Wisconsin. I have been off the road, I am working, we are a world in crisis. Never, ever could I have predicted THIS would be my reality. I fulfilled my vision for my first year of nomadic pilgrimage and I was starting to bring my second…

It is a Lifestyle

This post was originally written March 7, 2020. Pre-pandemic. I think it still important and relevant to the nomads of the world. May we keep the faith and work towards a return to our lifestyle of choice. Cheers! She said it in a very nonchalant sort of way, as part of our conversation. She was…

What’s Next?

I am a planner. It pains me not to know what happens next. It is hard for me to live in limbo. It is hard for me to relent control. These pandemic times are a real challenge.  Life on the road was, on the one hand, a series of plans and ideas and next steps….