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Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Bluenose Inn
While listening to Bill play live piano music in an old world lounge in the Bluenose Inn in Bar Harbor[...]
Baxter State Park: Middle of Nowhere Maine
By the light of a cozy campfire I read out loud, "I started to run and found I couldn't, because[...]
Great New England Air Show 2018
After packing his parachute, he and some of his friends made his way over to the crowd.  The Golden Knights[...]
And We Swung By Istanbul For Fun
If you head to Istanbul, here's a piece of free advice: If you don't observe Ramadan AND you only have[...]
Old School Bangkok
Scott to me, "Are you sure?  Sometimes you think things are... you know... a great idea but then... you know... [...]
Freebird Stand Up Paddleboarding, Railay Beach
Me, with increasing concern closing in on hysteria, “It’s in my pants…. It’s in my pants… IT is IN my[...]
40th Birthday Day – Mu Ko Lanta National Park
I turned to Evie {seriously}, "If those monkeys get in here, you are going to throw your ice cream and[...]
Koh Phi Phi – The Beach
Not all beaches in Thailand are created equal.  Thanks to the country’s seriously strong marketing skills, I was under the[...]
When There Is No Emergency Room, But You Know You Need One!
Ker-thump.  I was off the bed, scooping Jack up from the cement floor in less than a heartbeat. Even though[...]
Koh Lanta, Thailand
Sitting in the restaurant on the beach at sunset drinking my second beer, we'd been there a grand total of[...]
Chiang Mai Night Market
Our final days in Chiang Mai were spent walking the city, finding parks and pools to play in, touring the[...]
That Bird Disease: Cheap-Cheap-Cheap
Scott to me, "I don't know what it is, but my feet hurt.  The salt in the pool is stinging[...]
Elephants And The Karen Tribe
When things are going sideways, I'm usually thinking ahead to how I'm going to explain it to the Grands in[...]
Trying New Things In Northern Thailand
"I like it," said Evie.  "Me too," said Jack because Jack always says me too no matter what Evie says...[...]
Heading To Chiang Mai, Thailand
Public bus from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai (10 hrs) - doesn't that just sound sweet?!  {That's a "Hell, no!" from[...]
Ayothaya, Ayutthaya, Ayudhya Thailand
Evie to me, “Why do people keep wanting to take my picture?”  Me, “No idea.  Maybe they like oddball looking[...]
Arriving in Thailand
If I have a superpower, it’s picking the cream of the crop when it comes to friends.  Seriously.  It’s my[...]
Bangkok By Way Of Istanbul
We're a traveling family.  It's been hard to find anything to write about that is even remotely related to travel...[...]
About Homeschooling
When I was young (naive/immature/hadn't traveled), I assumed homeschooled kids were weirdos.  I'd only known 2 and they were being[...]
DRD4-7R And The Hot Spice Of The Real World
We're still figuring out where to go, when to leave, etc.  I'm not gonna lie, it's a little frustrating.  I'm[...]
What IS The Plan?
Standing around with all my uncles and Grandpa Mike on Evie's birthday, someone said, "So Traci, what's the plan?  Where[...]
Hair
Not surprisingly, I may have made yet another mistake.  I usually take them in stride now, but this mistake bugs[...]
Quest For The Antidote
Scott and I got to go on a fairly rare date night.  I always make sure I have my passport[...]
2018 Winner of the Great Pink Camp First In?!?!?!?!
I was well on my way to winning the Great Pink Camp Cold Swim Challenge of 2018.  That's rockstar and[...]
The Great Bomb Cyclone of 2018
When I walked into the grocery store, the 2 or 3 people near the registers just sort of... stared.  One[...]
The 2017 Amators Holidays
Evie, "Does George really have to go?"  Me to Evie, "Honey, we've talked about this.  Yes.  George was a wonderful[...]
That Time At TJ Maxx
A few weeks ago Scott said, "Listen, I love the blog and I love reading what you write.  But... you[...]
They’re Pooping the Fields
Warm, in bed, just waking up... the kind of wake up that's happy and not rushed.  From downstairs I hear Evie,[...]
Sales & The Most Glorious Secretary
I got this in my inbox yesterday morning from my mother-in-law: Subj:  Christmas is Coming (She's not a Game of[...]
