LOOK BACK ON THE JOURNEY

As we have started a new year, I find myself hopeful and expectant. Word on the street is 2016 was a rough year for many of us. I have found myself almost wanting to dismiss the year in its entirety, but I know better. Even in the hardest of seasons, there are still beautiful moments. I have been spending time going back and seeing all those moments that I have to be grateful for.

 

One of my favorite things about 2016 is the RV trip I got take with my family. It’s no secret that my family loves to explore which is why we get out often and enjoy taking long road trips. Being that my husband and I are both from Alaska, nature is something we love and cherish. It’s a love we always knew we wanted to pass on to our children and we are blessed to be able to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

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SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER?

Shall we gather at the river?

Where bright angel feet have trod

With its crystal tide forever

Flowing by the throne of God

Robert Lowry, 1864

 

The subtle influence of grandmothers is a topic for poets and psychologists alike. It can supply strength when you think you have none.  It can also carry a loving imprint that tells you who you are no matter what the world seems to be telling you. More often than not, this benevolence comes in the form of an unconditional love. It’s conveyed by the mere “doing” of grandmotherly things. The ironing of a special dress, the unasked for purchase of the item you’ve been eyeing, the cookies on the porch when you most need a friend. Grandmothers have a way of filling the gap. It’s what makes us still miss them decades after they are gone, still think of them when eating a family recipe perfected by them, and still wish we had one more afternoon to just be with them.

Debra Facer, like so many of us, had such a Grandma. Her life would have seemed ordinary to many but she planted seeds of comfort in Debra. Those seeds would bloom when needed and the fragrance of that bloom would remind her of just how extraordinary her grandmother was. The seeds that Debra’s grandmother Dealia, and also her mother Joann, planted in her would bloom and help her to survive childlessness, widowhood at 37 and an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Dealia the way Debra remembers her – loving life!

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GO RVING TO THE REDWOODS

I want to start by letting you know that nothing I say can accurately describe how incredible the Redwoods are with the tallest trees in the world, but they’re so much more than that. To survive they need to be near the coast which puts them near countless rugged beaches. They also come in groves, which means you can walk through beautiful fern filled forests marveling at these giants. Mix in the fact that they’re in low population areas and you have a secluded adventurer’s paradise!

We lived for just under a month at the Klamath Camper Corral in Northern California. It’s hard to believe, but that wasn’t enough time to explore the area. It was enough time, however, to have adventures that we’ll look back on for the rest of our lives. It also was the perfect location to explore this incredible area.

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14 REASONS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH RVING

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we asked real RVers why they fell in love with RVing. From adventure to family time, check out 14 of our favorites. Add yours in the comments below, and visit our site to explore even more reasons to fall in love with RVing.

Judy B

Pat I

Jill H Janie A Sarah S Becca B William S Mary M Bill F Em A Scott D Alisha G Lew MGina K

 

9 STRUGGLES WITH LIVING ON THE ROAD

RVing gives you the flexibility to explore the U.S. and it’s easy to romanticize the idea of RVing full time. While full-timing is an exciting endeavor, the reality is that there are struggles and sacrifices for this lifestyle to thoughtfully consider before diving in. Below are 9 struggles we realized as we lived on the road and how we learned to handle them.

 

Limited Storage Space

No matter how minimal you live, moving your life into an RV will challenge that! You have limited closet and storage space, and even your fridge can only hold so much food. Leading up to our time in the Airstream, we had already started living more minimally. Each year we would purge belongings we no longer used and tried not to hold onto stuff just because we had the space for it. It’s a great way to live whether you’re in an RV or not, and we’ve realized how many things we have that we really don’t need.

 

Tight Quarters

What is more difficult than limited storage space, is limited living space! When you are in each other’s personal space all the time, it’s impossible to avoid conflict. You don’t realize how precious alone time is until it’s taken away. We found that the best solutions were going for walks/hikes, or setting up a comfortable outdoor space so that someone can hang out under the awning when alone time is needed.

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