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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WINTER RVING IN PARK CITY, UTAH!

 

The boys were set up in the back seat and Meow Cow took his place on the center console as we set off on our long drive across Nevada’s high desert from Lake Tahoe, California to Park City, Utah.

 

 

Just after dark on our first night, we pulled into a campground in Winnemucca, Nevada. The next morning, we were pleasantly surprised to awake to views of the surrounding mountains. We took Hope’s suggestion from the Go RVing Facebook page and treated ourselves to breakfast at the The Griddle. It was delicious. Thanks for the recommendation, Hope!

 

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ESCAPE FROM THE WINTER BLUES

 

Have the winter doldrums set in yet? It’s been a cold one so far, even for the lucky residents of the southern states. If everything at home seems dull and dreary, but the rest of the world seems shiny and new, indulge your wanderlust. Winter can get you down, but sometimes a little distance from your at-home life will give you a fresh perspective. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a spontaneous ski weekend, or a family gathering, a little travel is just what the doctor ordered. Pack your bags, grab your sweetie, and hit the road.

 

 

The most romantic gift you can give this Valentine’s Day is your time and a treasured memory. And winter is a wonderful time for romance. A few of the most romantic spots in the US might surprise you. USA Today named St. Paul the most romantic getaway city in North America last year. There’s fine dining, especially of the seafood variety, a vibrant nightlife, luxurious spa experiences, and plenty of outdoor activities.  But if your idea of romance doesn’t include snow, definitely consider heading down to Texas.  Check out the Padre Island National Seashore for 65 miles of shoreline.  It may not always be sunbathing weather, but it is frequently the warmest spot in the continental US during the dead of winter.

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SNOW CHASERS

 

Outside our window, a squirrel scurries over the golden brown pine needles covering the ground. What snow was blanketing the ground when we arrived has since melted and we’ve been anxiously checking the weather forecast every day hoping for a winter storm to hit. No such luck. But our house has wheels and we will find snow. It would have been a bummer to have booked an expensive stay in a hotel for a ski trip. Thank you RV!

 

 

While we haven’t had the snow we had hoped for, we have had beautiful weather with clear blue skies nearly every day. We’ve taken advantage of the mild temperatures by getting out for a little exploration.

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5 REASONS TO RV WITH YOUR FAMILY IN THE WINTER

We’re big believers that there’s no reason to put an RV away for the winter season, so why not grab the family and hit the road? Our photographer friend Jeffrey Eatley did just that and took his family on an RV adventure over the holidays throughout New Mexico.

Here’s our countdown of the top 5 reasons RV winter travel can be a great getaway for the entire family:

The snow-dusted scenery

Imagine waking up to your little one just discovering a fresh blanket of fluffy snow shining in the winter sunlight steps from where they slept. Nothing beats the undisturbed beauty of it all!

 

 

 

The sights you’ll have to yourselves

Not everyone is as adventurous as you are, so the winter can be the perfect time for the family to sightsee without the crowds! And if it’s really cold, at least you’ll have the comfort and warmth of your RV to bring coziness to the expedition.

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