No Power, No Worries
This is how I know I am different than normal people.  We've been having a great time... really nice.  It's[...]
Going To Visit Bill
Per Mom, the following updates are mandatorily added BEFORE you read the following.  Be advised, "It was the 80s, not,[...]
Teriland
Sitting in the car, heading into town the other day, out of the blue Mom says to me, "You can[...]
Disclosing Solution
Evie has a toothache.  I looked.  Even I can see it.  She has a major cavity between 2 molars.  Of[...]
Getting The Juice Going Again
An odd thing happens when you keep a blog.  Because I know people read it (all 10 of you!) or[...]
All Science All The Time
I'm not gonna lie, I'm actively trying to turn Evie and Jack into scientists.  (Nate doesn't need to be guided,[...]
It Was Fun Until She Met Her Mortal Enemy
Well, that didn't last long. Evie enjoys school but... she now has a mortal enemy.  There is a kid she[...]
I Get How People Get Stuck
"I get how people get stuck in a place," Scott said to me.  I laughed. Me too - I get[...]
Eating Lifestyle
I've been rather candid about our desire/attempts to eat healthy.  I wouldn't say anything has changed with respect to our[...]
A Day At the Sea Shore
I like to try to make connections between what's going on and what we're feeling.  If I had to make[...]
Answering The Number One Question We Get
Understandably, we field a lot of questions these days.  I get it, we're weirdos.  No issue (and generally I get[...]
Bon Voyage, Karen
No two ways about it, yesterday sucked.  I admit it.... I had the feels. 😢 I don't like being attached to[...]
Lazy Summer Days
Now that Super Scary July is over, we're into Adjustment August.  Scott and I still feel a little bit like,[...]
The Crazy Plan
The updated life plan. Scott, the kids and I loved RV'ing around the U.S.  I describe it as epic.  We[...]
Who Is Charlie?
Scott and I are 2 of the luckiest people alive.  Seriously.  Both of us, through luck and willpower, know what[...]
4th of July 2017
What do you do in Maine just before the 4th of July?  Go strawberry picking.  After having been in California,[...]
For Sale: Awesome 1985 Winnebago Chieftain
Just completed a year-long tour of the U.S. in this vintage class A motorhome. It was an outstanding home and well-loved[...]
Summertime
Evie is single-handedly bringing back a dying art... handwritten letters through the U.S. Postal service.  Our local post office is[...]
Science Time!
By all standards, we are currently living a totally 100% normal life.  Relatively speaking, this is fairly unusual for us.[...]
We’re in Maine!
We are decidedly running low on daily disasters.  I'm not gonna lie, it's a little bit boring.  However, Scott and[...]
New York and Officer John Kennedy
With the embers in the engine finally out and the excitement of a 5-alarm fire dying down, we got back[...]
Fire In The Hole!
We're within days of reaching home so I was waxing philosophic about our year.  Specifically, I've been having fun reliving[...]
One More Call to Good Sam
What did I not get to see that's still on the list?  Oh, I have A LOT answers to that[...]
A Day in Memphis, TN
We had less than 48 hours in Memphis, TN.  But we made the most of what we had. First priority:[...]
The Northern South
We pulled up to the city campground office and I got out of the RV to draw in my first[...]
Oklahoma!
I like old: old places, old music, old movies.... which is probably why I haven't been able to hear anything[...]
The Texas Panhandle & Cadillac Ranch
I jammed on the breaks.  The needle drops from 75 mph down to 45 in a very short space of[...]
From Moab to San Jon, New Mexico
I'm over being pissy about the route change.  It was a smart call on Scott's part.  Yes - I told[...]
Monument Valley
In order to see Antelope Canyon, I routed us through Denver thinking that surely the weather would be good by[...]
Cliff Dwelling
Navajo National Monument is located on Navajo Nation in northern Arizona.  It's home to several cliff dwellings created by the First People.  I[...]
Antelope Canyon
Now that we're on the final swing through the U.S., I'm more inclined to see just a few more "would[...]
The Grand Canyon
Well.. this place sucks. I'm just kidding.  It's not one of our most famous, most visited, most loved national parks[...]
Back to Boondocking
Nothing feels better than being on the road again.  We fire up YouTube and played Willie on repeat.  Everyone is excited.[...]
Downgrade
These last few months have been hurtful to the old pocketbook.  We stayed well outside of the valley to facilitate Scott's[...]
