THE HEART OF VACATIONLAND: SUMMER IN MID-COAST MAINE

 

The license plates in Maine proudly declare that their state is Vacationland. After one RV trip along Maine’s rugged and beautiful coast, you might just fall in love and call it your Vacationland, too. Coastal Maine is one of those places that gets under your skin and then moves deeper into your soul. It’s a place to return to again and again, the perfect place to dream about on cold winter nights when your RV is covered with snow.

 

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TEN TIPS FOR RVING ON THE BEACH

The only thing better than a day at the beach is spending several days at the beach. Surrounded by surf, sand, and sunshine, what could possibly go wrong?

 

 

As wonderful as RVing on the beach is, it doesn’t come without its hurdles. If you’ve ever tried to get comfortable on sheets covered with sand you know what I’m talking about. Still, whenever possible, I try to book an RV site directly on the sand. To me, there’s nothing more relaxing than a beach holiday.

 

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TRAVEL TO TWILIGHT!

I am excited about our final beach trip of the summer to La Push, WA. We visit every year and it is one of our favorite places to visit in Washington.

La Push is a great family destination. We always go in August for better chances of warm weather. We continue to stay at Quileute Oceanside Resort and love the proximity to the beach – literally a 20 second walk. The resort has two sides for RV sites: the older and larger side, and the newer side. We prefer the newer section. Have friends or family that want to join your time in La Push but they don’t have an RV? Quileute Oceanside Resort has cabins and a hotel as well!

The beaches in the area are beautiful. Directly by La Push is First, Second, and Third Beach. First Beach is adjacent to the resort, while Second and Third beaches are a short hike through the forest and offer more amazing views. Plus, there is Rialto Beach where I have seen the best tide pools here at Hole in the Wall. Farther out are Shi Shi and Ruby Beaches.

 

 

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WEST COAST RV SURFING ADVENTURE

Recently I looked up the definition of adventure and found that it means an exciting or unusual experience. I think it’s safe to say that all RV trips are adventures with some bolder than others. An RV surfing trip is one of those bold adventures.

 

 

Growing up in Minnesota, I never got into surfing. Nobody I knew had ever surfed or talked about surfing, but when I moved to Orange County, CA, I was thrown into the surfing culture. Although I had a lot of friends who were surfers, it took me awhile to get into it. I was drawn into surf photography (check out a few of my photos below), but stayed out of the water.

 

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THE REVERSE SNOWBIRD – RVING TO FLORIDA IN THE SUMMER

Snowbirds is a term for people who leave colder climates to migrate south in the winter to areas like Florida, California, Arizona and Texas. I grew up in Minnesota and went to college in a small town way up north. It was so cold that the college built underground tunnels connecting each building because they knew college kids wouldn’t head out into -20 degree weather to sit in a lecture. After so many cold winters, I understand why people head south when the weather starts to turn cold.

As an entrepreneur I often ask myself, “what if I did the opposite of what everybody else is doing?” Some of the biggest rewards in my life have come from doing the unconventional. Our RV trip to Florida was one of these rewards of going against the grain.

The idea of being reverse snowbirds came after we unknowingly took a trip in the off season to southern Utah. In the winter it felt like we had everything to ourselves! I hiked Angels Landing and watched the sunrise as I reached the summit. I spent over an hour at the top with just myself and my thoughts. It was beautiful!

 

 

A few days later I did a huge loop trail in Bryce Canyon and didn’t see anyone the entire hike. It felt like I had the entire national park to myself that day.

 

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