Itching for a Big Adventure

My travel life has changed dramatically in the last couple of years. Not better or worse; just different. My time is broken into smaller blocks so I’ve been piecing together shorter adventures rather than spending weeks on the road like in the past. On the one hand that’s simply the nature of my life at the moment. On the other, …

Loving a Victim of Trauma

Three years ago today. Three years since I was nearly killed by a careless driver while riding my motorcycle. Three years of figuring out how to navigate the trauma process. Last year I wrote about that. But this is the post I’ve been trying to write for the last three years. Equally as important as knowing how to deal with trauma …

Launching an Email Newsletter

Hi y’all! Just a quick note today to announce the launch of my email newsletter. It will be a compilation of content from the blog, behind-the-scenes adventures that don’t quite fit into a blog post, what’s coming up, and insider insight into the life of a freelance adventure travel blogger. Plus, I’ll include a free wallpaper image for your computer each …

The Woes of a Lazy Photographer

Quick, name the top five things you like to spend your time on. How much time did you spend doing those things in 2017? Are you satisfied? Or did they take a back seat to other activities and life in general? My favorites are motorcycling, travel, photography, hiking, and knitting. There are a handful of runners-up but those are my …

Your Comfort Zone is Perishable

broken mirror - val in real life

In a few short days, we will say goodbye to another year. We humans have a propensity to get nostalgic, as well as hopeful, in the course of ushering in a new year. It’s natural to take the time to look at where we’ve been in the last year and where we are going in the next. As you go …

A Beginner’s Guide to Death Valley

In recent years, I’ve had the good fortune to explore Death Valley National Park in a variety of ways: by camping and hiking, motorcycle travel, family travel, a photography workshop, and 4×4 excursions. Through those adventures, I’ve become a huge fan of the park. That means I often get quite enthusiastic about extolling the virtues of what it has to offer …

Expanding Adventures with a Sidecar

I’ve been toying with the notion of getting a sidecar rig for some time. Quite honestly, those thoughts first surfaced when I was facing the possibility of losing my leg or its ability to handle a two-wheeled machine. As that threat faded, so did the urgency to explore sidecar rig options. The seed was planted though and little musings about it …

Forty-Six: Gratitude

Last year when I set out on my motorcycle for Baja, it was with the intent of pursuing adventure for my 45th birthday. This year, I’m back in Baja for my birthday but it wasn’t the purpose of the trip, just a coincidence. It happens to be a great time of year to be here. However, being here and traveling …

Hungry for Baja

baja tacos - val in real life

It’s time to go back to Baja and take in the mañana spirit. Having gone from the challenges of frenetic travel this summer to very little at all while dealing with physical therapy and doctors, my traveling soul needs the balance of Baja. So tomorrow I cross the border to set life back in order. That my birthday again falls in …

Eight Years of Geocaching

I began geocaching on my birthday in 2009. That means in a few short weeks, I’ll celebrate eight years of geocaching. I need to confess, however, that I’m not a rabid geocacher. I go through ups and downs with being engaged. In spite of those waves, I’ve always enjoyed the unexpected places geocaching takes me, the people I meet, and …