0519 Mesa Verde, CO

It’s a cold night. The thermometer says 34 degrees in the van. That means it’s mid-20’s outside. There’s a breeze, so I start the van and turn on the heater. When the inside temp hits 50 I get dressed and we hop out — leaving the van...

0518 Mesa Verde, CO

Last night as I was rearranging boxes in the van I had a flash on where my other winter jacket was. I was right. It was in the box with my pants and shirts. Song I don’t have to be quite as layered to be warm. About this jacket before I came long trail last...

0517 Chaco Canyon, NM

We get up and take a quick walk around our part of the campground looking for sites whose reservation list doesn’t include tonite. I find this home right near our current site. I find the trail leading to Overlook Trail which goes along the canyon rim near the...

0516 Chaco Canyon, NM

We awake early. Where we stayed… Not my typical forest… Go to Love’s for coffee and wifi. I know I’m headed into an area where I’ll have no signal, so want to download a few podcasts. I’ve been binge listening to “Philosophize...

0515 Gallop, NM

It was very windy all night, the gusts rocking the van. At 2 AM Sherman does his typical move from his blanket and curls up behind my knees. We wake up and I have to solve the morning pee logistics. If we just hop out of the van and pee like we usually do I’ll...