A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu

I’ve been talking about some kind of road trip writing project since 1996. The idea keeps evolving. The first involved recruiting my talented friend and photographer Dara Blakeley and driving around North Carolina–documenting our lovely small towns and communities before Wal-martization gobbled them up, leaving a shell of empty brick buildings on Main Street. Sadly, it’s just about too late for that project.

Several years later, my husband Dan expanded on the idea and suggested taking a cross-country trip via VW Vanagon. He called it a Blue, Brew, and ‘Que Tour: We would travel to bluegrass Meccas and festivals, stopping for samples of local microbrews and barbecue along the way. We figured we could buy an old Vanagon and do some work on it; he’d drive and I’d write. Watching our neighbor renovate a cool 23’ Airstream she bought on craigslist, fueled our interest. We knew that we’d eventually do something like that.

Dan and Paige

A happy, silly moment.

When Dan died unexpectedly in 2009, I lost focus and interest in a lot of things–including most of my creative outlets like cooking, gardening, and writing. Thank goodness I didn’t give up on music–it’s always been something that connects me to Big Dan. I’m trying to play guitar (and failing mostly), and I see live music whenever I can. I was recently at Black Mountain’s crunchy music festival LEAF where I saw a vendor’s cute Scamp trailer. It had a lot of charm but needed much more love. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since, so I decided it was time to look into owning my own camper and possibly writing about whatever journey comes along with it.

My road trip won’t be the same without Dan, but I know he’d be happy that I didn’t give up on our idea.

A Scamp trailer

My catalyst. I wanted to take this beauty home with me and give her the love she deserves.

15 Responses to About

  1. Yvonne says:


  2. Debbie Rose says:

    So fun! I can’t wait to hear more. And to see you out here in your camper someday soon!

  3. Chris says:

    Keeping my eyes peeled for the perfect camper while I’m in your neck of the woods especially…

  4. I know someone who could travel the roads and document your journey (journey, don’t stop believin”)

  5. wendy says:

    Glad you carried on and continued w/that shared dream. Dreaming is what it’s all about:) God Bless!!

  6. Blogging and campers good times. I find my self in a camper after events far beyond my control as well. It is an adventure and I am making the most it. Happy Trails!

  7. Thanks TAN! I just peeked at your blog and loved it. Happy trails to you too!

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  9. The now cliche of “You GO Girl!” seems really appropriate. So sorry about your man Dan. Hang in there.

  10. Brett swearingen says:

    Do you know a contact and number for someone with a Spartan Carasoul for sale. We want to do the renovation.
    My best friends grandfather “Lieberman” was partner and built Spartan homes here in Tulsa. They still do homes, but shipping container homes!! He will restore it if I find one ๐Ÿ™‚
    Brett Swearingen

  11. Debi Holcombe says:

    I saw this cute little camper the other day & was looking online for a “Scamp” & found your story. So sorry 4 Ur loss but don’t lose Ur dream!! Luv the Scamp – just darling! God bless!! :))

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