TAKE A TRIP TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

In 2009 when Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan premiered their Emmy award winning documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” I was riveted to the screen every Sunday night of its run. All of the parks are beautiful in their own way and I hope to someday make it to all of them, but when it came time to start checking off that list I began with Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, America’s first park.

 

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GREAT MARCH ESCAPES IN YOUR RV

 

Escape.  We all need one.  Whether it’s an escape from the pressure of your career, the boredom of routine, or even just an escape from the weather, it’s important to find that place that will make you happy and allow you to return to your life happy, rejuvenated, and with new perspective.  With more than four million miles of road in the United States, the possibilities are endless.  Forget sketchy motels, greasy diner food, and schedules that are impossible to keep.  Only you know what and where your escape is, and you want to be able to customize your trip just for you.  The freedom of RVing is an essential part of finding that escape.

 

 

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SNOW CHASERS

 

Outside our window, a squirrel scurries over the golden brown pine needles covering the ground. What snow was blanketing the ground when we arrived has since melted and we’ve been anxiously checking the weather forecast every day hoping for a winter storm to hit. No such luck. But our house has wheels and we will find snow. It would have been a bummer to have booked an expensive stay in a hotel for a ski trip. Thank you RV!

 

 

While we haven’t had the snow we had hoped for, we have had beautiful weather with clear blue skies nearly every day. We’ve taken advantage of the mild temperatures by getting out for a little exploration.

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5 REASONS TO RV WITH YOUR FAMILY IN THE WINTER

We’re big believers that there’s no reason to put an RV away for the winter season, so why not grab the family and hit the road? Our photographer friend Jeffrey Eatley did just that and took his family on an RV adventure over the holidays throughout New Mexico.

Here’s our countdown of the top 5 reasons RV winter travel can be a great getaway for the entire family:

The snow-dusted scenery

Imagine waking up to your little one just discovering a fresh blanket of fluffy snow shining in the winter sunlight steps from where they slept. Nothing beats the undisturbed beauty of it all!

 

 

 

The sights you’ll have to yourselves

Not everyone is as adventurous as you are, so the winter can be the perfect time for the family to sightsee without the crowds! And if it’s really cold, at least you’ll have the comfort and warmth of your RV to bring coziness to the expedition.

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GO BABY GO, GO RVING

We were in a campground on the Washington coast the day we found out we were expecting our third baby. It was a cool summer day and the breeze carried the salty smell of the ocean. Having been traveling full time in our RV for almost two years, we were one state short of hitting our goal to see 48 contiguous states. Our plans for the future were now uncertain.

The question on our mind was would we continue to travel full time in our RV now that we were expecting a baby? As we contemplated the last 2 years of traveling, we realized if there was one thing RVing had done for our family, it had strengthened our relationships. Since everyone was thriving on the road, we decided to keep traveling. Given the age gap there would be between Thing 3 and our older boys, we knew RVing would give Thing 1 and Thing 2 a priceless opportunity to bond with their baby brother.

There is this notion that once a baby comes all adventures must be put on the back burner. We disagree and liked to use the phrase “expecting adventure” as we waited for our little bun to finish baking.

On April 12, 2014 our little bundle of adventure, Thing 3, arrived. We spent the next few weeks RVing not too far from our care providers and planning for our summer travels. Once we got the sign-off that we were both healthy, we initiated Thing 3 into the world of RVing with an epic trip from Key West, FL to Alaska. It was wild and wonderful, a trip we won’t ever forget. 

Thing 3 turns nine months old this week. During those 9 months he has been to 14 states and 3 provinces. We’ve learned a few things about RVing with a baby that we are happy to share with you so grab a sippee, errr….a cup a tea, and getting ready to plan your own RV adventures with your little one.

 

Patience Patience Patience 

Traveling with a baby is going to take more time than traveling without a baby. I have to admit this, along with less sleep at night, was probably the biggest adjustment. It didn’t take long to learn Thing 3’s limits. A typical travel day might start with a 2-3 hour drive followed by a 30-60 minute stop. In the afternoon, we may get in another 2-3 hours. When our GPS says 4 hours we know it will take us at least 6 hours. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to grow in patience. Really! Traveling with a baby has brought new meaning to the phrase “it’s about the journey not the destination”.

 

Planning

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