The 3 Stages of Yosemite

Everyone like pop music for a reason – it’s awesome. Remember the first time you logged onto Facebook and your friend is raving about the new Despacito song?  If you’re anything like me, you REALLY didn’t want to like it.  You wanted your tastes to be refined and “different” from the masses.  But then, you […]

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Going Big in Bend

Supposedly, tons of Californians move to Oregon each year to escape the high cost of living.  I know of a couple Marylanders who would love to move to Oregon…for the summer.  Driving from Portland to Bend, the landscape goes from the forested hills of the Mt. Hood range to something straight outta the moon and […]

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A Bear Story

If you have read the “about” section of this blog, you’ll see that I joke about getting eaten by a grizzly.  Not having many big bears back home, we knew it was a possibility we could run into such a creature on this trip.  After seeing a small grizzly in the Grand Tetons (from the […]

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Doing it all in Oregon

What’s better than having 4 people live in a small trailer?  How about 5 people living in a trailer!  For our trip to the Portland, Oregon area, my mom courageously flew out to travel with us for a week.  Frankly, I’m still surprised she came because she certainly had enough information from this blog to […]

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The Magic is in the Hole!?

Think back to a time when you ate something that was “world famous”.  Something like Geno’s cheesesteaks, Hofbrauhaus beer, or Gatlin’s BBQ in Houston.  The tagline for these foods is usually something along the lines of, “the best ice cream in the world” or “the greatest cheeseburger this side of the Mississippi.”  Now ask yourself, […]

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Olympic Gold

Olympic National Park really surprised us.  Being East Coasters and with the park way out on the Olympic Peninsula (the farthest possible point west in the continental US), this amazing place doesn’t get the publicity that it deserves compared to some of the other big boys like Yellowstone and Yosemite.  The park has it all […]

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Sunny in Seattle

When J and I were dating for about 3 months, we would talk about how it would be fun to live in a place like Seattle or a foreign country one day (the farther away the more exotic).  Looking back on those conversations, I can’t really remember why we wanted to live elsewhere – we […]

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Travel Teachings

Driving our truck, “Gringo”, today to get an oil change, it dawned on me that we have logged some serious mileage over the past 2.5 months.  Looking at the oil change sticker in the upper left hand corner of our windshield, it was surprising to calculate that we were getting an oil change some 3 […]

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Russians & Rednecks

Leaving Banff was hard.  You can spend a month there and touch very little of all the amazing trails, bodies of water, mountains and sights that the area has to offer.  With that said, we were excited to get Tin E back in the shop in Spokane, fix the water tank and finally enjoy the […]

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The Goods

As I write this, J’s driving down Route 3 in British Columbia toward the US border.  Rather than wax poetic about her driving skills, the mountainous views or our first visit to a Canadian Wal-mart, I thought I would switch it up a bit and tell you about our “go-to” products on this trip.  No […]

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The Return of the RVers

Houston to Las Vegas to Spokane.  When traveling for business, you probably wouldn’t be too excited about this route.  When traveling with squirmy wormy Lil D, this route includes one too many flights.  Imagine carrying something for over 6 hours that you can’t have touching the floor or leave the space of three airline seats.  […]

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Pho-nomenal Pho-amilies, Pho-real

After spending several weeks back home in Maryland, we travelled to the Lone Star State to spend some quality time with family in Houston.  J’s Grandma was celebrating her 89th birthday (90th if you go by the Vietnamese calculation where the newborn starts at 1 versus 0) and D’s uncle was celebrating his bday and […]

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Home for now

For those of you who have been worried we fell into a geyser or into a den of Grizzlies, fear not – we’ve actually been back in MD.  When you (forcefully) have to sell a business, you unfortunately need to spend a lot of time with your attorneys.  Thus, we have been back East for […]

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Young Spuds

Leaving Glacier was tough, but we were excited to visit a state none of us had ever been to – Idaho! Idaho looks like an upside down hatchet and we are in the little skinny handle part in the north. Interesting fact about this section is it’s in the Pacific time zone, whereas the rest […]

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Glacier Greatness

This post doesn’t have any stories about run-ins with biker gangs, boating trauma or grizzlies. This is dedicated to the beauty of Glacier National Park. In our opinion, if you only have time to visit one NPS site, it’s Glacier. Go to Yellowstone for the geysers and wildlife, go to Glacier for the best hiking […]

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The Silver Bullet Returns

I’ve done some things in my life that many people would consider adventurous, such as jumping out of a plane, climbing Mount Blanc or mountain biking in Moab. However, without question, the most adventurous thing I have ever done in my life is riding in the Silver Bullet with my family back in the 80’s. […]

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Our Superheroes 

Yesterday started off really well, we woke up and took the morning super slow at West Shore State Park where we had camped for the night. With that said, we take every morning slow. Traveling with kids and trying to get much done before 9am is a recipe for a full on war complete with […]

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Close your doors before blogging

After publishing the “Easy Livin” post and talking about how great it is to camp in a Walmart parking lot two days in a row, I might have been pushing our luck a little bit. No more than 5 mins after I hit the “publish” button, did a legit biker gang pull up right next […]

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Easy Livin in Livingston, Missoula and Walmart

I can’t say we did much shopping at Walmart before this trip, but it is quickly becoming one of our most frequented stores.  I’m writing this post from the west-end of the Missoula Walmart. You’re only supposed to “camp” one night at a particular Walmart, but the boondocking and rv park options in Missoula weren’t […]

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“It’s Billings”

“It’s Billings” is the city slogan for Billings, Montana. “It’s Billings” is the worst slogan I have ever encountered for a city. Can you imagine the tourism department sitting in a conference room trying to develop catchy phrases when Bob in the back says, “hey guys, I’ve got it!  It’s Billings!”  Then his co-workers are […]

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