If an urge to explore rises in us innately, perhaps its foundation lies within our genome. In fact there is a mutation that pops up frequently in such discussions: a variant of a gene called DRD4, which helps control dopamine, a chemical brain messenger important in learning and reward. Researchers have repeatedly tied the variant, known as DRD4-7R and carried by roughly 20 percent of all humans, to curiosity and restlessness. Dozens of human studies have found that 7R makes people more likely to take risks; explore new places, ideas, foods, relationships, drugs, or sexual opportunities; and generally embrace movement, change, and adventure.

from National Geographic’s Restless Genes

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

Henry David Thoreau

I left Buffalo NY on October 2, 2014 to commence a life as a full-time RVer. Towing a trailer and bringing my cat Shithead for company, I hope to live a more simple and authentic life, one spent focused on nature, art, and intellectual pursuits rather than consumerism and the Spectacle.


6 thoughts on “About

  1. I enjoyed reading your blog and share much of it’s philosophy. I’m currently in my 6 yr. of full-time RV-ing. The first 5 1/2 were with my cat Sequel. Unfortunately, she passed away last fall. She looked just like Shithead, in fact, half the time that was what I called her.

    You’re just starting out…you’ll likely find the lifestyle gets addictive….enjoy your travels and the sunrise each morning…..


  2. John I love reading about your adventures. You seem so at home on the road exploring these beautiful places. The photography brings it all together since I haven’t been to any of these places. Your writing continues to grow and expand. Thanks for sharing your reading list, gives me good sugestions.

    Your home is the road.

    Miss you friend, and happy birthday months late.



  3. Hi John,
    Found your blog through the Pup portal and just quickly skimmed through your blog. Will definitely read more when I have some free time.
    I’m curious as to how you planned for this new lifestyle. It looks as though you work when you can, do you have a contingency plan? What about health insurance?


    • My planning style is more along the ‘ready, fire, aim’ school of thought. As far as a plan B, I’ll become a pirate! Argh!

      Seriously, I am trying to build an decent emergency fund but for now it’s more of a make-do style. Which I actually enjoy. As far as health insurance, I am not covered right at this moment but will be getting something under the ACA, at least while it’s around.

      As you can tell, security is not very high on my priority list. I know many in America cannot even fathom that, but there it is.


      • I envy that attitude. Life is too short to worry about everything.
        I will be in Vegas next week, any must sees or dos?


      • I would suggest:
        1) the Art gallery at the Belagio
        2) the wildlife display at the Flamingo
        3) Fremont Street & Downtown Arts District
        4) the Neon Museum
        5) eat something at Beuchon (Tom Keller’s place)
        6) hike Red Rock Canyon


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