Big Bend National Park

Fighting the Wind on the Rio

The Rio Grande acts as the border between the US and Mexico. So, if we were to paddle down the middle of the river, we’d be straddling two countries at the same time, right? Great travelers on a grandiose quest, existing in two distinct parts of the world all at once … Right. So let’s … Read More

Prada Marfa with Nico the Van

Marfa Marfa Marfa

It’s quiet here. There’s no traffic – hardly any cars to speak of. No trains barrel down the rusty tracks that cross through town. People enter buildings without so much as a squeak and the doors never slam. Even construction noise on the new hotel is muted – slowing the progress, maybe. On purpose, maybe, … Read More


Hatchet Technique

Please adhere to proper hatchet usage guidelines at all times. Please remember that a hatchet is not an axe. The head on your hatchet – you know, the sharp end – is much closer to your person than that on an axe. And please, just in case, carry a first aide kit. Bumpas just completed … Read More

2016 KC


In 2005 I took a chance on myself and moved to Galway, Ireland to study abroad. While “studying,” traveling and generally causing a ruckus I met some really, truly amazing people. We found ourselves constantly together, having chosen Ireland for the same general reasons: a new scenery for discovery of the world and of ourselves, … Read More

pismo beach sunset

Southern CA – The Rave

It’s about time. And sunset. *** Despite trouble sleeping, our time in Southern California was great. We drove in through San Diego, rode the Pacific Coast Highway as far north as Morro Bay then south again and east into the desert. We saw friends and made friends, bummed around beaches and hot springs and ate … Read More

Nico the Van San Diego Bay

Fu*k it, Dude. Let’s play Cribbage.

What do you want to do? Oh, anything. What do you want to do? Where should we go next? I don’t know, wherever you want to go. Should we sleep here tonight? Sure, if you think it’s OK. OK … so what do you want to do? I dunno. Whatever. Babe. Babe. Babe. Fuck it. Let’s … Read More

Pismo Beach sunset

Southern CA – The Rant

Camping in California is difficult. And expensive. There’s this romantic idea about beach camping: pulling off the road close enough to the ocean to taste the salt and hear the rumbling waves, you turn off your car, set up camp as the sun sets on the edge of the world, crack open a beer and … Read More

morro bay, california sailboats

California Birthday

My birthday was the best day. We’d camped in Morro Bay at the State Beach campground and woke up to a bright, still morning. The bay was glassy and mirrored the sky – uninterrupted blues batted against anchored, sleeping boats and we grabbed the paddle boards so we could float around on the silence. As … Read More

Hiking in Sedona

Sedona is beautiful. It’s red and rocky and dry but not overly dusty or aching for water – there’s green in the cacti and snow on the highest hills. The town is nestled under these enormous, towering bluffs that interrupt the skyline with chunky, crimson, perfect lines. Halfway between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon, twelve … Read More

Nico the van arrives

A Major Online Purchase

The decision to buy a van and make it our roaming home was easy. Purchasing the van proved to be a little more … difficult. This began with deciding what type of vehicle we actually wanted. At first, Andrew was all about 4×4. We searched for Ford Econoline vans, specifically 7.3-liter diesel with the Quigley … Read More