Traveling is more than a hobby for me; it’s a way of life. Everything I own, including my two dogs, fits neatly in my car and everything I really need fits in a backpack. In the past seven years my dogs and I have crossed the country eleven times, taken dozens of regional road trips, hiked thousands of miles in the lower 48 states and lived in nine states on both coasts: PA, OR, MD, VA, NM, MT, MI, WV, and ME. This summer I headed north to Canada and hit my 50th state: Alaska!
For my 30th birthday, after seven years of living out of my car between housesitting jobs, I bought myself a home on the road: a 5 by 10 foot solar-powered Teardrop trailer. I spent the whole glorious summer living on the road, boondocking across 20 states and three Canadian provinces.
At least once a year, I leave the dogs with friends and travel overseas. So far, I’ve flown to Hawaii, ridden a train around Europe, volunteered in post-hurricane Honduras, gone mountaineering in Ecuador and trekking in Peru. Next fall, I’m scheming a trip to my mitochondrial motherland: the UK!
Trains, planes and automobiles are great ways to cover a lot of ground, but my favorite way to travel is on foot. Years ago, I got into the habit of taking a long walk everyday and since then, my own feet have carried me over a lot of miles.
If you’d like to get an idea of just how much ground I’ve covered, check out my travel photos on flickr. I started taking photographs six years ago, while I was living in Oregon and 40,000 photos later, I have cultivated quite the eye. My photos have appeared in magazines like EARTH and Afar and have won numerous awards, including from the National Park Service. I post new photos from new adventures several times a week on flickr (yeah, I get out A LOT!) and if you’re looking for photos of some specific place, just ask. I’ve probably been there!
All the photos on the Blonde Coyote blog are mine (unless otherwise indicated) and prints, posters and calendars can be ordered by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my website at www.marycapertonmorton.com. Enjoy!
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