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Welcome to the new American dream, climbing fans of Jack Kerouak.

JON AND HIS WIFE ERIN ARE PIONEERING A NEW LIFESTYLE FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES WHO WANT TO LIVE ON THE ROAD ADVENTUROUSLY, COMFORTABLY, AND SUSTAINABLY.

THEY DOWNSIZED TO JUST THE ESSENTIALS, PUT THEIR LIFE ON WHEELS, AND TOOK THEIR KIDS ON A NEVER-ENDING ADVENTURE OF EXPLORATION.

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Jon McCartie

THE WORLD BEYOND YOUR DOORSTEP
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@jmccartie on IG: “Happy Monday! I’m working from the roof today.”
So we sold the house.

Everything. The new furniture we had just purchased a year before. The lawn mower. The mini-van. We bought a pickup truck, and a 5th wheel trailer.

After 9 months of planning, we set out for the trip of a lifetime. Destination? Unknown. How long would we be gone? Not sure.

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We’ve been on the road almost a year now. We’ve been to New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona. This year, we’ll add Utah and Idaho to that list.

And in order to venture out into more remote places, we sold the big 5th wheel for a smaller travel trailer.

We’ve even added solar and a composting toilet.

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Going back, my first trip to Joshua Tree National Park was in 2003. I didn’t camp much growing up, so I felt unprepared and nervous on my first outing. I didn’t own a tent, so I decided to sleep in my car that night.

A brief rain shower woke me up at 5am, and I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I climbed to the top of a nearby rock formation and watched the sun come up. I’d never seen anything like it before. I was hooked. The next day……..

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