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Our Top 10 Favorite Pieces of Camping Gear (or so I thought)

Our Top 10 Favorite Pieces of Camping Gear (or so I thought)

A quick note:  This post was written before buying our Casita and moving on to the road full-time so it's slightly out of context to our current situation but still applies! Our Four Wheel Camper combined with an awesome array of gear is what makes our camping trips...

Heading South with stops at James M. Robb & Green River State Parks

Heading South with stops at James M. Robb & Green River State Parks

The house was sold, our contracted jobs for the year were done and on November 5th it was finally time to hit the road.  Of course there was a Winter Weather Advisory that day to add a little bit of fun to our attempt at getting out of Colorado.  In an effort to avoid...

Cold-weather camping in our Four Wheel Camper

Cold-weather camping in our Four Wheel Camper

We're officially out of our house but not driving off into the sunset...at least not yet!  This month we're finishing up some jobs in Colorado before heading South for the winter.  Before this month even began, I knew it would be an adventure given how volatile the...

Our last day as homeowners!

Our last day as homeowners!

Today is our last day in our house.  We're one day away from setting off on our new life on the road.  Our head’s our full with our endless to-do lists.  Between keeping on top of our business during it’s busiest season and packing up our house, there’s hardly been a...

Why we bought a Casita Travel Trailer

Why we bought a Casita Travel Trailer

  Back in 2013 we made our first attempt to live on the road full-time.  Thinking we needed as much room as possible to fit our house in to an RV, we bought a 30' long travel trailer and the very thing we bought to live in turned out to be the very thing that...

We’re finally doing it!

We’re finally doing it!

Our trip to Idaho a few weeks ago was a failed house hunting mission. We'd been planning a move since Mark was offered a dream aviation job. But our wild, mountain spirits couldn't find anywhere we wanted to settle in the dry, agricultural valley where we would need...

2017 Solar Eclipse: What it was like experiencing totality in Wyoming

2017 Solar Eclipse: What it was like experiencing totality in Wyoming

(written yesterday, August 21, 2017) A few months ago Mark mentioned interest in driving to Wyoming to see the eclipse.  I’m a little embarrassed to admit this now but I wasn’t sure how much difference it would make to drive twelve hours round-trip to see 100% of the...

What is dispersed camping, dry camping and boondocking?

What is dispersed camping, dry camping and boondocking?

There are various terms that are common in the RVing and camping community that we’d never heard of before we got our truck camper.  Today I thought I’d talk about a few of those terms that describe how or where you’re camped.  If you’re new to camping, whether it be...

Take a glimpse at the Four Wheel Camper lifestyle

Take a glimpse at the Four Wheel Camper lifestyle

In April we traveled 6,000 miles and camped in 7 states living out of our Four Wheel Camper.  Those 30 days were just another 30 reasons why I hope to one day live on the road full-time.  Everyday somewhere new...a new view, a new challenge, a new experience.  I...

An Airplane Update: One Year Later

An Airplane Update: One Year Later

It's been one year since we bought our airplane and a lot has happened since then!  Mark spent the summer refurbishing the motor since it had been sitting for 10 years and did not run when we bought it.  On the last day of September it was flight-worthy and he flew it...

We’re headed to NV & ID and want your suggestions!

We’re headed to NV & ID and want your suggestions!

Hey everybody!  We're planning a trip for later this month to some new territory that we don't know much about.  We'll be traveling the length of NV from Vegas up to Boise.  After a few days in Boise we'll be making our way to IA.  We don't have any set route and...

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