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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.

Craters of the Moon: Idaho’s secret treasure

Craters of the Moon is Idaho’s secret treasure. It’s the wildest ocean of lava rock & it’s a must see destination! It’s like moon-walking!

Truck camper tour-The short version

Here’s a truck camper tour of our Arctic Fox 990. It’s a quick overview of the truck camper interior and exterior. Hope you enjoy our tour!

Great Sand Dunes National Park: Awesomeness

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado is full of awesomeness. Miles & miles of dunes, which are backed by gorgeous mountains. Heavenly!

Hiking for a cell phone signal:Cupcake Chronicles E20

This week we finally found a good location, good weather, and Cupcake was well stocked. It's the holy trinity! Unfortunately, I needed a cell phone signal to handle some of my parents health/business issues. So, with no other options, we climbed a series of hills in...

Truck Camper Advantages: choosing Arctic Fox 990

First we chose to purchase a truck camper, then we narrowed our selection to an Arctic Fox 990 and Dodge Ram 3500. Here’s why!

Flat tire in the desert- cupcake Chronicles E19

One of our fears about boon docking is the truck dying on us. You know, not starting, not turning over, the transmission shitting the bed, bad diesel fuel... You know. Fill in the blank with your own fear! So, for us, boon docking generally equates to long stretches...

Truck Camper Highlights: Living Small Wins

Here are our truck camper highlights…all the things we love about our Arctic Fox 990 set up. Full time RV life in a truck camper info!

Missile Silo! cupcake Chronicles E18

MISSILE SILO! MISSILE SILO! OK, OK. I'll admit it. I'm pretty excited to share this weeks episode with you. The last time I was this excited was the llama farm! One of the great things about traveling with no set agenda is that we stop when we see something that looks...

where to go next-24 months of exploration

Deciding "where to go next" is a big topic for us. Here's my answer; I don't know. We had a rough master plan put together when we left our jobs two years ago. Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and a solid maybe to somewhere...

Cupcake Chronicles: E17: Lights out!

In our previous episode we spent time preparing Cupcake for the oncoming arctic blast. This week we're trying to get Cupcake back up and running after the arctic blast. It was cold, really, really cold. Like -26F kind of cold. We had high hopes for Cupcake to winter...

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.

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