Mackintosh Homestead: Lyndeborough, New Hampshire

“Live free or die” greeted me from the license plates of cars I passed as the interstate gave way to windy rural highways, and contemporary suburbs faded away as repurposed mills rose up. Houses stretched farther and farther apart as thick green forest with just the first hints of autumn colors eagerly filled in the gaps. It was hot…

10 Lessons from the Road

Somehow it’s been almost eight months since I started this road trip: I’ve survived 236 days roaming the country in a car that’s hellbent on breaking down in inconvenient places. I’ve worked on nine farms, couchsurfed in eight cities, pitched my tent in nineteen campgrounds, crashed in fourteen hotels, and slept in one Walmart parking lot. I’ve visited family and friends…

Exploring the Fourth Coast

In my last blog post, I talked about leaving a WWOOF host early. I packed up, left a note, and then got in the car and started driving to… well, I had no idea where I was going. I wasn’t due to start at my next farm for another five days, and since I wasn’t sure…

Exploring the Olympic Peninsula

Last month I finally realized my dream of visiting the Olympic Peninsula and walking through the Hoh Rainforest. (Mom, if you’re reading this, I know that technically I’d already been, but visiting a place as a toddler doesn’t really count, does it?) It was absolutely worth the wait. I fully believe that I inherited my love of…

It’s been 50 days since I left San Francisco…

…and exactly one week before I leave the familiarity of the West Coast. Next Monday I’ll be leaving my grandmother’s home in Bellevue, WA, and crossing through Idaho, Montana, and then Idaho again (I’m bypassing my trip to Yellowstone because it’s still hitting -8F there – brrr!) before heading into Utah for a WWOOF gig…

MONTHLY VIDEO: FEBRUARY 2016

Last month I spend time with my family and friends in San Diego, got my first WWOOF experience at Homeward Bounty Farm in Grenada, CA, couchsurfed for the first time in Ashland, OR, and finally arrived at my grandmother’s home in Bellevue, WA. In March I’m looking forward to spending time with my family, exploring the…

Lost Hills, CA

“I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there’s no going back. It’s all very well, to set off on a train with no money telling yourself that you’re really quite a brave and adventurous person, and you’ll deal capably with things as they…

MONTHLY VIDEO: JANUARY 2016

  In case you missed it: I’ll be doing monthly videos during my gap year to give anyone who’s interested a peek into what I’ve been up to. This January, I spent time with friends in San Francisco, prepared to move out of my apartment, visited Muir Woods, Sutro Baths, and Hippie Hill, and finally left…