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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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Getting an adrenaline rush @ Picacho Peak State Park

January somehow turned in to a month of far too much paid campground camping.  I think back in November, when I made the reservations, I was worried about us needing to have plans and having reservations is the best way to know you've got a spot waiting for you. ...

Eating our way thru Bisbee, AZ

A few years ago I stumbled upon some photos of Bisbee, Arizona and ever since then I've wanted to visit this one-of-a-kind little town.  I admittedly know so little about Arizona for having grown up here and Bisbee looked to be unlike any town I'd ever seen in The...

6 days of boondocking bliss in the Arizona wilderness

A few weeks back I wrote about the 10 elements to the perfect boondocking campsite.  At the end of that article I mentioned that we rarely find spots with all 10 items on our wish list.  Well, a few weeks back, we hit the boondocking lottery with this one.  It took...

Safford, AZ BLM Camping

Safford wasn't our next destination but it was an easy overnight stop to break up our drive.  The silence, wide open space and lack of neighbors was a welcome change from our week in Phoenix.  It was such a welcome change that we weren't in a hurry to get back on the...

RV Camping Gear Guide: Boondocking Favorites

I'm beginning to think I love sharing our gear with you guys as much as Mark loves sourcing it.  What happens is, he thoughtfully researches every purchase (something he is really good at and I am not) then I get to use or benefit from said purchases.  THEN...he...

Usery Mountain Regional Park: pretty but prickly

We kicked off the first week of 2018 at Usery Mountain Regional Park outside of Phoenix, AZ.  By the end of our six days there, we had a pretty long list of pros and cons regarding this campground.  While absolutely beautiful (see photos below), we'd found ourselves...

10 elements to the perfect boondocking campsite

Our first few months of living on the road has been divided between campgrounds and boondocking.  We thought a week boondocking with limited resources followed by a week at a campground with amenities would be a nice balance.  While it's been working out great, we're...

Why We Camp

  Lately I’ve become increasingly attached to my phone.  Something that’s hard to admit because: 1) I don’t want to believe that to be true 2) it’s such a slippery slope, it’s hard to step outside yourself and realize you’re doing it 3) it’s so easy to justify it...

Hello 2018: Boondocking outside Sedona, AZ

We were craving some privacy and wilderness so it was time to move on from Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood.  However, we weren't ready to say goodbye to the area so we simply set out to nearby Coconino National Forest.  I have no doubt the Sedona/Cottonwood...

A look inside our Casita: Before & After photos

When we bought our Casita travel trailer in September, we lucked out with a gently used 2012 that we bought from the original owner.  It was clean, well-cared for, and really didn't need any repairs or cleaning.  While we could have left it aesthetically as-is, I...

10 days at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, AZ

A few years ago we passed thru Cottonwood, AZ and I've been wanting to go back ever since.  In mid-December I was excited to finally be getting back there for a proper stay.  We didn't have any solid plans and ended up staying 10 days at Dead Horse Ranch State Park...

RV Camping Gear Guide: Travel trailer essentials

If we've learned anything thru owning a truck camper, 30' travel trailer and now a 17' travel trailer, it's that you're just getting started when you purchase your RV.  No matter what you get, they never come outfitted to serve all your comforts and needs.  Outfitting...

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