Continuing Down Hwy 395 – Mammoth Lakes and Bishop

We left Washoe Lake State Park, with Paul and Nina in the lead to scout out ahead of us some options they hadn’t been to before for our next stop down Highway 395. We got a text message from them along the way that simply said ‘How about a sunset hot spring soak?’ Like, who’s going to say no to …

A Special Solo Trip: Commisioning of the USS Tim VeArd

It’s very rare that Chris and I travel independently these days. But once we got to Eugene our paths would diverge for a few days. The Naming Ceremony in April 2013 You may recall that my father’s submarine veterans organization honored him by naming the 23′ model submarine (caution, that post may cause tears) they were building as a parade float after him. My father was very involved at a local and national level with submarine veterans, and he was deeply honored by this project. In fact, he passed within hours…

Quick Catch Up: Portland & Eugene

Whew. The past couple of weeks have been crazy busy for us – lots going on, lots of new friends, lots of adventure – including some solo trips for each of us and some new awesome upgrades to the bus. But before we get to the really fun stuff, we need to catch up on our travel adventures up until that point. So, I’m going…

The Final Two: Cape Meares and Tillamook Rock Lighthouses

Whew, what a week it’s been. We’ve been super busy visiting friends in Portland and keeping up with some major news on the the RV Mobile Internet Resource Center. If you haven’t heard yet, Verizon started making first contact with (soon to be former) Millenicom customers on Monday. We’ve been tracking it non-stop at the resource center, and keeping up with various forums and groups. Which has put us a bit behind on blogging here and catching you up with …

New Views on Cape Blanco

Shortly before arriving back to Cape Blanco, my Canon S100 that has been my trusty camera sharing a view of our world with you – went kaput. I was tempted to go with the current model in the same line as my S100, but I just simply never utilized all of the manual settings that the camera is best known for. And as much as phone cameras have advanced, I’m …

Oregon Adventures – Getting in Hot Water, Solar Geeking & Super Bend Host!

After our magical explorations in Idaho, the final state line crossing on this cross country repositioning would be into Oregon.  We were excited to be exploring new territory to us, entering Oregon from the western desert side. Hot Springs in Burns, OR Our bodies were aching from sitting way too many hours at the keyboard working on The Mobile Internet Handbook and driving too many miles. Using the AllStays app, we spotted a hot springs campground not too far off our route.  Our friends Forrest and Mary were all about it too. It was ironic then that our friends…

From Nature to Asphalt

Ahh.. what a difference changing up the pace makes! We ended up staying four nights at Lake Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota, and then moved on to Theodore Roosevelt National Park for another four nights.  It was just what we needed to reset ourselves after several driving days. Theodore Roosevelt National Park We arrived to Teddy Roosevelt National Park’s south unit entrance just after noon – of course, switching …

Crossing the Continental Divide

After a clean bill of health on Zephyr’s engine rebuild in Billings, we headed westward. We weren’t quite sure yet if we were taking the north or south route into Oregon, and had been coordinating with our friend’s Forrest & Mary to rendezvous after their time up in Glacier National Park. Bozeman would be our turning point, so that’s where we headed as our next stop. Bozeman After several nights of blacktop camping at the diesel shop in Billings with several days off-grid at Teddy Roosevelt NP before that…

Zoom Zoom…. Kerplop

Go slow. There’s no hurry. Drive no more than 200 miles then stay no less than 2 nights. We hold these truths of RVing to be self evident. But yet we still try to push our limits sometimes. After a month long slow roll through northern Michigan balancing exploring new gorgeous areas and…

The Sunrise Coast: Tawas, Michigan

Who would have ever thought that night owls like us would end up touring Michigan’s ‘Sunrise’ coast? We didn’t realize we were embarking on a tour! How cool! Only serendipity could make such an unlikely combination converge … with a little prodding from good friends. Earlier this spring, we really thought we’d be spending our summer slowly working our…

Fort Sleepy – Decompressing in Central Michigan

After a hectic few weeks in Elkhart and attending the Fleetwood GLAMARAMA Rally in Goshen, IN – we were in serious need of some alone time. Researching and writing a book really requires finding a unique balance of undisrupted solitude, but quick distractions nearby for breaks. Our next major destination would be East Tawas, Michigan – but before arriving to visit with friends, we knew we needed to get in several days of writing and research. So we looked on a map, found the closest state park on our route and …

Northern Indiana Exploring

Our time in northern Indiana hasn’t all been consumed with bus projects – we did get out and play a little too. Elkhart RVillage Elkhart Meet Up While still at Elkhart Campground (our review), RVillage founder Curtis Coleman hosted an impromptu meet up at his coach – which was very well attended. We hardly had time to talk with even a quarter of the folks who stopped by. Amazing to see RVillage …

Hanging around Elkhart

DOVES Socializing! We’ve been hanging out in Elkhart, IN ever since the Escapade let out on the 17th at Elkhart Campground. Between the DOVES hosting Red Cross training classes, Nick Russell of the awesome Gypsy Journal offering his Self Publishing workshop and bunches of friends – who could resist? It&#…

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