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I love to write and travel. My wife Marilynn snaps the photos and does most of the planning, and I basically follow along to ventures around the world. Traveling enriches our lives in ways that we cannot fully comprehend. A traveler that we met in Siberia summed it up, “Some people just got to see it.” We also experience it. Our blog posts are casual and real. We travel on a budget with backpacks and hostel stays, but treat ourselves to tours and luxury once in a while.

Our first blog goes back several years to our West African adventure, complete with genuine voodoo ceremonies in Benin, as well as camping in the Sahara Desert of southern Morocco. Then we  travel with our dog, Jack, and live in our truck for three months. Making our way from Phoenix, AZ through Vancouver BC, to Haines, Alaska, we visit relatives and friends (mooch), camp, and grab a motel here and there.

We travel with no reservations. After returning from a trek to the top of Mt. Roraima, Venezuela, as well as Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, we get the call to volunteer as Camp Ground Hosts in Haines, Alaska. Check out our awesome posts about remote living in a cabin with no running water or electricity, on the Chilkat Inlet, across from two glaciers. We greet visitors from around the world who visit the cabin deck for fantastic views.

Rediscover Mexican beaches with us,  from Puerto Penasco, and Zihuatanejo, to Puerto Escondido, or come camping at Chilkat State Park in Haines, Alaska for the summer.

Visit Iceland and “rental car camp,” before crossing Russia on  the Trans-Siberian Railroad to Lake Baikal, and then south to Mongolia. Fly to Sri Lanka, up to India, and finish our five-month overseas adventure with us on a trek in Nepal.

Back in the States we truck camp, reunited with Jack the dog. Take our time, and enjoy the scenery around New England during the colorful autumn.

Thailand calls us to explore the beaches, islands, and northern town of Chiang Mai. After a two-day slow boat ride up the Mekong River to Laos, we wrap up the journey with a week’s stay on a luxurious beach resort in Samui, Thailand.

Venture to South Africa for ten weeks of rental cars and public transportation, and visit seven countries in Southern Africa.

Alaska calls, and we volunteer as caretakers for the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Then it’s down under to Australia, and back to Alaska as caretakers one more summer.

Stay tuned, for an adventure to the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of West Africa! You are invited to browse around our archives, as we hope to create many more.

My first novel, Broken Collar , was published by Bottom Dog Press. The story is about a catholic priest who struggles with human desires in his steel-mill village. He strives for understanding in a gritty manner.  Ron Mitchell.

Feel free to contact me with any questions:

Peace and Love,

Ron Mitchell

33 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dom #

    Yes you both have been places that have a lot of history. Living without the comforts, even Garfield had running water with backed up johns but hey it was also a challenge. I’m glad you both appear to be quite at home as well as Jack. Your last blog was June 18th so have I missed new ones? I will have a cold one for both of today as the temp reaches 108 and then 113 for the next few days. Have a great adventure talk to you soon. Dom

    June 21, 2011
  2. Linda McBryde #

    Amazing pics Mare!!! Great job and sounds like you two are having so much fun!! Sorry to hear about Jack….hope is doing better!!! Hey, I may be heading your way (Scottsdale) this November. Will you be home?

    June 22, 2011
  3. Del Rio Adventures #

    Hi guys, great photos and posts… some interesting travels you have done, look forward to more! Cheers

    June 24, 2011
  4. Hi Ron, If possible, I would like to use one of your images for an article I’m writing, and to credit you properly of course. Can you contact me at

    June 11, 2012
    • Hi Kelty, sure, go ahead and use a photo. Note that photo credit goes to Marilynn Windust. Thanks, and I’d love to see a copy of the article sometime. Happy travels. Ron

      June 12, 2012
  5. Paulina #

    Hi! When are you going back to Rocky Point?

    January 3, 2013
    • Will be in Rocky Point within the next two months. Big shrimps are calling me.

      January 3, 2013
      • Paulina #

        Amazing!! It’s a little chilly right now! 🙂 Do you have a place in RP?

        January 4, 2013
    • Paulina, we just grab a hotel room for a few days…it’s easy, inexpensive and we have no need for a permanent place yet. Ron

      January 4, 2013
  6. You have a great sense of humor. I enjoyed to meet you and to read your blog. Thank you.

    June 20, 2013
    • I am honored, Anna. Meeting you was truly a pleasure. Perhaps our paths will cross again. Cnachoo!

