Relics: The Richardson HomesteadIt’s amazing what you can find just off the highway. Highways have been standardized to keep the flow of traffic moving swiftly and smoothly onward. White lines flash by in time with the gentle hum of the motor, yellow lines keep you subconsciously floating down the right side of the tarmac, and the repetitive consistency brings on a state of semi-hypnosis. Most of the time the system works, commuters arrive safely, and travelers continue on oblivious to the treasures that might be hidden over the edge of the manicured medians. Over one such edge, on the eastbound side of Arizona Highway 68 as it winds through Union Pass, rests a crumbling gravel ramp. At the end of that ramp stands a nondescript ADOT gate—standard issue, except that this gate is unlocked, and what’s left of the road beyond is open to the public. At the bottom of the hill lies the abandoned Old Kingman Highway, and not far beyond that the ruins of an unnamed town homesteaded by Jonathan Draper Richardson and his family. Originally licensed to American Adventurist for publishing on May 11th, 2016.… NSFW · Explicit
Mixing Business with Pleasure It’s been a few months since I wrote an “on the road” entry. That’s the downside (and upside) to rural living: you can do a 100+ mile trek through the wilderness and be home for dinner, but you get far less of that long white line to ponder life. Yes, I actually enjoy those long highway hours… Today I find myself climbing up the hill to the North American overlanding Mecca: Prescott, Arizona. It’s funny, when we started marketing Enfluence a few weeks ago, my friend Drawk asked me “If you could do anything, what would it be?” My answer was travel, exploration, and adventure (preferably via Land Rover over dirt roads). While I enjoy design and production very much, it has always felt like a means to an end. So naturally when asked if I would be interested in doing what I do for Overland Journal I jumped at the opportunity. Doing work I enjoy, on a product that’s right at the core of my own interests? It’s bi-winning. Taking that opportunity means leaving our rural lifestyle for the big-little town of Prescott, but I count that in the “plus” column. As much as I love the quiet isolation out here, I’ve missed having an open downtown we can enjoy. It’s pretty clear Danielle feels the same way.… NSFW · Explicit