Interviews
Right in the middle of necklace making, Jack took a bead that Evie wanted.  There were literally hundreds of the[...]
I love gold stars!
DISCLAIMER: I may make a commission off of the links on this page. Total cost of the repairs in Watsonville:[...]
Ups and Downs
We have now arrived at that part of the movie where morale is in a nosedive.  Normally we’re fairly immune[...]
End of Visit
For the second half of Nate's week, we headed to a KOA that lives between Santa Cruz and Monterey.  This[...]
Visiting Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park requires very few words.  The pictures do the talking.  It's an incredible experience to be in the[...]
April Vacation & Nate’s Arrival
Every year Nate join us for either his February or April vacation.  This year we got April.  We hadn't expected[...]
RV Repairs
DISCLAIMER: I may make a commission from some of the links on this page. Despite multiple trips to garages across[...]
Catching Up
Dropping Mom off at the airport was every bit the disaster I expected.  It was double trouble... full waterworks from[...]
Santa Cruz
We're an ocean family.  Mom wanted to dip her toes in the Pacific so we decided to take a day[...]
Alcatraz and Trolley Rides
A lot of folks have told Scott and Mom that they're good sports about the blog. Anyone with a thin skin[...]
My Preference is Red
It's not that we're particularly fanatical about wine.  I love oenophiles as much as the next person and I'm happy[...]
Hop On Hop Off
I'd been tracking the Alcatraz tickets online for a week or so.  Again, I'm not a planner so that seemed[...]
Movies & Muir
The goal with mom was to see as much as possible in the final 2 weeks of her time with[...]
Turning 2
Mom didn't realize it at the time, but our overnight at Harris Ranch was the last night she spent in[...]
Hollywood and Vine
After all the excitement of the last week or so.... I was more than ready to get to San Francisco[...]
D Day
I know I've said a lot of things about Disney over the years.  A lot.  Sometimes I run my mouth.[...]
The Never-ending Day
The plan leaving JTNP was straight forward.  Hit Indio, CA, dump at a free station, head south on Rt 86[...]
JTNP Again
We burned rubber out of Quartzsite.  Kidding.  Just kidding.  The tires are too good right now to do something so[...]
Regrouping
I haven't written anything in well over 2 weeks.  It's not that I haven't thought about the blog... it's that[...]
Miles on Tires
Me to Scott, "What do you think about the tires?  I haven't checked the pressure lately."  Scott, "Should be fine.[...]
Pato Blanco in AZ
Well, it finally happened: self-inflicted, embarrassing disaster. I've been diligent about going through my checklist before starting up and driving off.[...]
Heading West
Heading south (for the sun) and west (to California) we've been seeing some eclectic parts of New Mexico.  There's some[...]
Spending Time With Edyne
The goal was to head out of San Antonio and hit Santa Fe to visit my maternal grandfather's widow, Edyne.[...]
The Route to Santa Fe
Me to Mom (as we're driving down the highway), "Mom, could you plug my phone in?  I want to have[...]
Alien Encounters
Exactly what is to be expected from an alien abduction? "Subjectively real memories of being taken secretly against one's will[...]
Extreme Flexibility
Here's my question....  You're on a roadtrip.  You've done the first 2/3's of it.  You're rounding 3rd base, heading back[...]
Mr. Fix It
As soon as Scott left, pretty much everything broke.  That shouldn't come as a surprise, right?!  It gives me something[...]
Onward
If it seems like the posts have dramatically slowed.... it does to me too.  Here's the deal.  I'm doing everything[...]
Regrouping
After the day before (Day 1), we took the next day to regroup, fix the RV and relax.  There was[...]
The First Day
Driving back after I dropped off Scott at the airport, I took a deep breath and did some of that[...]
Sexist Traci
In less than 24 hours I am going to be promoted to Captain of the Chief for one month.  This[...]
Day 1 with Grandmom
Part-time Amator "Grandmom" has re-joined us.  Much like every other crazy adventure we drag her on, she's "not too sure"[...]
Must Have’s – Kitchen
“How do you possibly live with a kitchen the size of a Kleenex box?  I couldn't do it." It's our[...]
Note Wrap Up
You want to know what the note said, right?!  I know... I was dying to know too. Scott promised I[...]
