Chapter04

Texas

Raining Stars

Today has been a very rainy day in the Great State of Texas. At least, in my little corner of Texas. I’ve learned that you can’t generalize with this state: it’s so large that it baffles all efforts to put it in a box. Fun fact about Texas: due to how horrendously large it is, they seem unable to calcu…

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Too Many Girl Scouts

I spent the last weekend with one hundred and sixty girl-scouts. Yup, you read that right. One hundred and sixty. That would be too many girl-scouts for most fancy-pants hotels, and it was waaay too many to be tent camping in northern Texas. I don’t know what their leaders were thinking before they c…

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100 Words

Show me a state that takes a day to drive across, and I’ll show you Texas. It’s only the second biggest of the United States, but in ego it’s certainly the first. These Texans are a proud bunch, which is actually kind of refreshing. As a race, we usually aren’t very happy with where we are at any given m…

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Chapter03

New Mexico

A Great Luxury

We don’t really think about it very often, but we have, at any given moment, many great luxuries within our grasp. I’m enjoying one at this very moment, and it’s a luxury that many of us enjoy every day (especially here in the south): it’s called sweet iced tea. Interesting fact: 80% of the tea consume…

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The Benefits of Solo Travel

It’s been just over two months since I quit my job, left my home, and started traveling by myself. There have been a lot of ups and downs, but all-in-all I’m convinced that the benefits are so great, I think everyone should take some time to travel solo. I know that’s kind of a grand statement, so let m…

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I Am a Racist

I recorded a video for Doubtful Solutions today about something I learned regarding culture. Here’s the video: What it comes down to is this: different people grew up in different circumstances and cultures. There are a few universal facial expressions, such as anger and fear, but most of it we l…

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Clay Houses

Driving through the New Mexican landscape made an impression on me. I get the feeling that if I could see it from above, it would look dramatically different than most of America. Not necessarily because of the landscape, but because there’s nothing but landscape. You’d see a few roads, but the roa…

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100 Words

The landscape is as beautiful as it is deadly. New Mexico feels almost like another country to me. Around these parts it’s mostly small clay-based houses, careful water conservation, and old fashioned farming techniques make up for the lack of power tools. Honestly, I’m a little culture shocked. Peo…

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Chapter02

Wyoming

Going Barefoot

I’ve always thought of shoes a little differently than most Americans. I think of shoes kinda like I think of couches: they’re something to sink into at the end of the day, when you’re tired and need a break. They are not something you should use all the time. The problem with couches is that they promo…

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My Terrible Problem

As you can probably tell from the title of this article, I have a problem. I always thought I would grow out of it, but it seems to just get worse the older I get. This problem monopolizes my time, energy, and resources. It keeps me up at night. It often causes me to skip meals, workouts, and all…

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100 Words

I didn’t realize just how far Wyoming is from home. I guess in the grand scheme of things it isn’t that far — about 600 miles — but as a solo traveller it feels awfully far. The town feels very alien to me. That will probably wear off with time, but right now it seems very spread out and badly kept. P…

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Chapter01

South Dakota

A Brief Detour

South Dakota can be a pretty surprising place. I left it yesterday for a brief stay in Iowa, but not before I saw what I believe to be one of the coolest things that exists in the state of SD: the National Music Museum. I had to drive an hour out of my way to go see it. I had some time to kill, so…

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A Few Updates

As you may already be aware, my brother and I do a collaborative vlog every week called the Doubtful Solutions Brothers. I’ve done a few vlogs about my travels so far, which go to a few places that I have yet to go here on the blog. Here they are, for your enjoyment: So it begins Recorded the s…

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Sunday in the Park

Sunday morning is my day off on the farm, so I decided to go do some exploring. The nearest city is Sioux Falls, so that’s where I went. Driving around an unfamiliar city is always a bit interesting, so one of the first things I noticed was this bit of good design: Do you see what I see? This sign s…

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Tools

Man has always been very dependent on his tools. A dog has tooth and claw; a camel can traipse across a desert without an issue; an orangutan can climb the highest trees to harvest his fodder. That’s not the case with man, out-of-the-box we aren’t equipped to do anything particularly useful. Ah, but…

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Monday at the Good Earth

Monday on the farm is a long day of intense sunlight and constantly switching tasks. Here’s a taste of what we did today: Walked through the whole watering system and patched leaks (over a dozen of them) Picked two bushels of peppers, two bushels of squash, and one bushel of lemon cucumbers Picked S…

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100 Words

Friendly faces and wide open spaces. South Dakota feels pretty much like home. The drive up took about four hours, but it was a pretty nice trip. I realized that this is only the second time in my life that I’ve gone on a lengthy trip by myself… I’m not sure what to think about that. Roadtrips are bette…

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prolog

The Beginning

On Packing

I’m preparing for a trip with no end. Or rather, a trip with no defined end. I’ll be on the road for at least a year, but it could be significantly longer than that if I choose. I’ve decided to pack like a backpacker. I’ll take as little as I can, and live as simply as I can. Add to that the fact that I …

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