FAMILY, FUN, AND EMBRACING THE SMALL MOMENTS IN INDIANA

 

Nearly a year has passed since we put down our jacks in the Midwest where I grew up. Here in Indiana, the smell of fresh cut grass reminded me that winter was soon to be a distant memory and summer was just around the corner.

 

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THE FREEDOM OF RVING

For adults it’s easy to see the freedom RVing offers. We are liberated, if only for a short time, from the discipline of everyday life. No grass waving in the breeze waiting to be cut, no honey-do list on the refrigerator, no office commute.

It’s the kind of freedom that begins in your shoulders, releasing the tension you didn’t realize you were holding, allowing your neck to relax perfectly against the pillow of your reclining camp chair, and ends with waving off the kids to explore and have their own adventure.

 

 

Maybe it’s my extended level of relaxation. Or maybe it’s that the campground is filled with like-minded people. No matter the reason, my kids have more freedom when we’re on an RV adventure than they do when we are at home – or on any other type of trip we take.

 

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A TRUE HIDDEN GEM

 

About 90 miles from Portland, along Oregon’s beautiful coastline is where we found Jetty Fishery.  Talk about a hidden gem! We had spent the last couple of hours of driving being rather picky about which campground looked right for a stay. Sure, there were many very nice campgrounds that we stopped to check out, but somehow I had it in my head that there would be an even better one just down the road. I envisioned a waterfront site with access to the beach and a stellar view to boot. Not too much to ask for I thought (especially here along the Oregon coast), but as we drove on, that realization slowly started to slip from my mind and a panicky feeling came over me. “We better find a place to camp otherwise we’ll be driving in the dark,” I told hubby and he agreed. Just as I spoke those words we turned the bend and saw a sign that read, “Jetty Fishery, Marina & RV Park” and a sense of relief came over us.

 

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“ARE WE THERE YET?” – TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ALL AGES TO PASS TIME IN THE CAR

 

We’ve logged more than 70,000 miles in our truck as a family over the last three and half years. However, our road trips didn’t begin when we hit the road full time in our RV. When the boys were younger we had a folding camping trailer and it wasn’t unusual to take 8 hour drives to camp under the majestic redwoods in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range or head across the desert to visit family in Arizona.

 

It may be faster to travel by air, but there is no doubt that it’s more economical and, certainly, more fun to travel by road especially when you have your home with you! The trick for pleasant road trips is keeping boredom at a minimum. No matter what stage of life your family is in you’ll find ideas here to make the road fun for everyone.

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THE BIG SPRING TRIP – LOUISIANA AND TEXAS

The big spring trip. It’s become a family tradition we all look forward to after our long Midwestern winter.

This year’s route took us more than 2000 miles in 10 days – from Florida, through southern Louisiana, into the heart of Texas, and back home to Iowa.

After collecting R’Velle from the consignment company that cared for her over the winter, we restocked with groceries and our belongings and hit the road, our excitement for the trip ahead overriding the exhaustion of the late night flight the evening before.

That first day our drive from Orlando to I-10 and through the Florida panhandle was long. And, other than a rainbow following a quick afternoon downpour, the view really didn’t change much.

 

 

An overnight stop at a campground near Tallahassee allowed me to start unpacking our supplies that had been stored during the winter. Bedding, towels, bins, and blankets had been haphazardly stacked and strewn around the RV and it was making me crazy! I sent Doug and the girls outside – and out of my way so I could work!

 

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