Update from a New Frontier: Bus Life!

After all these years of neglecting this blog, I still regularly get lovely messages from both long-time and curious new readers.

I so wish I had the time and energy to do what you do. I love reading your stories and following you. You inspired me to go tent camping 4 years ago by myself at 64 years old. Loved it and go several times each year and going full time van life in the Spring of 2023 I will be 70 and fully retired. Can’t hardly wait. Thank you for all your Boondocking advice and stories.

I found you online and I love your travels. Are you still traveling in 2021 ?? I am going to start my traveling through out the US in 2023 when I retire at 70. I can’t wait to begin, I go to National Parks and see state parks now. Oh how I wish I had discovered camping and exploring when I was younger! I am going to see all I can before I leave this world!

So for anybody out there, wondering about the Blonde Coyote, here’s an update: Yes, I’m still traveling!

Me and Vida on top of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico

In March, after listing my house for sale, fully furnished (what can I say, it was a good short-term investment and homeownership didn’t stick), I moved back into my Toyota RV. I spent April skiing in Big Sky, Montana and then headed back to the Southwest. A desert dog to the end, Dio took the opportunity to gracefully exit very near to the place we started our twin souls journey together, 12 years ago.

Me and Dio atop Mount Elbert at 14,444 feet, our highest point together

In May, the house sold, and grieving Dio and to celebrate being houseless by choice once again, Vida and I hit the trail for my longest solo backpacking trip yet: 100 miles in 7 days on the Continental Divide Trail in northern New Mexico. Predictably, I caught the backpacking bug and spent the next five months section-hiking several hundred miles of the CDT and supporting my friend “Montana”, who thru-hiked the whole thing.

Me and Montana hitchhiking to the trail from Chama, New Mexico

In between CDT backpacking trips, I lived out of the RV, wrote a regular feature column for Eos magazine called Living in Geologic Time, and went backpacking on other life-list trails in Montana and Wyoming, including the Beaten Path in the Beartooths, the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone and the Gallatin Peak Loop.

Great Friends, Great Hike!

In August, I took a break from backpacking and flew east to board the world’s last still-sailing three-masted schooner with my sister, brother and his band for a six day musical sailboat cruise on the coast of Maine. Upon returning West, I hiked across Yellowstone National Park to Big Sky and then joined my thru-hiker friend for the final leg of her 3,100 mile journey through Glacier National Park to the Canadian border, passing five blessedly gracious grizzly bears on trail along the way.

“Montana” walked to Canada all the way from Mexico! And I helped.

This fall, after one last backpacking trip in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, I headed to New Mexico for the winter, where I’m currently renting an off grid school bus with two wood stoves near Taos. This winter I’ll be traveling around here, on foot along the Rio Grand Gorge, on skis at Taos Ski Valley and on the road in my stealth camper, a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan.

Our Big Backyard for this Winter

In February, I’ll turn 40 (location TBA) and I’m thrilled that I’m still living the seasonally nomadic life, where my biggest commitments are to my daily hikes, my dogs, my rolling homes, my next deadline, wherever I buy my ski pass and to my ever expanding Family of Light. Onwards and upwards, always! Thanks to everybody who keeps following the Blonde Coyote…there is still so much of this world to see!

Speaking of traveling, I have a new book coming out soon all about traveling in the most beautiful places on Earth. Like so many things these days, its availability is delayed due to shipping snarls but as soon as it’s on a shelf near you, I’ll let you all know…

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in Big Sky, Montana. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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4 Responses to Update from a New Frontier: Bus Life!

  1. Good to know you’ve not been eaten by a bear! I turned 69 a couple months back. I’ve been full time RV traveling 6 years now. I’ll be back out west next fall / winter. I can’t hike and ski but do love a cold beer and a hot fire. Be fun to meet you sometime, maybe you could plan or post a meetup and see how many people are near enought o come hang out for aan afternoon, just a thought. – I’m in Myrtle Beach, SC and headed south toward Florida for the winter this year.

  2. John says:

    Glad you are well and having fun!

  3. Pit says:

    Good to hear from you again, Mary, and happy to know you and Vida are doing fine, especially in these times. Re sailing on the “Victory Chimes”: I envy you.
    Happy trails, and stay healthy,
    Pit

  4. gerztrip says:

    I’m glad to hear you are still traveling. I chanced upon your blog way back when we were investigating teardrop trailers!

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