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Two Happy Campers is us, Mark & Michele. We’re professional photographers, perpetual wanderers and lovers of all things outdoors. We live, work and travel in our Four Wheel truck camper/Casita travel trailer combo and believe a life spent outdoors is a life well spent. May this website inspire you to get outside, live simply and enjoy life.

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Winding down our winter of wandering

After a week spent in the magnificent Alabama Hills, March was coming to a close.  We'd been on the road for six months and it was time to decide how we wanted to spend our final six weeks of travel before returning to Colorado for the summer.  We could go anywhere...

Alabama Hills lives up to the hype

Let's start this post with a confession... I'm a bit of an Instagram addict.  I could browse travel and nature photos all day long.  Of all the Instagram photos I've seen over the years, there has been one place that I've seen over and over and over again that I knew...

Trona Pinnacles Teaser

At the end of January we made a goal to cut way back on our stays in campgrounds and take better advantage of the free camping opportunities found throughout the vast public lands of the West.  We'd been missing the peaceful serenity of the wilderness, not to mention...

Hiding out in the California desert

After leaving Death Valley we decided to delay our Northbound trajectory due to the weather.  As we were lazily cruising down a deserted California highway, I noticed some interesting rock formations in the mountains to the West.  We pulled over, dug thru our maps and...

A few things we’ve learned from 6 months living on the road

I can hardly believe that it’s been 6 months since we sold our house and set off to try our hand at full-time RV living.  Without a doubt there has been a learning curve and we still become a little better accustomed to this lifestyle every week.  There have been good...

Camping below sea level in Death Valley National Park

Here’s what I knew about Death Valley before going: 1.  A select group of crazy people attempt to run 135 miles thru Death Valley to Mt. Whitney every summer in a race called the Badwater 135.  I know this because I love to read about them. 2.  There are rocks that...

One night in Pahrump, NV & what our resupply days are like

My favorite thing to share on this website are pretty pictures of all the scenic places we go.  However, that is hardly a look at the ins and outs of life on the road.  Managing resources and route planning are two large time consuming components of our travels, so I...

Trying to not get stuck: 3 nights on a not-so-dry lakebed

After three nights spent camped outside Oatman recovering from our nasty sinus infections, we were ready to move on.  (I think it’s the first time ever I didn’t take a single photo of our camp.)  We moved a little over an hour away to a dry lake bed outside Las...

Laying low in Lake Havasu and the worst part of RV living

Four weeks ago today we arrived back in my hometown of Lake Havasu City, AZ.  We had spent a month there back in November/December and needed to return to install the trailer parts that didn't show up in time during our last stay.  It was an excellent excuse to spend...

Our rules of the road plus stops in Prescott NF & Oatman, AZ

From Cottonwood the plan was to make our way back to Havasu where our new lift kit and shock kit were waiting installation.  It's a simple 240 mile drive primarily via Interstate 40.  If Google showed you the way, it would only take you 4 hours to make the trip.  But...

Returning to (and flying around) Cottonwood, AZ

We enjoyed our previous stay in Cottonwood so much that we decided to return and meet up with Mark's parents who decided to drive out from Iowa to visit us.  We enjoyed a week of perfect weather, delectable food and more exploring around the area.  We called Dead...

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