ONE RV ADVENTURE TO HAVE WITH YOUR KIDS IN EVERY STATE BEFORE THEY GROW UP

Image via Flickr/H. Micheal Miley

 

Alabama

Go to Space Camp. Rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun wanted a place to inspire kids about space travel, and the result was Space Camp, where kids participate in simulated missions, experience what gravity feels like on the moon, and spin themselves silly on the multi-axis trainer.

 

Alaska

Go dogsledding. Whether you want to see the northern lights, explore Denali National Park or visit a glacier, get there by dogsled. The cold air in your face as you glide across the snow…there’s nothing else like it. Mush!

 

Arizona

Camp out in the Grand Canyon. But don’t stare at it for five minutes and then wonder, “Now what?” There are plenty of wonders waiting to be discovered inside the canyon. Climb down and explore, then spend the night under the stars at Mather Campground.

 

Arkansas

Dig for diamonds. Visit Crater of Diamonds State Park to find your own gemstones. It’s the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public, so start digging!

 

California

 

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SEEING LIFE THROUGH A NEW LENS

After one miserable camping trip and decades of declaring herself a non-camper, ninth generation Arkansas resident and photographer, Linda Henderson, is shopping for a truck camper and planning her upcoming retirement trips. All it took was one night under the stars at the National Buffalo River to make up her mind.

 

 

Linda grew up on the grounds of the Arkansas Children’s Colony’s 400-acre campus for children with intellectual disabilities. Her father was one of their first employees and along with the children of the other employees, she and her younger brother had the run of the place. For Linda, who was the only girl in the mix of employees’ children, if she wanted friends to play with, it was going to be boys. She grew up climbing trees and riding dirt bikes. No dolls or playhouses for her. Her interest in photography started when she was very small, when she was first allowed to use her mother’s Brownie camera to shoot pictures. She still has the camera today. In the 9th grade she took a photography class, and her dark room partner was a boy named Jim Henderson. She did not know then that years later she would fall “madly in love with him” and that he would one day be her husband. In high school though, they were just friends and photographed school ballgames and activities together. Throughout high school and college Linda worked at the Children’s Colony, now known as the Human Development Center. She developed a deep love for the residents there and when she went off to college she chose nursing as a career.

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RVING & CHANGING PLANS ON THE FLY

It’s safe to say that we love our RV. R’Velle has become a beloved member of our family, often confusing others when we refer to the RV as ‘she’.

Though we don’t RV full time, we travel with her as much as possible, relying on her to get us to and from our pleasure trips while also offering a home away from home.

And while I think of R’Velle as our vacation home, I hadn’t really expected to use her as our actual home for an extended period. And I definitely didn’t think about this situation popping up in the middle of our fall trip to Florida, where R’Velle winters in the warm temps while we return to the cold Iowa plains.

A Trip to Florida Becomes a Trip to Texas

 

We were just a day and a half into our 4 day trip. Fun stops had been made at Lamberts Café in Ozark, Missouri- where R’Velle met another 4 Winds bunkhouse in the parking lot.

 

RVelle meets another 4 Winds Type C Bunkhouse in the parking lot at Lamberts Cafe in Ozark MO.

 

We followed that with a visit to Mansfield and tour of the homes of our favorite Pioneer author, Laura Ingalls Wilder.

 

The two homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder at Rocky Ridge Farm near Mansfield Missouri.

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EUREKA! WELCOME TO OUR FAVORITE GETAWAY – EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS

There are some places that just beg you to return to them year round. For my family, that spot is Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

 

 

A charming mix of Ozark Mountain town, Victorian Spa escape, and eclectic art community makes Eureka Springs a fun – and funky — getaway.

 

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