I originally wrote this blog 6 years ago and at a time in our life when we had The Perfect Dog!. Since today is the anniversary of our Dog Hank’s passing, I thought I would honor my buddy by posting this here. Miss you Hank! Adopt, don’t buy!
Written December 2012:
My last blog focused on misconception, ideology and fear as it relates to dogs, dog rescue, and specifically pitbulls. In accordance with the theme of the blog, I am going to stick with misconception and ideology, but instead of human fear, I am going to take on its nearly as powerful antithesis – human pity and guilt.
Had an amazing morning. Watched a herd of elk awake. Their heads popped up, one by one from the tall grass as the sun rose. I could hear the sounds of tearing grass even before I could see them clearly. Watched them eat their breakfast while I drank my coffee.
Even if you are not somewhere like this, and no matter what you have going on this weekend, try turning off the news, putting away the phone and stepping outside. Even if just for a few minutes, who knows, maybe, just maybe, you will be able to see the beauty that surrounds you.?
It is no secret that one of our favorite travel activities is golf. Along with yelping brew pubs, one of the first things I do at any new location is Google what golf course are around. But that is only when the destination was not planned based on the golf course I wanted to play. I (Jeremy) probably don’t actually play any more golf than the average weekend hacker but I have likely played more different course than most. Playing 70 different courses in 18 different states most only once, is not a good way to pad your handicap but it is a big part of what I enjoy none the less. This is something I plan to continue and even increase if possible.
Robin joins me quite a bit and I have played quite a few times with friends and family on the road but much of the time I am a solo golfer and I don’t mind. Its a great way to clear your head, get some exercise and fresh air and a great way to just be able to just shut up and enjoy the present moment for a while.
The map above shows all of the courses that I have been lucky enough to hack up while traveling full time in the RV. This doesn’t even include the Denver courses I have played during summers at our cabin. From Northeastern goat tracks to pristine course in Palm Springs, I have played, and generally loved them all. Being a full time RVer is a great way for a person of modest means to have this experience.
We are currently set up enjoying two free nights of full hook up parking at another RV golf club location in New Mexico and are looking forward to more golf travel in the following weeks and months. Who knows, maybe this blog will lead to a company that is looking to hire someone to travel and review golf courses for a salary? Seriously though, I could work out a heck of deal for someone.
It has been a while since our last blog (well over a year!) and an eventful and non-eventful stretch it has been. We have been stationary for about 15 or 16 months and since this is a travel blog, we didn’t feel overly compelled to keep it up. For those that don’t follow our Facebook site, we had to make a slight change to the end of the 2016 snowbird journey. We were dealing with multiple pet issues including 16 and 17 year old cats with health in general decline. Having pets on the road is tricky but having geriatric pets and having to make five trips to five different vets in five cities in about six months was more than tricky, and as tough on us as it is on the cats. In addition, our old man dog Hank, now 14.5 years old, was having more and more mobility issues including a blown CCL (knee ligament) suffered while hiking in Flagstaff in spring of 2016.
We spent the last week boondocking outside of Grand Canyon National Park. We found a great free site about five miles from the entrance. The site was a little tight but we squeezed in and enjoyed a few glorious half days exploring the Grand Canyon and some pretty decent remote camping during an otherwise typical work week with questionable weather. We did however have great weather during a couple of trips in the park for some hiking and exploring. We did one with the dogs on the South Rim Trail and then a second hike down the South Kaibab Trail into the canyon a ways.
In the previous blog we introduced everyone to the two clubs that we joined that provide a network of locations that allow overnight RV parking at a business. Part one goes into a little more detail of both programs. Upon leaving the second of two RV Golf Club overnights we still had a few nights to kill before our reservation at an RV park in the Bay Area. We decided to try out our Harvest Hosts membership by staying at a few wineries. Per the policy of Harvest Hosts we are not going to publicly review each specific winery but rather share our overall experience and pictures in a general way. Once you join the club, which we highly recommend for RV’ers, there is a map/list with all of the actual locations across the country. You can research each one to read reviews from other members, what they offer, who to contact etc… This post will be more of a review of our experience with the program overall.
Our month at the spa in Desert Hot Springs was up and I (Jeremy) had a golf vacation with family in Georgia coming up, but we already decided we were not going to take the RV all they way from our current location on the West Coast just for that. I booked a flight a while ago for the golf trip selecting the San Francisco airport because of frequent flyer flight ticket availability and because it was near where my brother and his family live. We decided that this was maybe a good place to leave Robin and the family of pets for a week while I go on a guy’s vacation with my brother who would also be leaving his wife and kids for the trip.
About a week into our month of boondocking in the Arizona desert, I am quite certain that both of us at one time or another proclaimed “We are never paying to stay in an RV park ever again!” The freedom to spread out and live completely self contained and yet “off leash” was thrilling, ultra affordable, liberating and just plain fun. Continue reading →
By far the most common question that we get as full-time RVer’s is “What is your favorite place that you have been?”. I know from other full timers that we are not the only ones that get this question and not the only ones that struggle with it. Our answer is usually something like “It is not one place or type of camping that we like the most but the variety of places that we get to live and diversity of experience that we like the most”. Although that does exactly explain how we feel that answer usually seems to leave people a little disappointed. In this blog we will attempt to use “A Tale of Two Deserts” to better illustrate where we are coming from with this answer. Continue reading →
Having recently completed our Solar RV upgrade, we have just started spending considerable amounts of time unhooked or boondocking completely off grid. We can stock at least enough food and water to last about 7-10 days before we have to dump tanks, re-fill water and re-stock the fridge.
After having spent the better part of the last two years primarily in parks with at least partial hookups like electric and/or water, we had grown pretty accustomed to cooking and eating full, made-from-scratch (or mostly from scratch) meals right from the trailer. We are primarily plant based, whole food eaters that occasionally indulge in fish, seafood, eggs, dairy and potato chips. Meat however, has happily been off of our menu for a number of years and we don’t miss it a bit. Continue reading →