About me

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At Sani Top Chalet

I love to write and travel. Marilynn snaps the photos and does most of the planning, which includes finding countries that often most people (including myself) have never heard of.  I accompany her on ventures around the world. We’re fortunate as a couple to share the desire to see this diverse earth.

Travel enriches our lives in ways that we don’t fully comprehend, as if giving vague clues to whatever our souls seek. A man who owns a hostel in Irkutsk, Siberia summed it up, “Some people just got to see it.” We also experience it. Our blog posts are casual and real and portray personal perceptions of a place at that moment. We travel on a budget with backpacks and hostel stays, but treat ourselves to tours and luxury once in a while. We don’t get paid to make destinations sound marvelous, but let them speak for themselves through our personal experiences. And we love to share the photos and stories.

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.

From Alaska as volunteer caretakers for the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, to Australia,  Africa, Greenland, or whatever special deal appears in our “In Box” you could call us “opportunists with changing plans or reservations.” We laugh about how no “normal” person could travel with us for long. We would drive them nuts unless they could change plans overnight just from a conversation with other travelers.

We invite you to browse around our archives, and we hope to create many more.

By the way, 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.

Feel free to contact me with any questions via email, or comments on blog posts:

Email:  rmitchell6152@gmail.com

Happy trails!

Ron Mitchell and Marilynn Windust