Exploring Home, America the Beautiful

Sunset reflecting on the cliffs of the Grand Canyon in Arizona

The frigid wind blew around us as we led her by the hand. Her eyes were closed tightly. Madi, my niece walked one side of her and I on the other. We steered right and left as the path wound towards the cliff edge. “Almost there, keep them closed,” we whispered. She giggled. We guided … Read more

Finding a way home

Sunset at the Phoenix Airport

After a long cold night in the terminal, we returned to the Finnish immigration counter at 10 AM. We were promised tickets that would take us to Arizona but there were no tickets when we arrived. Days of waiting followed while Japan Airlines tried to weasel their way under Finnish law and charge us almost … Read more

Stuck at HEL’s Gates

Trin and Bonnie in Finland

Leaving Australia, we planned to isolate in Helsinki and hope that the roll-out of vaccines would soon open up travel again. We made it to Helsinki, but what followed was hours in immigration holding rooms and a sleepless night in the terminal. We didn’t end up where we expected when we left Australia, what now … Read more

Saying Goodbye to more than just a year

Lil' Beaut parked in the red center of Australia

As of December 31st, 2020 we have been nomads for 1,546 days. Over four years of moving, exploring, and living minimally. It is a constant act of saying goodbye to people, places, and things. But it is also a continual welcoming of the new. Today was one of those goodbyes, this time to Lil’ Beaut, … Read more

In This Together

Friends from around the world

We might be in this crazy pandemic together, but everyone has different circumstances that they are going through. We hear so much fear in the media and we are being bombarded with ideas on how we are supposed to feel. No one can tell someone else how they are supposed to feel.  The video below … Read more

Global Responsibility

What is our global responsibility right now? Sunset in Australia

Many of us have watched one country after another on every continent close their borders. Curfews have been imposed. are closing and gatherings are being restricted to small numbers. In some places, a printed form with the reason for leaving one’s home is required.  The US government has sent a notice informing us to come … Read more

Backpacking vs. Campervan

Backpacking South America

For 2.5 years we wandered around Central and South America with a 40-liter backpack for me and a 50-liter backpack for Trin. After traveling all the way down to Antarctica we came “home” for a four-month visit. It has been a wonderful and relaxing four months reuniting with friends and family. For the next leg … Read more

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