Welcome to PowderHunds! Join Michael and Sara (and Tanzi and Kenai) as we quit our jobs, sell our house, buy a van, build it into a camper, and take off for a winter hopefully filled with fresh powder and epic adventure.
(This is going to be a very photo intensive post!) Much of southern Oregon, especially the southeast, is a high desert in the rain shadow of the Cascades. Over the years we’ve done plenty of exploring in that area as a family, but my dad had a new area he wanted to explore along the …
Olympic National Park, that is. After crossing back into the U.S. we stopped in Olympia to visit a buddy I grew up with in La Grande. It’s crazy to think it has been nearly 10 years since we’ve gotten together. Brad and his wife, Emily, provided some inspiration for our #vanlife as they are the …
We got off the ferry in Prince Rupert, BC because the ongoing trip to Bellingham, WA increases the price threefold so it is worth driving the 900+ miles back south from Prince Rupert. It is also a very beautiful drive. In the east we would have called this season mud season as everything starts to …
Michael: I was a felony prosecutor in New Hampshire for 11 years before I decided I needed a break from seeing the worst side of people. In the words of Roy Batty, “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.” While I have seen firsthand the incredible resilience of victims who suffered unspeakable crimes, I’ve also seen the deep and lasting trauma they have suffered. Unfortunately for me now, it is the unspeakable that is stuck most in my memory. It is time for me to take a break because, unlike Roy, it’s not my time to die.
(Sara just read that paragraph and told me it was too depressing. I also like triathlon, carrots, avocados, mountain biking, and I once built half an airplane.)
Sara: I have been a 5th/6th Grade teacher in NH for the past 13 years. I have loved witnessing the moments of enlightenment in my students as they embraced learning, but being an educator is exhausting and when you pour your heart and soul into it, there is little energy left for yourself. This past year, I managed to find enough of a balance, however, to train for a major life accomplishment. In July 2017 I became an Ironman. This experience taught me there are unexposed depths to which I can push myself and I want to see what else I can do. I am excited to take time away from the demanding life of a classroom teacher to explore our world and my own abilities.
Tanzi the Bernese Mountain Dog: I love my people. You are probably not one of my people…yet. I like walks in the mountains, but I’m a little out of shape. It’s not my fault, my people [used to] work too hard.
Kenai the Golden Retriever: I like everyone who will throw a ball or pet my belly. I am an excellent retriever, unless you ask me to retrieve a goose. I will swim and run all day long. I like broccoli so much I will pull broccoli plants out of the garden and eat them.
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