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Back to Roaming Free!

  

Back to Roaming Free!

  

Friends! I am just so excited to be writing here once again. The last time I updated this blog was in 2015 when we had just purchased our second RV to live in full time. As they tend to, things have changed a whole lot since then. The abbreviated version goes something like this: In… Read more »

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Home Sweet Home (On Wheels): A Photo Tour

  

Home Sweet Home (On Wheels): A Photo Tour

  

Welcome to our new home! Wow, this post has been a long time coming. (Yes, a really long time—my bad! As it turns out, just because you write for a living does not mean you always keep up with your blogging. Oops!) If you know us or have kept up with some of our older… Read more »

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5 Things We’ve Learned During Our Break From Full-Timing

  

5 Things We’ve Learned During Our Break From Full-Timing

  

When we made the decision to sell our travel trailer and buy a fifth wheel, neither of us had any idea that we would be off the road for so long. It’s been over three months since we’ve lived full-time in our RV, but I cannot believe how quickly time is passing. We’ve had a… Read more »

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We (almost) Bought A Fifth Wheel!

  

We (almost) Bought A Fifth Wheel!

  

A while back, we mentioned that we were having such an incredible time living on the road that we didn’t plan on stopping any time soon. We also mentioned that we were starting to realize that we may need to invest in a bigger, more livable home on wheels. Months of research and one scary… Read more »

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Photo Tour of Santa Barbara

  

Photo Tour of Santa Barbara

  

Santa Barbara was an area I was excited to visit even before we began full timing. I heard great things about it from my parents and several traveling friends, so I knew it was a must-do. I quickly learned why it is a hotspot for so many travelers; SB and all its unique neighboring towns are charming… Read more »

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2014: Our Year in Review

  

2014: Our Year in Review

  

Happy New Year to all of our friends, family and followers! 2014 has been a big year for us. We have faced some incredible ups and some heartbreaking downs, but we both agree 2014 is a year we will never forget. Before I dive into the details of this year, I should preface with this: I was never… Read more »

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Month Four: Home(less) for the Holidays

  

Month Four: Home(less) for the Holidays

  

Happy December, Happy Holidays, Merry late Christmas and Happy New Year!  We love this time of year; there is so much to be thankful for, and we love the cheerful atmosphere, bright lights, holiday parties, decorated trees and plethora of desserts. Both of us cannot believe that 2014 is coming to a close. I have fallen off… Read more »

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San Francisco Unscripted

  

San Francisco Unscripted

  

San Francisco is a destination I have always built up wildly in my imagination. The food, the people, the squished colorful houses — the bay area has an eclectic, busy vibe that I love. My mom and I took a girls trip there last summer to celebrate my graduation, and we had an incredible time shopping… Read more »

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Three Months on the Road!

  

Three Months on the Road!

  

This morning I woke up and began scrolling through my emails, like I do every morning. My eye caught one that said something about this being the last day of November. I quickly double checked the date and realized that I had missed the 28th, which is our three month roam-iversary! I found this rather funny…. Read more »

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The First Travel “Fail”

  

The First Travel “Fail”

  

“…and then after the cruise and tour, we’ll go walk around Crissy Field and get a good picture of us with Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Oh, and we can’t forget about Ghirardelli Square! Did you know they pass out free chocolate?” I was rambling off my list of plans for the rest of… Read more »

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Florence: Oregon’s Hidden Gem

  

Florence: Oregon’s Hidden Gem

  

If I passed out awards for the best Oregon cities, Florence would definitely win the “Hidden Gem” category. I’ll be the first to admit that at first glance, it didn’t overwhelm me. Coming down the 101, Florence looks a lot like every other small town that we had passed through. That being said, once I dove into… Read more »

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My First Vacation, and Going “Home”

  

My First Vacation, and Going “Home”

  

*Written on November 1, 2014* I am currently sitting at 45,000 feet, somewhere above the Rockies, racing west. I’m heading back to our home base in the city by the bay from a 5-day visit to see my brother and his family in Virginia.  I am a new auntie to a sweet baby boy, and I had… Read more »

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Our Two Month Roam-iversary!

  

Our Two Month Roam-iversary!

  

As I typed the title to this post, I stared at it for a moment, dumbfounded. Have we seriously lived on the road for two months…? Time has indeed flown by, and we remind each other daily to appreciate every passing moment. We have expanded our travel resume substantially in the past couple months. Our… Read more »

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Seaside: The Best of Oregon’s North Coast

  

Seaside: The Best of Oregon’s North Coast

  

After meeting some good friends in Bend, we decided to join them in Seaside for another week of fun. Seaside is one of the northernmost coastal cities in Oregon, located only 20 miles from the Washington border. Astoria and Cannon Beach, both popular tourist destinations, are only 16 and 8 miles away (respectively), making Seaside an ideal… Read more »

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Harvest Hosts: Free Camping at its Finest

  

Harvest Hosts: Free Camping at its Finest

  

After 10 wonderful days in Bend, it was time to pack up and experience costal Oregon life. We enjoy a leisurely schedule, and as such, do not enjoy rushing to get to any of our destinations. Instead of making the 5.5 hour drive from Bend to Seaside all in one day, we decided to break… Read more »

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Perception, Contentment, and Tiny House Living

  

Perception, Contentment, and Tiny House Living

  

“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” – Wayne W. Dyer Several years ago, my older brother called me into the family computer room and showed me the Tumbleweed tiny house website. He scrolled through pages of homes the size of a typical bedroom, and reviewed the unique,… Read more »

