FIVE BENEFITS OF ESCAPING IN OUR RV

 

My family suffers from one of society’s most common and prevalent afflictions: too much. Too much clutter, too much to do, too much general busy-ness. My husband and I are both self-employed Type-A personalities and there are many weeks when we work upwards of 50 to 60 hours. Our two daughters are both in competitive cheerleading that gobbles up eight hours each a week of their “spare” time. Add to the mix all the regular mundane chores like homework, laundry, and grocery shopping – and we have an active social life. 

While there’s no doubt it’s a good life, every once in a while it can get, well, overwhelming. When it all gets too much for me to handle, I metaphorically throw out my hand and slam it hard on our escape hatch.

 

 

Our family’s “escape hatch” sits on six wheels and is 40 feet long. From the outside it looks like your typical motorhome, but don’t be deceived; it’s so much more than that. Our RV has become our shelter from the storm and our first go-to when we need a family reset. “But it’s just an RV,” some may scoff. Not so, I’d counter. It’s a family containment unit and when the outside world has us paying more attention to our screens than to each other, it’s time to hop inside for status updates that are spoken instead of texted.

 

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FUN, LOVE, AND SURPRISES IN SUMMIT COUNTY, COLORADO!

 

A winter storm was on its way and we pulled into our campsite just in time after a long day’s drive from Park City, Utah to Breckenridge, Colorado.

 

 

It was already starting to snow lightly. The following morning, we awoke to a winter wonderland.

 

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YOUR OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

 

It’s 8 o’clock on a sunny Saturday morning. We’re happily camping at the McCall RV Resort in the sweet mountain town of McCall, Idaho and life at this moment could not be better. Winter camping for us is prime time and we adore it. Outdoor winter snow sports beckon us outside and the warmth of our cozy trailer at the end of the day is a treat in and of itself.

 

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WHAT TO SEE AND DO WHILE RVING IN FORT MYERS & SANIBEL FLORIDA

 

How do you know an RV destination is a success with your family? We know a destination is a hit when we make reservations to return before we’ve even left. 

Over the Christmas break, our family spent time in the Fort Myers & Sanibel area in our RV. When it came time to go, no one was ready to leave, least of all me. I felt like we’d only skimmed the surface of all there is to see and do in this little piece of paradise.

 

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TEN TIPS FOR RVING WITH TEENS AND TWEENS

Hiking in Kenai Fjords National Park

 

It’s a Saturday morning and Brent is playing with our 10-month-old baby who has already been up for a few hours. Meanwhile, our older boys, who are almost 15 and 13, are snoozing like logs in the back of the RV. It’s been said that babies challenge parents physically and teens present a more emotional challenge as they forge their own identities.

 

They grow up too fast!

 

It seems like just yesterday that our two big boys were over the moon excited by the simplest of things like sticks and inchworms. Nowadays, I point out the inchworms while my boys ask questions like, “Is there going to be good Wifi?” The transition from kids to teenagers has required a shift in perspective, a change in expectations, a big dose of empathy (after all we were teenagers once too), and a willingness to just roll with it. The truth is our almost 13-year-old just doesn’t get as excited about the Junior Ranger programs as he did when he was 8 and our almost 15-year-old would rather text than sit through another ranger talk on coyotes. But that doesn’t mean meaningful memories can’t be made; it just means you might have to work a little harder to spark that excitement.

 

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