HIGH DESERT ADVENTURE IN MOAB, UTAH

Have you ever visited a place and it just felt like home? That is Moab for me. It is a special place and I fell in love immediately. Maybe it is the stark contrast between our lush, green forests of the Pacific Northwest compared to the red rock and blue skies of Moab. But whatever it is, Moab is a truly unique and beautiful landscape. After one visit, you will be hooked too.

 

 

I started visiting annually several years ago. It was a trip I would take solo to enjoy some father/daughter time. My dad and his best friend, Tom, would drive from Texas and Florida in their motorhomes, pulling their toys and jeeps used to explore the 4×4 trails. But our last time in Moab, my family and I pulled our travel trailer down because I wanted my husband and kids to experience Moab.

Moab has become even more special in my heart. I just lost my dad this year, and I will cherish all the memories I have with him in this special place.

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CELEBRATE ‘NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PANTS FOR A WALK DAY’ AT THESE BREATHTAKING NATIONAL PARKS

 

There are plenty of awesome holidays to celebrate in July (like the 4th of July or National Ice Cream Day), but our favorite name for a celebration has got to be National Take Your Pants for a Walk Day. The holiday, celebrated each year on July 27th, is all about getting out into the great outdoors and enjoying a good walk. It makes for the perfect reason to pack up the RV and head out to explore the hiking trails at these absolutely beautiful National Parks!

 

Arches National Park

 

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WHERE RV GOING AND WHY RV TRAVELING?

Family photo at Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

Howdy y’all and Happy New Year! I love this time of year. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is behind me and it’s a fresh start to a brand new year – so many possibilities. What better time to start thinking about and planning for the upcoming RV travel season, right?

My name is Carley and I started writing about my family’s adventures because I love traveling in my RV. I wanted to share the experiences and inspire others.

My family and I have been RVing since 2011. We are transplants from Texas and moved to the beautiful state of Washington in 2004. Exploring the great Pacific Northwest quickly became our passion.   Finally, we wised up and bought our first 24 foot travel trailer after enough time spent tent camping. We hit the road whenever we could. Retirement is a long way off and we decided we didn’t have to be full-timers to RV. We just had to be fun-timers! So, during the summer, Spring Break, or just about any time the kids have off from school, we hook up the trailer and my husband, my three boys and I head out. Whether we are going for a weekend or a week, I LOVE our second home. So much so, we upgraded to a 34 foot trailer this past summer! Our travels have taken us through 11 states so far: Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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STARGAZING ACROSS AMERICA

Star light, star bright…ring a bell? There’s something captivating about stars and the fact that they’re light-years away but we can still see them at night, twinkling in the sky. Plus, they’re great for making wishes! Here are a few handpicked stargazing destinations to enchant you along your RV journey. 1. Black Mesa State Park , Oklahoma Pack some snacks and hit the road, Jack, because Black Mesa State Park in Oklahoma is a stargazing destination for the books! The mesa, which gave the park its name, is the highest point in Oklahoma, reaching 4,973 feet above sea level. Park your RV and take a hike up this rock plateau for an unbeatable view of the Milky Way! 2. Arches National Park, Utah Not only is Arches National Park a whirlwind of contrasting colors and land formations during the day, but at night a whole other form of beauty comes about. The dark night sky engulfs the national park and turns every inch of it into a giant observatory! Not to mention, the arches make for interesting shapes against the nightscape.   3. Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, California Want to get even closer to the night sky? Stop at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in California and hike more than 100 trails to reach over 5,000 feet above sea level for a truly “wow-tastic” view of the night sky in all its wonder. The star-peeping here is sure to blow your mind!  4. Devil’s Tower National Monument, Wyoming Devil’s Tower National Monument is not only sacred ground to the Lakota Native American tribe, but it’s also sacred territory for avid stargazers! This national monument is prime star-spotting real estate. And lucky for us, it’s open to the public! 5. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia Last stop, Shenandoah National Park – the mother of all stargazing destinations. There’s a reason “Virginia is for lovers” and it’s because it’s hard not to fall in love under this breathtaking night sky. Shenandoah’s skyline drive is the perfect place to take it all in, but make sure you pull over before stargazing! Is your favorite stargazing location not on the list? Leave us a tip in the comments below!