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This ground cover in North Dakota stayed green long after everything else was bare branches. No idea what it is.

A Full-timer’s Secret Weapon

Tonight I’m parked at a Cracker Barrel in Sioux Falls, SD, waiting to go back into the repair shop tomorrow morning to address a new concern the shop created when they fixed the original problem. I can tell you all the whole story in a future post once it’s over, but really it won’t be […]

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Milwaukee, WI. Taken at a recent festival.

Plans For the Rest of 2017

Time for another one of my ‘semi-regular’ updates on my plans for this fall and winter, as several people have asked. I’ll keep this short and sweet so you all can get caught up and then back to enjoying these last few days of summer. As always, my plans are written in jello and subject […]

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Lakeside view at a Walmart in South Carolina

Answered: Is Parking Overnight at Walmart Safe?

I travel alone and have been on the road nearly five years now. During that time, I have overnighted at Walmarts, truck stops, rest areas, and Cracker Barrels all over the country. I personally have never had an incident in the dozens of times I’ve done it, and I’ve stayed at Walmarts from Atlanta to […]

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Managing Analysis Paralysis When Traveling

When I hit the road as a full-time RVer, I anticipated many of the challenges of traveling solo, from loneliness to fear of failure to safety concerns. One thing I didn’t anticipate? Analysis paralysis. We’re fortunate to live in a first-world country, and have a lot more options on how to live our lives than […]

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Backpacking Trip Prep

The mad planning from early in the week transitioned to mad packing a couple days ago, and by the time you read this on Friday, Julie and I will be in the car and driving up to Grand Portage, MN where we’ll spend the night at a hotel and then catch the ferry out to […]

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Me all dolled up for the camera on fire photo night, I didn't actually eat the fire. Photo credit: Nick Woolsey

Water and Fire

This is part three of a travelogue on my trip to Lasqueti, BC. If you haven’t read part 1 and part 2 yet, go back and start there! July 4, Tuesday Of course, no island adventure would be complete without a trip to the beach. The Pacific is not known for being warm, but with […]

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Playing with LED poi after dark. Photo credit Nick Woolsey.

Off-grid Island Adventure

Heya! This is part two of a travelogue on my trip to Lasqueti, BC. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, go back and start there! June 28, Wednesday (continued) While we get a tour of the grounds, I contemplate the other retreat participants. Including instructors, there are going to be 21 of us at […]

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To Lasqueti, BC

June 27, Tuesday Around 4 pm, Julie drops me off at Dane County Regional Airport on the north side of Madison, WI. So starts this particular adventure. For those who missed the post two weeks ago, I’m going to a poi retreat on a primitive island in the Strait of Georgia west of Vancouver, BC. […]

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From a walk in Elver Park in Madison on Sunday

International Trip Prep

After the Minocqua trip with my parents last week, I got into Bertha and drove two hours south on Friday to Madison, WI, where I went to college. Saturday morning I ran (well, jogged really – I’m not a runner) a 5k fun run with my best friend Julie, and I’m staying with her until […]

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Photo credit: Kelly - RV Chickadee

Happiness Is An Open Road

A couple days ago I posted on social media that rainy days were made for curling up indoors with a pen and a map and plotting your next adventure. As it turns out, they’re also for thinking up silly RVing games. Maybe two months or so ago, I finally got a shower after a long […]

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Summer RVing Without Reservations

Ah, summer. The season of outdoor grilling, family bonding, and fun in the sun. It’s also the busy season for travel, when many tourist destinations experience their highest volume of visitors. With the increase of RVs on the road this time time of year, trip planning takes on a new urgency. Those who full-time RV […]

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Tips for Visiting Badlands National Park

Longtime readers will know that I worked at Badlands National Park in the summer of 2013. Boondocking out here the past two weeks has been fun and I’ve gone into the park a couple times. Rather than write a travelogue about where I went and what I did, which would be repeating stuff from four […]

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