GO RVING WITH JENNIE GARTH

RVing has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. My father loved his RV and as a child we took family trips all over the country. Those vacations are some of my fondest childhood memories: my dad at the wheel, my mom riding shotgun and my sisters and I generally raising hell in the back.

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FATHER’S DAY TRIP

One of the biggest benefits of RVing is making lifelong memories, but like most African Americans, I didn’t grow up RVing or camping.  Therefore, I just don’t have those childhood memories or pictures from camping trips. I’m not sad about that. I guess I’ve kind of taken extra joy in taking my own kids to do something I wasn’t exposed to as a kid.

 

With Father’s Day approaching, I decided to take a trip down memory lane and started going through some pictures of my kids. After an hour of looking at pictures I came across one of me as a very young child with my dad, my older brother and sister. We were posed in front of Mammoth Cave.

 

Our Mammoth Onyx Cave visit 1970

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10 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING THE PERFECT RV FOR YOUR FAMILY

A soft bed to sleep on after the day spent playing at the lake. A kitchen to easily prepare your family’s favorite meals. A shower to clean up in after a long day on a dusty trail. A home away from home in all your favorite places.

 

You’ve decided you want to experience the RV life. Or maybe you’ve been hooked for some time, but your family’s needs have changed and it’s time for an upgrade. With so many RVs to choose from it can be overwhelming. Don’t worry, ask yourself these ten questions to help make the decision easier.

 

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CAUTION: CRAZY CAMPER LADY AHEAD…

When Atlanta area mom, Jacki Wicker, was raising her son and daughter she was too busy to think about what life would look like when they grew up and moved out. When they flew the coop her initial reaction was, “Whew…done!” Then a little time passed and the reality of her new life sunk in. “Whew…done,” was replaced with, “What now?”

Jacki grew up in rugged South Dakota where her Air Force dad and social worker mother took her and her two younger brothers camping all the time. They tent camped until her dad bought a homemade pop-up trailer that had a big bed for her parents and enough floor space for three sleeping bags.

 

 Although Jacki’s daughter did not grow up camping she is game to start three generation campouts with her mom and daughter, Presley.

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IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Editor’s Note: Together with her husband and young son, Monica Bennett seeks out non-stop RVing adventures and culinary discoveries in the Pacific Northwest.  Her travels on the road inspires her work as a photographer and writer for her blog, “Just 5 More Minutes,” where she shares her passion for cooking in her RV, demonstrates creative d.i.y. crafting projects and writes about mastering the art of RVing domesticity.  The RVing lifestyle is Monica’s escape from her 9-5 as a graphic designer in busy corporate America.   

From the East Coast to the West Coast and all across our land, there is no question that the holiday season is upon us.

The anticipation of holiday celebrations are enough to make children, both young and old giddy with excitement.  There are cakes to be baked, gifts to be wrapped, decorations to be hung and lights to be strung.  Traditions both old and new run strong this time of year.

One of our family traditions is adventuring with our trailer here in the Pacific Northwest, specifically to the San Juan Islands of Washington state.  We board the ferry, sit back and if we are lucky, have some pretty incredible wild life viewing opportunities.  If you ever come, make sure to bring your binoculars.  It’s an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

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