10 mistakes we made buying our first RV!

#10 – We didn’t go on a short trip immediately upon leaving the dealership When you first purchase an RV, motorhome, travel trailer, etc., you really need to head out on a very short trip to a local camping spot in the first days. There is a high chance that there are at least someContinue reading “10 mistakes we made buying our first RV!”

9 Secrets of Yosemite! Know Before You Go!

#9 The water is gorgeous BUT super dangerous! While you may have studied Pinterest and a million blogs and planned lots of nice days of basking in the cold waters of Yosemite during your hot summer trip, well, think again. First, it is against the rules at the national park to get in ANY ofContinue reading “9 Secrets of Yosemite! Know Before You Go!”

Can you guess the oddest National Park? 4 hints below!

Hint #1: Edwardian Architecture It is like stepping back in time! Absolutely every detail from the tiny mosaic flooring to the near century year old elevator, you will be transported through time in this visitor center. Fancy an electro-massage or a moment on the parallel bars? Enjoy your time, but remember, men and women mustContinue reading “Can you guess the oddest National Park? 4 hints below!”

8 Do’s and Don’ts for Mammoth Cave National Park

You know you have climbed a mountain. But in a cave, you can never be certain that the cave does not go on. -Roger Brucker and Richard Watson  even with very poor weather, we thoroughly enjoyed our recent visit to Mammoth Cave National Park. In fact, it made Clay’s top five favorite parks list!Continue reading “8 Do’s and Don’ts for Mammoth Cave National Park”

Christmas in NYC, 2 Day Itinerary for Families (Day 2)

Welcome to our day 2 itinerary for New York City! We recommend grouping your plans by neighborhoods in the city to cut down on wasted time for transportation. To go just a few miles in the bustling city center could take between 30 minutes to an hour depending on where you want to go. WeContinue reading “Christmas in NYC, 2 Day Itinerary for Families (Day 2)”

Top 6 Boondocking Hacks, Dry Camping Made Easy

6. Repurposed Jumper Cables on Inverter Because we are on a budget, our inverter is not hardwired in. Brian re-purposed these jumper cables to connect the inverter to the battery using alligator clips to hold it in place for powering the inverter from the battery. We do plan to eventually hardwire it, but this wasContinue reading “Top 6 Boondocking Hacks, Dry Camping Made Easy”

Christmas in NYC, 2 Day Itinerary for Families (Day 1)

Christmas in New York City can give a magical experience for any family! Check out our tips for an action-packed two day itinerary in the bustling island of Manhattan. It is very easy to spend lots of time on transportation in any major world city. You’ll need a basic understanding of the subway unless youContinue reading “Christmas in NYC, 2 Day Itinerary for Families (Day 1)”

ABCs of Gatlinburg, Tennessee – Choose Your Own Adventure!

1. Where should we eat? A. Quaint local spot B. Chain restaurant C. Picnic in the park Well, if you know us at all, then the obvious answer is A! Candace likes to use TripAdvisor when deciding where to eat. There’s a convenient feature where you can typically also read the menu for the restaurant.Continue reading “ABCs of Gatlinburg, Tennessee – Choose Your Own Adventure!”

5 rules of Boondocking. Yes, you can sleep in a parking lot!

Although our 11-year-old thought we might get arrested, we had an uneventful evening in a Target parking lot on Christmas night. It was our first boondocking experience, and it was easier than we expected! 1. Be sure to park far away from the main entrance Walmart stores across the country do allow people to sleepContinue reading “5 rules of Boondocking. Yes, you can sleep in a parking lot!”

Sam Houston Jones State Park Review

Just Outside Lake Charles Sam Houston Jones State Park is located just a few miles outside of Lake Charles Louisiana. The site has a variety of options for stays including overnight cabins, RV campsites, tent campsites, and group pavilions. There is also a boat launch, picnic area, and multiple playgrounds. The park is named forContinue reading “Sam Houston Jones State Park Review”