Huckleberry Found

We’d heard for years about the Trout Creek, Montana, Huckleberry Festival (Trout Creek being the official Huckleberry Capitol of Montana), but 2017 was the first year we were in town for it. It was a big deal. The three-day festival on the second weekend in August is the eventof the year for the town — and probably the county.

We walked through the many vendor booths set up Friday…

…where the entertainment on the stage had already started… Continue reading

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Road Trip!

It’s funny to think of taking a road trip when you already live and travel full-time in an RV, but sometimes that’s exactly what we do. In the previous post, I described a day trip we took to Sandpoint, Idaho, while staying in Trout Creek, Montana. On another day, we headed north to Kalispell, over 120 miles away.

Smoke from the increasing number of wildfires in the northwest hung all around us:

Even Flathead Lake suffered, though we did see some intrepid boaters on the water: Continue reading

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Playing in Sandpoint

Can you believe this is our NINTH summer as full-time RVers?!? Me neither! We started back in the late spring/early summer of 2009 and have covered a lot of miles, seen more amazing things than I can ever describe here, and have gotten to know America (and parts of Canada) in ways we never would have if we’d flown in, stayed in a motel for a few days, then flown back.

A few places have become special to us, and we’ve gravitated back to them in the last few years. And every time we return, we find something new, or take a different day trip to explore a little further.

This past August, staying in far western Montana, we spent a day in Sandpoint, Idaho. Continue reading

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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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