The “About” page

almost unsalvageable

Howdy I’m Gabe Burkhardt. Your typical househusband, hiker and incorrigible storyteller.

Thanks for stopping by.

If you are planning your next adventure, or want to take an entertaining virtual trip to exotic locations like the Appalachian Trail, or Romania, or Dad’s storage room then you’ve found the right place.

I understand that travel bloggers are supposed to stick to the facts and the photos. 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 storytelling and broadcasted introspection is a challenge for me. In between stories about eating Domino’s pizza in Venice and tricking a vampire into eating garlic-laden guacamole there will be articles about self-care strategies and AMAZING (to me) discoveries in the world of blogging.

I’ve been retired from the Air Force for several years now, so I don’t know if “mission statements” are still a thing. If they are, then the mission statement for this blog would be: to inspire, entertain, and/or educate an engaged community in the art of living outrageously despite the baggage we’ve picked up along the way.


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?


Now it’s all about building 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:

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

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