Hey there!

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.

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.

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!

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.