Life's been totes cray the last few weeks, and it's not going to quiet down any time soon, but the summer of fun has finally arrived for us! Here's a quick update from us on the front end of what's looking to be an action packed last half of the year!
1. We're on a Podcast!
I know, that's normal.
But this isn't our podcast - it's our friends' at The Forgotten Art Project!
Their oeuvre is interviews with creators who are figuring out how to follow their passion projects, and they were kind enough to invite us to sit down with them a few weeks ago. For us it was a really great opportunity, and while no matter how much you do it, it's always weird to hear yourself talk, for you all we hope it will be interesting.
The interview is about an hour, and it's the most comprehensive description you'll find about what we do, and the personal reasons behind why we do it - from the impact of thru-hiking and trail running to my dad's sudden illness and death. I think, as well as anything we've put out, it gave us a chance to get to the heart of what we're about, so we hope you'll check it out, and keep The Forgotten Art Project on your radar!
Listen or download from their site here, or from your favorite podcasting app.
2. We sold a house and bought a house and rented a house!
Life's crazy! In May we decided to sell our home of 13 years in Seattle and start looking around at other options. As of last Friday, we are home owners in Tacoma. As of today, we're rootless landlords.
Stuff moves fast in the Puget Sound real estate market, and we managed to thread the needle between selling our place and closing on another within a whirlwind week long period, and before we'd even closed Angel had lined up people to look at the new place to start renting.
I don't know where to even start with all of that - we're excited to be setting up shop in Tacoma. We love our new little place. Our renters are awesome and we think they'll take care of it.
The context makes more sense if you're up to speed on the next point.
3. We're hitting the road until December!
Ah! It's adventure time again!
The reason we scrambled to get set up, and to get our place rented out so quickly, is that as of today we're going to be peripatetic until roundabouts December! Our Element is tuned up and loaded with all of the things we need to survive, and we're going to be on the road for the next few months. We'll be in and out of WA.
The short explanation is that Angel took a job as the medical director for the Destination Trails 200 Mile Trail Race series, so tomorrow we're headed to Southern WA for the Bigfoot 200, followed by the Tahoe 200 in September, and the Moab 200 in October. In between, we'll have a series of events (Truckee, Seattle, Bremerton, Bend, and Moab are on the schedule), and we're hoping to finally get out to the trails for a good chunk of time after a Summer of deferred fun in service of the house hunting and moving processes. The loose plan is to knock out the chunk of the Tahoe Rim Trail that we didn't finish on the PCT in late August. Gnar! We'll be in and out of WA for work and weddings and so forth, but for the next few months, our home is a Honda Element.
We'll be full on with work at the 200s, but no doubt we'll share some stories from the road along the way!
4. We're going to New Zealand!
And, ah! Back to visit our spirit animals, the Kiwis!
One of our best friends is getting married in New Zealand, so immediately after the Moab event, we'll be hopping a plane to get to the ceremony! It's a long flight, and you can't just make it a quick trip, so after the wedding we'll be drifting around, and you can expect dispatches from the road while we're there in November!
NZ can be pricy, so we're going to be dirtbagging it to keep the trip as cheap as possible, and that will probably mean a ton of time on the trails, some hitching around, and some crashing on couches.
We're currently putting together thoughts on how we can incorporate collecting stories to share with the world into that process. Any creative suggestions?
Okay - gotta run! This post is really just a quick update, but there's a lot of "dreams coming to fruition" type stuff in this post. Our number one mission is always to share the outdoor community's stories with the world, and we're really stoked to be fully immersing ourselves in it for the next few months - getting out and about as much as we have since we started this thing almost two years ago. We're excited to see what opportunities fall into place along the way!
If you like what we do, and want to support, consider pledging on Patreon. Even if you don't pledge, check it out because there's a bunch more free content there - including a ton of fantastic AdventShorts interviews with some cool-ass adventure types!
Tim and Angel
The goat in the picture lives in Silverton, CO, and tried to kill us. We survived to bring you this dirtbag wisdom for the ages.