Welcome! I’m Gabe Burkhardt

almost unsalvageable

Thanks for stopping by. Before we get any further, if you’re here to buy or sell something, this isn’t the right place. Here’s a few helpful links to get you back on the right track:


Salvage yard Cars


If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a splash of inspiration, or insight, or even a bit of entertainment to brighten up your day, we’re gonna to get along just fine.

Most of what I write takes place in exotic locations like the Appalachian Trail, or Romania, or Dad’s storage room. I try to confine myself to the limitations placed on most Travel Blogs. After all, beautiful vistas, tours through historic cities, and adventures peppered with hilarious missteps speak for themselves.

However, balancing on that razor thin line between objectivity and broadcasted-introspection is a challenge for me. If I had a mission statement for my humble little blog, it would be: inspire, entertain, and/or educate an engaged community in the art of living outrageously despite the baggage we’ve picked up along the way.

I’ve found some success through a willingness to be vulnerable (maybe too much?), even at the risk of jeopardizing my standing as a househusband with a travel fetish.

Still here? Sweet.


What is (Almost) Unsalvageable?

I was convinced for years that my life was unsalvageable- the Ford Pinto of unsalvageable lives. For those of you fortunate enough not to have owned one of these cars: they were not only ugly and inefficient, but they also had a tendency to self-destruct after an unlucky rear-end collision. I will grudgingly admit that I may not be Ford Pinto ugly (nobody is THAT ugly), but the rest is all me

You remember Ford Pinto’s?


I really need to find a better version of myself. A version of myself that I can be proud of again, and a version of myself that is capable of happiness. Wonder if it’s possible to achieve such lofty goals? Me too.


What’s up with the digital paintings?

Gertrude and Slim

Meet Gertrude and Slim


Nice right? The digital paintings are mine. Before you get excited about stumbling across an undiscovered artist, you should know I have lots of help. I paint with an iPad Pro (Gertrude) and Apple Pencil (Slim), but I also use photos and filters and lots of editing to make my sketches look more presentable. I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


I’m glad you stopped by. Come back any time you’d like. If you’d like to get in touch with me but don’t feel comfortable broadcasting your comment on a post, you can email me at: almostunsalvageable@gmail.com

I’ll try to remember to leave the lid down for you.

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