With their 240-square-foot house on wheels, Katherine (Glass-Hardenbergh) Hodsdon ’11 and Mike Hodsdon ’10 have been traveling the country–from the wide expanse of Lake Superior, where the crystal-clear water reflects the bright blue sky like a mirror, to the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, where heavy moss clings to tree branches and ferns sprout like wall-to-wall green carpet.
Their home-away-from-home is tiny, but it has taken them on plenty of big adventures since June 2021, when the Hodsdons left their full-time residence in Boston to embark on a year-long tour across the United States. They’ve been documenting the trip on their Instagram page, tinyvacationhome.
“The experiences have been so different everywhere in the country,” Mike explained during a Zoom interview in December 2021 when the couple was visiting San Diego, Calif.
Katherine says she enjoyed Arches National Park in Utah, its red rocky terrain and natural stone arches like the surface of another planet. Mike says he liked the landscape in Arizona where saguaro cacti grow as thick and tall as telephone poles. The western part of the country is very different from what the couple is used to, with Mike growing up in Maine and Katherine in New Jersey before they met as Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) students at Lehigh.
“We didn’t just want to be in the corporate world our entire lives and always working. We also wanted to experience life, and we probably watched a few too many of those tiny home shows on HGTV,” Katherine says.