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Hi, I’m Michele. I live on the road full-time and document my adventures daily. 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.

You can find my wedding and portrait work at www.oncewest.com.

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What a dream

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{Photo of the day: Our current address.} Eastern Utah.  It’s a desert utopia for Coloradans that are sick of the snow.  When we got our truck camper 9 years ago, it became a given that March and April were the time to leave the mountains for a Utah getaway.  Moab, Comb Ridge, Valley of the Gods, Lake Powell, Capitol Reef, the destinations for campers are endless.  Each a vast...

The things we’re capable of

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{Photo of the day: Rock climbers on top of Rooster Butte.} I was reading a book when I heard voices, faint and small in the distance.  I looked up at the giant sandstone monolith who’s shadow I was sitting in and saw two tiny little humans beginning to scale the rock face.  Not 30 minutes prior had the same couple walked past our camp with large backpacks in tow.  An hour later...

How we plan our travel days

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{Photo of the day: Arriving at Valley of the Gods.} It’s been about 10 months now since we sold our house and began living and traveling full-time in our RV.  As many of you may already know, this isn’t our first time, it’s actually our 3rd.  All the previous experience has culminated in a wealth of knowledge that is making our travels more enjoyable than they’ve ever been. ...

One night in the forest

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{Photo of the day: Sunset and stunning views on our walk around camp.} I love the way elevation so quickly changes the world around you.  Living at 7500’ for 15 years caused us to become quite aware of this fact.  Did you know, the temperature typically drops 4 degrees with every 1000’ rise in elevation?  We carried winter gear with us in our vehicles all year round.  Being surrounded by 11,000’...

Six weeks in the Verde Valley: A recap

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A few years ago, I never could have imagined us camping in the same area for six weeks.  Our house has wheels so that we can move.  Why would we stay put for a month and a half?  I think it has to do with a lack of urgency.  When we owned a house and went on trips in our truck camper, there was always an end date.  Whether the trip was a week long or a month long, there...

7:10 on Sunday

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Photo of the day: This afternoon around camp. My alarm went off at 7pm. Time to watch the moon rise. I grabbed a chair, found an unobstructed view and waited patiently. The air was perfectly still and my surroundings so quiet that a lizard startled me as it scurried past my chair. I watched as the pink band of light on the horizon slowly turned to a deep blue. And then what started as a sliver of...

Hammock weather

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Photo of the day: This afternoon at camp. I think the last time we hung our hammock was somewhere alongside the Boise River in Idaho last Spring. We were procrastinating packing our house. I remember this hammock sending my little niece face first in to the sand at our campsite in Havasu a few years ago. It was her first time. This same hammock hung inside our hangar in Colorado. I think we spent...

The simple act of noticing

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Photo of the day: The last drops to remain after today’s storm. It’s been nearly 15 months since I began the practice of photographing my life daily. When 2020’s 365 project came to an end, I couldn’t imagine stopping. And so, without really thinking too hard about it, I woke up January 1st and kept going. It’s been challenging and rewarding, some days are hard and...

Another rainy day

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Photo of the day: Our ever-changing (RV-sized) book collection. What a gloomy week it’s been. It’s probably the longest we’ve had the back door closed this year…a whole 3 days of imperfect weather. When we decided on the size and type of RV we wanted for our third round of full-time RV living, we decided to prioritize comfort. We loved our Casita, but when we both got...

Thoughts on getting vaccinated

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Photo of the day: Hot tea on another chilly day in the desert. When the vaccine first came out I was relieved it wasn’t an option to get it right away. I needed time to think, to digest, to wrap my head around the decision. I know to some people I may sound insane or selfish or irresponsible and that to them, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is a no-brainer. Flip that coin and...

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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 http://www.oncwest.com

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