Purple Mountains Majesty

As much as we were enjoying the ocean breezes along the Pacific Coast, it was time, by late July, for a change of scenery. We RVers like to call it getting the “hitch itch.” And the only way to scratch it is to move. Get new neighbors. Change the view out the windows. Explore unfamiliar ground.

Time to head for the hills. The mountains of far western Montana.

There’s so much to love about the tucked-away areas of Montana (of which there are many… it’s the fourth largest state, land-wise, but it’s also 44th in population). So many ways for people to live the way they want, collect what they want, display it where they want:

We’ve been returning to the tiny town of Trout Creek for a few years now. But, like every place we go back to, we seek — and usually find — places we haven’t been before. This time, hidden right in the middle of Thompson Falls, we found Island Park. Continue reading

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Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay

Where’s the best place to get out of the heat? The coast, of course. Last year was a coast-to-coast year (we went from the Pacific to the Atlantic and back… so maybe it was a coast-to-coast-to-coast year!); 2017 is a West coast only year.

In July we spent time along the Oregon coast, where we spent hours watching dozens (maybe hundreds!) of seals as they mostly slept on sandbars within site of our RV site…

…though occasionally they looked up to see what the commotion was: Continue reading

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Travelin’ Man and Woman

When temperatures in Southern California soared past 100 degrees, we figured it was time to venture northward. The day we passed through Baker, California, the huge thermometer showed 108 degrees — and this was the coolest day in a ten-day span!

Made us glad the temperature gauge had two empty spots above the one that was lit — talk about getting toasty!

Once inside the Nevada border, we started spotting wild burros. Though Bob is always willing to stop the rig, I love the challenge of trying to get a decent shot from the passenger seat, flying past at fifty miles and hour or more: Continue reading

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BEST of the Best!

Regular readers of this blog know we post an annual Best Eats list — where we list all the best restaurant meals.

Notice I wrote “restaurant meals.” That’s because our best meals over all, by a longshot, are those Bob makes at home. It’s a great way to balance the less healthy restaurant meals with some delicious nutrition, like this Fried Cabbage and Veggies over Rice Noodles:

Give me salad any day when it’s Spinach Salad with Wild-Caught Shrimp: Continue reading

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RVing Alphabet — Yours FREE!

Just when you think you’ve got the hang of full-time RVing, you realize there’s something else you have to figure out. We’re in our ninth year now (!!! very surprising, considering we’d never RVed before) and the timing seemed right to pull together some of what we’ve learned.

RVing Alphabet covers some of the normal stuff (like — how full-timers get their mail on the road) to the more unusual (why not being a xenophobe is a good thing for RVing), to the kinds of things most RVers don’t discuss except among themselves (like dealing with the Lords and Ladies of the Laundry Room).

RVing Alphabet is free via Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/736824

For those of you who think about full-timing — let me know what questions the book didn’t answer.

For those of you who are full-timing (or are frequent RVers) — I hope you’ll add your comments and insights! I’m sure you’ve got your own RVing alphabet, and we’d love it if you’d share it.

 

 

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Where Oh Where…

…have Bob and Ellen gone? The blog has been quiet, but we’ve been busy.

Over the winter we left Yuma for southern California and were mesmerized by how green the desert and hills looked after all the rain that had fallen in the months before.

It might not look like much, but that stretch of desert is usually a delicate shading of brown, tan, and beige. We passed several cars and trucks at pull-outs where people had come out to peep at the desert flowers.

Though full-time RVing means giving up chores like raking leaves and painting the house, we still have cleaning and waxing to do: Continue reading

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Cool Stuff

Sometimes you just find cool stuff when you travel…

…like the toll road around Denver. Good thing I saw a sign early on that said they take a photo of your license plate and then mail you a bill for the toll, or we would have been confused by these empty booths…

…and these signs: Continue reading

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