We’re Peter Howe and Liz Brown and after three-plus decades of marriage and nearly six years of our continued pilgrimage across the United States in our Airstream, we’re still at it. This blog continues to be a way to share what are we seeing, feeling, learning, and observing. We hope to capture in words and images some of the stories of the people we meet, the places we visit, the detail that makes a day particularly memorable.
Some of the details of our current trip:
- We are traveling in a 2015 Ford150 with over 160,00 miles. Under the full cap we carry Peter’s cooking books, a library box, our Zamp solar panels, the essential Honda 2000i generator, the Weber gas grill, our portable black water transport, the Blue Boy, and screen house. In 2019 we left the bicycles back in New Hampshire, opting for serious walking with our hiking sticks. We are towing our home on wheels, a 2015 Airstream Flying Cloud 25 with front bedroom. It is amazingly comfortable and beautiful to live in.
- We completed interior renovations of our Airstream in 2017, added a window in the bathroom in 2018 and in 2019, upgraded the faucets in both the bath and kitchen and also upgraded the cook-top in the kitchen, choosing a gas oven and cook-top combo which we love.
- This year, we made the decision to slow down our criss-crossing the country. We have begun to look for longer term stays, around four to six months, in places where we feel at home. In 2019-20 we were in Florida for five months and then moved west to New Mexico to the town of Las Cruces with a plan to be here six months. We hope to head east to Florida in mid-November, 2020.
- Wherever possible, we are driving on “blue highways”, camping in state parks, national parks, national forests, and the great Army Corps of Engineers sites. Once in awhile a commercial campground will be the only alternative, but it’s not our first choice.
- We completed our 4th year of volunteering at Koreshan State Park in Estero, Florida where Peter is doing historic cooking and I am thrilled to be part of the team dedicated to telling more of the history of the women in the Settlement. We hope to return for year 5 later in 2020.
- On the days we drive, we aim for 200 miles or 2:00pm, whichever comes first. A year ago I began driving and towing which provides a break for Peter and allows us to cover a bit more distance. We’ve found this pace will give us time to poke around the local area, enjoy the daily mid-day nap, find the great coffee shops, the library, bike trails, and laundromats.