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August 3, 2006
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Good Things Come in Small Packages:
As our smallest state, Rhode Island may be the brunt of many a joke. You know the type: “How small is it? It’s sooo small that….(fill in the blank)”.
But who has the last laugh?
The Ocean State has been a perfect summer destination for us, with some beautiful beaches, plenty of water views, seafood and free summer concerts in local communities.
From Newport mansions and Tall Ships to Block Island to the oldest 4th of July celebration to country roads and line dancing. We are spending a few months here, staying in three different campgrounds in three different parts of the state. Read the full story.
When we left off last time, we were still in South Carolina – enjoying Myrtle Beach. Well there have been a few things going on since then. For one, we may not have mentioned that Jose bought a motorcycle, as well as a lift for the back of the motorhome. He tells about his rv motorcycle lift decision-making process here.
We also spent several weeks in North Carolina, visiting friends in Holden Beach, Havelock and Pinehurst. We got to see some lovely communities and enjoyed getting out on the water.
Our pal Hiker Happy seemed to get a kick out of his adventures in a kayak and over at Cape Lookout. Check him out…hamming it up once again.
We also spent time in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area. Part of the time we just stayed in the motorhome at one of our Thousand Trails parks.
Part of the time we spent at the homes of friends. We were glad to catch up on old times and enjoyed a change of pace in roomier quarters. Of course when we stay overnight somewhere, we are always reminded how much we hate to pack and how seldom we do it. One of the perks of fulltime RVing.
Worth a Thousand Words:
You know the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. In keeping with that philosophy, a great way to learn about the world of RVs and how to operate them are RV DVDs. Easy to follow for RVing newbies and wannabees, a handy refresher for veteran RVers, and available in economical box sets. Hhmm…maybe a good gift idea…
Questions from our Readers:
We often receive questions from site visitors, readers of RV Days, or people we meet in our travels. So we thought we would share a few recent queries.
- Question: I am recently retired and want to travel around the country in my RV. The problem is that I am not sure if I want to give up working all together. Are there any options to continue working while on the road?
Answer: There are many opportunities for work while on the road. RVers can find jobs workamping in campgrounds, selling products at RV rallies and shows, in online businesses, positions in casinos, retail establishments, theme parks and so on.
As you ponder various types of work, it’s a good idea to give some consideration to your individual needs and preferences. Think about factors such as the length of time you want to stay in a particular location, the number of hours you want to work, if you have sufficient space to run a business of your own, if you want to carry inventory, etc. Thinking about the nature of work you want to do is important in finding a job that successfully meets your needs and that of your employer.
Feel free to take a look at our list of considerations and ideas for RVer jobs.
- Question: How did you get started with your website?
Answer:When we first started thinking about creating Your RV Lifestyle, we were looking for a way to share what we had learned so far, and what we would continue to discover. We wanted to keep a record of our travels for ourselves and for others interested in RV travel to the same places. And also hoped we could do these things and maybe make a few bucks too.
The only problem is that we knew nothing about putting building a website, or the countless other considerations that go along with it. We started doing some research, and soon found ourselves mired in a multitude of offers selling hosting and promising to make us rich overnight. Luckily we found a solution that suited us perfectly.
- Question: I want to start doing some traveling around the country but dont know where to begin. I know the Grand Canyon is a must see destination for many folks, but I am looking for something a little off the beaten path. Any suggestions?
Answer:There so many places to see in the US, Canada and Mexico. The National Parks are simply amazing and not to be missed. We like to venture off the beaten path ourselves. When we are planning a trip to a well-known destination, we look for side trips in that vicinity (or along the way).
For instance, we spent a few months visiting the Grand Canyon and the Grand Circle of National Parks in Utah. Some of these parks are well known (i.e., Zion and Bryce), others less so (such as Capital Reef and Canyonlands). And beyond the National Parks, while we were in this area, we also visited a number of “off the beaten path” sights in southern Utah (read more).
Depending on your interests and hobbies, you can usually find some wonderful and lesser known places to visit, hike, browse or otherwise explore. An RV tip we’ve learned is that it helps if you take time in your travels. The longer you are in an area, the more you learn.
Chat with the locals, fellow campers and the helpful employees and volunteers in places like the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centers. Look at local papers, bulletin boards and brochures for ideas. Search the internet for a particular geographic area and type of activity you enjoy.
We truly love the RV lifestyle for the travel.
Here we are, “beaching it” this August. A year ago, we were climbing over red rock in colorful Utah. And the year before that found us enthralled with the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota.
We have posted our experiences and thoughts on places to RV.
You are sure to find some gems of your own.
Read more Q&A and hear our interview on the radio!
Seems like the lazy crazy days of summer always go by quickly. As August begins, we enjoy every minute of the season and the summer activities. At the same time, we firm up our plans for the coming months – fall foliage and another trip to Mexico are in the works.
Summer sales are on at Camping World, including their internet-only specials. Wal-Mart has started this new thing called “Site to Store”, which seems well-suited for RVers. And yikes, we already see back-to-school and fall sales.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and keep your eye out for end of season deals!
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Until next time, hoping you Put a Smile in Every Mile!
Jose and Jill