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The Gear of Life Nomadic

To say that we packed light is an understatement. We packed super light. Someone recently told me a saying that stuck in my mind.

"No one ever wishes they packed heavier."

So true. With fewer baggage comes more freedom, and that's exactly what we're after. Still, when Todd suggested that we take only a small backpack each, I thought he was crazy.

First Days, Take Two

On Portland: Small Town Girl in a Bigger City

In March of this year I decided to leave my hometown of Boise Idaho for Portland Oregon. There were many ups and downs and ultimately I only managed to stay for three months. However! I made a new best friend and traveling partner, Brady, on top of the life changing experiences I had then.

I stayed in Boise for two months with Brady. Aside from the wide open sky and positively daunting heat, we survived. Now I'm back in Portland, ready to have all new adventures and to not be so intimidated by my first time away from home!

I packed my oldsmobile, loaded up my dog, and helped Brady get his car ready and took off! When we merged onto the freeway a woman in an over-sized truck came barreling up the on ramp headed in the wrong direction. What a scary way to start the drive! The only other interesting thing about the drive through Idaho would have been the new 80mph speed limit. Nobody was driving that fast, I believe that everyone on the road was being a chicken.

I cruise controlled my way to Pendleton Oregon and after a desperate run to the bathroom, I found Brady. As we parted ways in our separate cars I made a promise to myself not to lose him this time. This plan worked surprising well and we made it all the way to our current place of residence without too much trouble. I even drove in my first rush hour traffic! Some of the forest area along Mount Hood was on fire on the trip. A helicopter was lowering into the river right next to my car for more water. I've never seen anything like it.

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