HERE COMES THE SUN

Looking across river to the trees and rocks

Gina was getting her camping legs back at Rocky Mountain National Park in the summer of 2015.

When the fog rolls in it can be hard to see what is right in front of us. Even though our memory tells us where the solid ground is, we find it hard to trust our instincts and it feels as if the fog will never lift. Gina, a native of Ohio, experienced a deep fog when her daughter was assaulted in college. The crime became public fodder and quickly took its toll on the normally happy-go-lucky Gina. A darkness rolled over life as her family had known it and even when justice was served and her daughter regained a healthy footing, Gina struggled to embrace a positive outlook. The ordeal had taken a toll and she found herself hiding from the world. That’s where Gina’s hero husband and the Girl Camping community came to the rescue.

Portrait of RV couple Gina and Chris

Hero Husband Chris hatched a plan to help his wife “camp” her way into a new life!

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CREATIVE MEAL PACKING FOR CAMPING OR EXPLORING

When camping, traveling, exploring or entertaining allergy free/safe food is always our primary concern. We don’t have the luxury of stopping by a deli for a quick bite, so we had to come up with some creative food storage ideas over the years. Although you might only need to think about what your lunch scenario might be like on your hike, we need to think about each and every meal ahead of us. Whether it is an overnight stay, a day trip, a mid-day snack or 3-day camping excursion, packing food creatively has become a lifestyle for us.

We have come up with some simple food packaging ideas, recipes, and creative container solutions to share that might help all campers well beyond allergy sensitive explorers.

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9 NATIONAL PARKS (NOT ONE OF THE MAJOR 59) YOU SHOULDN’T MISS

Did you know that there are 412 national park areas out there? A lot of people have a bucket list item of visiting the 59 main national parks like Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains, and Yosemite, but ever since learning that there are so many more, we’ve decided to upgrade that bucket list item to visiting all 412.

We are still a long way off, but we’re starting to chip away at the list. We’ve enjoyed exploring some of the lesser known parks because they are typically far less crowded and you can easily see most of them in a day or two. Here are 9 that we’ve visited that you shouldn’t miss.

 

White Sand Dunes National Monument, New Mexico

 

This is easily one of our favorites. Walk, hike, or sled on what seems to be endless rolling hills of white sand. It’s a great site for photographers and you can see more about our visit here.

Pro Tip: Avoid visiting in the summer, since it gets brutally hot.


Cabrillo National Monument, California

While living in San Diego for a year, we had a lot of fun exploring Cabrillo National Monument. You can go tide pooling, check out the lighthouse, or enjoy amazing views of the city.

 

Tide pooling at Cabrillo National Monument in California

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MAKING MEMORIES (AND SAVING THEM)

We’ve all seen it on social media…the “humble brag,” scenery almost too beautiful for real life, and photos so perfect that they must have been staged. Just because some people pair their adventurous lifestyle with social media doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. However, the process of documenting your RV escapes can be both a fun and rewarding endeavor no matter what you do with it. With a little preparation and planning, you can preserve your adventures to look back on and create something to share with family and friends who might be interested in taking a peek at your life on the road.

 

Phone taking a picture of a stunning waterfall with greenery

 

Before you start your adventures, or if you’re already adventuring, we found that asking yourself a few questions will help you document your experiences in a more organized way that will yield better results.

 

Why do you want to document your adventures?

 

Portrait of woman in hiking gear with canteen

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FINDING BALANCE ON THE ROAD

Even though we’re part-timers, James and I have been on the road a lot lately.

 

 

James is fortunate. His day job allows him to work remotely, so it’s easy for him to hit the road. He’s actually pretty great at balancing work while still making the trip feel special.

 

 

I guess I’m to blame for why we aren’t out there RVing more. I’m a personal trainer and wellness coach, and even though others in my field can do that remotely, I feel I’m more effective working in person. But, that’s not the only reason we’re not full-timers.

 

I like the balance of having an actual home, and having the RV as a vacation, and keeping the two things separate. So when I told you we’ve been on the road a lot lately, you probably assumed that was a good thing. And…it usually is, but when the RV starts feeling a little too “home-like”…you know, the days start to look the same, or I’m less interested in exploring my surroundings … I start getting nervous. That’s when I know it’s time to head home.

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