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Quitting Tech To Travel. My First Month On The Road.

07/11/2017 10:49pm ET | Updated July 12, 2017

I did it. I quit my job to go traveling.

A month ago, I worked my last day at Facebook and started a new jobless adventure in my Motorhome – I call her Beast because she is huge (for me). I love her dearly, as do my 2 cats and dog who are along for the ride.

Alexis Coram

Driving through Mount Rainier National Park in June

Today I’m 1800 miles away in the Canadian Rockies, nestled between trees in a cozy campground with a beer in my hand (actually it’s a Shandy) and very few cares in the World. One cat, Java, is laying on my lap, allowing just enough room for my laptop to rest above him. Occasionally he pops his head up to look back at me like I’m inconveniencing him - cute; the other, Parker Blue, is inside taking a cat nap - possibly her 5th of the day… what a life, eh! The dog, Kirschi Coram, is under the table, blasé about it all, as she’s been adventuring with me for 9 years and is a travel pro. Me, well I am utterly relaxed and sweltering in the humidity, occasionally finding myself being nibbled on by a hungry mossy. Ahh, the joys of Summer. Sun, beer, and bug bites.

Alexis Coram

Latourell Falls, Oregon

Tomorrow I wake up early to head into Canada’s Glacier National Park in hopes of scoring a first come, first served campsite at their most popular campground. I’m feeling confident. After 4 weeks on the road and multiple brief 1-2 night stops, our pack-up routine has become fairly fast. I know where everything goes, all the things I have to close or turn off, and how to hook up my car quickly to the back of Beast. It’s always exciting to think about what comes next and wonder what our backyard will look like at the next stop.

Alexis Coram

Watching sunrise from bed on Vancouver Island

This life isn’t for everyone and at 1 month in I’m only just starting to discover if it’s a life for me. I‘ve spent the first few weeks of this journey in complete vacation mode, enjoying and savoring every second of relaxation, every moment laying in the sun, every drop of Bialetti-brewed coffee (so good), every campfire and fire-roasted meal, every long walk or hike with the dog and cats (yep, they go too), and every morning slept in. I have a great tan - the first for years despite living in California for the past 5 years - and I’ve lost probably 10lbs after leaving delicious and free tech meals in the dust (I will always love you, Facebook Culinary Team). I can honestly say I haven’t looked back….yet.

Alexis Coram

Cooking on the campfire - this was Korma night

Before I share some images from the destinations we’ve covered so far, I’ll share what’s coming next. We’ll be spending the next 3 weeks in Yoho, Jasper, and Banff National Parks before heading back to the States for more National Park wilderness-seeking. I’m returning to many places I’ve traveled before but I’ll be staying for much longer and hope to see some of the things I’ve missed in the previous mad-rush that epitomized my crazy road trips of the past. This time it’s about lingering, making ourselves feel at home in every new place we park Beast, and savoring every moment of fresh air and freedom, even when a hungry bug tries to disrupt it.

Alexis Coram

Waking up in the woods beats waking up in a concrete jungle

Here are some of my favourite images from our journey so far. Please follow us on Instagram @thiscamperlife @campinglifeofpets and @alexiscoram for more real-time updates from the road.

Destinations covered: Central Oregon Coast, Columbia River Gorge, Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, Vancouver Island, Sea to Sky Highway.

A reflection through the smog at Three Valley Lake, resulting from >200 forest fires across British Columbia

Parker Blue on the Beach at Porteau Cove in British Columbia

Brandywine Falls, British Columbia

Into the Woods. Englishman River Falls, Vancouver Island

Parker Blue getting water-curious at Sproat Lake, Vancouver Island

Looking back to the Olympic Peninsula on the way from Port Angeles, WA to Victoria, Vancouver Island.

Crescent Lake in Olympic National Park

Sunrise overlooking Tipsoo Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

Stunning colors at the powerful Ohanapecosh River, Mount Rainier National Park

A beautiful nameless waterfall in Mount Rainier National Park - a gift of Spring

A Rainbow at Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Kirschi enjoying the mood lighting in our home on wheels

Java loves trees!

Me and the cats - this is how they travel while we’re out exploring. My back is getting strong :)

Parker Blue and Java in their favourite spot...sitting on the step of the Motorhome.