I fear I lack the strength to spin this saga into a well-written, thrilling adventure story animating all of the ridiculous circumstances we’ve faced over the last two months so, instead, I’ve decided to retell events in the manner of my Historian background and let the list of chronological occurrences speak for themselves. -January 3rd:… Read More


coachman freelander rv springdale summerland mini storm clouds

It’s difficult to even quiet my thoughts enough to get something on paper. The last week – even more so the last two days – have been nothing short of insanity. On Friday morning, we were all set to take the RV down to the dealer to have the large slide out fixed for the… Read More


So, THAT was a pain. Long story short, only 18 or so months later, and 2 different install attempts at two different locations in two different cities, our new replacement awning is finally installed! Perhaps I should back up? Start at the beginning? I suppose that might help. It was a nice, sunny day in… Read More


2019 started yesterday, and our new year of travel and adventure begins as well. We already started our year of travels: unlike previous years, we’re out of Houston and on the road, and we have stops booked months in advance! Our past years have been such rollercoasters of uncertainty that planning routes and reserving camp… Read More


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