We’re Peter Howe and Liz Brown and after three-plus decades of marriage and seven 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 174,00 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, Zip-Dee folding chairs and a 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 twin front beds. It is amazingly comfortable and beautiful to live in.
- We completed a series of interior renovations of our Airstream over the years since 2017. This year, 2021, was the most recent and changed the look most significantly. See the blog from December 5, 2021 for pictures and details.
- 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. From 2016-20 we were in Florida volunteering at a state park for several months. That door has closed for us and we focused on moving west to New Mexico to the town of Las Cruces with a plan to be here for a while. We are planning on making it our base for fair-weather travel for several weeks at a time to Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, and Montana for the next few years. Colorado and California are also on the short list.
- Wherever possible, we are driving on “blue highways”, camping in state parks, national parks, 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.
- On the days we drive, we aim for 250 miles or 3:00pm, whichever comes first. I began driving and towing two years ago 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 or laundromats.