Building a tiny home has never just been about building a tiny home. Yes, there's something wonderful about the pursuit of actually creating something, about having a minimalist dwelling that meets one's needs, about living in harmony with one's surroundings, but what's truly so terrific about living simply is the tremendous opportunities for experience and adventure that such a life offers.
|Kymco S250 scooter.|
Thus, tiny living isn't really a new form of affordable housing, but a different type of affordable housing. It's for those who have the means to save, indeed, but more importantly, it's for those looking to purchase more than a home with those savings. It's for those looking to use that money to achieve financial freedom: financial freedom from a thirty-year mortgage, financial freedom from interest and APRs, financial freedom from expensive household repairs and hefty utility bills. By building a small, affordable structure with (ideally) energy self-sufficiency in mind, one can quite realistically lower their cost of living to virtually nothing.
|Yellowstone National Park, one of many planned stops on the journey.|
I'll be getting around aboard my trusty Kymco S250 scooter, heading north from DC to the Great Plains of the Midwest, reaching the northern border of the United States and dipping into Canada at Vancouver, then riding down the scenic Pacific coast. When I arrive in San Diego, I'll snake my way back east through the breathtaking scenery of the American Southwest, dip down along the Gulf Coast for a stop in New Orleans, and eventually return to the District with, I hope, most limbs still intact.
I've already identified a number of detours I'll be making and sights I'll be seeing—with a particular bias toward the wonders of our national parks and geological formations—on the map below, but it's a big country out there, and I could certainly use help making the most of the trip by getting some additional recommendations from, well, you. If there's a place in this vast nation you think is worth visiting (anything except the northeast, really, which is outside of my rather freeform route), let me know via email or comment or whatever, and I'll like, totally go check it out, no questions asked.
EDIT: Map updated to reflect full itinerary.
You may also notice that the blog has been undergoing a few changes, to reflect and prepare for this brave new post-Matchbox-construction world. Matchbox-specific posts can be accessed here or on the main blog (and of course, there will be many more of those to come), and for information on other upcoming adventures, visit the revised About page.
"At night, we would look out over the immense sea, full of white-flecked and green reflections, the two of us leaning side by side on the railing, each of us far away, flying in his own aircraft to the stratospheric regions of our own dreams. There we understood that our vocation, our true vocation, was to move for eternity along the roads and seas of the world. Always curious, looking into everything that came before our eyes, sniffing out each corner but only ever faintly—not setting down roots in any land or staying long enough to see the substratum of things; the outer limits would suffice." — Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries