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Welcome to Joyful Rambler

Welcome to the “Tramily”

Hi, I’m Joey (friends call me “Moon Pie” on the trail) and I’m happy you’re here. If you are an explorer at heart like me, it’s a pleasure to welcome to my ever-expanding virtual trail family!

It doesn’t matter if you are a hard-core adventurer or if you simply long to see the world, you’re right where you belong. Curious wanderers are young and old, in all shapes and sizes. They represent all the colors you can imagine, and hail from every country and background.

That’s part of what’s so magical about the great outdoors: it’s there for everyone.

Why I’m Here…

For years I ignored the persistent call of incurable wanderlust. I was tethered to corporate life, climbing the ladder of success while dying a slow death of terminal boredom. I finally had enough of it all and set out to hike, bike, paddle, and sail across this amazing world.

My start was a 2018 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (documented on YouTube). Sadly, that was followed by a huge and unexpected life-change when I returned home. It was a tough time that taught me how important it is to be true to yourself, spending time in places that feed your soul with people who enrich your life and expand your horizons.

As fun as it sounds, a life of full-time travel isn’t all perfect. The joy of discovery is often tempered with difficult, frustrating, confusing, and even heartbreaking moments. I believe those are the moments that force us to grow the most.

That’s why I’m all in, embracing life on the road in a Promaster camper van I converted myself (with help from some amazing friends). I’m traveling the U.S. seeing as much as a I can and sharing the experience with friends like you.

Come along by watching my video journal on YouTube or catch my travel videos right here on my blog. Poke around and you’ll find posts on topics like thru-hiking, van life, car camping, my favorite gear, lessons from the road, and cool places to visit.

As part of that family, your feedback and encouragement is always welcome. Share your thoughts in the post comments or contact me personally. I’d love to hear from you!

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