Backtracks: The White Heart of Mojave Podcast and Book

Travel to Death Valley in the early 1920s and discover what has changed (and what hasn’t) in the last hundred years in this gorgeous travel narrative with a modern twist. Written in 1922 by Edna Brush Perkins, The White Heart of Mojave tells the story of two friends who decide to go on an adventure in the Mojave desert before southern California’s empty spaces turned into tourist hot spots. A hundred years later, Lisa McNamara updates the original story with what the characters went on to do, what the places later became, and how she has experienced Mojave herself. Any lover of the desert will get lost in this poetic adventure story.

The White Heart of Mojave (Annotated) is available in two formats:

  • Good old fashioned book: available on Amazon as a Kindle ebook and a paperback, the text version features additional details not included in the podcast and full color photographs.
  • Podcast: available in Series 3 of the Road Tripping in America podcast.

ROAD TRIPPING IN AMERICA: The Podcast

Road Tripping in America is a podcast about life on the road, written, recorded, and produced by me, with additional editing and recording by Paul Olson. We’re exploring the US in a pickup truck with a camper – we named our setup The Bobs.

Road Tripping in America Podcast Cover

The podcast is available on all major podcasting apps. Road Tripping in America also hosts the podcasts and extra content like transcripts and links to things I mention.

If you daydream about long-term travel or overlanding or #vanlife – or maybe you’re already on your own adventure – join us for some entertainment from the road. We’re in search of off-the-beaten-path adventures and new experiences.

We release new episodes every two weeks, usually on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Check out roadtrippinginamerica.com for more. And subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcasting app to ensure you never miss an episode. 

DRIVING INERTIA: In Search of the Continuous Road Trip

Driving Inertia is a travel blog written by Paul Olson and me.

Here are some of my favorite stories from the road:

THE IDAHO DRIVE: KETCHUM TO BOISE VIA STANLEY, BOISE TO MCCALL AND BACK AGAIN: hot springs, campgrounds, real towns, ghost towns, and more.

WRITING HAIKU IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK: enjoying the moments of boredom that lead to inspiration. Whatever that inspiration may be…

HIKING AND CAMPING IN CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK’S NEEDLES DISTRICT: one of my favorite places to get lost.

A NIGHT AT THE BUG BAR IN TATE’S HELL: I wrote a short story to cope with one of the creepiest campground bathrooms I’ve every experienced.