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We’re Steve and Noelle from Portland, OR, USA. We’re taking a few years off work to backpack and travel the globe. No jobs, no house, no cars…no income.  It’s kinda crazy, as we’re in our 50’s at the top of our income earning periods.  Who takes a sabbatical in their 50s?  Well, as it turns out, we do.  Life’s just too short, so we’re choosing to live in the moment, for as many moments as we can.  

At the beginning of our adventure, we chose to thru-hike the 2,653 mile Pacific Crest Trail.  As avid hikers and backpackers, the PCT topped our bucket list for many years.  What an amazing experience to actually get out there and backpack!  Our hiking took quite a few twists and turns but the adventure proved amazing.

Just like it has for everyone, the world-wide Coronavirus pandemic radically altered our 2020 adventure. We scuttled plans and returned to the United States from South East Asia due to the spreading virus.  We enjoyed a couple months in Thailand and Vietnam and were glad for the travels as they came.

Now we’re semi-homeless, unemployed and very restless. We’re adapting by buying a huge Dodge Ram 3500 dually and an Arctic Fox Truck Camper.  We’re ready to embark on a new adventure, exploring our own country. Woo hoo!  We now get about 10 miles to the gallon of diesel!  Guess we better make every one of those miles count!  Whadda say? Ready to hit the open road?

Our first night on the PCT

Recent Articles from Steve and Noelle

Here’s what we’re up to recently! Let’s go for a hike.

Arches National Park: The Best Sites!

Arches National Park lives up to the hype! It’s rugged & beautiful with lots of hiking. Go early in the morning for great sites & no crowds.

Daikon Radish steaks and a lack of propane

This week we're taking a whack at a vegan recipe for daikon radish "steaks" and managing to run out of propane. Somehow, this wasn't how we imagined our week would play out, but hey, we can roll with it. I'm not sure which was more unpleasant though, the lack of...

Backpacking in Canyonlands: Come Explore!

Backpacking in Canyonlands offers a new level of exploration. It’s rugged & hot! Alcove Spring trail challenges & rewards with beauty. C’mon!

Cupcake modification based on viewer feedback

One of the really fun things about sharing our journey with you has been the feedback we receive. The YouTube Gods have been smiling upon us lately and our YouTube channel has about 55k views, and our videos are closing in on 18k views. Thank you! This week we're...

Canyonlands National Park: Hiker’s Paradise

Canyonlands National Park is part of Utah’s Mighty 5. It’s a bit less crowded than nearby Arches, with all the beauty. Come hike and explore!

Mesa Verde National Park

This week we're touring and hiking through Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. What's not to love about a fairly empty national park, great weather and free WiFi? Swing on by and check out this weeks episode! Have you visited Mesa Verde National Park? We visited...

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a National Park in Colorado that we’d never heard of! Amazing. Canyons of black rock, camping & hiking too.

Hot swapping a hot water heater anode, Exercise and MPG

In this weeks episode we're performing a hot swap on the hot water anode, trying to get into the rhythm of a daily exercise regimen, and trying our best to improve the miles per gallon of the diesel truck. Do you think it's possible that we can do all three??

Boondocking near Santa Fe: Let’s Go!

Boondocking near Santa Fe allows us to have the best of both worlds! The rugged outdoors and the artistry & food of the city. Come on along!

Battling a noisy generator(hammer applied)

We like our electricity as much as the next person, in fact, we may like our electricity more than we should! We try to live our lives off of a 12V system. We have a solar system that charges two marine batteries. We recharge our devices from the solar to batteries to...

Our Adventures

Join along as we explore the world around us. We’ve been traveling the world for years, but new to chronicling our adventures. We hope you enjoy walking alongside us, whether in Hanoi or along the Pacific Crest Trail. We love to learn about new cultures, be it hiker trash or Euro trash. We’re working on building out our gear lists, so keep checking back!  Our whole site is a work in progress, so grab a cup of coffee and come on along with Steve and Noelle. Click below to get our newsletter, so you can keep up to date on where we’re headed and the awesomeness we get to see.