Notes from the road

living and traveling in 180 sq ft



Hi, I’m Michele. I live on the road full-time and photograph mountain weddings for a living. This is my personal blog where I share my thoughts on living simply and intentionally with less stress and more joy. Want to follow along? Sign up below to receive new posts straight to your inbox.

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Wow, just wow


{Photo of the day: Tonight’s sunset was spectacular.} Mark & I will never forget his mom asking us when we sold our house in Colorado four years ago “won’t you miss your view, you have such an incredible view”. It was true. We were leaving behind a great house, in an excellent location with beautiful views. There was definitely doubt in the back of my mind as to...

A Sunday Drive


{Photo of the day: Driving through the Pine Gulch burn scar.} While we were out on a scenic drive today, we got a firsthand look at the Pine Gulch burn scar. Last summer the Pine Gulch Fire, caused by lightning, grew to be the largest fire in Colorado history. That was until the Cameron Peak Fire surpassed it 6 weeks later. While 6 structures were lost in the fire, today we saw just how many were...

We’ve learned from the best


{Photo of the day: Seth & Drea are our nomad neighbors for the week.} One of the primary factors why the full-time RV lifestyle is working so well for us this time around is because we’ve learned to slow down. Years ago we never could have imagined staying parked for two weeks or more in one place, now it’s our norm. It was our friend’s Seth & Drea that intrigued us with...

Happy Tears


{Photo of the day: On my way up the mesa to our property.}

This evening, on my way home from running errands in the city, I got a little emotional. In a good way. I can’t think of many things in life that feel better than crying tears of joy. They’re affirmation that you’re right where you’re supposed to be.

We did alright


{Photo of the day: A sunset hike with our friends Seth & Drea.} There’s a two-track road on our property that connects to BLM land. The road becomes a trail, the trail slowly fades away, and not too long after that you’re standing on the very tip top of the mesa with 360 degree views. The mile long hike is a perfect outing to share with our visitors. Today we hiked out to...

Are you gonna smoke it?


{Photo of the day: Mark bought a barrel today and got far more than he paid for.} When Mark got back to our property today with two 250 gallon IBC totes and a barrel, he took the cap off the barrel and said “smell it and see if you can guess what was in there”. I hesitated, I didn’t suspect it would smell good. I skeptically put my nose up to the opening, and sure enough it...

Web work never ends


{Photo of the day: The new ONCE WEST homepage is coming along nicely.} I’m diving deep in to website redesign and SEO projects this week. Long chunks of uninterrupted time are the only way I ever make progress on web work. It requires momentum and total focus. Which is why I made it to 11:20pm before realizing that I’d completely forgotten to take a photo today. So I reached for my...

Mesas for Miles


{Photo of the day: This is the kind of land that makes you feel small.}

I stepped outside the trailer today for a short stroll and a quick photo of the view. Then back to immersing myself in never-ending website updates.

The give & take of being husband & wife


{Photo of the day: Mark made my day with our new patio lights.} It’s 10:30pm.  I was hoping to be curled up with a book hours ago but this, that and the other thing kept getting in the way.  And then there were the dishes that hadn’t been done yet.  I started to get frustrated with Mark as I began cleaning up.  I was secretly hoping he would take care of it.   I was being...


Hi, I'm Michele, a nomadic wedding photographer and lover of the great outdoors. I live on the road full-time and document my adventures daily. This is my personal blog where I share and record my thoughts on living simply and intentionally with less stress and more joy. Check out my wedding and portrait photography at


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