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It sometimes amazes me to get email every day from people I've never met but who touch me in such profound ways with what they say to me. For them to take the time to let me know they were positively impacted by something I've written gives me an incredible amount of encouragement and strength to keep on truckin...

I have to thank you for putting your travels on line, as you were the one to light the fire under me and believe that I can do this!! I enjoy reading of your adventure!!!! -- Cindy
You write beautifully about all the things you've seen, including the lessons on making up your mind to do things even when there was so much adversity attached to it... I understood fully how you felt along your trips to the point that I cried too...isn't that a strange thing? Your story was an inspiration and I will certainly remember it. Thanks for every livin', breathin' word of it.. just had to say "thanks for such a wonderful taste of life through another's eyes..." -- Arlene
Malia, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Just when I thought I had reached a very low point in our journey your inspiring words have lifted me back up where I need to be at this time in my life. -- Kimberly
You express yourself well, and people love the way you are open with your thoughts. That is the way we all should communicate, but most of the time we hang back and present the superficial side of ourselves. -- R & T
I so loved your sharing your travels and plans! Traveling up to Alaska would be a dream come true for many of us and your courage and sense of adventure is contagious! -- JoAnn
You're an angel in disguise my dear. :-) Inspiration? Well you were quite an inspiration to me before I began my journey. I would read your travels and look out that window of mine and one day my dream came to life. You had such a big part do with that and didn’t even know it!:-) I hope to someday meet the Angel who was such a catalyst in me pursuing my dream. -- Tony
Malia, I really like your website. I have been wondering if I could drive a big rig by myself and after seeing your pictures of you by your rig it just gave me the inspiration to go for it!!
I believe it was on the Escapees site that I found your web site - someone had started a topic on "my favorite RV sites" and yours was on someone's list. I am certainly glad I found it and I am looking forward to the next installment. -- Malcolm

What a Wonderful Thing - just wanted to take a minute to say that I think what you're doing is absolutely awesome and inspiring!! I really admire strong, adventurous women. You GO girl!! -- Rhonda

I happened to read a column you had written that had a very profound quote from A Tree Full of Angels regarding stepping into the darkness of the unknown. I can't begin to tell you what a HUGE difference just reading that has made to me...because it is right on the money. I have been experiencing those on and off feelings of intense fear...am I doing the right thing? Can I do this? Can I actually drive a 34' home with a dolly and a vehicle attached to the back and not kill or injure myself or my equipment? Sometimes, I can get so full of fear I'm sick to my stomach. But do it I am, regardless, because this is my dream. Am I scared? You betcha. Will I do it? Absolutely. Thank you so much for sharing. I am so grateful to read exactly those words I needed to hear. -- Liz

My heart goes out to you. I appreciate your honesty. Thanks again for sharing all this with us. You should be paid for promoting Alaska in such a spiritual sensitive way. -- Jeanie
I love reading about your adventure. As the younger set would say, "You GO, girl!!" WOW!! Double WOW!! Your trip sounds so exciting...and the way you describe things, I feel like I'm right alongside you there. Thank you so much! Keep on having fun. -- Lee
Thank you so much for your beautiful and "inspirational" words. You are a model for those of us who want to do something similar, but struggle to feel the freedom and power to step out. Thank you for the encouragement. I applaud your initiative and courage...and for you to write and record and share with others what it takes and what it means enlarges the significance of your experience to a new level. I especially liked the expression that you want to "BE inspiration", and the statement, "when we are true to ourselves...we can be of the most service to anyone else." Very few words but the thought is really quite profound. You are an online gem. Your words are an elixir. -- Dick
What a trip, what a story...I felt every thought and every tear..even I cried and at the same time envied your experience. I agree...you will never regret and memories last forever. -- Judith

Your security-oriented fans are still here and continuing to gain strength, hope, insight, and another little glimpse at the world through your eyes - not to mention real "inspiration". You have certainly made me start looking at far more possibilities than I was considering before our paths crossed. I found a quote the other day that reminded me of you: "I spent a long time trying to find my center until I looked closely at it one night and found it had wheels and moved easily in the slightest breeze, so now I spend less time sitting and more time sailing." Please keep sharing your experiences. I've always thought that pushing to the brink (with some caution, of course) was what life was meant to be. Too many people just don't get it. I feel so fortunate to have met someone who does and who shares her experiences so willingly. Thank you, and as always keep on moving forward. -- Janice

Very nice journal! I really enjoyed touring with you. You make the reader feel like they're right there with you. Especially nice was seeing places that we've been to through someone else's eyes. -- Garry

I just finished wandering through your website and incredible adventures. I don't know why I was pushed to tears by the beauty of Alaska and Canada, you're truly blessed by this freedom and wonder of it all. Like a small child with newness in their eyes at every corner! -- Harusami

I'm loving your adventure from the safety net of my little country home. I wish I had the guts to strike out and do something I want to do instead of keep on keeping on and being satisfied by reading and dreaming about doing some things...I think you are giving me the encouragement I need to act on at least one or two of my "wishes". -- Diane

You have the most interesting site. My wife and I spent several hours looking at it. Thanks! Continued happy trails to you -- Dale

I wish I could express fully how much you have an influence on our journey with your fearless adventure to overcome things and do it by yourself. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! :) I eagerly await each update you send and your trip to Yellowstone immediately prompted us to make it a must see. Your pictures are sooooo beautiful and you certainly have a way of writing that captures your attention. You never cease to amaze me. :) -- Tab

