Best Backpacking & Hiking Websites

Getting outside and into nature is something many of us are naturally inclined to do. We are drawn to the outdoors and only feel truly happy when we can have the sun on our face and the wind blowing through our hair.

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Decision Time – A Free Tool to Make Decision Making Easier


Decisions  Decisions Decisions

Every day we are bombarded with a plethora of  circumstances that require us to make decisions.  Sometimes,  decisions don’t come easy.  Just ask my husband!

I created a template  to sort out the internal chatter (fear and doubts) from real external issues (how to take the next steps) which helped John and I crystalize  our decision to trade Suburbia for full-time RVing..   For me, this exercise unloaded apprehensions, perceptions and worries whirling around a life-changing event .  John participated fully even though he had no doubt he would become an RVer.  I’ve included the Introduction to my first e-book to give you a taste of our life before RVing:


Excerpt from      On RVing Time In A Long, Long, Trailer, Too!

“Can we please trade urban-cluttered madness for a condo on wheels to travel the vast outdoors?” John asked.

Could you be talked into giving up your contemporary lifestyle? Escape to “RVland” to while away the days on long stretches of golden, sandy beaches? Dance all night under a brilliant star canopy? Restrained by suburbia, a fleeting memory on life’s highway? Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?

John, my tenacious husband, sought out every resource available to throw our lives into turmoil — not before we earned degrees in subjects not typically learned from hitting the books. And yes, without ever having graced the inside of a repulsive, bug-infested tent.

So, what happened?

I blame early-onset male menopause. The affliction would explain the whole shebang: the restlessness, the mood swings, the sulking. The wild ideas, which he called “Adventures”, enveloped his every waking hour. He threw a fit, panicked, for lack of a better description if I rained on his parade.

Remarks like: “What would you think of wintering in the Florida Keys? Picture us on a powdery white beach in Mexico, a cool breeze wafting through the palm trees? Snuggled in front of a cozy campfire under the Canadian-Rockies” starlit sky?” abounded.

My favorite, “I think I can drive you to Europe — Alaska to Russia via Siberia. Where’s my map? As I see it, the only problem is how do I float the rig across the water?” The ideas flowed like hot lava and then hit the cold reality. “Me!” If male menopause wasn’t to blame, he had gone mad.

“John.” I pleaded. “Yes, we are set in our ways but I love our lifestyle. Travel to exotic destinations sounds tantalizing. To abandon our four-bedroom home backing on to the golf course to settle for a trailer? My answer is a big fat “nooooo!” The end of the pitch and back to the drawing board to rethink his plan of attack — a quirky thing unbefitting to my normally stable, content, Englishman.

We experienced trials and tribulations with work and daily living. Who didn’t? The guest bedroom welcomed Rex, our white terrier mix. On occasion, he sneaked a nap on an expensive, heirloom quilt. Family visits were scarce. In their words, they were too far away for lunch and too close for vacations. I loved all-inclusive vacation deals. John had grown weary of them. His wandering spirit finally caught up with us and he craved full control of the travel itinerary. I gave no consideration to leaving my life behind. John had fancied a way out of suburbia before age or sickness crept into the picture.

By writing down self-doubts and concrete concerns and weighting their value to the bigger picture, we empowered ourselves to move forward with confidence. We repeated the exercise with different questions until we both felt comfortable moving forward or abandoning the decision. We agreed at the outset to trust ourselves to settle on the outcome.

Now it’s your turn. I have given you the steps to follow and share a sample of our brainstorming blitz right down to the final  outcome.  Click here to download a free copy of my Goods and Bads Worksheet.

Step 1.   Formulate the pressing decision into a question format.

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Step 2.   Start the brainstorming session.

Write every good for and every bad against your decision. List the goods on one side and the bads on the other. Give yourself permission to write down everything without judgement or second-guessing. The time for that is coming. Don’t worry about how you’re going to get where you’re going. This is the first step in a process to help you establish all the stumbling blocks up front and work through them to make the right decision.


Step 3.   Exhaust all the goods and bads around the decision.

Don’t worry you may not have included an item, you can always repeat the exercise. We spent many, many hours weeding the real from the imaginary concerns. Now weight your responses from 1 – 10 based on honesty with yourself and your gut feeling. A value of one, the concern has little or no bearing on the decision. A value of ten, the concern is of significant important.

On RVing TimeStep 4   Add up the weighted values for each side.

The list with the highest weighted values will be your answer to act or not act.

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Your effort boils down to trusting your gut instinct. You and only you (and your better-half if this is a joint venture), will know when enough is enough. Have fun with this exercise.  Again, here is the link for your free copy of my Goods and Bads Worksheet .

Let me know if you have any questions and please share your experience with this powerful tool.

Fun Facts – Trivia Tuesday

Hello fellow bloggers.   Welcome to Trivia Tuesday.  Today, I’m  sharing a few fun  facts about what else, RVing. Spring is in the air.  Winter is losing it’s blustery cold grip to  lon…

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Fun Facts – