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Looking Back

One week from today the Hubs and I pull out for 17 days of exploring the Oregon coast. Let’s just say there’s a week left but my mind is already in the front seat of the truck with an atlas in my lap plotting our destination of the day. If you don’t have a true case of “Ramblin’ Fever” then I could never explain to you the feeling of pre-vacation yearnings. I know this upcoming week will be a struggle, and the struggle is real.

In an effort to thwart any of my adult responsibilities, I’ve been looking back over the past four years to see what we were doing at this time. It really comes as no shocker that all but one year we were traveling. And we got to see some pretty amazing places. The only year we weren’t on a trip the Hubs was in Yosemite National Park on a fire detail. So technically he wasn’t at home sitting still. And while he was gone I was dealing with the 100 year floods of West Texas which ended up being an adventure all on their own.

So today’s post is a flash back to a half a decade of travels to some rather amazing places with a rather amazing fella!

Bristle Cone Pines in Great Basin National Park
Bristle Cone Pines in Great Basin National Park
There were some beautiful lakes in Great Basin National Park. Amazing!
There were some beautiful lakes in Great Basin National Park. Amazing!
Not a clear picture but still a picture of the Hubs on fire detail in Yosemite.
Not a clear picture but still a picture of the Hubs on fire detail in Yosemite.
This was on our first trip to Colorado. We took two more vacations to that beautiful state after our initial voyage.
This was on our first trip to Colorado. We took two more vacations to that beautiful state after our initial voyage.
This train trip is a must when in Durango, CO. http://www.durangotrain.com
This train trip is a must when in Durango, CO. http://www.durangotrain.com
Studying the Atlas while planning our next route in Colorado. We love that state!
Studying the Atlas while planning our next route in Colorado. We love that state!
We were thrilled to spot this grizzly family while visiting Yellowstone National Park. They are beautiful!
We were thrilled to spot this grizzly family while visiting Yellowstone National Park. They are beautiful!
This doesn't even look real to me. The Grand Prismatic Spring is probably one of the most beautiful things I will ever see.
This doesn’t even look real to me. The Grand Prismatic Spring is probably one of the most beautiful things I will ever see.
You just can't imagine what the Tetons look like until you visit them. I must go back.
You just can’t imagine what the Tetons look like until you visit them. I must go back.
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The Gift of Garlic

I LOVE our RVing life. It has simplified so many aspects of the way we live that I often start thinking it’s too good to be true. We really do have an easy setup, so I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But….there are things. I never realized just how much I missed them until I got a most pungent package in the mail yesterday.

You see, my father in law is gardener. And he’s not just any old gardener hoping that his crops will grow and produce enough food so that they can have a few good meals during the summer. By profession he is a scientist, and he utilizes his knowledge while gardening thus producing some of the most delicious goodies in mass quantities in a very small space. This man knows what he’s doing. So yesterday I went to the post office to collect the mail. It’s the Hubs 50th birthday, so packages have been showing up regularly. Anyway, what I found was a package for me! And as soon as I opened the locker I could smell exactly what the contents of that package were. It was a box of garlic!!

The wonderful gift of garlic that arrived from my father in law.
The wonderful gift of garlic that arrived from my father in law.

For weeks now, the Hubs and I have been venturing to local farmer’s markets to get fresh garlic, but there hasn’t been the availability like there was last year. So it’s taken some work, and it had even started to worry me that we wouldn’t have enough garlic to get us through the winter. And it has been years since I’ve bought it at the grocery stores. More times than not, if you’re paying attention you will notice that the garlic at the store is a product of China. I once watched a documentary that really spoke to me, and in it one of the gentlemen said, “Your food should never arrive in a cargo box from another country packaged alongside thousands of pairs of flip flops.” And he’s right. So, back to the story.

When I opened my box of garlic I literally teared up. Who cries over a box of garlic, right? Inside of that box was enough garlic to carry me through until next year! And there were amazing varieties of garlic too. Did you know that there are over 600 sub-varieties of garlic in the world? (http://www.gourmetgarlicgardens.com/garlic-information.html )I kid you not! But there was something about opening that box of garlic. A gift from the heart that I can consume. There is so much beauty in growing a garden, and I truly miss that. I just didn’t realize how much until I got that box yesterday. The gift of garlic from my precious father in law filled a void that I didn’t even realize was there. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, and it’s a gift that helps complete my RV lifestyle. I am so grateful for the gift of garlic!

