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DAYS ON THE ROAD
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After a close call in the Arizona desert, the two of us, our dog and cat were stuck in a tow yard for three days and nights over Memorial Day weekend. Once our VW bus was able to drive again, we headed to Page, Arizona for more essential repairs, our 8 year wedding...read more
Pippi Longstocking (also known as Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking) is a fictional character, who was dreamed up in the 1940’s by Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren. Her stories of Pippi have been loved by...read more
Over winter 2018, the two of us hunkered down in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We continued our design work and manned the front desk at a 420-friendly inn for a few months to save our pennies and gather what we needed to continue our cross-country adventure. The owner of...read more
When the two of us began our cross-country trip in our VW bus in South Carolina, we had no idea what was ahead or how far we would go. We could never have expected to welcome a kitten into our family, make it to our birthplace, land in Roswell for their annual UFO...read more
The front-end of our VW Bus had never gotten any attention since we picked him up. Every 3,000 miles the front-end zerks, or grease fittings, should be fitted with a grease gun and pumped full of fresh grease. This was our first try at front-end zerk maintenance on...read more
We were cruising through the cooking oils section of a grocery store and came across cold-pressed Avocado Oil, a wonderful product we had never heard of. We began using it for cooking and we learned it makes a great salad dressing oil. It has a mellow and buttery...read more
Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) was an English actor and director, who became famous for his silent films in the early days of motion picture. Without words, he used body language, wardrobe, props, animals, other actors and a variety of locations to send messages to the...read more
The two of us popped into a thrift store recently and came across a fabulous book that spoke to us. “Surviving Into The 21st Century – Planetary Healers Manual”, by Viktoras Kulainskas, focuses on Love Consciousness, Body Ecology, Spiritual Alchemy,...read more
While in Colorado for winter, we made sure to take our time and play in the snow, as much as possible. It had been almost a decade since the two of us even saw snow, so it was very nice to have made wonderful memories with a cross-country skiing picnic and going...read more
On our way through a small mountain town in our VW bus, we suddenly heard a clunky, bumpy and familiar sound, coming from the back right side of our bus. This sound is often mistaken for a thrown wheel bearing, but we had been through it before, so we knew our 46mm...read more
Buddhism and Hinduism base the value of a person on what he/she has done in their past and current lives. This is also known as karma, which means “action” in Sanskrit (Indian). The idea is that a person determines their own fate, their own challenges and...read more
When the two of us get in the mood for pesto pasta, we go straight to our favorite pine nut pesto veggie pasta recipe. Rather than filling ourselves with heavy wheat pasta, we substitute with beautiful and just-as-delicious, zucchini ribbons. They are so delicate and...read more
Body language is a form of nonverbal communication. Without words, animals and people use conscious and unconscious gestures to convey information. Facial expressions, slight movements, tone of voice and shifting our energy can intentionally and unintentionally relay...read more
There are four spark plugs in our Volkswagen bus, Moksha. Each spark plug sends electric currents from the ignition system to the combustion chamber to start and move the vehicle. They are an essential part of any vintage car and they are a great health indicator of...read more
Wolf Creek Ski Area is renowned for getting the most snow each year in Colorado. Wolf Creek Pass, which gets people to and from the ski area, is a high mountain pass that carves through the Continental Divide in the San Juan mountains, at an elevation of 10,856 feet...read more
While on our winter adventure in Colorado, we experienced a very odd week, where a handful of people lost their lives in different ways. We were reminded that life is happening now and it can come to a close at any time. We both agreed that we can do a better job at...read more
Cashew butter is such an amazing product, but it can be expensive and full of hidden additives. Transforming cashews (1 simple ingredient) into a delicious, healthy cashew butter is so easy to do! The bonuses are, there are no additives, it’s loaded with raw...read more
Our VW bus, Moksha, still gets us around with an old-fashioned carburetor. Carburetors are all about air and fuel mixture, so something as unseemly as a dirty filter can have an affect on his overall performance. After a few thousand miles, the air filter on top of...read more
A man we met in Colorado said that back in the day, police officers were your friends. You’d stroll around town and they’d wave to you with a smile on their faces. They carried of sense of peace, they were your neighbor and they acted as part of the...read more
When the two of us wake up super early, before the sun comes up, our tummies are not ready for a heavy meal. Instead, we pack a bunch of nutrients, good oils and antioxidants into a delicious green smoothie for two! The coconut flakes on top promote chewing, which...read more
The human brain is a three pound-ish complex organ, made up of two hemispheres. Both hemispheres control certain functions and together, act as a control center for processing information. Some people believe individuals are either Left Brain dominant or Right Brain...read more
Buying organic dried fruits can get expensive. We’ve learned it is much easier, healthier and more affordable to make them ourselves. These dried apples are full of flavor and oh yeah, a dehydrator is not needed! Enjoy our Homemade Dried Apples Recipe below!...read more
There are no words to describe what a wonderful time we had in Arizona. We were so thankful to get to visit with family, see the mind-blowing sandstone formations and the incredible Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ. Another highlight was getting to see the Grand Canyon,...read more
In nature, animals often use power poses to display dominance and intimidation. Maybe you’ve heard of humans using similar power poses (like hands on the hips) to display strength. Power poses have become a self-help trend to override feelings of insecurity and...read more