Look Harder

Let’s get one thing straight: there is nothing boring out there. There are no dull stretches of highway. Every small town holds something amazing. If you look around and think, “There’s nothing here,” look again. Look harder — because you’re missing something.

Staying near Boise, Idaho, this past September, we sometimes drove a country road that took us past a farm with alpacas.

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Coastal Cuisine

You didn’t think I could write about our month-long stay on the Oregon coast last August without mentioning where we ate, did you? Of course not!

So those of you who are especially susceptible to getting the hungries when reading about food, you’d better fetch a snack before going any further. Consider yourself warned.

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Our Nook in Tillamook

After our disastrous though thankfully quick stay in Long Beach, Washington, last August, we found a spot down the road in Ilwaco. Our GPS showed it as a KOA, but KOA had apparently given up the place, and it was easy to see why. Despite the “resort” name, picnic tables were falling apart, the cable didn’t work, the sites were uneven — some muddy or water-logged. They had porta-potties instead of restrooms… all for $50 a night! When we asked the owner/manager about the pricing, he said they’d just bought the place and had bills to pay. And clearly work to do. We cancelled our week-long reservation here and left after one night.

We were ready for something good to happen.

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Not Everybody…

…is cut out to run an RV park. Full-timers who’ve travel widely have seen their share of RV park managers and even owners who really should find another line of work. Continue reading

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North Dakota Beach?!?

Last July when we were looking for places to explore via our Jeep, my injured foot propped on the dashboard, we struck out on the backroads to check out some tucked away sections of the Theordore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

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I stared in agony at this sign. The three mile, moderate, out-and-back hike to see the petrified forest would normally have been a no-brainer, but with my foot still swollen and bruised, there was no way I could manage it. So I took a photo of the sign and resolved to come back another time.

The good news? Like so many plans gone wrong, we ended up having a completely different, unexpected, fun adventure. How else would we have discovered the tiny town of Beach?

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Wildest Wildlife

I got so wrapped up in telling you about all the cool wildlife we saw on our visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park last July (especially spotting that Golden Eagle) that I nearly forgot one of our wildest wildlife experiences of all while we were there!

First, let’s set the scene. We’d been out driving the dirt and gravel roads just beyond the park boundaries. A car sped by (making us wonder where in the world they were going in such a hurry), and far up ahead I saw the scrambling of four-legged animals.

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Wilder Wildlife

As it turned out, Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) was a great place to spend a non-hiking, non-walking, non-bicycling week. The loop road never got old — we drove it in one direction, then the other, seeing all over again the same animals we saw the first time — wild horses, like this young, curious colt…

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