Thanks for the uplifting message of reassurance. I just finished taking a peak at your website and have soaked in every word you wrote. -- Sheryl

I appreciated your insights and sharing of your experiences and ways of dealing with it and agree wholeheartedly with your conclusions. It was very helpful to see such thoughts put down into actual words on paper and a good reminder to me of such important points. It is good to know that there are others out there that go through the same dark times and make it out the other side to the light again. Just wanted to tell you personally of my appreciation for your sharing and insights. -- Laurie

I admire you tremendously...so few realize their dreams before age and circumstance impair the ability to throw caution to the wind. -- Nan

My wife and I have really enjoyed your site. I found it a few days ago when it was recommended by someone else. My wife spent the whole afternoon looking through all the photos and comments. Thanks so much for all the great information. It was very professionally done. We found it very informative and entertaining. -- Bob

Malia, I don't know where to begin. I have been looking at your site for about an hour and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I will probably be up half the night looking at it. I have been to Alaska twice and it was great looking at some familiar scenes. -- Alastair

I have just found your website and have been reading your entries and find they are of great help in some of the decisions we have to make. I have read the entries at other site's forums which are helpful as well but yours seems more personal. We are planning on having our motorhome by January 2006. We have a few jitters; I think you understand. -- Paul
I'm really impressed with the way you organized and recorded what I can tell are very happy memories. Larry
I had no idea there were such things going on in the world outside my imagination: Women driving RVs, traveling alone in them, making a living.... Tonight I searched the web for more information about full-time RV living, and found your site by accident (or not). For several months I've been envisioning your kind of life for myself, but had nothing to go by--no details about it at all. In my mind everything went well at all times, with no equipment problems, no financial difficulties, no illnesses. I would have a sparkling, fully loaded luxury motor home and a lovely life of adventure and unbridled joy. From the little bit I've read tonight, my dream is outrageously naive (certainly not the first one like that I've ever had). Nevertheless, despite the knot in my stomach, I feel somewhat encouraged to read what you've written. Thank you for writing it. -- Marlise
I read (in Roaming Times) tonight about a woman full timer traveling alone. My husband died in July and I thought I would have to give up traveling. Her letter persuaded me to buy a slide in for my pick up truck and keep on traveling. -- Faith
I wanted to meet you and tell you how much I've been enjoying "traveling" with you this morning. The pictures of Alaska are incredible. My husband would like to make Alaska one of our first trips and when I show him your web site, the deal is sealed!!!!! You are an amazing woman (I can just tell!), and I admire your courage. -- Diane
I look forward to reading and following your journey. I am so inspired with what you have done and the way your writing articulates your experience. I have come to the understanding that all of my life I had it a little mixed up. I thought I was a human being trying to have a spiritual experience, when all along I have been a spiritual being having a human experience. Thank you for following your spirit and sharing it with all of us. -- David
You are a tonic to us all. In this world of complete uncertainty you have taken the step that thousands dream of but fail to take any decisive steps to make it a reality. Many more miles to you. -- Tony
Thanks for sharing your journey and your thoughts online ... it has given me a lot of inspiration. For the past six months, I've been trying to figure out ways to make my RV traveling dream possible. This is something I really want to do, and it's so nice to know there are other women out there doing this! My family and friends think I'm nuts, but that's ok! Hopefully it will come together, thanks again for keeping your site .. it’s a great inspiration for other women! -- Tracy
I was just doing some middle of the night rumination, when I thought how much I owe to you. You have provided so much of what has become my planned (or destined) pathway, and have been an inspiration to me… Thank you for all you do. Your fan. Dick
I recently bought The Woman's Guide to Solo RVing and was inspired by the quotes from your Journal. Mostly I just want to thank you for your words of encouragement! If you could do it maybe I really can too! -- Joy
I looked at all the pictures you took and the read the commentary. I must truly say it was inspirational. You did a magnificent job on the webpage. -- Guido

Letters from former co-workers:

What made working in lawyer-land rewarding (besides the gas money it provided) was the fantastic people I worked with. Keeping in touch with so many of them has been a special blessing, and I'm always happy to see their names in my mailbox!

Thanks so much for sharing your adventures with all of us. To see the beauty of the United States through the eyes of a friend is absolutely fantastic. Your stories and pictures bring much happiness. I think of you so often and ... I hope I will follow a dream of my own the way you have yours. -- Beth
You have been such an inspiration. The more I read of your journey the more I can see myself maybe one day doing the same. -- Diane
Reading your journal is like sitting on your shoulder through this adventure. All adventure is not fun though, as you have found. But even in those darker moments, the courage you have to push on is inspiring. It is always such a joy to hear from you. It is funny how you just came here for a while and then you were gone. No real reason for you to stay on my mind, but you have. I find myself wondering how you are and what you are doing. You, my dear, are the epitome' of cool. -- Sly
It's been fun experiencing this trip with you and I have a good time reading your entries. I worry about you out there alone but I know you are a strong and determined woman and this will be an adventure you will never forget. Relying on yourself is a huge accomplishment and I'm proud of you for your bravery and faith. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and thank God that he brought you my way, even if just for a little while :) -- Jennifer
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