CAUTION: CRAZY CAMPER LADY AHEAD…

When Atlanta area mom, Jacki Wicker, was raising her son and daughter she was too busy to think about what life would look like when they grew up and moved out. When they flew the coop her initial reaction was, “Whew…done!” Then a little time passed and the reality of her new life sunk in. “Whew…done,” was replaced with, “What now?”

Jacki grew up in rugged South Dakota where her Air Force dad and social worker mother took her and her two younger brothers camping all the time. They tent camped until her dad bought a homemade pop-up trailer that had a big bed for her parents and enough floor space for three sleeping bags.

 

 Although Jacki’s daughter did not grow up camping she is game to start three generation campouts with her mom and daughter, Presley.

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9 UNIQUE ACTIVITIES IN NATIONAL PARKS

When I think of National Parks, I think of beautiful landscapes, historical sites, and epic hikes. But if you take a look around, you’ll find that there are a ton of other activities, too. The more we explore, the more we find. Here are 9 unique activities you should check out.

Sandboard at Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

You can hike up the tallest sand dunes in this park, but the fun part is coming down! Rent a sandboard and zoom down before climbing back up for another ride. Keep in mind that you will have to rent the boards outside of the park. See more here: http://localadventurer.com/great-sand-dunes-national-park-colorado/

 

Climb Into Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park has some of the most remarkable geography. There are countless viewpoints where you can see the cliff dwellings from above, but if you book a tour, you can climb into them and stand where people did thousands of years ago. See more here: http://localadventurer.com/balcony-house-mesa-verde-national-park/

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LOUISVILLE LEARNINGS: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NATIONAL RV TRADE SHOW

Our friends from RVFTA, RV Education 101, and The Fit RV

RV Types and RV Ownership – A Diverse Marketplace

Every year when I attend the RVIA National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky I look at current trends that are driving and shaping the future of the RV industry.  By the time I leave the show I come away with renewed excitement about the upcoming camping season and traveling in our RV.

For the past several years I noticed some trends at the show included smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient RVs. They also have more advanced electronics and technology to address the wants and expectations of a future generation of RVers.

This year I didn’t want to “miss the forest for the trees” as the saying goes. In my opinion RV manufacturers do a great job building RVs to meet a diverse buying marketplace. RV manufacturers not only build numerous types of RVs to meet the consumer’s wants and needs; they also offer RVs at various price points to fit different RV buyer’s budgets.

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WHY I DECIDED TO GIVE RVING A TRY

I was born and raised in Alaska.

My whole life, I’ve had people look at the state I grew up in and ask me, “Why would anybody live here? It seems like it would be challenging to live in a place like this.” I’d nod my head and smile. I would nod because they were right. It wasn’t the easiest place to live. I smiled because they have no idea that for many Alaskans its a source of pride. While some may think Alaskans are crazy for choosing a life where everything isn’t easily accessible, they feel that they were up for the challenge many weren’t strong enough to take.

This is why growing up we would scoff at our friends in the “lower 48” who would talk about how cold the weather was in their neck of the woods. Understand, 40 degrees sounds like a heat wave when you are sitting in -50. We would shake our heads when we turned on the news and saw people in different parts of the country freaking out over a few inches of snow. It was hard to relate to when we had so much snow we couldn’t leave our driveway. It seemed easy when for us, forgetting to plug in your car that night meant waking up to a dead battery.

This attitude of “the challenge is part of the adventure” was very much a part of my upbringing. Our vacations were never pool side in a beautiful resort, but rather our getaways were piling in our old minivan and driving hours out into the middle of nowhere. There was no room service. There was only a cooler full of drinks, snacks and sandwiches that my mom made with love. Our vacations didn’t smell of fresh salty air. They smelled of bug deet and gutted fish. Our “grand stays” were never in fancy hotels with warm beds. They were in sleeping bags in cold tents. And we absolutely wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Creek in the woods with trees on RV trip

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OUR GO RVING BLOGGERS SHARE THEIR 2017 RV RESOLUTIONS

As another year comes to a close, we asked a few of our Go RVing bloggers to share their 2017 RV resolutions with us. Read what they’re excited for in 2017 below!

“Our RV resolution is to climb even higher mountains in 2017!” – Stephanie and Jeremy, RV Family Travel Atlas

RV Family Travel Atlas selfie

“Our RV resolution for 2017 is to take our RV out as much as possible to create more memories and deeper family bonds before our oldest flies the nest!” – Jenn, Newschool Nomads

Newschool Nomads RV blogger family photo

“Our RV resolution is to wake up early and capture many more sunrises.” – Jerome, Our One Chance

Sunrise on lake

“My RV resolution is to create a better work life balance, and spend more time exploring in the RV.” – Michelle, Making Sense of Cents

View of Joshua Tree on top of rocks

“Our RV resolution is to cross at least two destinations off our growing list!” – Mark, RV Education 101

Type A RV with Jeep towed parked at overlook

Do you have big RV plans for 2017? Share your RV resolutions with us in the comments or on social media using hashtag #RVResolutions. Happy New Year!