The Benefits of a Dramatic Change

June 10, 2019 | 42

For anyone who missed the memo, I’m back traveling in my teardrop in the US again! But I still have some catching up to do from Costa Rica, so here’s another travelogue from my time there. Living at Wild Sun Rescue Center is like living in a bubble. It feels like a completely different reality…

Big Travel Plan Announcement!

January 5, 2019 | 30

So far, this winter’s travels haven’t strayed much from my normal southwest routine. After leaving Snyder Hill BLM area near Tucson, AZ, I moseyed down to Darby Wells Road near Ajo, AZ to get my fill of big cacti. After that, I landed at American Girl Mine (AGM) Road near Winterhaven, CA for my annual…

Focusing on the Journey

December 20, 2018 | 25

Today, I’d like to tell you all a little story. In this story, a wannabe full-timer learns of an RV that sounds right for them. They think, ‘this is it, this could be The One’. They get excited at the prospect of having found their dream RV, but at the same time, they also start…

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…

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…

Williams, AZ Boondocking

May 8, 2018 | 12

April 29, Sunday It’s time to bid farewell to Kingman, AZ, at least for now. I’ll be retracing this route along I40 back west in a couple weeks for a much anticipated road trip with my parents and brother, but there’s still time before then to make it to make it to one particular destination…

The Future of RVing

February 3, 2018 | 38

Recently, I received an e-mail from a reader that brought up a topic I haven’t addressed on IO before: the future of RVing. And I thought my opinion on the subject was something worth sharing, so here it is. More and more people are hitting the road – full-timers, part-timers, and vacationers. Making reservations in…

Dancing Alone

January 15, 2018 | 38

Dec 29, Friday Saddle Mountain BLM near Tonopah, AZ continues to treat me well. Despite the crowds that flock to southern AZ during the winter to escape the cold, this boondocking area remains relatively empty. It helps that it’s a large area, with multiple spur roads. The one I’m on is just west of mile…

RV Views, 2017

January 11, 2018 | 6

Warning, picture intensive post! My take on the ‘best camping spots of the year’ is different from most RVers. I make a point to find the beauty in every place I visit and hate to rate them. Instead, I do this post: a pictoral review all the places I’ve camped through the year, as seen…

The “D” Word

December 22, 2017 | 52

Well here we are. Yesterday was the shortest day of the year, winter has officially started. When I was a kid, I loved winter. I grew up in Wisconsin and winter was ice skating, sledding down the hill behind our house, and hoping every time a snowstorm was predicted that school would be canceled. I…

The Dragoon Mountains

December 10, 2017 | 18

Nov 30, Thursday (continued) From Benson, AZ I turn south down 80, which for a while follows a wash and is surprisingly green. Just before Tombstone, I veer east onto N Middlemarch Road. I’m headed for a well-known boondocking area, and all the reviews boil down to the same thing: Beautiful spot, rough road in.…

On Being Yourself

August 1, 2017 | 75

We all have days where we lose, and days where we win. When we lose, it’s acceptable to commiserate and seek emotional support from our friends and family. But when we win, it’s a different story. We can announce our success, but can’t celebrate too loudly or for too long or it’s seen as bragging.…

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