ascetic - 1. a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self mortification for religious reasons. 2. a person who leads an austerely simple life, especially one who abstains from the normal pleasures of life or denies himself or herself material satisfaction. Yeah, this journey will be on the cheap because I won't have a job (last day is March 22nd), and there's something to engaging in a little self-denial while out on an adventure. Besides, if I was living large while out on the road my wife would sell my stuff. I'll pack pretty simply, rarely eat at restaurants, one hotel night per 7 days and hopefully contemplate some ideals. The Ascetic Adventure has two legs: Southwest/California/Oregon hitting multiple National Parks and then up to Tuktoyaktuk via Alaska. Leg 1 - Starts April 17th Leg 2 starts May 22nd I'll be logging my preparation and journey. The plan is loose, money is tight and adventure awaits.