The Drop Zone
Women's Intuition Success Story #5,634,539,808:  This afternoon while playing Go Fish with Evie, me to Scott, "There's a drop site[...]
Outside of Houston
This morning I was in the men's room of the Walmart in Cleveland, TX.  I didn't want to be there[...]
The Alamo & The Riverwalk
I fired up YouTube at 7 am.... full blast.  We kept it going on repeat until we left the RV[...]
Arriving in San Antonio
Scott is an alumni of Patriot Boot Camp, a Tech Stars sponsored event.  It's 3 full days of talks by[...]
Mona
Jack has a thing going on with the moon.  He looks for her every single night and each night that[...]
Eating
This is Scott in a desperate bid to make veggie eating fun: Even with this level of effort, we still[...]
Thank You
I just got my first check from Amazon.  This blog is officially earning money.  We are monetized.  Pinch me. I[...]
Padre Island National Seashore
The kids and I got the boot at 9:00am. Scott was antsy to start work and the kids were being...[...]
The Pelican
We had just pulled into our campsite for the evening.  I kicked everyone out of the Chief so I could[...]
The Crapper
How do you make a tissue dance?  Put a little boogie in it. These last few days have been a[...]
White Sands National Monument
Making our way through southern New Mexico has been a trip!  We aren’t used to border patrol check points.  The[...]
City of Rocks
Finally crossed the border from AZ into NM.  We were ahead of a nasty storm and trying to get to[...]
Leaving the LoR
I'm so spoiled with the BLM land I have a hard time coming back to the Land of Rules (LoR).[...]
Tombstone
More often than not, I love a good tourist trap (except Disney.... I'm not on the Micky train).  We spent[...]
Premature Grandparent
We're currently in a campground.  It's a nice little co-op for Escapees members in Benson, AZ.  As far as I[...]
Mission 22
An Amator's Plan is more like a guideline - one possible option that may seem to be the best opportunity[...]
Healthy Living
As much fun as it is having a nice cushy belly for the kids to lay their heads on.... I'm[...]
Reunited and It Feels So Good
No bugs.  No spiders.  No snakes.  No ants.  No bats.  This all seems too good to be true. {So far} I[...]
Finishing Up in New England
It turns out.... writing the blog is only easy when minor bad luck is having its way with us.  When[...]
Sticky Fingers
The kids got to spend a lot of quality time with their most Supreme, Biggest Stars on the Planet VVVVVIPs....[...]
Dreamscape
The #1 question we get asked by almost everyone: how did you do it?!  How did we decide to take[...]
Scott Warren: Special Operator to Digital Nomad.
My friend and mentor Kevin Kermes runs a podcast called Coffee or Something Stronger. We have great conversations about life,[...]
How We Make A Living While Traveling Fulltime
Lots of people ask us "How do you make a living?" or "How do you make money?" once they find out[...]
10693 Miles in 3 Months at 5.3 Miles/Gallon
"If I wanted to... emphasis on IF.... what would it cost to me live in an RV for 3 months?!"[...]
Could this be You? Fall 2016 in Review
Best Grandparent advice:  It is easier for the girl to run with her skirt up, than you with your pants[...]
Recommended Resources
First we share the business resources we use to manage or blog and business from the road. Further down are[...]
Christmas Thoughts
Almost every year, until I started hauling off to fun places on the opposite side of the globe, my Dad and[...]
Home for the Holidays
We're in Maine.  It was -17 deg F this morning when we woke up (before factoring in the wind chill).[...]
Finding Wonder in Central AZ: Tuzigoot National Monument & Jerome
It's never good when you hear, "Ka-chugga....{heart beat  heart beat}  ...bang," as you're driving down the road.... not like a[...]
Sedona – Boynton Canyon
When it's cloudy I optimistically assume it's going to be a little warmer.  I think of the clouds as nice[...]
Sedona – The Airport and the Chapel
I'm procrastinating at this point.  Not cool.  We had so much fun in Sedona and I took so many pictures...[...]
RVing in Sedona – Arrival & Bell Rock
  Sedona, Arizona.... Hello again, Beautiful. If I'm talking about Sedona, 9 times out of 10 I'm talking about the[...]
The Night After Boondocking: Our Daily Life
Boondocking.  How did we live without this for so long?!  Call it whatever you like, dry camping, free camping, dispersed[...]
