I’m Marie, the Ardent Camper.
I always wonder, “What’s around THAT corner?!”
But after living in Houston (the food capitol of the USA, and don’t tell me otherwise) for nine years, I realized I was spending a LOT of time inside my house.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it just wasn’t… me.
Ardent Camper 1.0
In 2013, I started this blog to motivate myself to adopt a mindset of travel in my own state, city, and home.
- A Photographic Journey through Big Bend National Park
- The Most Popular Trail in America’s Second Biggest Canyon
- Glamping on a Lake Conroe Boat House in Texas
Ardent Camper 2.0
From 2015-2018, I took my love of exploration to the next level. I sold my Houston house, bought an RV, and traveled full-time for several years.
- North to Alaska: The Road Trip of a Lifetime
- A Great Home Base: Flagstaff, Arizona
- Eating Our Hearts Out Along Oregon’s Coast
Ardent Camper 3.0
In 2018, I put down roots in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ever since, I’ve been exploring my new region and beyond… and getting back to my passions of tent camping and car camping!
- Ardent Camper Is Back
- Blog 2
- Blog 3
A little bit about me…
When I’m not hitting the trail (or the road) I’m curled up with a good book, hanging out with my pups, or dreaming about the future.
I grew up in North Carolina, spent ten years in Texas, and am loving my new home base in New Mexico.
I co-own a content marketing agency called North Star Messaging + Strategy.
My passion is creative writing — specifically fantasy. My debut novel, Unrelenting, was published in 2022. Learn more about my writing at marieparks.com.