THE AMAZING COLORS OF COLORADO

According to locals this has been an unusual Colorado fall. Warmer temperatures stayed through late October and the leaves hung around a bit longer on the trees. One woman even told me she can’t remember the last time she wore shorts in October. We soaked in all the sunshine and color as we explored southern Colorado.

 

 

Up in the mountains, not too far from Salida, is a gorgeous campground nestled among the mountains and along the Arkansas River called Helca Junction. It’s a primitive campground without amenities but who needs amenities when you got gorgeous views and your own bed, kitchen, and bathroom, in the RV. 😉

The Arkansas River Headwaters Recreation area is one of the most popular white water rafting and kayaking locations in the United States. The season appeared to be over for water sport but we still dipped our toes in….BRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

 

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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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UP UP AND AWAY! DISCOVERING MICHIGAN’S U.P. PART 1

After a wonderful few weeks exploring Michigan’s Lower Peninsula it was time to head north to the Upper Peninsula, commonly referred to as the U.P.

There is so much to see in the Upper Peninsula that is was hard to choose where to go! You told us we couldn’t miss St. Ignace or Mackinac Island so we started there.

 

 

We set up camp in a lovely treed campground in St. Ignace. It was conveniently located within walking distance to downtown.

 

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HISTORICAL INNOVATIONS TO NATURAL WONDERS ALONG THE MICHIGAN’S GREAT LAKES

 

As we continued our journey along the Great Lakes, we found a lovely place to set up camp along the shore of Lake Erie at Sterling State Park.

 

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