A Quixotical Digital Nomad's Adventure

Exploring The Americas in a Jeep Wrangler and Teardrop Trailer

A Grand Adventure Begins

On September 1, 2023, I pulled away from my home in Niwot, CO, knowing that nothing but an exciting new life awaits. 

I’ve always loved traveling, camping, hiking, taking pictures, creating videos, meeting people, and writing. This adventure is the ultimate expression of those interests. 

A few of the things that I have planned:

  • Share my adventures in written and visual form on social media, on my website, and in a new newsletter
  • Hike, meditate, and enjoy time in nature
  • Visit and meet many amazing and wonderful people
  • Write more books and short stories
  • Continue to run my businesses remotely

Featured Entries from my Travel Journal

I’m documenting my experience in my journal. Here are a few of my featured entries.

A solitary, flat-topped butte stands in the middle of a vast, grassy plain under a partly cloudy sky in the Pawnee Buttes National Grasslands.
Hiking the Pawnee Buttes Trail was the first hike on this leg of my wanderings, and it held an unexpected and wonderful surprise at the end!
A selfie of Shea Oliver on the summit of saddle Mountain
I hiked up to the summit of Saddle Mountain as a reward for getting my new business launched. It was a beautiful day, and I had the mountain all to myself.
Petroglyphs near tonopah
Hike from a campsite to find the petroglyphs marked on Google Maps. Ended up finding a few and had some fun just wandering around.
A jeep and teardrop trailer parked in the desert near Signal Mountain.
Hanging out east of Phoenix on some BLM land waiting for a storm to pass and hoping for good weather.
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I spent a few hours wandering this amazing national Park service. Reconstruction was very educational and fascinating. Absolutely worth the visit.
A grassy field with a sign in the middle advertising the Picket Wire Trail - Dinosaur Tracksite.
Spent a wonderful day hiking into the Picket Wire Canyonlands to visit the largest dinosaur tracksite in North America.
A jeep parked next to a camper in Comanche National Grasslands.
The first major off-grid test of my nomad life, plus some glorious camping and hiking!
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As the days dwindle down toward my departure date, my emotions seem to bounce around, but I am finding myself more and more at ease with the decision and looking forward to this adventure.
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Decisions are made and I won't be turning back. I'm leaving my home and most of my possessions. It's a strange feeling of letting go, but it feels meant to be.

Shea' Travel Calendar

This just might answer that nagging question:
WHERE THE HELL IS SHEA NOW?

Glass Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

1001 Tales of Treasure

My multi-decade, wildly-ambitious plan to chronicle one-thousand and one stories of travels and adventures to national and state parks, monuments, forests, grasslands, and destinations of significant meaning.

The places I travel are treasures for those who visit. They provide moments of personal contemplation, a connection with nature, and a timeless kinship to the people who made the location valuable.

I share these stories in written and visual form on my website and on various social media platforms. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy a meaningful tale.

Living The Teardrop Life

Isn’t she cute? She’s a 2018 NüCamp T@G Teardrop Trailer, Outback Edition. She’s designed to handle moderate offroad treks and has already been to a few awesome locations in Colorado. I knew that I’d enjoy my first trailer, but didn’t realize that I’d be designing the next chapter of my life to include it. I’m so excited to see where we go together.

I am making a number of additions and modifications. I’ll be sharing the stories of the upgrades and changes to her, my purchases designed for teardrop exploring, and my trips in preparation of launching here on my website and on social media.

My T@G Teardrop Trailer