Nathan Pettijohn (Author)
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On the heels of a breakup, author Nathan Pettijohn rents an RV and takes off on the road with his dog to explore the Pacific Northwest for the month of October. Along their journey, Pettijohn and his dog Raphael, or “Hafa,” meet with locals in small towns and stay at sites ranging from national parks, trailer parks, and campgrounds, to parking lots and open spaces. While going to a number of iconic bucket-list road trip stops, Pettijohn shares his views on everything from dog training to dating apps, in a modern exploration of life on the road today in America for adventurers, vagabonds, and dog lovers.



  • Self-Publishing Review
    "Steeped in philosophical insight and the unpredictable trials of the road, Travels with Hafa by Nathan Pettijohn is a thoughtful missing on life without boundaries or destinations."
  • San Francisco Book Review
    "Written extremely well"
  • LitPick
    "A real page turner"
  • Literary Titan
    "Nathan has a great talent for telling a story in such a way that it makes you feel like you are with Hafa and Nathan as it happens."
  • Foreword Reviews
    "The writing is rich with implication about finding joy outdoors"
  • IndieReader
    "Nathan Pettijohn TRAVELS WITH HAFA reveals the not-so-pretty realities of an extended RV trip, while never losing a sense of wonder and appreciation for the journey."
  • Book Review Directory
    "Travels with Hafa is reminiscent of Travels with Charley by Jon Steinbeck, an exploration of the heart of America, although several decades later. Nathan Pettijohn's travelogue goes beyond a simple trip through the western states and touches the heart of the American. not just America."


  • INDIE Approved Reader
  • Nonfiction Award Silver
  • 2020 Royal Winner