Monday, October 16, 2017


I first learned of Swankie at a van dweller Thanksgiving. I wouldn't really say we met. We were just in the same place at the same time and she had a memorable name. And some big plans. She was about three-quarters of the way through her goal to kayak in all 50 states. Fast forward a few years and she has completed that quest and is planning on hiking the 800-mile Arizona National Scenic Trail. I caught up with her in Monterey where she played stealth camping guide to a mutual friend and I. And where I spotted her as she climbed out the driver window of her van and up onto the roof to wash her solar panel. That's the kind of woman she is.