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Tamela has extensively traveled the U.S. and Canada, delivering her message to Pack Light | Travel Slow | Connect Deep. Her keynotes and workshops include life lessons she has learned through chance encounters on the road.

Red Lodge and Variety

Little guy on big horse in Red Lodge

Under cloudless Big Skies, I lined up with other tourists and the townsfolk of Red Lodge, Montana to watch the 7th Calvary Drum and Bugle Corps open the annual Independence Day parade with a flourish. Sometimes the hand of Providence dishes up a treat, because I didn’t know Red Lodge …

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Standin’ on the Corner

Tam in Winslow, AZ

Route 66, “America’s Highway” runs parallel to I-40 from time to time, but not all the way through. Dusty and I took it for several stretches from New Mexico to California, where it ends in the city of my birth, Barstow, California. That’s right, I was born a desert rat. There are …

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Celebrating Outlaws

Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum

There’s a pervasive spirit out west that celebrates and immortalizes its scofflaws and outlaws. Josie Morris, a cattle rustler and bootlegger, is even immortalized at Dinosaur National Monument, where her cabin is an interpretive site. I visited the Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum in Rawlins on a recommendation from Roadside America, which …

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Canine Bikers


In 1803, President Jefferson commissioned Lewis and Clark to find the Northwest Passage – the link between the Missouri River and the Columbia River through the unexplored Rocky Mountains. From west to east, the Northwest Passage runs on Highway 12 through Idaho’s stove pipe into Montana, which parallels the Lewis & Clark …

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The Power of Tribe

Battle Rock

Yesterday I told a story of bravado. I thought I could take my fully-loaded motorcycle a gravel road down to the beach at Port Orford, Oregon for the glory of a bragging rights photo of my front tire in the Pacific Ocean. You’ll remember that I mentioned a cool outcropping of volcanic …

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Cocksure in Port Orford

Port Orford's Battle Rock

No matter what your field of endeavor, there’s always someone to look up to. I lurk on an online forum of adventure motorcycle riders called Adventure Rider (ADV Rider). By “lurking” I mean I mostly just drool over what the big league riders do on two wheels. Seriously, before you …

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Redwoods and Resiliency

I think it must have been in elementary school, while reading an article in Highlights Magazine, that I decided I wanted to drive through a redwood tree some day. I guess it was fitting that I would be introduced to the redwoods some forty years later by a teacher — …

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Nowhere to Sleep in Oil Country

Here's a story where fellow campers came to my rescue

The most frequent question I’m asked about my travels is, “Aren’t you afraid to travel by yourself?” I addressed this in part yesterday when I talked about the kindness of two strangers after I lost my credit cards in Montana, but lest you think that was an extraordinary circumstance, here’s …

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Glacier, Montana and the Kindness of Strangers

My favorite national park so far is Glacier, in Montana, which I visited in 2011. I camped at the KOA in Saint Mary, but splurged on lunch at the Izaac Walton Inn & Resort. I’d love to travel with my non-motorcycling family via Amtrak there — the resort is right on the train line. …

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Carlin, Camping and Stuff

Garage full of junk

George Carlin had it right when he riffed on our relationships with our stuff. George: “A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it…” Me: “A house is a place where you store your stuff while you go off to work so you can buy more stuff.” …

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