How the Amazon Affiliate Works and Why We’re Doing It
My girlfriends have asked me to explain a little bit more about the Amazon Affiliate stuff. What is it? How[...]
Incognito
Something happened today.  My feelings are mixed - on the one hand it was really sweet, kind and well intentioned. [...]
How We Brought a Cartoon to Life – Rt 66
Friday evening outside of Kingman, AZ.... Evie, "Can I watch Paw Patrol on the ipad?"  Me, "No, you're going to[...]
Thanksgiving in an RV
This is how you pull off Thanksgiving on the road: Pull out of your cherry spot in the dry lake[...]
Joshua Tree National Park
Leaving LA we headed for Joshua Tree National Park for no other reason than we had no where else we[...]
RV’ing in LA
Scott and I had been talking about me learning to do everything on the RV (even the solidly blue jobs)[...]
California Perspective
All hell broke loose - just as I expected.  The kids were screaming and there were real tears.  Leaving Auntie[...]
San Fransisco with the Kids 
San Fransisco doesn’t disappoint.  We spent a day as blue chip tourists - knee-high socks (Nate), cameras around necks (Traci,[...]
Fairyland
Today we split up to give Scott and Nate some quality time alone together.  That’s always an important element of[...]
Daily Life: How We Are Making Money
While this year is officially a 1 year sabbatical, Scott and I would love nothing more to make it a[...]
Family Time
I should have given you a heads up…. we were heading into a long weekend of family time so I[...]
Irish Twins
We’d just driven out of spot (we’ll miss you spot #22 at Emerald Forest in Trinidad, CA) and we were[...]
The North
After our one of our most expensive nights to date ($45/night + $2.50/night for each child {really RV place?  You[...]
Daily Life – Mornings
I like to write about the funny and sometimes-only-funny-after-the-fact stuff that happens to us.  It's super easy when it's something[...]
Mighty Redwoods
It was all funny until it wasn't.  I'm hardly an expert but these matters but it was fairly obvious these[...]
Jaxon Keys
Nate and Grammie Denise roll into San Fran on the 11th of Nov.  We are... officially... ahead of schedule!  Ah yes...[...]
Donner Pass
Literally as we fired up the Chief to drive away from Reno I checked the website and the chains restriction was[...]
The Biggest Little Town
Sitting at the top of Nevada we had a decision to make: take Rt 80 to Reno where we could go[...]
Losing Morale Altitude
Today is not a good day for us.  In fact, it’s not been a great few days.  This isn’t a[...]
Seeing the Elephant
Bonneville, UT.  Ring any bells?  When Scott first mentioned the town, I thought he was referring to an old grandma[...]
Health and Status
I've had the health status post in draft for almost a month.  You would think it's the easiest to write[...]
Four Out of Five
There are 5 national parks in Utah. We managed to hike in 4 of them. I'll take it - 4[...]
Bryce Canyon
Because we're officially national park addicts AND we're on the Grand Staircase we picked a small RV park on the[...]
Capitol Reef National Park
After leaving Goblin State Park the plan was to get to Capitol Reef, find a boondocking site and spend a[...]
Goblin State Park
(Heads up - the pictures are weird on this one. I'm experimenting with using Flickr to store the pictures so[...]
In Desperate Need of a Real Shower
"Why don't we get to ride in a horse car?  That's way better! Can we trade the Chief for one?"[...]
Day 3 – Arches
The kids and I took off for the local park this morning.  Before we left, Evie was heartbroken to leave[...]
Day 2 – Arches
Jack kicked off the day by learning what happens when you step on a cactus.  Made for an interesting lesson[...]
Moab
After going 4-wheeling in our 33' 1985 Winnebago and getting towed by the real Mater we finished our day in[...]
Full on 4-Wheelin’
No shit there we were…. again.  Waiting for Good Sam to call back to say they’d found someone to tow[...]
Enjoying SLC
With Scott in DC for a few days to collect our things, the kids and I had 48 hours to[...]
To Salt Lake City
Today is one of those days I'm really glad we have the blog.  It was a nothing day... but so[...]
Yellowstone – Day 3
This is how our third and final day in Yellowstone started out:       As usual these days, we[...]
