Unexpected Salt Lake City: Ten Reasons SLC Rocks

And we’re off! Next up: Alaska via Las Vegas, LA, and San Francisco!!  It’s been some crazy days of packing and organizing.  How in the world did we acquire so much stuff in three months?  I made four trips to the thrift store to unload again!

 

My "black car" driving getup

My “black car” driving getup

We really enjoyed our time in Salt Lake City. The black car driving job turned out to be very cool. I met lots of nice folks – other employees as well as guests that I drove to their destinations wound up in the beautiful canyons that surround the city.  While it was frequently cold and snowy, it was quite pleasant to live in a sunny, mountainous area for the winter.  Enough so that SLC has made our short list of places we may return to live in the future.  Here’s our top 10 list of what made Salt Lake City an unexpected great place to live: Continue reading

Portable Solar Panel and Charger Review

No doubt our biggest challenge working remote is keeping all of our technology charged, especially when making our home at campgrounds. To that end, solar power has been a great asset to helping us stay charged. Today I’ll share with you our experiences with portable solar technology: what we have, how we use it, and what else I think we need to ultimately realize our goal of getting off the grid. Continue reading

Wrapping up 2015 on the road

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Steve here…

Let’s see, where were we? Oh yes, Glacier National Park. It seems we packed an enormous number of experiences into our three months at Glacier.

 

We had three — if not all four — seasons there. When we first arrived it was early Spring, the central road over Logan pass had not yet opened, and waterfalls tumbled down the sides of the mountains from the melting snowfields. Within a few weeks we were experiencing mid-summer 100-degree days, then weeks of smoke-filled skies, dry grass, and wildfire danger. And by the time we left in early September snow was falling again on the mountains and the road over the pass had already been closed a couple times due to winter conditions.

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Managing expectations: Time

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This is a little about a non-technical side of this living remote experiment: managing our expectations of time. Initial expectations were along the lines of “Yay, a remote-working job! I can get paid while we travel around seeing national parks, etc. Kick our heels up in the evenings around a fire. Awesome!”

And that’s what we’ve been doing and it has, indeed, been awesome. But one problem we consistently have to work around is time. I still need to put in 8 hours every work day on the computer logged in over the network to a server in Pennsylvania. Lisa still needs time to work on academic articles and business plans (and now a cool job for the summer which I will let her describe). Continue reading

Our Engagement Adventure

Lisa here…Sorry folks for the long delay!  Definitely a lot of adjustments and of course, some unexpected circumstances shortly after we embarked on our project.  We will be writing more soon and telling you about what we’ve learned and experienced.  Our latest news is that Steve impressively figured a way to propose (miraculously with a correctly sized PURPLE engagement ring)!  Here’s a little video to share about it:

Preparing for Our Working & Living Remote Launch

  • Launching
  • Pre-pay eggs at a gas station in route
  • This is Not a Toy!
  • Dinner with THE SF gang!
  • Dinner with Rod, Kathy, Luke & Mark
  • Boo & Lu!
  • Our initial launch car set up
  • Our new bicycle license plates!

Fortunately both Steve and I roll well with a bit of chaos because that is exactly what ensued after we made our decision to experiment with living and working remotely from national park areas. We made the decision on 1/31/15 and the next day both of us informed our respective housemates that we were terminating our month-to-month leases. I needed to be out of my space in 2 weeks and Steve by the end of the month. So began the quick planning and scheming. Continue reading

Recap and Pulling the Trigger 2015

  • Where Steve & I Met - Campground in Austria
  • Good Bye SF - We love you!!
  • Our initial launch car set up

By way of a recap, Steve and I met in passing at a campground in Austria this past summer while bicycling.  He began his bicycle touring adventure in Ethiopia, then flew to Greece and bike up through the Balkan countries over the Austrian Alps to where I met him (www.dafarafet.com).  I married my bicycle last March, 2014, then cycled down the coast of Northern California, and then flew into Paris and was cycling east through Europe and about to cross the Alps when I met Steve. Thus, we were heading opposite directions when we met in passing in a campground in Austria.  Continue reading