8 Things I Don’t Do Anymore

It’s day 180 of our RV adventure and there are few things I can’t or (don’t see the need to) do anymore.  They are:

1. Watch TV
Our travel trailer has TV hookups in the main room and in the bedroom, but we didn’t get one.  We figured with our laptops, smart phones, and tablet, we didn’t need any more screens to stare at.  We’ve gladly avoided: the political ads, the endless loop of negative world news, and paying a cable bill.   We still check the news, but we do it online.  We still binge watch a TV series on a lazy weekend, but we do it from a laptop.  Yes, I do miss a few of our favorite shows (ex: The Walking Dead) but I know that even if we can’t watch it today, we can watch it sometime in the future.  (Unless the world is overtaken by real zombies, it will be available to watch.) When I want background noise, I turn on the radio like it’s 1940.

2. Go Camping
I know how this sounds.  Yes, we’re in a campground right now, but living in a travel trailer and spending the night in a tent are two totally different things!  The trailer has a queen size bed, electricity, climate control, running water, a kitchen, and a bathroom.  One day a few weeks ago, I had the urge to go camping.  (That is, pack up the truck, and go to a different camp ground where we’d spend the night in our camping hammocks.)  That urge was brief and has since passed.  Avid camper Kayak Chris hasn’t uttered the phrase “Let’s go camping!” in months either. Continue reading

Native Watercraft Versa Board: Half SUP, Half Kayak

Maiden SUP Voyage

Maiden SUP Voyage

Wow, what a year it’s been!  Two things I never thought I’d say:  I live in an RV and I own a Versa Board!  A Versa Board is a cross between a stand up paddle board (SUP) and a kayak.  Paddle boarding is now very popular.  I’ve seen people gliding down the Potomac River but always thought this sport was for fitness models.  It looked difficult to balance, propel yourself through the water, and stay standing up, on what looked like a surf board.  I thought it was cool but probably not for me.  After all, water sports weren’t my thing and I certainly didn’t like kayaking! Continue reading

Prevent Blowouts on Your RV

Since starting our adventure, we’ve had to learn a lot about previously unfamiliar RV technical aspects and maintenance.  Without a doubt, the single biggest problem has been our travel trailer tires!  We’ve all bought, maintained, and replaced car tires before, but the same rules and information doesn’t apply to trailer tires.  There are different considerations, variables, and maintenance steps. Continue reading

Flying Over the Grand Canyon

grand-canyon-helicopterOn this bucket list adventure, we flew over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in an ECO-Star helicopter.  We strapped in, held on, and were amazed as the ground dropped away – leaving us hovering over the massive canyon!

The huge, 90ft Ponderosa Pine trees looked like toothpicks from the sky.

In this point of view high-definition video, you’ll see the gorge 5,000 feet down, the Colorado River raging below, and huge Ponderosa Pines on the cliff face. Continue reading

Detour: Peru and Machu Picchu

peru-passport-stampsMonths before we embarked on our travel trailer adventure I booked a trip to Peru.  I try to take one solo trip per year, usually to somewhere on my bucket list.  Machu Picchu was calling my name!  That made for a conundrum. Where will I be in August and what city should I fly out of?  I knew we’d be headed south on our RV adventure, so I looked at ticket prices at every major airport from Virginia to Florida.  Not surprisingly, the cheapest flights were out of Miami.  I booked through Miami which meant we had 70 days to get from Northern Virginia to the bottom of Florida.  Well, we made it and I left Florida for Peru on Aug 1, 2015.

The trip was organized by a Virginia/Maryland/DC Meetup.com travel group.  I went to Costa Rica last year with the group’s organizer, but the other travelers were strangers.  It turned out to be a great group of 6 guys and 25 gals. Continue reading

RV Recipes: Easy 6 Ingredient Breakfast Burritos

Easy and delicious!

Easy and delicious!

6 Ingredients (with the exception of spices)

1. Flour tortilla
2. Shredded cheddar cheese
3. Boild small yellow potatoes
4. Scrambled eggs (with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Chipotle Tobasco).

“Salsa”: (with onion powder and sea salt)
5. Chopped cherry tomatoes
6. Cilantro

Use salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder to taste.

Pretty fast, easy, and really good!

How We Got Here

Gram Weenie’s Story
(Read Kayak Chris’ version below.)

What lead you down your new and experimental path?
Growing up in a wealthy area of the United States filled me with certain lifestyle expectations and a culture of abundance.  The plan as I knew it was:  you get an education, you get a good job, you work hard, and you go into extreme amounts of debt to maintain the expected lifestyle those around you have.  Where I grew up, it’s normal to take on a 300-thousand dollar mortgage for a small condo or townhouse.  It’s normal to drive a 100% financed car. Your goals revolve around the possessions you have now and the others you are trying to get.  You buy things you really don’t need and then need a bigger house or a storage unit to put them in.   You have more credit card and student loan debt than you can actually afford.  Then, finally, after many years of hard work, and commuting in soul-crushing traffic, you get to retire and do what you really want.  Or at least this is they way I thought it was supposed to be. Continue reading

Traveler or Camper?

Are you a traveler or camper?  Or maybe both?

For us, it’s mix of both.  Over the last several years, I started to nearly hate travelling.  Not all kinds of travelling though; more specifically airplane travel.  Going on long ice hockey road trips as a kid gave me my fair share of long car rides that I can tolerate.  It’s just my luck that many plane trips, that were supposed to only be 4 or 5 hours total, ended up taking 13 or 14 hours just to get home.  I hate the idea of going somewhere, especially for fun, only to have to burn 2 full days on travel.  Even for some recent business trips, I ended up getting stuck somewhere or really delayed.  Thus, I’ve grown tired of it. Continue reading