We’ve been on the road as full-time RVers since the spring of 2009, and we’ve been blogging about our experiences since then. We’ve covered a lot of ground, returned to some favorite places and found new favorites in that time, but one thing has remained constant: the challenges and joys of living this unique lifestyle.
Other RVers are amused to hear we never RVed before selling our house and everything in it except the dishes, clothes, tools and the few books we could stow in our new home on wheels. We have learned a lot over the years — and are still learning!
Posts are made irregularly — we left the regimented, deadline-oriented world when we hit the road, so don’t expect a publishing schedule here.
Posts are also — usually — at least a month after the events occurred, so if you’re looking for a daily or weekly accounting of what we’re doing right this minute, you won’t find it here. Why is that? Well… lots of reasons. Ellen writes most (all?!?) of the posts and her fiction writing background means she likes experiencing something, reflecting on it, and writing something she hopes goes beyond the boring sort of stuff writes in her daily journal. You get the best of our experiences because of this, even if you aren’t reading along in “real time.”
Early on we introduced “Bob and Ellen’s Best Eats,” updating it every year. Bob’s an awesome cook but it’s hard to resist trying different restaurants along the way, and sometimes cooking in the RV just isn’t feasible. We’ve set the bar pretty high, so when a dish makes our “Best” list, it’s met some rigorous standards. We like quality ingredients (organic and locally grown, when possible), a non-smoking atmosphere, good service, and a pleasing ambiance, even if it’s rustic. If your place of business has been noted as a “Bob and Ellen Best” and you’d like to include this cool emblem on your Web site, blog, or Facebook page, just e-mail Ellen at ellenbehr(at)aol(dot)com and we’ll send you a jpg or png to use.
The beauty of a blog is that we can have a conversation. We welcome your comments, especially if you have suggestions or experiences to share — RVer or not 🙂
Thanks for stopping by! Click the option to follow the blog so you’ll get an e-mail when new posts appear. The road awaits all of us!
Just discovered your blog info to Alaska- retiring in 2014 , starting research for Rv trip to AK.
Excellent! Hopefully it will help in some way — feel free to drop an e-mail directly if you think we might be able to help with something as you plan. It’s a great trip! It’s a long, long drive, but much to see and experience along the way.
Question about boondocking stops in AK!
You visited Oregon our home & enjoyed the Coast, one of our favorite places! Good minus tide for Razor Clams arriving in May!
Thanks Dennis & Barb
We love the coast too! Oregon was one of the most forward thinking states I know of — they planned early on to make the coast line public, winding the highway close to the edge and planting all of those state parks along the way. Hooray for Oregon!
Feel free to fire off your boondocking questions… you might have the same ones someone else has.
Recently finished reading Peabody and enjoyed your book. I would absolutely buy your next novel – to share Betty & Walt Rollin’s travels. We have been delayed getting on the road due to health issues but looking forward to spring. I will be purchasing Road Tales for sure.
Thanks so much, Eleanor! “Road Tales” is very different than “Pea Body.” If you do purchase it, let me know; I’m working on a second edition that will include a new short story, which I’ll want to send you when I finish it. Of course, that could be a year from now…. And Walt and Betty are off on another adventure, so there will be another installment of their series coming along. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve experienced health issues preventing you from hitting the road — I hope you’re able to hitch up and head out soon 🙂
I look forward to reading more. Well the snow is melting & spring is coming. Denny’s (husband) health issues are winding down, PT is going real well so when & where to go 1st is a daily topic. We will NOT be in the NorthEast next winter. Done,Done,and ……DONE! 🙂
Eleanore — After trying to sell our house in the midst of that 2008-2009 economic disaster, we found ourselves sitting at the dining room table in March, snow drifted against the deck doors, saying, “Not another winter here. We’re done.” We took the next decent offer we got — about 30% lower than the value of the house — packed the rig, and handed over the house keys. So we totally understand how ready you feel to escape the winter doldrums! And when it happens, it will happen fast, so keep preparing 🙂
Hi Bob & Ellen
When are you folks going to come up to the great white north?
We are in British Columbia and would love to see you in the Beautiful Okanagan Valley.
Have safe & happy travels and we love the blog.
Karen & Ron
Thanks so much — we’re glad you’re enjoying the blog!
Sometimes we hop over to Vancouver Island when we’re in the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, but we might not get there this year. Before we RV’d we made frequent trips to Nova Scotia (and have been to New Brunswick and PEI as well) and are hoping to get out there someday with the rig. British Columbia is a stunning province (especially up north) so we maybe we’ll get back there at some point. Where in BC are you?
Okanagan Valley. Kelowna. Known for our lakes, hiking and wine. Some of the best bird watching I am told also. Just north of the (notice the different spelling) Okanagon Valley in Washington State.
It sounds stunning! We *loved* the parts of BC we got the chance to see, but Kelowna was farther East than our route. I’d love to get to Banff one day, so perhaps we’ll travel through Kelowna then. If so, I’ll let you know!
Thanks for sharing your RV life experience. I appreciate the time it takes to write interesting posts. Hope to see you on the road! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi, Mark! Welcome to the wonderful world of full-timing! Thanks for stopping by — hopefully you’ll pick up some ideas here. We leave a lot of the nuts and bolts of things to others, focusing instead on the unexpected. Have subscribed to your blog — looking forward to reading it!
I am having issues checking out your site. I cannot find any information regarding your book. Please email me the details.
Hi, Deborah! You can find all links to books via my Amazon page:
Other book links for other readers and print copies can be found on the books page of my ellenbooks site here:
Thanks for your interest!
Just read your story of Steve Maltese, went to One year of high school with him at Vanguard in Fremont. He was pretty odd then to. How will we know If he made parole this year?
Hi, Terry! I just found this link to the Ohio Parole Board site, and it looks like he’s up for parole sometime this month: https://appgateway.drc.ohio.gov/OffenderSearch/Search/Details/A378977
I’m hoping anyone who would murder his aging, ailing mother would never be let out!
Are you still in Fremont?
You are a kindred spirit! I love your blogs.
Thanks, Cindy! Your photography is amazing — and pushes me to try to improve!
Don’t know if you would remember me, but I was a neighbor and friend back when you lived in Westland, Michigan. I am so glad you are finally successful. It was always your dream. I remember the times we would take your stories to the mailbox to be off to (hopeful) publication. Would love to hear from you. Also that plant you gave me is still alive, 40 plus years later. I told you I could kill plastic plants but you insisted that I wouldn’t be able to do that to it. You were right. Well good luck with your travels and stories. Love Paula
Hi, Paula! Nice to hear from you! Sounds like you’ve gone through some changes in your life, too 🙂 Feel free to contact me privately via the “E-Mail Ellen” link on my other blog: ellenbooks.com. Take care!