Zero Waste Travel Life

Long before we ever heard the term “zero waste,” our efforts toward sustainable living extended past our personal space to include the world’s living room as well. Over the years we’ve increased our eco-friendly habits by recycling, reducing, or eliminating use of paper and plastic products. We swapped our disposable containers for items that can be reused many times (cloth shopping bags, refillable water bottles, etc.). These small changes in…

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Spring in Seattle

As happens frequently in slow travel, our scheduled 5-week stay in Seattle increased to over 2 months. We extended our time to include extra house sits and visits with friends in the many cool and interesting areas surrounding the Emerald City. We still didn’t cover even half of what we would have liked, especially more time in the San Juan Islands and other coastal destinations. But that’s the beauty of…

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Winter in the Pacific Northwest

Winter in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) is considered off-season for some pretty good reasons. It’s gray. It’s rainy. It’s cold. The days are incredibly short—and dark. We arrived in Long Beach Peninsula in December to discover there’s no daylight before 8am, and it gets dark at 4pm. So why were we there? Also for some good reasons. We’re house sitters, and homeowners typically leave their homes during off-season to spend…

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Why We Chose to House Sit

Since we began to house sit full time in June 2017, we’ve crossed the entire United States—from Cape Fear, NC to Cape Disappointment, WA. We’ve completed seven house sits in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, and Washington State, and we’ve booked an additional six that will take us through Oregon, California, Utah, and Colorado (and possibly New Mexico) by October 2018. Once we looked at ways to live our…

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Signs from the Universe?

Being a photographer-writer couple, we’re sensitive to to visual signs and messages—as a team. Separately, he’s 100% image-focused and I’m 100% word-oriented. For example, when we arrived in Portland, OR, we parked the car and looked for a coffee shop. It was a cold December day and our eyes scanned the streets as we walked quickly. We turned a corner. I squealed and pointed at a huge sign, jumping up and down like a two-year old. Joe followed my finger and his eyes lit up. “Great old building,” he said, reaching for his camera. I was puzzled. “What building?” “The one you’re pointing to. Look at the detail over the windows.” I shook my head. “No, I’m pointing to Nordstrom. They always have a coffee shop and afterward we can…

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13 Travel Months of 2017

“The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. Where shall I begin, please your Majesty? he asked. Begin at the beginning, the King said gravely, and travel on till you come to the end: then stop.” —Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll Good advice from the king, yet I begin this post with a photo of the Astoria-Megler Bridge (connecting Oregon and Washington), which represents the end of our 13 travel months of 2017. Why? Because I think it best symbolizes our year’s journey. Read on and see if you agree. (Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.) Travel Month 1: Ft. Lauderdale, FL Our mobile travel life began December 2016, when our grandson was born. We drove from Wilmington, NC to Fort Lauderdale, FL We were lucky…

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