Old Faithful Isn’t Always On Time And Other Secrets of Yellowstone
Today is the day to see Old Faithful.  It goes off consistently every 90 minutes, plus or minus 13 minutes.[...]
How To Enter Yellowstone On Your First Day
Scott and I love the thrill of looking for that unexpected grab-you-by-the-ass wonder.  There's no cool kid way of describing[...]
Big Horn National Forest
I know when I’m tapping on the rooftop of my skill level.  Tonight is a good example. This morning we[...]
Devil’s Tower
I'm not a movie person.  We don't even have a TV in the Chief.  We haven't seen an episode of[...]
Bear Country USA
The area around Rushmore is charming in that "this has been a destination for decades" kind of way.   I[...]
Mount Rushmore
After being away, we jumped right into a day of adventuring.  After the kids and I did Bear Butte, we[...]
Back in the Saddle
It was only 48 hours away, but if felt so good to get home.  Don't get me wrong - I[...]
Pause
Here we are at the pre-programmed pause point.  We knew when we left Colombia that I would need to spend[...]
Beginner Boondocking
We're doing Badlands National Park in a big way.  We're spending a few nights in the area to give us[...]
Petrified
I've read about petrified wood but hadn't seen any.  Ditto for Scott.  When we saw a sign for a petrified[...]
Compliment
I just received what may well be one of the best compliments of my life.  That's not hyperbole (I hate[...]
Third Time’s a Charm
Cruising down Rt 90 in South Dakota, doing a Chief solid of 60-65 (in an 80 mph zone), Scott was[...]
Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota
We fell for the charms of northern Iowa (would you ever expect to say that!?).  The re-enactment was a large[...]
Quirky
It turns out mischief is hard to come by in the midwest.   It's a low-key, wholesome kinda place (at[...]
Progress Report
Mike and Ellen - I’m thinking of you guys as I write this one.  If When you get serious about that wild[...]
You’re Welcome
Citizens of Keokuk, Iowa: YOU ARE WELCOME.  Thanks to the intrepidness of The Amators, you had one night of less vice[...]
Mark Twain
We're heading into friendly territory - at least I hope it's friendly and not $$$$$$ territory.  We're taking the Chief[...]
The Jefferson Expansion Monument
aka The St. Louis Arch.  Why the National Park Service didn't just call it "The Arch" remains a mystery to[...]
Seriously? Again?
Here's what you don't want to hear, "He's peeing again, Mommy."  No good... just no good. There's good news and[...]
There are Warts
We started off strong in Kentucky.  Over the last few days my balloon started losing air for it.  You guys[...]
Mammoth Cave
This one is easy, click here http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/mammoth-cave-national-park/ Kidding - just kidding.  You all know I'm a super fan of Nat Geo.[...]
Driving
The kids and I were headed to Walmart yesterday to do groceries and pick up a few items.  We'd just[...]
KY – Who Knew!?
We had never been to Kentucky before.  It wasn't by design, it was just the result of opportunity (or lack[...]
Laundry Service
Ok Bogota - this one's for you.  You and I were right.  I hate doing the laundry.  It's been about[...]
Smale Park
With a little time to kill in Cincinnati, we decided to hit up Smale Park. It was mentioned in several[...]
We Saw Them
Folks - we did it.  We made it to Cincinnati with 48 hours to spare to see our friends.  They[...]
Iron Furnace
Today was one of those serendipity days.  I love it when that happens. One thing leads to another and it[...]
Mountain Momma
We were grooving to some sweet John Denver this morning at breakfast (after Scott tried to start with Metallica -[...]
PA Update
Not sure where to start with this one.  So much has happened and I haven't been writing as much as[...]
NY Travel Update
Leaving Vermont we started looking for places of interest in NY.  I was thinking the Catskills when Scott mentioned he[...]
Breaking What?!
It turns out we were wrong - you and I.  In all fairness, not entirely wrong but we hadn’t hit[...]
Do you Smell that? Not Yet.
“Huh,” Scott said more to himself than to me.  We were driving down the road.  Me, “What?”  Scott, “Nothing.”  Me,[...]
This is it!
I've never been so excited.... so giddy... to hang out at a truck stop.  To the uninitiated (read: me), I[...]
I Laugh When I’m Nervous
So here's the deal... in a totally perplexing, inappropriate, not-good-at-funerals kinda way, I laugh when I'm nervous.  The upside is[...]
