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Author Archives: Joel D Canfield

A Year of Driving; A Driving Year

One year ago today, perhaps one year ago this moment, I looked up from my tea and said, "It sure would be cheaper to live if we didn't have a house to take care of." And the other responsible mature adult in the family, rather than laughing at my insanity or rolling her eyes at … Continue reading »

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Happy 6 Months

I wrote about how this is the real beginning but didn't explicitly congratulate myself and my family. Go, us! It does feel like we're barely warming up. We're just starting to sort out this whole house-sitting thing. I still worry every time I have to pack the van that this time it won't all fit. … Continue reading »

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Embrace the Unexpected

Tehachipi dusted with snow. A field full of jumbo jets in Mojave. The almost comically hard snow line above the desert. Our first night sleeping in a Walmart parking lot. If our trip had gone as planned we would have missed all this. We would never have planned a trip which included being stuck in … Continue reading »

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No Travel Plan Survives Contact with the Pavement

A few days ago Sue told you about being stuck over night in Bakersfield because the roads going south were closed because of the snow. Yes, in California, you can close the carotid artery of the state with snow, unlike, say, Wisconsin. Anyway, we had a ball. We never would have planned most of the … Continue reading »

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No Back; Only Forth

Leaving Sacramento after our daughter's wedding, Sue pointed out that this was the real beginning of our nomadic life. Up 'til now, everything has either been a dress rehearsal (our month in Vancouver) or a trip (to Montreal) or a temporary holding pattern until we had to go back. We always had to go back. … Continue reading »

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Lessons From the Road #27 - Nomads Go

In preparation for tomorrow's early morning start from Sashe cramento to Phoenix we started packing what could be left overnight in the van. Before we were halfway through the adrenaline-induced travel itch kicked in and we were talking about leaving today.

We left.
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Crafty Lifestyle: Bookbinding

Having more time has made me ponder creative outlets besides my songwriting and business books. Needing a better way to track my projects and day-to-day tasks (my experiment with 3x5 cards was most enlightening) I tried my hand at hand stitching my own little notebook. I need to work on the gluing techniques, and got … Continue reading »

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Ushuaia, the End (FAWM 2011 #14, Dedicated to "Family On Bikes")

In June of 2008, the Vogel family set out from as far north as you can get on this continent, heading for as far south as you can get on the next continent. By bicycle. By the time they arrive in just a few days their twin sons will hold the world record for traveling … Continue reading »

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Corner of My Eye (FAWM 2011 #13)

The past two FAWMs I've tried my hand at some jazz guitar. This year it almost didn't happen. I didn't plan it, at least, but my unconscious decided otherwise. During most of the 14,000 miles we've traveled in the past six months, I've driven, with Sue in the passenger seat, just visible out of the … Continue reading »

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Hey Joel (FAWM 2011 #12)

This one is a collaboration with Oddbod, the performing name of one Tim Conway who lives in Kent, England. I'd wanted to write something with him since he came to FAWM. I'm writing as much as I can about our travels this year, but if you listen to Oddbod's other music you'll see I couldn't … Continue reading »

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