I don’t live in a van anymore. I don’t travel the country stripping anymore, tho I might when I run out of money.

When I started this blog I think I felt like my experiences were significant. I’m not really sure, because I don’t feel that way anymore. I mean, my experiences are significant to me, and maybe a little to the people around me, but I think the further they go the less they matter. Most of my experiences at the moment are tied to this land that I’m falling in love with, and I think it would be kind of creepy to tell the whole wide internetz all about that.

Go outside. Fall in love with the dirt under your feet. Why should I write to you about the dirt here (it is lovely and varied) when you aren’t here? Read things by people who share your dirt, or just listen to the dirt.

I used to feel this actual physical anxiety, that so many beautiful moments were passing without being written down. It was imperative that I record all those little moments before they faded from memory. I don’t feel like that anymore (which could be a good thing or a bad thing, I guess, depending on how you look at it).

To sum it all up:

I won’t be blogging here anymore.

I’ll maybe probably be starting a naked-Tara-in-the-woods website so I can make money without coming to town.

I might possibly start another blog. One of those boring ones that I update once or twice a week about how much wood I chopped or the otters teasing Bro.

I’ll probably be putting together a chapbook or two of poems and stories. I might write a book, but I don’t really feel like it right now.

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  1. Evolution!
    I really enjoyed reading about your hobostripper adventures, I will miss that.
    Congrat’s on the new place! Sounds idyllic. πŸ™‚

  2. Dear Tara,

    I won’t say that I am not a little sad that I won’t be able to read about your adventures (because that would be a lie!), but I am happy for you.

    Best of luck living in the bush, and have fun living as every Greenwoman should πŸ™‚


  3. I really enjoyed reading each and every post.

    You are a very good writer, but more importantly you seem to be “self actualized” from what little I’ve read of your adventures, which makes you super interesting from my perspective.

    Sometimes it’s best to leave a field fallow for a year or two.

    I predict that once your settled into your cool and groovy life in Alaska the writing bug will sneak up on you. If that happens I would love to be the first to buy whatever fiction or non-fiction strikes your fancy.

    Good luck out there…and take care of yourself.


  4. I found your site a couple of years ago when I first got interested in blogs and started reading. I didn’t read every entry but I was fascinated by the complex and interesting character you are and those you described. Maybe there is a novel in there or something else. Keep writing, keep making money and give us the option of following you, when you do. Good Luck!

  5. Thanks Tara for doing this blog !!

    Its been like a little addiction, checking in everyday to see whats new in your adventures. Keep things going, and I look forward to your new life and what comes out of that. I’m on an old hobbyfarm in the bush as well, so would sure relate to your new experiences as well. Again, thanks, and have fun in the new place !!

  6. No truer word ever spoken or writen then “To thy own self be true”! So lovely Miss Tara may life grant you all your dreams and may your land fill your heart with a happy song.

  7. If you need any advice on a “Naked Tara” website and or photographer let me know I’d be thrilled to help!

    I don’t see a kiss emoticon here, so xxx!


  8. I will miss reading about you. You really made me me think about things from another perspective. Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your new dirt!!

  9. oh tara, how i’ve loved this blog, but mostly i love YOU. i think your timing is sadly perfect, and i wish you deep, meaningful, joyful adventures.

  10. Thanks for so much information and inspiration when I was considering living in Truck House. It was a big deal for me. The first post I read was about your interaction with “Susie Smith, Jimmy’s mom.” You mentioned learning social rules in PA, and went right into telling her you lived in a van. I loved it. I hit refresh about an hour later, and you’d already posted “Five below and allÒ€ℒs well in the vanhold.” After that, I read the whole book. You’re cool.

  11. wow. i think i can understand this, as it seems like the same road i’ll be going down sometime – once i find it (and have the means to linger there). change is still kind of sad though… i’m looking forward to anything you decide to share in the future, conceived upon your new soil!

  12. Oh dear… I’ve missed the bus/van…
    I came here from Jack to see what it is he will miss, but I’ve missed it!
    Well whatever journey you are taking next Tara, I do hope it makes you happy… it’s a shame I didn’t drop by before, looking back over your archives, it seems I should have got here sooner… May your new dreams all come true…
    Good luck x

  13. I will greatly miss readying your blog…I come here regularly to ready of your adventures, and would love it if you created a blog of your homestead adventures!

  14. Looks like I’ve got to the party too late! I discover this blog to find that it’s over.

    Never mind, all the best for your post-hobo-stripper adventures!


  15. I’m a newer reader, but I did go back through all your older posts and have enjoyed the vicarious journey.

    And that is indeed what it has been —an overview of your unique, insightful, sometimes heated yet always moving, journey.

    Thank you for allowing a few unseen faces to tag along with you on your adventures, to plumb the depths of your heart and head in the multitude of ways you have chosen to share, entertain and enlighten.

    Whereever you go next I’m sure will be just as heartbreakingly beautiful and meaningful. Maybe, you’ll feel moved to invite tag-a-longs or maybe you won’t. Either way, all the best to you and Bro.

  16. I’m sad that you won’t be hobostripper any more, because you changed the way I think about nature and female sexuality. You encouraged me to make the most of my life, of my body, and of the wind in my hair and the dirt under my feet, all without ever having to even speak to me.

    I wish you all the best and all the happiness in the world at this new stage of your life, and hope you will always be happy.

    It’s been great, thanks for sharing.

  17. Hey Tara,

    I have so enjoyed reading your blog here and will miss hearing about your updates and adventures…I would love it if you would continue sharing your land adventures through a land blog πŸ™‚ or alternative living / homesteading blog!

  18. You will be missed. Thank you for giving us this window into your life. Go in peace, and have a life filled with every joy.

