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

Now Steve’s Bicycle Stolen! Are You Serious? WT*!

Steve & Bicycle in Yellowstone National Park

Lisa here…
So I had intended to blog about the Stop Bicycle Theft Dialog that happened…and then, ironically Steve’s touring bike got ripped off (behind our home, under a stairwell and locked) and well…WE ARE FRUSTRATED!!  For Steve, that’s the loss of a fine bicycle that has taken him on adventures throughout the world including the one in which we met.  It really is a stinkin shame. Add to the distress, now having to figure if we can afford to replace two bicycles hence thwarting our up coming experiment of living and working remote from our bicycles.

 

As our motivation builds to be part of stopping bicycle theft efforts, here’s a few notable things we learned at the Stop Bicycle Theft community dialog.
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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

Stop Bicycle Theft Together

Stop bicycle theft

Lisa here…

It occurred to me that it might be useful to host a community dialog about the bicycle theft issue.  I am a firm believer that to solve problems one must first thoroughly understand them.  My hope is that by bringing together community members who care about this issue together we can learn about and figure out how to solve it.  To this end, I set a date for the dialog for Friday, February 26th at noon in the atrium of the SLC library downtown.  I sent a few emails to police officers and other public officials who I thought might be interested.  After creating and printing fliers about the dialog along with a “Wanted” poster for Steel offering a $200 reward, I set off walking around SLC to spread the word and see what I could learn.  Steve and I continued doing this during our next few days off. Continue reading

My Beloved Bike: Stolen!

bicycle wedding

Lisa here…

It’s hard to explain the rash of emotions that overcame me when I discovered Steel missing from my front porch in Salt Lake City. Initial feelings included shock of course — this being my first bicycle theft. And I was mad, but more so I felt sad and disappointed that someone would do such a thing. I grasp stealing a shiny new bike that could demand some serious cash, but Steel? — my beloved twenty year old, well-worn, purple chipped-paint-sporting, foam-seat-spurting bicycle which I married a couple years ago (here’s the story and bicycle wedding video!). Oh yes, I should add feeling utterly stupid and guilty that I only had Steel secured with a cheap cable lock, while Steve’s more valuable bikes had the U-locks. 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