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Two Happy Campers is us, Mark & Michele.  I’m a professional photographer, he’s a professional pilot, together we’re perpetual wanderers and lovers of all things outdoors. Our Four Wheel truck camper and Kitfox airplane are the platforms for our many adventures.  May those adventures inspire you to get outside, live simply and enjoy life.

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Camping below sea level in Death Valley National Park

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Getting an adrenaline rush @ Picacho Peak State Park

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

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

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, 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

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

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...