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January 2016

Breanna's Journal

Book Report On Untamed

While on Vacation in Florida, I convinced Josiah to stop at Barnes & Noble so I could pick up a book to read on the beach. I was looking for an inspiring book about adventure. Sitting on the non-fiction shelf was a book I was about to devour within 48 hours. That book is Untamed The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island by Will Harlan. Before I knew it I was on the beach completely digested into the fascinating life of Carol Ruckdeschel.


Untamed tells the story of Carol and how she spends her whole life defending nature and doing whatever she can to preserve it. She is one true activist and the way she lives her life is true to her word. The book reveals how big corporations and the even the National Parks Service is money hungry. Apparently, even wilderness is for sale. It’s devastating to learn that people are more interested in filling their pockets, instead of protecting mother earth.

At first I was a little weary of her eating roadkill, as myself being a vegan. But at least she didn’t let them die in vain. Most of the meat she consumed had either been hit by a car, needed to be put down due to medical reasons, or it was seafood she caught in a small net. I suppose if you’re going to eat meat, then it should come from an already dying animal source.

The way she speaks about religion is so interesting and she doesn’t try to hide her blunt feelings. She views religion as just a way to cope with the thought of death. I suppose one doesn’t really need to live on earth or face themselves if they believe they are going to some afterlife. Carol knows death is death & there’s no redo. In the book the reader can observe how she really does live her one life to the fullest.

After reading the biography of Carol, I also learned how endangered sea turtles really are. Meat eaters do not realize that eating seafood is not only causing pain and suffering to the animal on the their dinner plate, but also endangering the species of other wildlife. Carol describes how mass fishing and scraping of the bottom of the ocean for shrimp is causing extreme environmental issues. Us carnivores are screwing up the ecosystem that so many different species count on. I hope people who read her book think twice before maxing out on a seafood trio platter.

I fell in love with this book and after reading it, I hope to be able to explore the wilderness of Cumberland Island and see all the beauty Carol saw in it. She’s one hell of a fighter & an activist. The book is about a woman who shows no fear & sticks up for what she believes in.


Till my next book,

Breanna XOXO

Breanna's Journal

Florida was just what I needed!

I hate the cold weather & so Florida sounded like a great escape.

We awoke tuesday the 12th at 4:30 to be whisked away and boarded our plane by 6:00 am. As we stepped out of the airport and into the sunlight, we knew this was going to be an awes

ome vacation. 70 degrees and sunny, couldn’t get any better than that.

josiah and breanna beach

Our hotel was located in Cocoa beach, but before checking in we decided to visit the Ocala National Forest. & I’m so glad we did. We headed straight for the Salt Springs which were about an hour from the Orlando airport. While at the Salt Springs we hiked the Bear Swamp Trail & Salt Springs Wildlife Observation Trail.They both provided an enormous amount of encounters with wildlife. We got to see manatees, turtles, several species of birds, and plants galore. Before making our way to the hotel, we jumper in for a quick swim in the salt spring. It was a bit chilly but the Fresh Water felt great. Best part it is, the whole experience cost us $12. Just goes to show traveling doesn’t have to be expensive.

ocala breanna

We stayed at the International Palms on Cocoa beach. The hotel room was far from a Hilton, but it gave us direct access to the beach. In less than thirty seconds we could have our feet in the sand & could hear the crashing of the waves. Most of the time we were hanging out on the beach; reading, swimming, playing frisbee, and just taking it all in. There was a Publix less than a mile away from the hotel where we picked up groceries for the week. We made PB&Js and stacked up on fruit. The only time we ate out was at Green Room Cafe, a vegan friendly lunch/brunch spot that also had amazing smoothies + wheatgrass shots. While there we also picked up a handmade bowl from a local potter.


While being only an hour away from Orlando, we couldn’t not go to a theme park. We decided to spend a day exploring Universal Studios + Islands of Adventure. Josiah + I usually move at a quick pace at were able to see everything in one day. We went on all the rollercoaster & virtual reality rides. The Harry Potter areas were my favorite, as I read all the books as a kid. Josiah seemed to really enjoy the Jurassic Park area. In the end we were really glad we only spent one day here, as another would have been more $ and time away from the beach. Afterwards we ate at Ethos Vegan Kitchen. We a got hummus + chips, bay cakes, & the veggie burger. Everything was so good that we even took a couple cookies back to the hotel with us.

On our trip we also visited the Kennedy Space Center. The bus tour around their facility and seeing the rocket Apollo was breathtaking. The Rocket Garden was also very impressive. We chose to go to the center on the right day, because until about 2pm it was raining. While at the Kennedy Space Center we also learned about the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

ocala josiah

The last day before heading to our flight, we stopped at the wildlife refuge for some up close views of native species in florida.We even got to see two gators, a few reptiles, and several kinds of birds. It was so naturally beautiful. They had a seven mile scenic drive that was as beautiful as the ocean. It was a vast landscape and had natural beauty They also had a manatee observation deck, but we sadly didn’t see any. Then while there we went to the Cape Canaveral National Seashore.  It was long but short sandy beach that had an ocean that never ended. The water was gorgeous & made it really hard to leave for the airport.

beach fl

Florida was amazing & can’t wait to go back. Why am I sitting inside hiding from the -5 degree weather when I could be on the beach? I hope to be visiting Florida a bit more often in the winter months.



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Skoolie Conversion Update #17

Happy New Year!!! its 2016 Year of the BUS!!

Well for us it is anyway. Just had some footage from a few weeks ago when we were at the bus. Removed the front bulkhead some random wire removal. Thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe and like the video!!