We’re Peter Howe and Liz Brown and after three decades of marriage and five years of our continued pilgrimage across the United States in our Airstream, we’re still at it. This blog will 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 120,00 miles. Under the full cap we carry Peter’s cooking books, our Zamp solar panels, the essential Honda 2000i generator, the Weber gas grill, our portable black water transport, the Blue Boy, and screen house. This summer (2019) she 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 are planning to continue criss-crossing the country seeing as much as we can, volunteering in state parks when it feels right, meeting the amazing people who have crossed our paths, and continuing to treasure the visits with the dear friends, and family, all across this country who have so kindly opened their hearts and their homes (and driveways) to us.
- 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. In October, 2018, we made our first overnight at a Cracker Barrel in Alabama proving we can do that when necessary.
- We are now onto year 4 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. In the fall of 2019, we will do our first volunteer gig in New Mexico at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, an historic cattle ranch, and we are thrilled with the possibility of being in New Mexico.
- On the days we drive, we aim for 200 miles or 2:00pm, whichever comes first. 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.