We only spent a night at Moose Creek Flat Campground outside Big Sky, Montana, but it was a memorable visit we’d happily repeat. [Read more…]
Our first visit to Yellowstone National Park was back in 2015, and it was only over a long weekend. This year, we knew we wanted to spend dedicated time in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park, and go back to Yellowstone to explore the areas we didn’t get to in 2015.
Strange things have been happening around here. We rehomed our cats. Then when our RV fridge broke, we bought some weird cooler-size contraption instead of fixing it right away. And we’ve been generally cryptic about what’s coming up for us.
We won’t keep you guessing any longer. We’re ready to announce our RV Wanderlust travel plans for 2019! But before we lay out the details, we should share a few important points to set the context. [Read more…]
About two years ago, I saw a photo of Alyssa Padgett drinking a cup of coffee in her RV, as the Grand Tetons towered in the background. We had just taken a weekend trip to Yellowstone and I had fallen for the Grand Tetons while driving past them in the early morning from Jackson Hole. I told myself I would go back and recreate Alyssa’s coffee moment in that stunningly beautiful spot, known as Upper Teton View.
It took two years, but we made it back. In that time, we decided we weren’t “doing it right,” and wild camping was one of the missing pieces. Now armed with AGM batteries, portable solar panel, and experience, I was thrilled to finally be heading to Upper Teton View. It was the place I was looking forward to most of our entire 2018 West Mountain Loop trip. [Read more…]
We bought some traditional mouse traps and took care of the problem. The pattern repeated. New dry camping spot. Adopt a mouse or two. Lay down traps. Catch the mice within a couple of days.
Then disaster struck. We rehomed our cats and found ourselves wild camping in a large field outside Glacier National Park, on top of tall grass, on the edge of a hill covered with tall brush and trees.
I will never forget the morning I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to work and tiptoed to the living room to grab my laptop. As soon as I slid open the pocket door, I saw something scurry across the floor, right around my baby’s crib. I froze in horror. [Read more…]
I can’t remember the moment I decided to cloth diaper in an RV. It wasn’t something I planned for years before having #BabyNomad. But during the inevitable nesting phase of my pregnancy, I decided to look into it as an option.
I had a ton of questions. To be honest, I wasn’t sure cloth diapering was practical for me. I like doing things that are environmentally-friendly and economical. But I only have so many hours each day, and my time is valuable to me. So I have to weigh everything together. If something is going to take more time than I think it’s worth, like homemade baby food, then it’s a no-go.
When I first started researching cloth diapering and whether it was something that could mesh with the fulltime RV lifestyle, I got overwhelmed and gave up. Why are there so many types of cloth diapers? How many do I need to buy? How do you even put them on? Do I really have to use a special kind of laundry soap and diaper cream?
But I came back to my research again and again, tackling one little question at a time. As I result, I found the exact answers I needed, as well as confidence that cloth diapering was right for me, my baby, and our RVing lifestyle. [Read more…]
When I first tell people I have a washer/dryer combo in our RV, explaining yes, the very same appliance washes and dries, there’s inevitably some disbelief. I guess it makes sense that something sounding so unbelievable would behave a bit wonky, and require some extra TLC compared to your regular residential washing machine or dryer.
It makes sense, and yet I was a fulltime RVer for four years before I knew how to properly clean and maintain my RV’s washer/dryer combo. Oh, and I bought a new one for absolutely no reason, just because I didn’t know how to maintain it properly.
That really happened.
So, yeah. Here’s the guide I wish I had four and a half years ago. I hope it saves you headaches and money. [Read more…]
When we started fulltime RVing in February 2014, our only pet was a bearded dragon named Trogdor. In the past four years, Trogdor passed on, Caspian was born, and we adopted two rescue cats. Over time and extensive conversation, we made the decision to rehome both cats, as we prepare for the next phase of our life and travel. [Read more…]
If we don’t spend at least one night within a state’s borders in our RV, then we can’t add it to our state map. That’s our rule. So while we traveled through Idaho in 2016, we didn’t get to claim it as conquered. No matter what it took, that was going to change this year.
It wasn’t much of an inconvenience. We left Jordanelle State Park after work on Friday of Memorial Day weekend and drove a beautiful 227 miles to Indian Creek. This dry camping area in Caribou-Targhee National Forest is free, with a 5-day stay limit.
We chose to get as close to the water–Palisades Reservoir on the Snake River–as we could. The road towards the water has some unpleasant potholes, but the distance isn’t long. We turned off on the last path to the right, and pulled onto the grass just off the road. [Read more…]
In a country as large as the United States, it is actually possible for entire regions to be magnificent, and yet unknown to almost everyone. I know, because I’ve been to Heber Valley in Utah.
I’ve said before that our travel day limit of 250 miles forces us to stop places we’d normally skip. We needed to get from Moab to Grand Teton, and our 250 miles fell right around Jordanelle State Park in Heber Valley, right outside Heber City. While the situation with the state park ended up being slightly irksome, the area itself was stunning. I’m so glad we stumbled upon it. [Read more…]