Two geeks, two cats in an airstream.

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Trail (Anne) & Hitch (Sig)

Trail (Anne) & Hitch (Sig) at Arches National Park, Utah in 2016

About Trail & Hitch

Hitch (Sigfried) was born in Alaska but by the age of 6 was shuttling back and forth between his birthplace and Seattle which was where he chose to make his home after graduating from the UW  in Economics. Hitch has had many jobs but his professional career was in Software Development as a developer and more recently a manager of other developers. Hitch has some 20 years of experience in the field and has all told made a lot of software for a lot of people over the years.

Hitch’s great personal passion is for playing games. Since a very early age when his father taught him checkers and chess, Hitch has loved games of all sorts but has a special passion for role playing adventure games like Dungeons and Dragons as well as strategy war games of all sorts. Hitch is also known for his passion for politics, culture, religion, movies and love of entertaining others. He’s been a podcaster, stage actor, storyteller, writer, and game designer. On his personal blog, you can find posts on a wide range of topics.

Trail (Anne) was born in Illinois but it wasn’t very long before she moved with her family to Seattle, where she has lived ever since. Also a graduate of the UW, Trail holds a degree in Computer & Software Systems. Trail has spent most of her professional career as a website developer. Trail left the rat race some years back and has worked as a contractor and independently for friends in creating websites. She even took a side job selling vintage table-top games on eBay.

Trail has wide-ranging interests and is accomplished at cooking, sewing, photography, graphic design, computer hardware, gardening, knitting, podcasting, gaming, and a great many other skills and crafts. Current passions include photography and travel writing. Trail is eager to see all that America has to offer in its natural glory and splendor. Trail does most of the travel planning, navigation and logistics and maintains the Trail and Hitch website and blog.

Kia & Keckovar

Kia is a tiny American shorthair tabby-calico with incomparably soft fur and sharp claws Kia likes to patrol for shadow creatures, ghosts, and other unseen apparitions when not sleeping or eating. She feels her brother is over excitable and altogether undignified. Kia is happy to see America so long as it doesn’t overly interfere with naptime.

Kekovar is an American shorthair orange tabby and bigger than his sister Kia. Kekovar loves to keep Hitch from working too hard by providing frequent petting breaks and opportunities to clean the cat box. Kekovar feels America is far too large and scary a place but is looking forward to viewing its many birds from the other side of a securely closed window.

Kia, Hunter of Shadows

Kia

Keckovar, The Couch Spud

Keckovar, The Couch Spud

9 Comments

  • Dennis Chisholm March 28, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Hello Trail & Hitch, my wife and I are both retired and are in the process of getting our house ready to sell (daunting) then hitting the road full time. We have narrowed our search down to a late model Flying Cloud 30′. I am pulling my hair out trying to figure out the TV. I need at least 8800 tow capability so that narrows the search down. I know I want a pickup, further narrowing. But here is where it gets tough I mean really tough. Reliability! Who makes a truck that you can count on? Ford F-150 with the 5.0 or the 3.5 twin turbo, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra or…. you get the picture I know you have tread in the very steps I am about to follow. Please. Please tell me how you took that final step to the 1500. Reliability is absolute key for me. I can buy new or used. I have owned in the past two Camrys and a Suburu Forester and have done no more than keep up the fluid levels, change the oil, and go. That is what I’m looking for in the tow vehicle. I have been scared away from the HD diesel trucks because of the many many issues with reliability and more specifically the injectors. I find it totally wrong to be faced with a $4-5,000 injector replacement guaranteed at 100,000 miles. Any way if you have time let me know your thought on my dilemma and how you squared it away in your mind. Much Thanks, Dennis

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  • Dean May February 7, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Hi Trail and Hitch,

    I am listening to your interview on Heath Padgett’s RV Entrepreneur. As a college professor, I would like to commend you on your critical thinking, awareness, and reflectiveness. Very enjoyable episode. I wish I had more students like you! 😉

    Laura and I are empty nesters that just discovered RVing a couple of years ago and bought a new to us Casita about a year ago. We camped 38 nights in 2016 and towed about 4,000 miles. I am not an aspiring RV entrepreneur, but I am enamored with RVing, the culture, and the lifestyle. I may try my hand at blogging at some point, but for now I am perfectly happy just exploring both literally and virtually everything RVing.

    Wishing you the best,

    Dean

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    • Hitch (Sig) February 7, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Thank you for the kind words Dean. One think I have found with the other RVers we have talked to is they all seem to savor lives pleasures, both great and small. A lot of conversations revolve around all the great things to do and see in various parts of the country. It really is a unique community of people in RV parks. Not all the same of course, but there are many common bonds.

      Great fortune in your travels and adventures,
      Sig

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  • peter lipka August 8, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Hello Trail and Hitch.
    We are about to follow in your foot steps with the Nomad life full timing in an Airstream. Thanks for sharing your adventures and purchase decisions you have taken a lot of the guess work out of the mix as we get started. When you get the chance please drop me a line as a dialogue on outfitting the trailer would be much appreciated.

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    • Hitch (Sig) August 9, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Hi there Peter,

      Congratulations! We are still amazed every day by how incredible the journey has been.

      I’m actually just working on some articles about outfitting in terms of tools, safety equipment and the like based on our experiences so far. Happy to talk to you about it as it should help me reflect on what people want to know. I’ll send an email shortly. 🙂

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  • Dale Klein July 12, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Hi Guys,
    We heard you on the RV entrepreneur podcast today, good show. Sounds like an adventure and best of luck to you. We’ve been on the road also for a little while now, and I see you have two cats with you also.

    constructive website feedback: do a search for ‘break’ and replace with ‘brake’ for the towing & truck posts, people might search for ‘brake controller’, etc.

    Dale

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    • Hitch (Sig) July 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Dale,

      Ya, that one has bitten me a couple of times. Thanks for the heads up, I’ll hunt them down. 🙂

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  • Ed Contini April 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Hey!! This is Eddie Contini, and old buddy and fellow bandmate (Gross Weight) of your dad. I was commenting in FB about his beautiful photos, and he told me about your blog. So cool!!

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    • Hitch (Sig) April 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Howdy! I remember we had brief phone conversations when I was a wee one, and I think you sent me a helicopter part once, I can still picture it in my mind believe it or not, though probably wrongly. Glad you liked the blog. Looking forward to your sense of humor in my facebook feed. 🙂

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