Welcome to my little corner of the world.

Hi, I’m Tricia, a 40-something wanderer from the United States. I use seasonal work to fund my travels which means slow traveling. Slow traveling is the best. It allows you to explore an area more thoroughly. Maybe find that favorite coffee shop or bakery or pizza place. You can hang out and get to know the locals and the customs of the area.

Hammock Relaxing in Roatan
Hammock Relaxing in Roatan

My story began in 2008 when I decided to quit my 8-to-5 desk job and go back to college. Expecting pushback from family and friends, I was pleasantly surprised to only get encouragement. Although I didn’t finish the college thing, the decision was a launching point for the rest of my life. It was at that point when I shed the corporate ladder climber attitude and began feeling happy about all of my life. Yes, I still have ups and downs but I no longer feel trapped.

The Adventure List evolved from a list my daughter and I created after we dropped my son off at college. I have always had wanderlust. Writing this list, made me really start thinking about how to make long-term traveling work.

The Kids and Me
The Kids and Me

A wonderful friend of mine helped me overcome the last of my fears about ‘leaving the nest.’ I am probably one of the few parents to leave the family home. It is a weird feeling to be the one leaving while the kids stay or are in college. Do it! It is a kick-ass kinda feeling!

And the adventures begin…I left my hometown and took off with 2 suitcases to Chicago. Many long weekend trips occurred while I was living in the Windy City.  I felt the need to go somewhere at least every 2 months. After spending 2 wonderful years in Chicago, I shed another suitcase and made my way to Alaska. Ahhh, Alaska, my top dream destination place. Try this little large gem!

Train to Denali - The Adventure List
Top Dream Destination

I am still working and traveling. Want to know how to live this lifestyle? I used to think it was impossible. It’s not. You need the desire and gumption.  You can do it. Start small or jump right it. Either way, you will not regret traveling. I hope my stories will inspire you to hit the road. Take the leap. A safety net will appear. You’ll figure it out.

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2 responses to “About

  1. love it. i travel alot and most of the times im bored when my flights a bit late or when i have to wait.
    walk lasps,yoga WOW. these can easily be done . thankyou for the additional tips. would love to know more from your side.

  2. Dennis Brown

    BY ANGELA SAURINE Escape May 06, 2012
    EVER since falling in love with the television show Northern Exposure as a teenager, it had been my dream to go to Alaska and meet the kind of quirky characters it depicted.
    The problem is, I’m not quite sure how to handle them when I do.
    I am scheduled to be picked up from the train station in Talkeetna the town that inspired the cult 1990s show but when I arrive no one is waiting.
    After watching all the other passengers depart on hotel shuttles, I sit and wait, and eventually a pick-up truck drives up the empty road.
    The young woman driving is dressed in alternative fashion.
    We make our introductions and I tell her my plans for my first night in town dinner at West Rib Pub and Grill for one of their famous hamburgers followed by a few drinks at the Fairview Inn.
    “Is that the thing to do here?” I ask.
    “That’s definitely one of the possible projectories,” she replies.
    When we arrive, I pop inside briefly. When I return, I find she has driven off with my backpack, which has my passport in it.
    When her boss finally tracks her down, at first she tries to give me someone else’s backpack I have no idea whose.
    It is then that I realise I’m a bit more like Dr Joel Fleischman than I thought.
    The Emmy Award-winning Northern Exposure, which was actually filmed in Roslyn in Washington state, followed the story of a Jewish New York doctor who was forced to live and work in a remote Alaskan town to repay a student loan and deal with the often eccentric locals the proverbial fish out of water.
    Talkeetna, roughly translated from the native Athabaskan language, means “the place where three rivers meet”.
    I am curious to find out whether it is really the place on which the show was based and, after asking every local I meet, I eventually track down the link.
    It turns out the series was inspired by the journals of pilot Dennis Brown, who moved to the town in the 1970s. He published his journals as a book, called Talkeetna Good Time.
    Brown met the creators of the series at a party held by mutual friends in Los Angeles and told them about the town.
    At the time they were writers for the TV series Cheers and bought the journals for $10,000.
    “When I moved into town, only 85 people lived there,” Brown says.
    “I just kept track of the people I met.
    “You didn’t have to be in Talkeetna long before you realised it was somewhere extremely special.
    “I think it is because it sits at the foot of the throne of God.
    “On a clear day, Mt McKinley, which is the highest peak in North America, covers the sky to the northwest and it takes your breath away.
    “It’s the last of the real Alaska and has all of Alaska’s special features three mighty rivers meet there, the railroad runs through town, we have the best fishing in the world and gold mining is everywhere.”
    Brown says the character of Dr Fleischman was actually based on a female doctor who moved to Talkeetna to reduce her education debt.
    When Brown moved to town, there was a female pilot who was the first woman to land a plane on McKinley. She is the inspiration for the character of Maggie.
    “She was a beauty to look at,” Brown says.
    There was a widower named Dorothy who ran the general store and collected mail. She inspired the character Ruth-Anne, while the character of Maurice was based on a man who’d made good in the fuel business.
    “He was a bully with a really big heart,” Brown says.
    The characters of Shelly and Holling, who ran The Brick in the show, were based on a couple with a big age difference who ran the Fairview Inn.
    “It was a scandal for a little town like that,” Brown says.
    While the character of disc jockey Chris was created, there is a community radio station in Talkeetna which is staffed by volunteers.
    “There are more characters that are just as colourful that never got on to Northern Exposure,” Brown says.
    The actors from the show visited Talkeetna a few times and I met a pilot from Rust’s Flying Service, Todd Rust, who flew Rob Morrow who played Fleischman there in a light plane.
    While being hemmed in by rivers and mountains means Talkeetna will never be destroyed by “mall madness”, Brown says what has changed in Alaska are the tour companies, which were non-existent until the late 1980s.
    During summer, the main street of Talkeetna, where cottonwood fluff floats in the breeze like snowflakes, is filled with cruise ship passengers.
    But the town has kept its quirky charm. It holds a bachelor auction each December and there is also a Wilderness Woman contest.
    A museum in an old schoolhouse off the main street follows the history of miners and trappers. The town’s oldest cabin sits next door.
    Built in 1917 as a stationhouse by teamsters who followed the gold trail, Talkeetna Roadhouse is one of the oldest buildings in the town still in use.
    When I walk in, there’s a guy sitting on a stool in front of a piano, playing guitar. There’s a cuckoo clock and a dart board, and the walls are decorated with maps and photos from the famous Iditarod dog sled race.
    I enjoy a mouthwatering pasty filled with Alaskan-caught coho salmon, wild rice, broccoli, carrot, zucchini and yellow squash in a light, creamy dill sauce.
    West Rib Pub is known for its 4 1/2-pound, double-stacked burger called Seward’s Folly, which has featured on the US reality TV show Man v. Food.
    I get the small version, which is still so big I can’t even get to the thick meat patty in my first bite.
    I only manage to eat half, but I do draw the attention of a table of tanned, bearded climbers fresh from climbing Mt McKinley.
    With so much talk of the mountain, which is 6194m high, I decide to take a joy flight to see it up close.
    We fly through thick, fluffy clouds and get much closer than I had anticipated to see the tip of the mountain peeking out, with the late afternoon sun shining on it.
    We then land on a glacier, where we see mountaineers camped in the distance, and spend a few minutes walking around in the snow.
    I also decide to try my hand at drift fishing. While I only manage to catch twigs and other people’s lines, Ernie from Arizona hooks a 12kg king salmon.
    Our guide Grant says on his best day on the river, they caught 15 fish among six people, the biggest 29kg.

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