The basics about me:
As you might have assumed, my name is Ramey. I am a compulsive traveler, both at home and abroad. I am 35 years in chronological age. To earn a living, I take photographs for a wide variety of clients and purposes, and I am also a graphic designer of equal diversity. I also make short films, which have screened in festivals and won awards around the world. You can check out my photo and film work here: www.rameynewell.com. I’m a rock climber, backpacker, dog-mom and tennis player. I love being active and exploring the world around me.
About the blog:
It seems these days I live two lives: one settled, domestic, content; the other restless, wandering, ambitious. Most of the time, my port of call is the rainy shores of British Columbia, Canada. But from time to time I hit the road for the deserts of the American Southwest, the Rocky Mountains, or the back roads of New England. Or sometimes further afield. I suppose I have always had a restless spirit, and it whispers in my ear a little more loudly these days than it used to.
In 2011 I spent 3 months on the road. In 2012, six months. In 2013, four months. In 2014, two months plus a relocation to Colorado. 2015 saw another month on the road and a month abroad in SE Asia. In 2016, I spent another month on the road in the West, and a couple weeks in the Northeast US. In 2017, a couple months on the road in Canada and Oregon, plus yet another relocation — this time to British Columbia. 2018 will include a trip to NYC, a couple weeks in Scotland and England, and two months in the RV across the American West again. Phew!
My partner of 13 years, Ben, and I are planning an overland journey to South America in the coming years. We have a few things to wrap up at home, but we plan to (eventually) liquidate most of our belongings, pack up what we need (including our dogs), and hit the road in a serious way. The Long Road. Our 1988 Toyota Sunrader 4×4 RV will be our chariot, and our destination will be unknown. After all, a trip like that isn’t about the destination.
Until then, we’ll be taking the RV out and about in the western portions of North America whenever we can, and also embracing the roadless backcountry from time to time. We’ll probably make a couple more journeys abroad, too.
So here you can find my musings from both home and away as they pertain to travel, life in motion, and the omnipresent Conundrum (which may or may not be fueling such adventures). And you will be able to follow along, in words and pictures, as we launch each new chapter of our lives.
Ramey on the Road