Thanks to the Vegan Voyagers who awarded us with the sunshine blogger award. We appreciate their support
and friendship! If you’re looking for a blog to follow about being vegan and traveling the world, check them out!
As a part of this award, we were give a series of questions they would like us to answer for them and all of our readers. So here you go!
What made you decide to start RVing full time?
The biggest reason is to live life and explore while we are healthy and young. We didn’t want to wait until retirement to explore the world.
My Dad never made it to retirement, so it was extremely important to me. I also do art shows and wanted to be able to spend time in the great communities vs. returning home after a long weekend of work. Paul didn’t argue with having fun, exploring and doing art shows across the country.
What is the one piece of advice you wish you would have gotten before you started?
Travel slow and find a rhythm that works for you. We have learned that we don’t like to spend less than a week in a location. It let’s us balance work, play and rest. Moving too quickly makes us stressed.
What do you miss most (if anything) about living in a house?
I miss my garden and growing fresh veggies and herbs for the family. We also miss our wonderful, friendly neighbors. Other than that nothing!
How do you go about planning your travels?
We have bucket list items that we are trying to check off. We also plan travels around the weather or to visit with friends, family and other RVers. Exactly how we plan our route is based on the drive being suitable for our big rig. We try to plan stops in places with stuff to do and visit. This can include nature activities, restaurants, breweries, wineries and in general new things to explore and learn. Many times we have stayed in small towns and are surprised at how much there is to explore.
I do all our planning using google, apps about parks and locations, TripAdvisor and more. It’s no easy task. While it can be fun at times, it is also time consuming.
What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Each other and our 2 dogs. Honestly, this lifestyle has made us realize more than ever how important we are to each other’s lives. We can make it through anything as a family.
We have spent time sleeping in our truck bed in extreme heat and humidity. Both of us stressed to the max, but somehow laugh about it to this day.
Where has been your favorite place to visit?
This is a super hard question to answer because we have loved so much. However, we both loved our time in Joshua Tree National Park! The scenery was amazing, we spotted wildlife and it was a full moon which made for some amazing photography.
We also loved the Oregon coast, which was a bucket list item. So much to see and do. Nature, hiking, ocean vistas, and natural beauty. While the rain got us down a few times during our 6 week stay, we rallied through it and enjoyed regardless.
What’s your least favorite “from the road” memory?
Driving down a really rutted out 4×4 dirt road unexpectedly to get to our destination for the day. Keep in mind our rig and truck together are about 64′ long! The trailer is not exactly high clearance. Thankful we made it out safe and sound without any injury to our rig.
What’s your dream destination?
I really want to experience Alaska. In particular the brown bears of Alaska during a salmon run. The Galapagos and an African safari are also at the top. We both want to visit Thailand, Vietnam and Japan as well.
Do you prefer bigger parks with more amenities or smaller, less crowded places?
We like some of each. While the extra amenities can be a nice luxury, we do enjoy less crowds. Regardless we have met amazing new friends in both places. They each have their ups and downs and we prefer to mix it up.
We recently added solar, so we’re seeing some remote living in our future.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen while on the road?
Just last night I couldn’t believe I witnessed a man get arrested in the National Park! I was pulled over at a lookout point and there must have been 5 Royal Canadian Police vehicles along with an ambulance and a ranger vehicle. I thought someone was having a medical emergency since there was only 2 other vehicles in the lot. Then I heard the commotion and saw a man getting cuffed and shoved into the police vehicle. What?!?! I have no idea why he was arrested, but he sure did put up a fight. Never thought I’d witness that in a national park of all places.
Thankfully that craziness was followed by seeing a grizzly bear sow and her 2 cubs!
What’s the best meal you’ve had while traveling?
We both loved our meal at Pelican Brewery and Pub in Pacific City, OR. They had it all – tasty craft beer, beautiful ocean views and delicious, memorable food.
Info about the Sunshine Blogger Award
This nomination is from bloggers to bloggers. The award is given to those who inspire and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers.
I nominate Liz Cole Wilcox and her virtual campground blog!
For her questions we would like to ask the following:
- What do you like most about blogging?
- What things are you most grateful for in your life?
- What’s the story behind your blog’s name?
- What made you decide to start RVing full time?
- What is the one piece of advice you wish you would have gotten before you started?
- What is the one thing you cannot live without?
- What’s your dream destination?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
- What would you be doing if you weren’t a blogger/writer?
- What’s your favorite activity?