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

The Scots Are Darn Nice Folks!

  • Cycling Break!
  • Campground Ullapool
  • Cycling Scotland
  • Cool housing in Ullapool
  • Time for Art in Ullapool, Scotland
  • Cycling Obstacles
  • Sunset in Ullapool
  • Campground Owners in Ullapool
  • Campground Ullapool, Scotland
  • Beach in Ullapool, Scotland
  • Ullapool, Scotland
  • Cycling to Inverness, Scotland
  • Kilts are fun.
  • Loopallu Music festival Ullapool, Scotland
  • Ullapool Music Festival, Scotland
  • Tunnel in London
  • Cycling to Inverness, Scotland
  • Tour bus arrived while wild camping outside Inverness

On the first night at the remote campground (Ardmair Point Campground), our neighbors invited us into their camper-home to cook and dine with them.  In the morning, Steve and I unfortunately learned the hard way that we had accidentally set up our tent next to the camper waste disposal area.  One morning awaking to funky smells and gurgling sounds was enough to prompt a move.  We relocated our home to a site along the seashore — not yet realizing the challenges that would present. Continue reading

What Would You Do?

  • Wild goats!
  • Wild Goat crossing!
  • Sink holes...no camping.
  • View to Ullapool
  • Laughing Sheep
  • Couples night!
  • Garilock, Scotland
  • Scottish folk jam night and sing-a-long

Every cyclist and hiker that we met returning from their travels in the highlands of Scotland described the area as beautiful but rather brutal. Midgies (very small biting insects) were out in full force. Those beasts, plus non-stop rain, curtailed many outdoor adventure seekers plans. With a pint of Scottish lager under each of our belts, Steve and I asked one another what we would each do if we were on our own? Continue reading

Closure & New Beginnings

  • Route to super market in Scotland
  • Achnasheen, Scotland
  • Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve in Scotland
  • Ride to grocery story in Achnasheen
  • Mushrooms in Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
  • Near Achnasheen, Scotland
  • Looking out to tent from inside Ledgowan Lodge in Achnasheen, Scotland
  • Campground in Edinburgh
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Scotland's oldest plant fossil - 320 mil yrs old
  • World's largest plant fossil at Royal Botanical Garden
  • Vegan Haggis!  Surprisingly good!
  • Misty Edinburgh
  • Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh
  • Second cloned mammal at National Museum of Scotland
  • First cloned mammal at National Museum of Scotland

What happens when you come to the end of a journey? When you reach a goal, or a project big ends, or a vacation is over…well, there’s a transition period, right?

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