      June 21, 2013
  7. Hello Ron,

    Wow, you’ve gotten to explore places that I’ve always wanted to go. This is the lifestyle I truly what I want for myself, hopefully I can convenience my wife to do the same. I actually visited your site quite honestly by accident. I was looking for awesome photos of Mongolia when I found your site. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow your picture of the horseman, I will also do a pingback to your blog for people to enjoy. I sure have. So you understand what I’m doing, I’ve created on my blog what I call Mirror Reflections. What I do is show my readers just how similar countries are to each other through photos and then share with my readers a blog from this country so they can learn first hand what it’s like through the eyes of an expat or native person of that country. You can come and take a look at what I’ve done at:

    Thanks I will be back to explore your blog more.


    October 10, 2013
    • Thank you for sharing your kind words. I shall check out your log as soon as I can get some computer time…currently camping in upstate New York.

      October 11, 2013
  8. Hello there. I’m just curious. When you and your wife travel, is it some random place or somewhere where family, friends or relatives live? Are the trips places that you choose vs. recommendations, and before you travel, do you do the research first? Nice blog. 😊

    March 14, 2014
    • Hello Yahobahne. I would answer “all of the above” to your question. Usually, we plan for travel based on opportunity, with factors such as cheapest airfare, a place that we have not been before, and seasonal time of year. We often receive recommendations from fellow travelers in foreign countries along the way. Sometimes we simply look at the world map on our wall. Mostly, we go where the research leads us, for instance, we started out researching South Africa, and ended up taking a trip to Thailand, but South Africa is definitely on the list! Thanks for your comments. Ron.

      March 15, 2014
  9. allenzhangnz #

    Hi guys, which company did you do the Roraima hike with? and how much was it?


    September 10, 2014
  10. allenzhangnz #

    Thanks Ron. My flights are booked and I’m just counting down to the day!

    October 30, 2014
  11. Awesome, Allen! You will love it…the pain pays off. Have safe travels and take lots of photos. .

    October 30, 2014
  12. Girl Gone Expat #

    What a journey! 🙂

    February 28, 2015
  13. Oh dear, you’ve traveled so much ! what an exciting life 🙂

    April 9, 2015
    • Thank you. We live simply, small house, modest truck, and have no children, which helps to make it possible. We actually spend less money while on the road, than when at home!

      April 9, 2015
  14. Always interesting to read, pump up my adrenalin. Love to follow your journey ❤

    April 12, 2015
  15. What an enriched life you have. I would also love to travel, however I’ll possibly live it through your blog at the moment until my children have grown a little! Glad to stumble on your little special place of words…Cheers Nicole

    April 16, 2016
    • Thank you, Nicole. Yes, we are fortunate at the moment to have mobility and share a passion for seeing things. Its called, “no children” we like to jokingly say, but is some truth to it! I enjoyed your story about John.

      April 17, 2016
  16. Hi Ron, What great adventures you and Marilyn are having! We have had many similar escapades and I love your intrepid spirits. I think your Siberian friend hit the nail on the head when he said “Some people just got to see it.” Glad to discover your blog. All the best, Terri

    February 14, 2017
    • Thank you so much. Yes, it’s sometimes hard to understand, but Jack summed it up for lots of us!

      February 14, 2017
  17. Hello Ron, thank you for your visit on my website! I discovered yours in relation to the article about your trip to Romania, which was lovely to read! Hope they treated you wonderfully 🙂 I go there quite often (and started to plan the trip for this summer) – as i was born there and have my favorite part of the family (my parents) in Transylvania… Very much looking forward to follow your articles and continue reading from your impressive list of travels. 🙂

    Amazing further adventures and a wonderful week, wishing you from Berlin!

    May 2, 2017
    • Hi Luiza, thank you for your kind comments and for following my blog. I’m cooking Transylvanian sour soup for some friends this weekend. Wish me luck! I decided to follow your blog as well, and look forward to delving more deeply into in when time permits.

      May 2, 2017
      • …That´s actually one of my favorite specialities, essential on the menu when in homeland… For me, a rather challenging act in term of cuisine skills… 🙂 Whenever you´ll visit Berlin we´ll sure have a romanian “plum schnapps” (65°) for you, to match the sour soup!
        A blissful Sunday evening from Berlin,

        May 7, 2017

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