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“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac
This quote by Jack Kerouac is always forefront in my mind. It’s become a guide and almost a mantra for me. It speaks to a stark reality of how caught up in life we can become doing things that we won’t remember and don’t add any real value to our life. I’m not here to say that we don’t have to work or do things that are mundane. I’m saying we can prioritize the things that are important to us in our lives. Doing so will create more time for meaningful experiences and bring value to our lives.
In late 2018 I’d had enough of doing stuff I wouldn’t remember. I set out to change my life. Over the course of the next year I sold my house and my business. I downsized my expenses, responsibilities and obligations. I set out to adopt a mindset that values time, experiences and personal growth over financial security and material objects. I wanted to travel, explore and adventure as much as I could. I wanted to Live Simply – Explore More. From this Gold Gravel and Travel was born.
I purchased a small gold claim in Northern California, a Jeep and a Roof Top Tent. Then I set about traveling in-between simplifying my life. I’ve seen some amazing places over the last year. I traveled through or stayed in 31 States, 4 Canadian Provinces and took a trip to Mexico. I finally feel like I’m living life. In January 2020 I’ll be going on a several month adventure. My end goal is to travel at least half the year consistently and more if I can.
If this is your first time here may I suggest reading the following pages before jumping into any of my blog posts. This should give you a good idea of who I am, what I do, how I travel and the lifestyle I’m working to build. How I came to make such a radical change to my life is covered in my first article in the menu above.
Gold Gravel and Travel was created not just to tell my story but to inspire and share the lessons learned along the way. It will cover a range of topics. The musings of living a simpler life and where to start. The benefits of travel and the personal growth it promotes. Thoughts on the challenges and joys of traveling solo. Interesting destinations. Overlanding tips and tools. Recommendations on equipment and gear. Where to boondock. General travel advice. Stories of gold prospecting, adventure and more. Whether you travel in a Jeep, Trailer, Truck Camper, Motorhome or Van, the journey and the road shared is our common thread.
If you feel this site might add some kind of value, entertainment or inspiration to your life then feel free to check back regularly. You can also subscribe to the site. I will also be announcing new blog posts and recommendations via Facebook and Instagram.
Links for Facebook and Instagram are available on this page. Most of my regular travel pictures, daily adventures, random musings and interesting destinations will be posted there. I feel like it’s a nicer medium for frequent photos. It’s also the best way to keep track of where I am.
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One final note I would like to make. All of the photo’s on this website and my social media feeds were taken by me and my iPhone. I’m too lazy to carry a giant camera bag in addition to my other gear. I don’t post other peoples pictures unless I note it. The only exception would be any product recommendation or affiliate link photos.
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