Whenever we take off in our truck camper, weather it be for 2 weeks or 2 months, we tend to cover a lot of ground.  In other words, we spend A LOT of time driving.  You can only do that for so long before you realize, you can never see it all.  I always have a running list in my head of places I want to see and with each one that gets crossed off, ten more are added.  So after four years of owning our truck camper and covering a lot of miles, we’re ready to take a different approach.  We’re going to attempt to slow down…drive less, camp more.  Just the idea of setting up and tearing down camp less often sounds dreamy.  Five weeks from now when this trip is winding down, we’ll see if we actually stuck to this goal (we tend to be restless) but for now I’m excited about trying something a little different.

Day 2:  As our first full day winds down, I’m gleefully content.  It was one of those perfect days filled with amazing weather, great food, abundant sunshine, mountain biking, lazy strolls with happy dogs, bocce ball, tear-filled laughter with my husband and nothing but the beauty of Mother Nature in every direction.  Do I have to wait for Thanksgiving to give thanks, because today I’m feeling incredibly blessed.

A few things we did today: made smoothies at camp for the first time with our new NutriBullet blender, walked the dogs, spent over an hour on the phone with Verizon figuring out why voicemail on my new phone wasn’t working, went on a 2hr bike ride, reveled in the fact that the dogs are absolutely loving the new platform bed Mark built them in the cab of the truck freeing up tons of room for us in the camper,  returned e-mails.

What we ate:
Green smoothies
Chicken sandwiches
Grilled portobello fajitas

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Day 3:  We typically do our annual winter road trip during the month of December and part of January.  This year we decided (for a few reasons that pertain to our business that I won’t bore you with) to try October/November instead.  When we made that decision earlier this year, it didn’t even occur to us that we were likely to be rewarded with better weather.  The last three days have been sunny, 75 and calm.  In other words: PERFECT.  Who knows what the coming weeks will bring but for now we’re soaking up every moment of this glorious weather.

What we did today: had a guy come up to our door before we were out of bed wanting to know if the campsite down the road was available, took the dogs for a walk, meditated, had a phone meeting followed by a few hours of work, recharged all batteries/devices, hiked around the boulders behind our camp, collected debris to make hot water with our Kelly Kettle, set up our Par-Que outhouse tent, took hot showers, strategized a plan to store our outhouse tent without having to completely tear it down, played bocce ball, watched the sunset, downloaded-processed-backed-up videos/photos.

What we ate:
Homemade Granola & Almond Milk
Chicken Sandwiches, Chips & Salsa
Pasta Salad w/ Spinach, Grilled Naan

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Day 4:  We often struggle with finding a balance between documenting photo/video of our travels and simply enjoying the moment and being present.  Today was a battle between the two as I hoped to edit and publish a video of our time here before moving on to a new camp tomorrow but I didn’t want to miss out on the beautiful day.  It’s now 10pm, I just finished the video and enjoyed another gorgeous day.  Tomorrow we begin the second leg of our trip and head to Moab.

A few things we did today: Began the morning with a spontaneous hike, scoured our Utah map and chose a route for the next few legs of our trip, wrote a list of items we need to restock while in Moab, edited the video below.

What we ate:
Green smoothies
Chicken sandwiches
Grilled portobello fajitas

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