Author: Deb Cavanaugh

After living in the motel for a few weeks, we finally found a little cabin in Rhododendron, Oregon. It was a tiny unincorporated town on Highway 26 that was located just west of the Mt. Hood recreational area. I was excited to move into our own place. The weekly rental at the motel was expensive, […]

Paul and I both had to admit that Wyoming was gorgeous, but we were burning out fast. We were tired of being trapped in a cramped and fully packed car with our traveling companions, tired of juggling entertainment for a 2 ½ year old and just plain tired of being on the road.  We had […]

On Becoming a Hippie #15 – Kansas City Here I Come https://www.earthtrekkers.com/how-to-visit-gateway-arch-national-park-st-louis/ We stayed one night in Yellow Springs, Ohio where Debbie and Steve, our traveling companions, would stay for a visit with their friend. Getting to Kansas City from Ohio should have been pretty easy.  It was only about 9 hours away, though we […]

For me, one of the hardest things about making these big moves was leaving behind the people I had come to know and love. I’ve had to say goodbye to many friends over the years, and I think it’s hardened my heart a bit. On the other hand, it’s also enabled me to open up […]

  So now here we were back in my hometown, close to my family and Paul’s mother, back with our old friends.  Luckily, our time out west had narrowed our circle of friends, enabling us to choose who to hang out with more wisely.  At least, that’s what we thought.  It was true to a […]

We soon got tired of the first apartment we were in. It was certainly nicer than anything we’d lived in together before that, but we didn’t like being in a complex.  We had some new friends who asked us if we’d like to rent a house together, so we moved a little further from downtown […]

Feature 1. While living at Project One, we met some of the most interesting and eccentric people I had ever known.  First, there were the folks living in the mini-commune known as “The Estates” where we stayed.  Fred was a metal worker/engineer and was currently building an airplane from found parts in his large basement […]

After having hitchhiked across the northern part of the United States, we were so relieved when we finally made it to California.  For one thing, we were no longer standing outside in the bitter cold wind and snowstorms.  As soon as we got out of the car in Sacramento, Paul took his heavy coat on […]

On New Year’s Day, after a wild night of reveling and saying goodbye to our friends and enemies, my boyfriend at the time, Paul Cavanaugh and I left for our hitchhiking adventure.  After a series of adventures along the way, we found ourselves standing outside of a truck stop in Big Springs, Nebraska trying to […]

This is a continuation of the story of my awakening and more.  Although I was born into a conservative Republican family that was equally oppressive and educational, I was always a rebel at heart, pushing the limits and finding my own voice.  This is how I finally broke free.  If you want to start at […]


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