OUR RV, OUR ADVENTURE BASE CAMP

Our RV, which we call “Lance,” is small.

Some of our family and friends don’t get it. When they learn we could have bought an RV 3 times as big for the same price, we get asked, “are you crazy??!!

But honestly, we prefer the simplicity of a small motorhome. It’s small enough that we’ve been forced to get rid of everything unnecessary and just travel with the basics. That alone is a pretty liberating feeling.

Besides, we didn’t get an RV to get IN there, we got an RV to get OUT there. We’re hikers and bikers and winter adventure lovers, so Lance is a convenient basecamp for all our outdoor pursuits.  Some of those places are pretty remote, and an RV any bigger than a campervan can’t always make the trek.

Here’s a look at three of our recent outdoor activities where Lance became the perfect adventure basecamp.

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VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS

They say that Virginia is for lovers and it’s true. Lovers of national parks, hiking, scenic overlooks, nature watching, cavern exploring and night sky star gazing! Virginia is the place for all of those things. I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to do a four day getaway to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

Shenandoah National Park is one that I have often gone to as a day tripper when visiting friends in Front Royal, Virginia which is at the northern most end of the national park that runs north to south in the rolling hills of Virginia.  Its 105 mile Skyline Drive along the ridge is a great place to take a Sunday drive, stopping at the many scenic overlooks along the way. I had always wanted to spend more than a few hours there and get a little further south along Skyline Drive to capture some of the beautiful vistas there.

 

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COME BACK FITTER

Hello from The Fit RV Headquarters! James and I just got home from a whirlwind RV trip in the fantastic stat of Arizona.

The trip went off without a hitch, I’m happy to report. We finally got to bust out our bikes OUTSIDE! It’s been a long snowy winter in Utah, which meant the only biking we were getting was on the spin bike in our basement. Not nearly as fun as the real thing. So, the warm Arizona sun was a welcomed break. It felt great to temporarily shed my parka and pull on a pair of shorts.

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OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

Growing up in the Midwest, I always thought of Olympic National Park as one of those places that “one day” I’ll get to experience. That day arrived…

There was just one problem – we only had two weeks to stay in this scenic paradise and there were too many great areas to explore! If this isn’t on your RV bucket list, you’d better add it.

One thing to keep in mind is Olympic National Park is HUGE. We set up our base camp at the Elwha Dam RV Park. It’s perfectly located to take day trips and hit all the great spots, but also is close enough to Seattle so that you can visit the big city as well.

First Beach

It seems fitting that the first place to visit is First Beach. It’s located in La Push. My wife warned me that I need to watch out for vampires as this is where they filmed the hit film series “Twilight.”

There are sea-stacks all around this beautiful beach as well as a lot of driftwood to sift through in search of unique pieces of wood. Because all of these beaches are far from the big cities, there are not a lot of people and you can easily find spots where you have it all to yourself.

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HIKE IT: TEN TIPS FOR HIKING WITH KIDS

There’s no doubt that one of the best things about RVing is exploring the great outdoors and what better to way to experience the beauty of nature than by foot. It’s relaxing, excellent exercise, and you can see places that are only accessible by trail. From gentle paved trails with handicap access to steep rocky backcountry hiking, no matter your condition or experience, there is something for everyone, even the youngest among us.

 

From babies to toddlers to teens, we’ve covered the gamut when it comes to RVing and hiking with kids. Along the way we’ve learned a few things and hopefully these tips will make your next family hike one to remember!

 

Ten Tips for Hiking with Kids

Snacks and Water – If you want to keep the meltdowns away, keep hunger at bay. Pack your child’s favorite snacks – and yours too. We like to pack things like fresh fruit, protein bars, and trail mix. This goes without saying, but don’t forget to bring along some H20 even for those short hikes. A water bottle will do, or if you’re a frequent hiker and your child is out of the sippy cup stage, consider investing in hydration packs, a backpack with water bladders and drinking tube. It makes staying hydrated a breeze and allows everyone to carry a few of their favorite things.

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