The Story of a Guy, A Girl, a Hound, and a Beauce…

So…We bought a bus.

Named her Serenity.

Because we’re Firefly fans.

Our Moto is

“You can’t take the sky from me.”

But first introductions are in order!

I’m Ariel, the main writer for this blog. I am a twenty-something dog trainer and artist from Ohio. I have always loved travel and the outdoors and hope to share my joy of it with you all. I hope that maybe this blog and vlog will inspire others to get out and explore!

Nate is my husband, you will see him in videos and he may write a blog here and there too. He’s in his thirties and runs a few Etsy Shops for fandom related content. He has not had the good fortune to see much of the world yet, so be prepared for lots of “Whoa!” moments. He’s the resident mechanical and tech expert here.

Riddick is the large black and tan dog in the videos and pictures. He’s an almost 2-year-old Beauceron, a French Herding breed. He is in training to be my medical alert dog. He’s already learned most of his main tasks! We’re mostly working on public access skills at this point. His favorite things in the world are balls and the woods.

Luke is the resident grumpy old man of the group. He’s a 7-year-old beagle mix. He’s the reason I got into training. He’s a real basket case, but loves the outdoors. For him the beginning of this journey is a real test. We got to see how he handles being on the road before we commit fully to him coming with us.

Serenity is our bus. She’s a 2001 Ford E-450 Shuttle Bus. We got her for a steal at $1000. She had some frame and water damage. A complete gut job! Luckily Nate knows how to weld, so we were able to fix her up and make her road worthy. You can follow our build job here: (Link to Bus Build Category)

The plan is to travel North America seeing everything there is to see.

How hard can that be right?


This is what we’re starting with.

We hope to be on the road by January or February.

The journey is beginning now so make sure to check back often to see our progress.

Why are we doing this now?

It’s quite simple really. I’ve been fighting Chronic Lyme since I was sixteen. I’ve had two short periods in which I was mostly healthy since then, coming to terms with the fact that I may never be completely cured or totally healthy was hard. I mourned that for quite some time, thought I’d just fight through working hard and try to make a comfortable life for myself. But that’s not what I want, not what we want.





Honestly, the chances that my health is only going to get worse as I get older is very high. With that in mind, now is the perfect time to discover this beautiful world we live in.

Because, I want to see mountains again.


I want to watch Nate’s face when we come to the Redwoods, when we get out into a Dark Sky park and really see the stars for the first time, to stand on the beach with him and watch the sun set.



Trekking With Canine will be all about what traveling with two dogs is like, how to balance chronic illness, work, and adventure, general travel tips, and dog training advice.