Thursday, December 25, 2008


What a year!

I started off the year in Hawaii with my best friend Dan. At the airport, I was playing with my blackberry and looked up "teardrop trailer" on google. From that moment on, I knew it was time.

I had one built and took my dog, Maggie across the USA. Before that could happen, I had to undergo surgery and have a myomectomy. Also, I had this thing called a job that I needed to quit. So, I had my surgery in February and quit my job in May. Then we were off on the journey of a lifetime. I met some amazing people and saw some breathtaking places. Below are some of my favorite memories of 2008. Thank you for being a part of my year. Be sure to follow my new adventure on starting January 1st. Here's to an even better 2009! Love, Alison

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

16 More days...

Until the launch of !

I can't wait. Thank you to all that have submitted a profile to me. Below is a sneek peek of people you will meet in 2009. I hope you decide to "follow" the blog to see a new American life starting January 1st.

If you would like to participate, please log on to for details. Thank you!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

365 Days on the Road

As I started my trip across the USA in May, I had a few people that I was going to visit for the first time along the way and people I wanted to reconnect with. Out of the blue, I received an email from a guy that has been living in his van for months. He was in Denver and I was in Estes Park at the time. He was headed my way so I agreed to meet with him...reluctantly. I looked at his website, and this is the picture he posted of himself (see exhibit A on right..coon hat). Needless to say, I was a little hesitant. We met, hit it off, and remain friends.

After a year of experiences traveling not only the USA, but around the world...he is settling down in San Francisco with a new girlfriend. I wanted to write about David because he was an inspiration to me and really helped me through some rough times along the way. As much fun as it sounds to be by yourself and travel, it can get difficult at times. There is a lot of soul searching that takes place. A lot of questions arise like "why am I doing this?", "what am I doing?", etc. It was nice to have someone to talk to that survived the first 3 months which are the hardest. After our initial meeting, we crossed paths a second time and spent time in Philadelphia (his home town) touring the area, texting, and getting pedicure's.
Don't get me wrong, he is a mean hiker and mountain know, all of those manly man type of things.

BTW...he picked silver polish, if you MUST know. He is currently writing a book about his life which I am sure will be a best seller. He was also featured in Men's Journal this month.

I would recommend taking a chance. Saying yes. Because I said yes, I met a mountain man that turned into a beauty shop partner. Just kidding Dave, I know that you are a very strong and masculine keep telling me that, anyway.

If you haven't followed his journey, I would recommend you do so. Perhaps he can give you some tips.

He will also be profiled on American Life Today in 2009, so sign up as a "follower" to learn more.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Next Stop?

Ahhh, Mexico. What a beautiful place! I am not one to love the 100 degree dry heat type of weather so December and January are perfect months to visit the area, in my opinion. I don't have another journey planned (as of Dec 12th), so I will be touring my local spots for the next few weeks. Where should I go next? I am thinking of doing the Southern route next year. I've never been to New Orleans, San Antonio or Austin. I think I wore Maggie out on the last leg with trailie. She does nothing but sleep...well, I guess that's what all dogs do. Can you believe that there are only 13 more days until Christmas? Whew.... Such a glorious stressful time of year. :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Where your 6 Pack Ring Goes...

I don't eat mammals. That's not to say I will make a face at you if we eat out and you order a steak...ok, maybe a little one. I recycle. I take the time to cut up the little plastic rings on a 6 pack. If you ever wonder where they end up or that it doesn't matter...take a look. I took these pictures yesterday. I distracted the cow so it dropped the plastic, but I am sure there is another one around. It was sad to see. So, if you are a meat eater, you might be recycling more than you think. MMMM...Enjoy! :)

When you Just want to Zone out....

Watching a pinwheel in the sand...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Day In Todos Santos

Dan and I took a trip to Todos Santos for the day. Below are some pictures from our quick trip. Hopefully, it will give you a feel for the sights of the area. I love this cute little artsy town! If you have never been, I would recommend a visit. Email me and I will tell you a secret surf spot and some good places to eat.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Kayaking in Mexico

It was a warm, calm sunny day. Well, at least for about 10 minutes. Yesterday, Dan and I headed out with kayaks to explore the area. It's amazing how quiet it is around here. We were told it was the "off week" so we got lucky. It's so quiet at night that Dan needs to turn on a fan to sleep. Us LA folk are used to cars, screams, sirens, etc. Anyway, we had a blast paddling away. Most of my shots are "over the shoulder" which I love to do. Hopefully, these pics will give you a feel for our day. Today it's windy and the water is choppy, but the sun is out. How lucky for us. :)

Our Reward...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Mexico (Take 2)

Ahhhh, its the most beautiful time here in Mexico (in my opinion). Here are a few pictures from Day 3. I took them all with the exception of the sunset pic. We really aren't doing much but relaxing and making some amazing meals here at the house. Today we will go kayaking and perhaps rent a fishing pole to surf fish.


Maggie and "Trailie" are relaxing at home while I take a quick trip south of the border with my BFF, Dan. Here are some pics from our trip thus far...


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