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Author Archives: Brianna

Congratulations VangaWinner!

May 1st, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in Contests - (2 Comments)
Apples to Apples Amelia

Just over a month ago we vaguely announced our first not-all-that-official reader contest.  Congratulations to our inaugural VangaWinner: Amelia Howard!  For her efforts and skill, Amelia’s prize is the always amusing, never dull, family and friends game, Apples to Apples.  Coincidentally, Amelia has been borrowing this game, which was given to us as a wedding … Read more

Visits to the Doctor

April 28th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in How To - (0 Comments)

We both made trips to the doctor last week.  Ian, who hasn’t been to a doctor in six years, is in perfect health and had a fine appointment (aside from the slight offense he took at not being asked to turn his head and cough).  I, on the other hand, tend to be a bit … Read more


Half an hour ago, Ian headed outside to mow the lawn while I started a load of laundry.  The house is a disaster and the dishes are piling up, but this cloudless, 65 degree day begged me to save all of that for later, and I obliged.  Now I find myself on our front porch, … Read more

Looking Back Upstream

March 27th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in About | Inspiration | The Places We've Been - (5 Comments)
Hatchling sea turtles

Exploring has always seemed to be an itch we could never quite scratch.  Whether hiking in a nearby state park or navigating bus systems an eight hour flight away, we are captivated by the world around us in all of its chaos and beauty. Though no one has said it yet (thanks everyone), we can … Read more

About Our Crew

March 22nd, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in About - (0 Comments)
Ian at breakfast in Belize

I just asked Ian, who is frantically typing, deleting, rubbing his hands over his eyes, typing some more, rereading what he typed, staring at the wall, and again typing, if he was going to be writing my bio section as well when he was done with his.  My question was nonchalant but serious, and to … Read more

Finding the Van

March 14th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in How To - (6 Comments)
Maya ate the library's copy of Consumer Reports Auto Guide 2011

So we’re van shopping.  In my dream world, we will find a ’71 VW Westfalia with 52,000 miles for $3500 that gets 40 miles to the gallon, is named “most reliable” by Consumer Reports, and has the perfect clearance, tires, and all wheel drive for any off-roading we might want – or have – to do. … Read more

Stuff and Things

March 7th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in Inspiration - (0 Comments)

Six weeks ago we took an inventory of everything we own.  This has received a curious response from friends and family, somewhere between “that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard” and a blank stare that says they’ll need to process for a while before knowing how to respond.  Not that this is anything new to … Read more

Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?

March 5th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in Inspiration - (2 Comments)

Checking In

February 27th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in About - (0 Comments)

Oh February, where have you gone?  I’m admittedly new to blogging, but it seems like 13 days of radio silence is probably a no-no.  Though I’ve had a blast jumping from project to project, I’ve found that once I start to write about it,  much of what we’ve been doing the last two weeks seems … Read more

Havens Dairy Farm

February 14th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in The Places We've Been - (0 Comments)
Cows at Dawn

In a whirlwind 2.5 days this past weekend, we drove 9 hours to New Jersey and back for a hands-on tour of the Havens Dairy Farm.  Whether a journey in true vagabond form or a spontaneous short-term excursion, we are always excited to share an awesome travel experience, and figured this would be a great … Read more