WHY NOT? EXTENDING OUR STAY IN NOLA

There is a reason people talk about the weather. It’s certainly small talk and a common ground, but the weather has the power to affect and color our experience of a place in a very tangible way. We can commiserate together when the weather is uncooperative and bleak, or giddily connect under a clear blue sky. There is no better time to do this than springtime!

 

 

The weather was as close to perfect as a day can get in New Orleans, and even more perfect, my family had decided to extend their stay one more day so we could experience New Orleans together!

This was our third visit to New Orleans and we were excited to show my family some of our favorite places. We started with a walk along the mighty Mississippi as she nears her destination at the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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5 NATIONAL PARKS YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE

The National Park Service was established in 1916 and consists of over 400 parks covering more than 80 million acres. In 2014, these parks saw nearly 300,000,000 visitors. National parks are a perfect place to experience nature, learn about our history, pursue favorite pastimes and find your AWAY.

After 3 and half years of full time RVing, we’ve been to nearly a fourth of the parks. We’ve walked the battlefields of Gettysburg and under the giant sequoias in California with many stops in between. While we have enjoyed aspects of each park, there are a few that stand out as places that kids (and adults) will especially love.

Yellowstone National Park

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I had low expectations for America’s first and most visited national park, Yellowstone National Park. I had heard about the crowds (I’m not a crowd person) and assumed the park was overrated. I was wrong. We all LOVED our time in Yellowstone. Thing 1 and Thing 2 both agreed that it was their second favorite National Park.

 

 

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1000 MILES AND THE MEMORIES WITH THEM

 

Colorado

You may think having to extend plans an extra day for a doctor’s appointment* sounds like an inconvenience, but what about when your front yard is a view like this? We were happy to extend our stay in Colorado Springs where the view from our humble little campsite was not so humble!

 

*We get asked a lot about going to the doctor on the road, so for those who may be curious: For regular check ups we try to schedule them when we visit our hometown in California. If visiting home isn’t in the upcoming plans then we try to see a doctor in a town where we have friends. Hence this visit to my friend’s highly regarded dermatologist. In the rare instance of a situation that can’t wait – this has only happened once – we use Google to find a doctor in the area.

 

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RVING IN COLORFUL COLORADO

It’s hard to believe it’s already March. With the end of winter just around the corner, it was time to pack up our snow gear and head down the mountain.

 

Goodbye Breckenridge

Our last week in Breckenridge was packed with activity. We love this mountain town like home and wanted to make the most of our last few days.

 

 

We played in the snow.

 

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GO RVING OFF THE GRID AND AWAY: BOONDOCKING TIPS AND TRICKS


Our boondocking spot in Moab, Utah

 

Imagine stepping out your RV door and being greeted by a wide-open vista. Or sitting around a campfire under a desert sky filled with so many stars that for a moment you are left breathless. This is our AWAY and it’s often found in remote places where no outlets or water spigots exist.

Referred to as dry camping, wild camping, dispersed camping, or off-the-grid camping, boondocking in an RV is simply staying at a place without water, electricity, or sewer. Knowing how to make the most of your resources can go a long way. Being able to boondock efficiently will not only help save you money (even if that just means a quick overnight in a parking lot) but it opens up a whole new world of adventure as you explore our some of America’s untouched beauty.

So pull your chair up to the campfire as we share our tips and tricks to help make your next boondocking adventure one you’ll want to repeat.

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