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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CLOUDCROFT, NEW MEXICO – MOMENTS LIKE THESE

We are the Hedges: Jason, Shannon and our five kids. We live and work in Lubbock, Texas but travel in our RV whenever we can. RVing lets us pursue our love for family time, nature, hiking and photography, all with the comforts of home!

Our family of seven recently went on our 6th annual camping trip to Cloudcroft, New Mexico – a reasonable 4-5 hour drive from home. The cool mountain air gives very welcome relief to our usual hot, dry, Texas summer days.

This was our first trip to Cloudcroft with our new travel trailer. We did not have hook ups, but we loved having Lincoln National Forest right out our front door. We had all the benefits of tent with the luxury of the RV.

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FALL IS BACK IN TOWN

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September is here, school is back in session, and the long hot days are slowly cooling down.  The wild exuberance of summer may be behind us, but that’s no reason for the fun to stop.  Fall is a time of harvest festivals, foliage tours, and football tailgating.  Family trips may have to revolve around the school year, but the weekends are waiting for you to hit the road.

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EATING LOCAL ON THE ROAD

Feeding my family fresh healthy food is a priority and traveling by RV, whether for a year or for a weekend, makes it easy. Cooking in the RV allows us to eat healthy for less, spend quality time together, and it’s a great reason to get out and explore some unique local food options. If you want to add a little more adventure to your adventure, try visiting local farms and farmer’s markets on your next RV getaway.

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CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS IN THE RV

After a busy day exploring Gatlinburg, we wanted to treat the girls to a cozy winter night in the RV, eating dinner and opening a few of their remaining Christmas presents we saved especially for this trip.

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