Point Reyes - California

We broke thru the morning fog and were greeted with the gray slanted streets of San Francisco, as the plane wheels touched the runway the sun creeped up from the east and filled the cabin in gold. A rush to luggage pickup dodging wheeled carts and frantic tourists with a  much needed stop for some coffee, and we were off to pickup our rental and head out of the city. Several credit card swipes later we were in a fueled up rental SUV heading north to the ocean, passing over the Golden Gate bridge with every window open.

We pulled into Point Reyes National Seashore in a cloud of caffeinated jet-lagged excitement, eager to see anything other then TSA lines, and concrete. We made camp, unloaded our luggage and headed out to see this ocean we only previously seen in books and tv screens. The sound of the rising tide and chattering gulls greeted us as we rounded endless curves of highway 1 before before the white tipped blue green waters of the pacific filled our windshield...


Road Brew

If there is one thing more important to the road weary traveler then fuel, its coffee. This dark liquid is the fire that fuels the dreaded unzipping of a warm sleeping bag, or the  shivering wait of a cold engine to warm up. It may seem pretty simple to make a batch of this brew but the connoisseur knows the art and difference between a lazy gas station fill and go and the perfectly brewed and balanced mug of roadside coffee. Now there is almost a endless supply of gadgets that Grind, boil, bubble, and brew the good stuff, but i have my core setup and can whip out a steamy mug in almost any situation.

The list is as follows:

  • GSI Java press 
  • Aeropress  
  • GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip
  • gsi stainless mini expresso
  • gsi backpacker mug
  • sea to summit x-cup
  • primus kettle
  • jetboil flash
  • biolite
  • propane rv stove
  • assorted grinders from backpacking models to antique models
  • Local Coffee

Support local coffee roasters wherever you find may yourself !


West Virginia

After a somewhat eventful last two days we have arrived in West Virginia. The first leg from NJ down to Charlottesville we had perfect weather, not a drop of rain and got a good bunch of miles behind us. The van starting running rough halfway into the trip and that feeling of impending doom starting filling my soul. Luckily on one big hill I smashed the gas down to make the incline and POP, the van was back to her old self. It looked like I was running on only 7 cylinders for most of the way thanks to a piece of carbon or something, and that heavy push of the gas pedal expelled it and she lit right back up. We spent the night outside of Shenandoah NP and deciding to stay holed up there another day and let some of the heavy rain pass that was moving thru the area. After a day bottled up in the van watching rain drops fall we were off to the west, the van chugged like the little engine that could up those rolling WV hills, up and up we rolled at a astounding 45mph. Now we sit in a small town for the rest of the day drinking coffee, tomorrow its a couple more miles to our destination, the banks of the New River.

VA/WV State Line