I’ve wanted a dog for a long time, and have talked myself out of getting one on numerous occasions over the last few years. There were a few moments during this time where I was actually handed a dog’s leash and told that I could keep the dog, no problem. It took a lot of effort to not just walk off into the sunset with a new furry friend. As much as I wanted one, getting a pet just didn’t fit with my lifestyle. I was very poor and sleeping outside or bouncing around from couch to couch wherever I was.

But some things have changed recently. I’ll still be traveling a lot, but I am looking forward to having a home base here in Maine. I’m not settling down, more like slowing down, with the purpose of spending more time with the people I care about and having more time to write books.

And because of that, Maggie and I decided that the timing, while not necessarily perfect, was pretty good to add a new canine member to the crew. It also helped that Maggie had been asking me about getting a dog for many months. I was practically hearing “can we get a dog, pleeeease” in my sleep.

So, I would like to introduce Potato.


Potato is completely insane in all the ways that a puppy should be. She is about twelve weeks old right now, and we got her a couple of weeks ago. She likes to push our buttons and be mischievous, but she is also very, very sweet. We love her a lot, and I think she likes us at least a little bit.

I was hoping that Potato would be a help around my office, which is currently a kitchen table, but she mostly just likes to try to bite my toes and shred the paper towels that she somehow finds whenever she wants one (no clue where she gets them). She is quite a handful, but that’s part of the charm of raising a pup. Never a dull moment.

At the very least, she is very cute to look at. I mean, look at that face.


Making tough choices (back in Maine)

Those of you who followed the Facebook page that Maggie was updating for our walk across America will know that the trip came to an end about a week ago. It’s sort of a long story, but I’ll do my best to fill you in quickly. To start, Josh and Sadie, our dear friends who […]

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Quiet Sundays in the Bible Belt

On Sundays, the roads here in North Carolina are eerily, wonderfully quiet. That makes it our favorite day to walk. On our first Sunday walking, Maggie and I wondered to each other why things were so calm on the road. Once we figured out what day it was (we often have no idea, the traveling […]

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Controlled collapse

Maggie and I have walked about 130 miles since we started walking west at Currituck Sound, NC on April 6. We’ve taken it pretty slow so far, but are now finally starting to build up the muscles required to tackle longer mileage days. In the months leading up to the walk we had lofty aspirations […]

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State Maintenance Ends

There’s a road in the minuscule town of Eure, North Carolina that ends with a sign that reads: State Maintenance Ends. It is actually the end of the road. It is also the beginning of one of my favorite places I’ve found in my travels so far. Mags, Josh, Sadie and I stopped at a […]

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