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Bend, Oregon and Crater Lake National Park

  

Bend, Oregon and Crater Lake National Park

  

For the past week and a half, we have been exploring beautiful Bend, Oregon. For those who have only explored Oregon’s coastal towns, central Oregon is most definitely worth checking out. A city of roughly 80,000, Bend is a laid back city with an eclectic vibe and inviting atmosphere. The downtown is filled with boutique shopping,… Read more »

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The Avenue of the Giants: Humboldt Redwoods State Park

  

The Avenue of the Giants: Humboldt Redwoods State Park

  

After we took off from the Sacramento area in mid-September, we made our way up to Humboldt County. Eureka, which is the main city in Humboldt, is the largest coastal town between Portland and San Francisco. It is a gateway into some of the most beautiful coastal forest, and is situated right on waters of the… Read more »

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28 Days Later: Thoughts About RV Living

  

28 Days Later: Thoughts About RV Living

  

Today is our four week “roam-iversary”! We are celebrating with a blog post, of course. It is hard to believe that we have been full-timers for nearly a month already. Time flies, eh? I compiled a few thoughts about our journey so far. Before we began our travels, I figured the constant change in scenery and… Read more »

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RV Organization Tips and Tricks

  

RV Organization Tips and Tricks

  

When we first decided to make the move to living in our RV full-time, one of my biggest worries was organization. Where in the world would I keep everything? Like many people, I have always enjoyed a very full closet, a kitchen brimming with fun new culinary tools, and a whole lot of miscellaneous belongings that I wasn’t… Read more »

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Jackson Hole, WY & Grand Teton National Park: Our First Roaming Free Adventure!

  

Jackson Hole, WY & Grand Teton National Park: Our First Roaming Free Adventure!

  

The first leg of our full-timing experience has been spent in beautiful Jackson, WY, and the surrounding Grand Teton National Park. I have nothing but good things to say about our time here! Jackson is a small town that permanently houses roughly 10,000 people, but hosts millions of tourists every year. The city itself, built around the iconic… Read more »

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Moving from House to RV: Our Experience

  

Moving from House to RV: Our Experience

  

After months of meticulous planning, we have finally made the transition from living in a house to full-timing in our travel trailer! This process was both exciting and exhausting. Scaling down your belongings from a mid-sized house to fit into a 27-foot long box isn’t exactly something you can accomplish overnight. However, with some lifestyle… Read more »

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Pig Island – The Exumas, Bahamas

  

Pig Island – The Exumas, Bahamas

  

In November 2013, we traveled with my family to the beautiful Exumas, Bahamas. This chain of 365 cays is home to hundreds of incredible activities and sightseeing opportunities, including deep sea diving, water sports, snorkeling, sailing, jet skiing, and so much more. The one thing that you may not expect from this tropical paradise is an island that… Read more »

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Whale watching in Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska 

Whale watching in Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska 

After three days of scenic cruising and a day spent floating the Chilkat River, we docked in the capitol of Alaska. Juneau is gorgeous, to say the least. Our first stop was at the Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier is 12 miles long and surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, which, you’ll see, is really something… Read more »

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Glacier Bay, Alaska Cruise 2013

  

Glacier Bay, Alaska Cruise 2013

  

After touring through the beautiful and cold Hubbard Glacier area, I didn’t think it could get too much prettier. Then we got to Glacier Bay (insert googly eyes). For all you Lord of the Rings fans (guilty), this is basically Rivendell without the castles and Elves. The wind had calmed down from the day prior, so… Read more »

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The Hubbard Glacier, Alaska Cruise 2013

  

The Hubbard Glacier, Alaska Cruise 2013

  

Days two and three of our week-long Alaskan cruise were spent “scenic cruising”; for those of you who have not been on a cruise before, there actually is a difference between “cruising” and “scenic cruising.” The first day of our cruise, we shoved off from Whittier, AK, and we hauled ass towards the first glacier area. This would be… Read more »

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Floating the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

  

Floating the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

  

After three full days of “cruising” and “scenic cruising” down the breathtaking Alaskan coast, our first stop was Skagway. It is the picture of a tiny Alaskan fishing town – roughly 1,000 people live in Skagway. However, those 1,000 people host nearly **1,000,000** visitors via cruise ships every year! Needless to say, there were a *lot* of… Read more »

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Riding the Paiute ATV Trail – Marysvale, Utah

  

Riding the Paiute ATV Trail – Marysvale, Utah

  

During the summer of 2012, we spent several weeks in Marysvale, Utah, exploring the Paiute ATV trail with Brandon’s pride and joy (our Polaris RZR). After spending some time on the Paiute trail, you quickly realize how many different types of terrain are available. Over 900 miles of rideable terrain make this trail system the longest in the nation. Here is… Read more »

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Sand Hollow State Park – UT

  

Sand Hollow State Park – UT

  

Our visit to Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, Utah, was very memorable; we are already looking forward to another trip! Sand Hollow is Utah’s newest State Park, and it has a lot to offer. A quick 18 miles from St. George, it was easy to stock up on supplies before heading out to boondock for… Read more »

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Exploring trails in Moab, UT

  

Exploring trails in Moab, UT

  

We spent several weeks from the middle of March to the first of April on the outskirts of Moab, Utah. North of Archview Resort (a local RV park) there is a turn-off called Willow Springs Road, which is very popular with the off-roading/adventurous crowd.  The landscape is dotted with trailers and tents; there are plenty of private and primitive areas to… Read more »

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