Karsten Pearce


The Vagabond’s primary function for this family is to aid our family in exploring all the national and state parks this continent has to offer.  Just driving around Texas will leave you sitting for long stretches of time on your rear.  With that in mind it was important for us […]

Vagabond – Electrical Wiring


Over the years I have slowly transitioned from lightweight backpacking to car/van camping.  It was hard for me to do this. I use to be a die hard primitive backpacker; loved hiking miles to the camping zone carrying everything I needed and getting away from people.  Ever since I injured […]

The Vagabond



After living at our new grotto for a year, Amanda and I are ready to start building our vegetable garden bed.  This one is a little ambitious as it will be a permanent structure and raised up to a little over 2 feet.  I even learned to used SketchUp to […]

The Next Garden Bed




When contemplating how to attach your bird feeders, birdhouses and/or wind chimes do not attach them with nails, screws or anything that will penetrate the outer bark.  Texas A&M Forest Service has a great explanation on why one shouldn’t: Penetrating the outer bark can damage the cambium, the area just […]

Don’t Harm That Tree


To help ease our camping experience, and help our trips immensely, we decided to organize the campsite ‘kitchen’. For this we started looking at purchasing or building a chuck/grub box to store all of our camp kitchen supplies. This would save time routing around looking for utensils and places to prepare the meals. Using […]

Our First Official Chuck Box



Mission Tejas State Park is a 363.5-acre park in Houston County, 22 miles northeast of Crockett. The park contains several historic sites in the park along with a commemorative replica of the first Spanish mission in Texas and one of the oldest surviving structures in Houston County.  Nice short trails crisscross the park, along […]

Mission Tejas State Park


Shortly after spring break our family decided it was time to move.  We had a short time to find a house and settle in before the new school year started.  I am glad to say we have found our new home and have lived it for the past couple of […]

A Short Hiatus