Catching Wild Critters

…on camera, that is! You won’t find me trying to get closer than the inside of our Jeep to this rattlesnake, which we came across on our way to a favorite hike this past spring in Nevada:

This was just our third rattlesnake, and this time it was in the wild and posing prettily, which made it perfect for leading off this post about seeing the wild things on our travels.

I won’t cover them all here, just those we’ve seen in the last few months (otherwise you’d get far too bored because the post would run way too long). Continue reading

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Wanted: Energizer Bunny!

We’ve been relatively lucky when it comes to RV issues (our fifth wheel was only run into once when it was parked, by a woman disoriented in an RV park (it’s a long story), our Class C bumped a picnic table once… although we did have a flat tire just outside Whitehorse, Yukon, and a few while moving the fifth wheel [yes, a few, on one relatively short trip, but that’s yet another story]), so after more than a decade of full-timing we were probably due.

We’d just driven our Class C a short three-hour drive from outside Boise, Idaho, to LaGrande, Oregon. We stopped at a rest area on the way but never left the rig and never turned off the engine (this is an important detail).

We stopped for gas, turned off the engine, and when Bob turned the key to re-start the engine, it was dead. Completely. No turning over, nothing. Continue reading

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What Happened, Anyway?

So why did I end up dropping off the blogosphere for so long?

Lots of reasons. As I described last time, we’re still traveling, still having more adventures than I could document even with regular postings.

Every day we have at least one adventure. Continue reading

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Blog-Cation

A few of you have noticed we haven’t posted much in the last several months, though we did manage to get the word out about our favorite places to eat (food always comes first, right?). Thanks for checking in on us.

We’ve been out and about, moving from here to there and back. Visiting a few new spots but mostly looping back around to places we know and love. Continue reading

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Bugging Us

Thankfully, COVID-19 hasn’t inflicted its nastiness on us, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t bugging us. We live a pretty low profile anyway, and we’re in a less-affected area (though under the more and more common “stay at home” order), so that has made it oddly comfortable.

That’s probably why, in this particular community, so many people are ignoring the six-feet apart rule. We’ll find ourselves in the grocery store or out exercising in a local park, dodging and weaving to keep our distance from others. We wear gloves. We’ll start wearing bandanas over our faces.

We miss our occasional restaurant meal…

… but when Bob bought a pressure cooker, his already amazing meals became melt-in-your-mouth miracles. On this particular day, we had veggies, bean soup and lobster tails. Mmm!

Bob’s been cooking and target shooting and taking care of business (doing our taxes, helping out with a project at the park where we’re staying, among a million other things).

I’ve been making bracelets. Here’s just one. It has little glass chili peppers sticking out:

And I’ve been celebrating the publication of my newest book. It’s another Rollin RV Mystery, featuring Walt and Betty Rollin, full-time RVers sucked up again into a who-dunnit.

Who knows? Maybe the next Rollin RV Mystery will involve an infectious virus or something….

We hope you and yours are safe and healthy, finding ways to stay active and virus-free!

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2019 Best EATS !

We’ve been at this for more than ten years now (WOW, right?!?) and along the way we’ve seen restaurants come and go. It’s always sad to head for a restaurant we’ve enjoyed in the past only to find it gone. This past year we looked forward to the Asada Omelet at Main Stop Restaurant in Kittitas, Washington (see last year’s post for an image). “This is the exit,” I said, and Bob made the turn. We found a place to park but ended up staring not at the side of the restaurant but the side of an irrigation business.

When we return to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Bob’s Cafe has always been our go-to place for their amazing broasted chicken and a coleslaw unlike any other. Well, they’d moved since the last time we were in town, and though they swore their recipes moved with them nothing tasted as good in the shiny new place as they did in the old dive, and despite now being called Cluckin’ Good Chicken.

Sometimes disappointments like these lead us to find other restaurants, which quickly become favorites. Read on to see our tried-and-true favorites plus some new discoveries. Are any of them familiar to you? Have a better suggestion for a place in one of the towns mentioned? We’d love your comments!

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If You Don’t Like the Neighbors…

…you can always move when you’re a full-time RVer. Right?

Not so fast.

Yep, we hear it all the time: One of the beauties of living full-time on the road is if you don’t like your neighbors you can move.

In theory, that sounds great. Continue reading

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No Vacation

Full-time RVers know this is no vacation, despite how many times people say they want to do this because “it would be great to always be on vacation.”

We once thought that, too. “Ah! We’ll travel where we want, when we want… if we don’t like the neighbors we’ll just move….”

Well, that’s mostly true. I’ve already blogged about how making reservations is now the only way you can be sure to be where you want, when you want. Oregon Coast in the summer? You’d better book a year early. National Park when kids are out of school? Same thing. Winters in Yuma? Yep. Make that reservation.

But there’s another reason the “Go where you want, when you want” mantra is a myth: Continue reading

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Something a Little Different

Can you believe we’re entering our 11th year of full-time RVing?!?

We can’t, either.

In a way, seems like we’re just getting the hang of it. On the other hand, it feels as though we’ve never done anything except travel the highways and byways…!

And although we have found a groove — visiting Pahrump, Nevada, in the fall and spring…

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Marking Places Off the List

Full-time RVers have all kinds of lists — take-down, set-up, favorite routes and restaurants, where to stay or avoid — and we’re no different. Lately we’ve started a new one.

When we started full-time RVing, we talked about how our travels would help us narrow down the places where we could eventually settle when the time came to “come off the road,” as we full-timers call it.

In various towns and states we scope out the real estate ads and brochures, and have even called a few real estate agents to see some houses. We walk through houses that — even with only a couple of bedrooms — seem huge compared to our cozy home on wheels. Even “tiny” kitchens don’t seem very small to us anymore. We’ve looked at houses with walk-in showers big enough to fit our entire RV bedroom inside. Continue reading

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