Great Smoky Mountain National Park has become one of our favorite places to camp. When we planned our third visit this summer, Monica picked out a site at the Cataloochee Campground on the North Carolina side of the park. Great Smoky Mountain National Park is dotted with former settlements from the days before the park … More Is the park ranger a psychopath? A new kind of ‘shower scene’ in the Smokies.
Booking a campsite is sort of like booking a hotel. In 1994. This was never more evident then when the campground we booked in the Smokies failed to reopen as scheduled due to the pandemic, and we found ourselves scrambling to fill three or four nights outside of Asheville, North Carolina. There are a few … More Campsite Tetris and Cold Showers
Normally, as we travel, I use my spare time to write about our experiences. But that hasn’t been the case so far this summer of 2020. But what has been normal about 2020? In fact, I’m writing this from home, and not from one of the many stops on our recent month-long road trip. There … More Road Trip, Pandemic Style
If you follow our Instagram account, you might have noticed a slight – okay – major change in our method of road tripping. Yes indeed, it’s the third summer of Don’t Make Me Turn This Van Around and we’re hitting the road in our third vehicle. This time, it’s not a van at all. We … More Don’t Make Me Turn This… RV? Around
It’s been a month since my last pandemic update. If there’s anything to say, it’s that not much has changed, which means things are going well. I’d like to take a moment a few things about vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness month. It has been almost four years since I was in the throes of a series … More Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month
Having an underlying medical condition, I’m doing my best to maintain safe practices during the pandemic. The good news is that “staying home” was what I did before someone ate “bat tartare” in China. Yes, I desperately miss the coffee shops I wrote in, my weekly writer’s group, and the book discussion that I attended … More (A)musings from our shelter
There’s a lot to read about COVID-19 out there. No one is unaffected and it’s unlikely that I have a completely original thought about the current “shelter in place” order that most of us find ourselves under. We’re healthy, we have a full pantry, and hopefully enough toilet paper to last until people realize we … More Applying some of life’s lessons to Sheltering In Place
Kids, welcome to home schooling. First, this school needs a janitor. In an alternate world, I’m a 46 year-old man with excellent health insurance and the coronavirus is something that I need to avoid so that I don’t infect “high risk” people. Right? Wrong. Until shortly after my 42nd birthday, I believed that I was … More Coronavirus – The Blog
I began writing this post long before coronavirus became a constant factor in daily life. I’ll certainly have something to say about the pandemic from the perspective of someone with a serious medical condition. For now, enjoy this break from 24-hour coronavirus programming: Most days, Monica wakes up at about 4:30 in the morning, sneaks … More Need to run a faster marathon? Snickers really satisfies.
This blog has been quiet through the fall and into the winter. Not because we aren’t busy, but because our lives are consumed with the every-day habits of a family with two kids. As much as we love the road, we like being home just as much (if not more). Tempting as it may seem … More End of the Year Review