Leadville Color and a Busy Two Days

October 4, 2018 | 35

September 13 (continued) After setting up camp just west of Leadville, CO, Kelly and I take her truck down to Twin Lakes where the aspen are in full color. Locals say autumn is about two weeks early this year due to the drier weather. Which makes sense to me, the same thing happened in Wisconsin…

Teardrop Trailer Living: First Impressions

September 26, 2018 | 70

So the cat’s out of the bag! If you’re a member of the IO Inner Circle on Patreon, you heard the news on Saturday. If you follow IO on Facebook or Instagram, you heard it on Monday. And if you’re not following me in any of those places, then I am pleased to announce to…

Finding Fall at 10,000 Feet

September 20, 2018 | 17

After the official Xscapers Convergence in Redmond, OR concludes on August 26, the unofficial post-convergence convergence runs in nearby Sisters, OR, for another almost two weeks. During that time I drive to Ashland, OR to visit a dear friend, try paddle boarding for the first time, attend a concert in Bend, and spend the rest…

The One Thing (It’s My Sixth Nomadiversary!)

September 14, 2018 | 24

It’s my sixth nomadiversary today, hoorah! Not the anniversary of when I started living in the Casita, which was late April 2012, but it was on September 14th of that year that I actually started traveling full-time. And in celebration, today I thought I’d share another tool that I used to make my transition to…

Almost Fearless (and Casita Sale Announcement!)

September 6, 2018 | 21

August 23, Thursday “Oh please let this work, oh please let this work…” Runs my internal monologue as I turn the key in Bertha and start her up for a test run into the Cascades. Yesterday I got her into a shop here in Redmond, OR where they diagnosed a leaking hose as the cause…

What to Expect at an Xscapers Convergence (Thoughts on Tribes)

August 29, 2018 | 4

Ahh, another Xscapers convergence down in the books, this one in Redmond, OR. For newer readers, Xscapers is a lifestyle group of Escapees RV Club, a long-running club whose mission is to serve all RVers. The Xscapers branch was originally targeted towards working-aged full-timers. To be more inclusive, today it’s billed as being a more…

Mt Rainier and Mt Hood

August 23, 2018 | 11

August 7, Tuesday Mt Rainier, finally! I get up in the morning and check the weather for my current camping location near Randle, WA. Another hot day, low 90’s perfect. It’ll be much more pleasant up in the mountains, I’ll be effectively escaping the heat. 12 climbs steadily out of the valley heading east, and…

RVing and Wildfires

August 16, 2018 | 26

Mid August. Out east this is simply late summer. Out west however, this is the height of fire season. And if you’re going to be RVing out west this time of year, it’s good to pay attention to what’s going on with the fires as they can seriously impact travel plans. Having lived east of…

Above the Clouds

August 9, 2018 | 16

On the weekend of July 14th, fellow Xscaper and solo full-timer Amber comes out to join Joni and I at Hoh Oxbow Campground, in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. We record a video together (which will be going up on YouTube soon), and have a good couple evenings chatting. On Monday July 16th, Joni and…

Traveling Up the Coast

July 31, 2018 | 35

Note: blog time has fallen quite a ways behind real time, I am no longer near any of the place I’m writing about today! July 8, Sunday Coastal Oregon is not the easiest place to find free camping, especially on a summer weekend. After leaving Joni’s friend’s property after a nice quiet 4th of July,…

South Dakota RV Residency Update – My Dakota Address Going Out of Business

July 26, 2018 | 70

This post should have been a travelogue about my journey up the coast of Oregon and Washington to the Olympic Peninsula (don’t worry, it’s still coming!) but a recent development with my mail forwarding company has thrown life into chaos the past two days. On Tuesday the 24th I first heard whispers that My Dakota…

Rules and Respect

July 18, 2018 | 39

I was talking with two fellow solo women full-timers recently and the conversation turned to how we all got started RVing, and one of the gals brought up a point that really stuck with me. She said she had been struggling with downsizing out of her house, and how overwhelmed she was feeling at the…

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