My Scenic Byway
In 2010 as we drove across the United States on our move from east to west, I was reminded of the magnificence of this big, beautiful country. Gazing at the ever changing scenery and endless road signs that we passed, I recalled the "Scenic Byway" signs you see across parts of America. A scenic byway is a road recognized for its archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. I thought about this description, and how my life - all of our lives - is like one enormous Scenic Byway. Life is, after all, one big road trip, and every day in our lives we pass by and experience these things - archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, scenic. And we have a choice. We can drive on through our lives as fast as we can, not bothering to notice the sites and the signs and the scenes of the byway, more focused on the destination than the journey. Or we can choose to be present and revel in this big road trip that is life. I choose the latter. Eyes wide open, gazing around and marveling at the beauty that is everywhere all the time. Capturing moments. Sharing experiences. Living. This is My Scenic Byway.
|Near Palm Springs, CA.|
|Self portrait - Tbilisi, Georgia|
|At the airport.|
I essentially grew up and started my life as an adult in Washington, DC, moving there immediately after college with a gang of friends and pretty much staying for 20 years. My professional career has involved renewable energy and international development and my work has required a lot of travel over the years. I have been fortunate to spend quite a lot of time in places such as Morocco, Zambia, Liberia, Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Republic of Georgia. I continue my international development work, including travel, now as a telecommuter from my home office where you can find me most days, when we aren't on the road.
Why SLC? Why Pioneertown?
Why not? I wanted a real change - something really different from my life in DC. And I am getting that. We lived in SLC for two years and I loved every minute of it. Everyone was nice, everything was easy, the city is a very cool place (something I don't think a lot of people realize), the area is gorgeous and an outdoors person's dream, and it is convenient to a lot of other great places to see in the west. I blogged often about places and things in SLC and Utah, and trips we took to nearby sites and places.
Now we've taken the next step off the mad merry-go-round. We've moved to Pioneertown, CA and we are building a house out here off the grid. Population: 350 (according to only info I could find on line from 2006). Location: high Mojave Desert (elevation over 4,000 feet) not far from Joshua Tree. History: 1940s old West motion picture set (Roy Rogers was involved). This is a big part of our Byway these days, so look for more and more postings about first time home building and off-grid living, as well as our adventures visiting all the awesome sights in southern California.
See you on the Byway
|Exploring Death Valley, 2011|
|Hiking southern Utah, 2010|