  19. I’ve appreciated your writing, opinions and perspective. I think you should write a book.

    Happy trails, Urban Vandweller

  20. my deep and already entrenched love of the land under my feet is enhanced by what you write about the land under yours. you’re a great writer and your opinions of the world are valued – stripping, farming, boating or vibeing- whatever you choose to do or write about you bring a refreshing voice to the chorus.

    i look forward to whatever’s next for you and do hope you’ll share, its been fun, inspiring and totally entertaining to read your goods….

    I count you in the change i’d like to see in the world (to liberally paraphrase such a great quote).

    Thanks. Really.

  21. Settlin’ down on the land, eh?! Your ramblin’ days are over?! I kind of feel like my ramblin’ and wanderer days could be over… but I am not going to assume anything yet.

    Aw, I loved reading your blog although I found it a bit later than I would of wanted to.

    Tara, I do hope you start a new blog! I may send you an email soon!

  22. Brava! It takes a strong writer to know when to end a story, and I think you’ve come to the end of the HoboStripper chronicles. Best of luck in the WomanoftheLand chronicles as they unfold πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to any writing or blogging you do end up doing.

    One question, though, you will be leaving the archives up, right? It would be a real shame if you were to take them down, the writing is so wonderful and true, and the advice you give on sex work, herbs, van living, and everything in between is invaluable.

  23. awww… well… alright… i guess it just means that, like, i actually need to put -effort- into keeping in touch with you then.


    how do you feel about homemade postcards?

  24. Tara, I will miss your writing, and I do hope you start the naked tara as well as any other ideas that strike your fancy. Your personality shines through in everything you write, and it’s simply fascinating. I too would love to see a web site or blog about your land, and your cabin. And if you need any help with anything, don’t hesitate to ask, as we are all in this world together.

  25. I’ve never commented before, but I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I want to just say thank you for the things you’ve written. Less Tara words are a loss to the internet! Your thoughts have impressed me, startled me, taught me, frightened me, and given me things to think about. And that’s just what good writing should do.

    Best of luck and blessings to you, whatever the future brings!

  26. Tara, I will miss your writing. I do hope you do the Tara naked in the woods site, as that sounds like it would be a fun site to see. I also second the idea for a blog about your cabin and land.
    Your personality really shines through in your writing, and reading this blog has been an adventure. I hope to hear more from you in the future, and good luck with your cabin.

  27. Ah, I remember when you were designing the picture at the top of the blog at my house in Boulder after we returned from camping in the snow in New Mexico, and my computer was fried. It’s been a wonderful read and adventure. Being on your land is the right thing to do! I look forward to hearing about your deeping connection and love with your home! And coming to visit!

  28. Tara:

    Darn! Just when I was screwing up my courage to ask you to join me in a team effort to save the world in 2019….

    I have enjoyed your writing so much. Thank you for all of the effort that you have put into your blog.

    Good luck
    Bright blessings


  29. Wow, thanks for all the niceness, everyone.
    The archives are definitely staying up, and once I do something else there’ll be a link to it, and stuff.
    I want to keep in touch with everybody! Email me! Now that I don’t have to write something every day I look forward to being better at keeping up with email.

  30. I understand about moving on with your life and this is a logical progression for you.

    But I can see you getting wanderlust again in the future and hitting the road. You’d just have a home base to work from.


  31. I love your blog so much, it really makes me sad that you’re ending it. But I’m also really happy for you to hear that you’re falling in love with your land! Best of luck to you!!!

  32. It sounds like you’ve actualized a dream, and I am very happy.

    Thank you for sharing your journey. And good luck in everything you do!

  33. Another new person to your blog. I found you a few months ago as I was searching camping and self sustainability/off the grid.

    It didnt take long till I was often checking it for updates. Your mechanic, herbal wisdom, work ethics…there is so much in your blog that is, simply put, priceless.

    I love your writing style, the post about your step dad waiting for you by the river had me on the edge of my seat.

    I congratulate you on making your dream come true and agree with other sentiments, I would welcome your land adventures.

    I hope someday to live completely off the grid, you are my hero.

    Most grateful for the wisdom and word.
    signing up!


  34. Tara – Thanks again for the rich stories and insights you brought to my world with this blog. It was indeed meaningful, daring, and an unusual gift to many. I’m so excited for this next chapter of your life – I identify so much with wanting a quiet connection to the land/nature. I hope we meet again – with dulcimers in hand! πŸ™‚ Enjoy the crunch of leaves and frost under your feet, Love, Esther

  35. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you. Have fun living in the woods!

    You write well, and I really enjoyed checking every few days to see what new story or adventure you’d written about.


  36. I followed you here from vandwellers, and I enjoyed reading your blog.

    hope you have a great luck in your new endeavors.

    keep warm in your cabin! πŸ˜€

  37. Been checking into this blog for about 18months now and I’m going to miss it. Thank you.

    Pleased you’ve found a place – enjoy it and good luck with however that goes.

    Once got writing in your blood I’m sure it will have to come out again somehow. Look forward to that.


  38. Thanks Tara – it’s been fun!

    All the best for the future. And if you decide to write anything again, I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading that too!

  39. WOW…………… 😐 😯 I don’t talk to y0u since 4pm, and see what happens πŸ˜₯ DAMN GIRL ❓ …..(teehee) the characters in this story don’t even know what’s happening πŸ˜† ……………………………..xxoo

  40. I have so enjoyed reading about things from your perspective, thank you for writing this blog, and good luck with your new adventures.

    I’m going for a walk to feel the dirt under me now…

  41. I’ve loved reading your blog and getting a new perspective on things. Thank you for all your time writing and good luck!

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