I look back at this blog site and realize it’s a great name and a great idea, but it’s only going to be anything more than that if I actually write things down. In the ‘drafts’ area I have about a dozen thoughts and lists that outline future posts. Outlines I made about a year… Read More


As most of you know, July did not go as planned in any way, shape or form. We’d intended to spend the month exploring the fabled beauty of Michigan, beginning in the Upper Peninsula and working our way down through Traverse City and along the coast of Lake Michigan. Most of those plans were dashed… Read More


It’s been two weeks since a deer collided with my car and set off an unbelievable chain of events that left my car totaled, upside down in a ditch, but me and my dogs miraculously unharmed. In other words, Two Weeks AD (after deer). This is a follow up post with more images and explanation.… Read More


Car camping in a 2006 Toyota RAV4

Sometimes the RV and travel trailer are just too much to lug around – especially up into the mountains or on short excursions where you need a quick turn around. My trusty solution to this is car camping in my zippy, roomy 2006 Toyota RAV4 (or as Russell fondly refers to it: the Baked Potato).… Read More


white sands national park sunrise adventure

Just two days after we left Houston for our 2018 chapter of life on the road, we found ourselves in New Mexico and decided to lose some sleep to spend another sunrise in White Sands National Park. Despite the fierce, freezing February wind, White Sands still offers some of the most unique and outstanding national… Read More


Yesterday morning we took some time to do one of those many things we said we would do more of this year – enjoy where we were and what we can do there. In this case, that involved a guided kayak tour through Deception Bay near the San Juan Islands and only a slight amount… Read More


What can I say  about the Olympic Peninsula? Well, about 10,000 terms of endearment and descriptions of the symphony or gorgeous weather and scenery. Distilling those down to a few simple ones is the trick. 2 years ago, on Melody’s insistence of her love for the area, we took a 10 day trip out to… Read More


As some of you may have noticed, we’ve undergone a little shift in the Home Sweet Roam blog look. It’s definitely not the final form of the site, but we now have a more warm and natural feel to the look – which is exactly what our travels are focused on. Along with the cozy… Read More


Most parks have cable television plumbed to the pedestals of each site which is not useful for anything more than watching basic TV.  Satellite systems on your roof are always an option, if you can’t risk being without entertainment.  While the quest for worthwhile internet is an ongoing subject through out our travels, our supply… Read More


LG Tablet hotspot with cellular network coverage for T-Mobile

This will be the second post in an ongoing series about trying to keep the internet close at hand while traveling. If you want to start at the first post you can click here to read it. Building on that first early start, we’ve progressed and improved and learned a lot in the process! After… Read More