Best Seats in the House

It was a rainy 4th of July here in Southern Arizona. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but we had some really good rain over the holiday weekend. If you live in a part of the world that gets regular rainfall then you might be disappointed by this. But because we don’t see rains on a regular basis we were pretty doggone excited! So we settled in for a quiet weekend. The area of Arizona that we live in is actually more high desert and gets more rain than the areas around us. We have grass and trees and all those things that most people don’t have when they live in Arizona.

We live about 4 miles outside of town, so we were curious on the night of the 4th if we would be able to see the fireworks from our RV. Not wanting to venture out into the crowds, we came up with a plan. So about 15 minutes before the excitement was to begin we hauled my camara and ourselves onto the roof of our RV. Then, we sat and waited.4th of July Fireworks

All of our neighbors were also out picking their premium spot for the spectacle, but no one had the view that we did! Before long, neighbors were walking by asking if they could join the rooftop party! They wanted to know if we were serving drinks on deck. Everyone was excited for the fireworks but also excited to see their two neighbors rooftop surfing on their RV to get a premium view of the fireworks. And it was worth the climb! Not only could we see the fireworks in town, but we could also see the fireworks throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. We could even see the fireworks show over in Tombstone, AZ! Now that was pretty cool.

I hope your 4th was as wonderful as ours was. We’re learning that there are so many ways to enjoy RV life, and it often affords you the best seat in the house!4th of July Fireworks 4th of July Fireworks 4th of July Fireworks

Home is Where You Park it!

One of the most exciting things about living in a home with wheels is that you can move it anywhere! Yes, anywhere. So it’s important to consider the things you like about the space that surrounds you before you make a choice.

1. Do you want to own the property you park your home own?

2. How much work do you want to do on a daily, weekly, monthly basis around your home?

3. Do you prefer privacy over living close to someone?

4. What amenities will make life more comfortable?

For us, because we move every 3-5 years, we’ve opted to rent a piece of land or stay in an RV resort. Purchasing land and getting all of the hookups put in just doesn’t seem cost-effective for us and the market of the area where we live. So, after looking at all the RV resorts within a decent driving distance to work we decided on a 55+ community to park. Wait, what? No, we’re not 55+ yet, but we love the amenities of this park. We like that we both have a decent driving distance to work, and we like that it’s quiet here. Very quiet! When you’re living close to someone as you may do in an RV Resort, you’ll appreciate quiet. Our slot comes with all utilities included (minus internet)  and a small storage unit. We also have additional parking for our Casita travel trailer which we use for a guest house or when we’re traveling. We have a laundry facility on site. The RV park is actually attached to a 55+ community. Technically, we can’t buy a come in the “community”, but we get all of the perks of living in the community like use of the pool, a variety of outdoor activities such as putt putt  (if you’re interested) and free wi-fi at the clubhouse.

Our trip to the North Rim, Grand Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs in our Casita
Our trip to the North Rim, Grand Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs in our Casita

We are originally from the South. So we’re no strangers to yard work. And for two years I was a caretaker on a large ranch that had more yard work than anyone in their right mind should have attempted to do on their own. That says a lot about my mental state! So, we wanted a very low maintenance place to live, and we got it! So consider all of these options when looking for a place to park your home. And the nice thing is that if after staying a while you see the setup just isn’t working for you, then you can hook your home up and move on! Yes, home IS where you park it!!

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Why We RV

Wow! Has it really been over a year since I’ve posted? I guess numbers don’t lie, So here’s a quick catch up. Over a year ago we moved to Southeastern Arizona. Since we’ve lived here we are in our second home. I know, we must have a thing for moving. But this time things are a little different with our accomodations. Read along. You’ll see!

By now I think everyone has heard about tiny house living. Small spaces are the rage! And if you haven’t heard about this new movement then I’ll forgive you because I’m mostly clueless about what’s trending in the world! The Hubs was into tiny spaces before it was even “cool”. And we actually lived in his 24 ft. RV for the first 2 1/2 years of our marriage.

imageFast forward 15 years and guess where we’ve landed? We’re back in an RV but with a little different layout than our first “mobile” home of long ago. So why go back, you may ask? I think the reasons for living in small spaces vary greatly. Why did we specifically choose an RV? Can you give us the scoop? Absolutely, I can! But I’m going to break it down into smaller posts. There’s just so much information to cover. I’ll also be sharing some of our adventures along the way. The adventures were one of the reasons we decided to live in an RV again.

So what about you? Why have you chosen your small space, or why do you long for that tiny place to call your own? To learn a little more about us and where we’ve come from, please check out oldschooltravels.blogspot.com to see a few random posts.image