I travel with my dogs in a 1996 Freedom Wide Leisure Travel Van built on the Dodge Ram 3500 Van. At 19.6 feet it contains everything I need. A bit rough on the road but maneuverable and comfy for camping.  In my early posts you can discover my crazy story of how I made the LTV road worthy.  Today everything works and runs.

Three of my dogs are Lagotto Romagnolo (the Italian Water Dog truffle hunter):  Comes cordis Olympia and 2 of her pups, Flying Curls Jackson and Flying Curls Jeana. My little one is a very wise rescue Terrier-Corgi-Chi mix named Mason.

I’m the only human on board, my partner and closest beloved companions died young mostly without warning, others married and dissolved their connections. My days became a radical alteration of losses including my career, my hoped for business venture and home, my sustenance, the remainder of my sanity and my people. Grief and rage smacked dead on with emptiness and physical challenges into my already stressed bit of existence. There came new friends, gracious strangers, a plethora of campers, RVers who share moments in camp, at a sidewalk cafe, along a beauteous trail, a very few family and you my readers here.  There are others traveling  alone with their personal stories, I love conversing with them. Sometimes I meet women who say I inspire them. I struggle, I hit dead ends, am lost more than found. Searching for compassion and kindness, understanding of the world and to be in contact with rivers, mountains, oceans, wild places and things, small charming cities. . . . wherever I’ve not been, experiences not yet had.

When not traveling, I volunteer at the Botanical Garden attempting to know the plants, the birds, insects and help it all grow. I train dogs in Nose Work (scent work) and show them in conformation.  I dabble in writing and visual art such as printmaking, fused glass, colored pencil, really bad ceramics and now watercolor. I’m a trained mediator and believe in transformative collaboration. I still think it’s possible we can live in balance growing towards remediation of our global issues.

My blog, Jamie and The Dogs, documents my adventures. I update as I prepare for a trip and as I travel. There’s a lot of info here about my aging Class B camper van, how I keep it going, places to camp with dogs, the state of the environment internal and external, stuff like that.

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. . . best wishes from me and the dogs…. jamie rosenthal, olympia , mason, jeana & jackson

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