As many of you know, my lifestyle will become drastically different in a few short weeks. The past 11 years have been defined by an incredibly structured existence where I always knew exactly what the next 18-24 months would bring in terms of jobs, promotions, and locations –dotted periodically with adventures that had definite beginnings and ends. I loved planning for those trips and shared them with a handful of my closest friends, but I always had that nagging thought in my mind associated with the calendar date that would bring me back to the grind.

 

I fully embrace the uncertainty of what the open road brings this summer and fall – with no defined ending. This journey includes about 20,000 miles spanning much of the American West plus the entirety of the Trans-Canada Highway. As you might guess, this is a photography themed road trip alongside the talented Madeline and adventurous Japhy. Our car will be packed with camera equipment, a stove/refrigerator/small kitchen (I’m currently building that set up), a travel shower, and a tent attached to the roof rack. These essentials cover the basics for a budget-conscious extended trip. Food, water, hygiene, and shelter.

 

Canada is big. As the largest country in the western hemisphere and second largest in the world, it covers regions including extensive coasts, vast mountain ranges, and massive lakes, I anticipate encountering a number of weather conditions to include rain, hail, wind, and sunshine during this upcoming trip. These factors all play a major role in deciding the right roof top tent as home base. Shelter for 2-3 months absolutely must be functional – protecting us and our equipment from the elements while remaining simple and efficient to use. My search lead me to Roofnest, a rooftop tent company based out of Boulder, Colorado. Boasting specifications of sleeping two+ (perfect for two with a dog!), set up and take down time in less than two minutes each, and an aerodynamic design that decreases road noise and improves gas mileage – I was nearly sold. What sealed the deal, though, was Roofnest’s sturdy wall material that will not only withstand windy conditions, but is also three times more waterproof than a typical backpacking tent.

 

Roofnest Eagle shown open

 

Roofnest Eagle shown closed

 

As I make my final preparations to leave New England and head west, I am experiencing that all too familiar bittersweet feeling that accompanies any closing of a chapter…but I can’t wait to open the next book and see where this new road takes me.  Follow along if you’d like!

 

-Jon