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May 2, 2018

It's MAY! Which means June, Pride Month, is next. Are you ready to celebrate?

To get you outfitted, this past January I attended North America's largest outdoor retail conference, Outdoor Retailer, to look for gear that represents LGBT Pride. While the outdoor industry still has a ways to go when it comes to marketing to LGBT people, these gear pieces are a great start and a fun way to live out lou...

November 15, 2017

I travel a lot.

Like, it’s my fulltime job, and then some.

In fact, it’s more than a job. Traveling is my life. Day in and day out.

So I pay attention to things like which states have the best rest areas, where you can “stealth camp” with no issues, and which gas stations provide the best customer experience.

After 18 months of this 3-year road trip to visit all 417 National Park Service sites, I’m...

May 1, 2017

Popping awake from a loud rattle, my eyes adjusted to the dark night and foggy mist in the distance.

With a sudden pounding on the windshield, that misty warning turned into a full-fledged downpour as the wiper blades also woke from their sleep.

I squinted at the dashboard clock and saw 3:03 AM, meaning we were somewhere in the Tennessee mountains--what might as well have been Mount Everest to thi...

April 2, 2017

National Park Week is April 15 – 23, 2017 and that means FREE entry to all 417 National Park Service sites! Here's 5 pieces of gear to help you best experience it.

December 31, 2016

*Updated on 1/30/2017*

Parks #95 - 100 of 417 national parks 

#95 - Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site

#96 - Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac

#97 - Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

#98 - Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

#99 - World War 1 Memorial in Pershing Park

#100 – The White House/President’s Park

"What park number is this?" people would ask.

"12..."

"...

June 1, 2016

Summers are sacred.

 

Whether it's sleepaway camp, holidays with fireworks and far away relatives, or epic cross-country road trips, there's something about summer that says, "I will be different. I will shake your norm."

 

 

Growing up in the American Midwest, summer was initially a time to break the monotony of cold spring weather for backyard pools, lightening bugs and church softball games.

 

When c...

May 14, 2016

As any given article, post, or interview can't provide all the details, a number of "Frequently Asked Questions" have arisen.

Below are answers to some common questions, and I'll update as/if more come along.

"How is Mikah funding this trip? And his earlier travel?"

Growing up, my parents always said if I wanted to go to college I'd have to pay for it by myself. Hoping to both leave my home state of...

April 13, 2016

Summer is coming.

That means many of America's 20 million college students will be tossing their caps in the air, collecting diplomas, and beginning long-term relationships with Sallie Mae and Freddie Mac.

"What are you going to do now?"

For months they will be hounded with this question by everyone from their college mentor to their Great Aunt Mildred.

After 4 (or 5, or 7, or who's counting really)...

April 11, 2016

Disclosure: As an Associate for Amazon, my site is eligible to earn advertising fees for purchases made via my Amazon links. Full Disclosure statement here.

1. Atlas

Nothing beats a classic atlas on a road trip. GPS' and Smartphones have made these feel obsolete, but as a kid, when my family would make 28-hour drives to Florida, I'd spend hours staring at a Rand McNally atlas. Those hours made me th...

February 25, 2016

This blog was featured on Mountainsmith.com on March 15, 2016.

 

Y'all. I am beyond excited to announce that my trip has received its first sponsor.

 

After over 15 months of contacting more than 500 companies, individuals and organizations, this brand was the first to say, "We get it. We believe in you. We want to be part of this journey."

 

From day one--sending a cold-call email to their CEO--th...

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