Santa’s Village
As we wait {drumming fingers wildly on the table}, we decided to take advantage of our time with family.  We[...]
Things that are not a great idea for us
A family bedroom You were right. I was wrong.  
Surgery
Scott's hernia surgery went well.  He was up and about that afternoon.  The only hiccup came at the very end.[...]
Fuel Line
"Hey, got a minute?"  Scott to me.  I was lazily getting ready to take the kids to Pink Camp with[...]
Becky
Evelyn is wearing her Elsa heels around the campsite.  We're getting stared at here.... there's serious judging going on.  Doesn't[...]
Running
We received an awesome email from J.  He's not one to waste time on drivel - so he gave us[...]
The Transition
Buckle up, folks.  Scott says I'm entering... The Transition.  What an ominous sounding thing?! Apparently The Transition is well known[...]
Trip #2
Evie put our day into perspective with a little ditty she made up all by herself this evening.  I wish[...]
Delays
So... I'm pretty sure we're going to be stuck at Grandmom's house for eternity (or at least the entirety of[...]
Grey Beards Q1
Ok WCE, here we go.  Game time.  We drove the Chief from Mass to Maine last night(about 3.5 hours).  Everything[...]
Night 1
We departed for parts known on our first night out in the Chief.  Acadia National Park is close and familiar.[...]
The Grey Man
We decided to finally think about getting a toad - that's RV-speak for the car pulled behind the RV.  [...]
Police Encounter #2
The whole situation in Tennessee continued to bother me a little.  If the cops had found drugs it would have been[...]
The Sabbatical
It's done.  I went down to DC and spent a week checking out of the office.  I spent time with[...]
The 4th
Pictures from the 4th of July in the middle of nowhere Maine.  This little parade has become quite famous.  Nothing[...]
The Conversation
I’ve got a question but I’m going to lead into it.  Scott and I have been encouraged, supported and high-five’d[...]
Tune Up
He's home.  Finally.  California - Texas - Maine.  That's 7 days of driving in total (3 in April from CA[...]
Breaking Bad
No shit there he was.... traveling down the highway in Tennessee.  At 8:45 am Nate was asleep on the couch and[...]
En Route
Yesterday Scott and Nate had the opportunity to engaged in some creative problem solving.  They arrived at our new DMV[...]
Return to The Chief
Scott and Nate have landed in Houston.  They rented a car and are en route to the storage unit.  They're[...]
We’re Baaaaaack…
Yesterday was so terrible we didn't even take any pictures.  We had a 4 am wake up.  The kids were[...]
Getting Ready
This is the week before the bitter end.  We're moving "home" from Colombia at the end of next week.  This[...]
Spa Round 2
The Colombians love any excuse to throw a party.   They even have 1 word for what we call a[...]
Monkey Island
I got to revisit one of my favorite places in Colombia this week.  I hadn't meant to set it up[...]
American Money
"Senora Evelyn," he started.... this ought to have been clue #1 that something wasn't entirely right, "I want to talk[...]
Birthday Surprise!
We weren't sure what to expect but we really weren't expecting what we got.  We were there for a couples[...]
Eje Cafetera
Last weekend we went to the Eje Cafetera in Quindio, Colombia with some of our very closest friends.  We had[...]
Yard Sale
Scott keeps telling me to write the blog posts like I'm writing to my closest girlfriends (Sticky, C, The Aviator,[...]
We’re Found!
Oh my.... you guys.... oh my. It feels like we just made the big leagues. Ok, maybe not the big[...]
Original 1 pager
Nothing says old school quite like the original pamphlet.  We're featured on page 3. 1985Winnebago For more details about the[...]
Maiden Voyage
Scott bought The Chief in southern California.  We are setting up residency in Texas for a whole bunch of reasons...[...]
The Grey Beards
I'm not gonna lie, we know we don't know a lot about a lot of things.  That's some critical self-awareness[...]
Buying the Beast
After 3+ years of looking at RVs, discussing what we thought were "requirements" and "nice to haves", hemming and hawing[...]
How To Start A WordPress Blog
THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE READ MY DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO. More often than I expected, I get[...]
3 Things We Wish We Would Have Known Before We started….
When we first latched onto the whimsical idea of hauling off into the great unknown, I was the first to[...]
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