Celebrating 10 Years

I’m sitting in the backyard of our place in Minnesota. The leaves above my head are a combination of gold, orange, and light green, glowing against the bluest of skies. It’s one of those warmer fall days, in the high 60s but feels warmer in the sun. Chickadees and nuthatches are watching me from the…

The RV Reno Begins

OK, I’ll just say it. I’ve been lazy when it comes to renovating my RV. I have big ideas, but actually taking action takes a little nudge. But it was summer, right? Too hot to work on a motorhome and life is too busy to worry about it. With fall’s cooler weather approaching, I decided…

Making A Dog Birthday Cake

Yesterday we celebrated Mr. Theodore’s 5th birthday. Though we did a lot together to make his day happy (sleeping in, snuggle time, hiking, nap time), one of the highlights of the day was his birthday cake. This was my first attempt at making one, and it went over so well with the dogs that I…

A Slow Motorhome Remodel

When we decided to remodel The Wandering Dolphin, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I knew we had to start somewhere, sometime. The process began with moving the motorhome out of the woods and onto the driveway, a more convenient remodel location. This proved to not be as difficult as we had imagined. In…

Getting Away

It’s a different world out there right now, sometimes recognizable and oftentimes completely the opposite. I have been back at my people-facing job for about six weeks now, and things are definitely different. There’s a lot of confusion, a lot of hostility, and also a lot of compassion. My coworkers are checking in with each…

What I’ve Learned by Day 69

On the eve of what would be Day 70 of isolation, a day which will now mark my first day back at work, I reflect on the past several weeks. When I went into isolation, I didn’t know what to feel. I didn’t know where this would lead. I still don’t know these answers. But…

What happens when your motorhome sits

Since our Year of Travel has been put on hold until who knows when, we’ve decided to kickstart one of our other projects of the year: remodeling the motorhome. We are still a ways away from performing some of the work — mainly because we have a lot of decisions to make and we aren’t…

Looking Back Through 20 Days of Isolation and Months of World Change

We’ve reached Day 20 of our isolation, and I’ve been keeping track of the things that have happened. It’s interesting to look back and see how quickly things progressed (and they will only continue to do so). The following is a blog about my personal experiences during the past few months. I have tried to…

When the water is your mistress…

I fell in love with being on the water when I was a kid. I grew up not too far from a lake and with a father who liked to go fishing. I think the first time I went kayaking was probably at Girl Scout Camp; I don’t remember. What I do remember is that…

Keeping the Communication Going

Playing with the dogs, going for walks, watching movies, playing video games — we’ve probably been doing the same things as many other people who are self-distancing right now. But there are a few things that have really brightened our days over the last few days. We have been FaceTiming with my parents fairly regularly…