Park City, Utah, USA

Utah holds a special place in my heart. It's where I know I can find old friends from different paths of life around every corner. In between grabbing coffee with old co-workers and reuniting for a hike with adventure buddies from Michigan – I stay pretty busy when I visit Utah. I posted up about 40 minutes from Park City in Coalville in the back 40 of the Summit County Art House. Friends Kate & Brian – founders of SCAH – are fellow Airstream owners and were excited to offer up their space for me to use for the week.

Isaac & I spent New Year's Eve day using our Mountain Collective passes for the first time at Snowbasin Resort. Utah didn't have a good early season and there wasn't much snow to be seen. Despite being worried about conditions, we still really enjoyed cruising around the resort. Their mountain peaks reminded us of something from the Swiss Alps and the lodges were gorgeous – rustic and modern – totally not something you'd expect from an under-the-radar resort like Snowbasin. We're saving our second day on the Mountain Collective pass for later in the season because we all agreed that we had to ride there on a powder day – the terrain looks so fun!

We had a low-key NYE at Bunny's Club in Coalville (the local's bar where everyone stares at strangers as they walk in). After a quick champagne toast, we scurried back across the street to the Airstream to get up early for New Year's Day session at Snowbird.

Leadville, Colorado, USA

What's next? After a crazy year of traveling abroad in 2017,  I'll be spending this winter exploring the US and Canadian Rockies with Isaac in his Airstream Safari. We both have jobs that allow us to travel at our leisure and work remotely – usually all we need is a place to park with WiFi or 4G. For those who are curious, the camper is fully equipped with heat, shower, electricity, office space and a full kitchen, the rig is self-contained and we don't need to be "plugged in" to operate. So far, we've been basecamped in Boulder, Colorado and took our first test run to Leadville – the highest incorporated city in United States. Great proving grounds for cold and snow (and we survived!). 

Something else that I'm excited about in 2018 is our side project – Rico's Basecamp (named after Rico the dog). It's an incubator-style mobile creative agency. Clients will hire us to drive the Airstream "studio" to their chosen location where we'll collaborate on developing or refreshing their brand. They'll walk away with a logo, website, photography and digital content. So far, this concept is one-of-a-kind and will be great for companies who want a different, more personalized agency experience. There's no dialing into boring Go-To Meetings, endless e-mail chains or other big agency antics. 

Part two of Rico's Basecamp is all about the adventure and exploration component. We'll be blogging and sharing our stories along the way while seeking partnerships and collaborations with people and brands we meet on the road. 

SAYULITA, MEXICO

I had the opportunity to do some logo work for a former colleague over the summer. In return, she invited me on a trip to Sayulita where she did research for her new voluntourism travel agency. A couple of other girls and I tagged along to experience SUP yoga, a sea turtle release and heaps of wonderful Mexican culture and food. Highlights include salsa dancing attempts, mosaic workshops and colorful artisan markets.

Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted a location update, that's because I've been traveling to Indonesia and getting settled into my home for the next month in Canggu, Bali. I booked in at Dojo Bali – the most buzzing, beautiful, hip coworking place I have visited so far. I look forward to taking the next several weeks to recharge and focus on an upcoming transition in my business. This is the perfect place to practice slowing down and tuning out some of the unnecessary noise that can really distract me from my goals and dreams. I'm feeling pretty grateful for all of my opportunities to travel and to experience inspiration from people and places around the world.

The drive from Park City, Utah to Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

I did the long haul from Park City back to Michigan this week. I picked up a co-pilot in Utah (who, conveniently, is also a photographer) to help with the drive. Having a second driver also bought me some extra time and allowed me to take the long way; making a long stop in South Dakota to visit Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore National Monument and Badlands National Park. Having a second driver also helped a ton with staying caught up with work. It's my busy season, so spending several hours a day on the road can be tough. 

The van did great on our 2,500+ mile road trip, I'm so happy to have my big blue lady back. Enjoy these lovely photos from Isaac.

Stanley, Idaho and Park City, Utah, USA

The big news this week is that (after 45 days) I have my van back! She's running well and we've gone on some mini adventures to test her out before making the long haul to Michigan next week. It's turning into fall which means strange weather, shorter days and busy work schedules. I look forward to getting back on the road and exploring some new places across South Dakota, Minnesota and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

Pictured below: rental dog Rico.

 

whitefish, Montana & Stanley, Idaho, usa

In Montana, the smoke from the wildfires is so thick that everything has an orange glow and I wake up in the morning with a sore throat. There are well over 200,000 acres of wildfire burning in the state right now and even after driving nearly 400 miles south to the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho, you can still see the orange haze from the fires. It's a strange time. 

After long work days, I have been exploring the quiet, serene lakes and rivers of the Northern Rocky Mountains and relaxing at camp.

Missoula & Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

Today marks five weeks without the van. Last Friday, I stopped at the transmission shop in Salt Lake City to check on Salty. The bad news was, they had hit (yet another) snag in fixing the transmission. The good news is, she wasn't alone - I was happy to see another Eurovan camper keeping her company.

I had plans to meet up with a friend in Montana so I rented a car and drove to Missoula for my birthday. This is my first time really spending time in Montana and, so far, I really like it. Lovely mountains, clear lakes, cute towns and - best of all - it's kind of quiet. I visited Glacier National Park, ate Huckleberry ice cream, watched a smokey sunrise (from the forest fires!), camped by the Blackfoot River and spent the week working from my friend's Airstream!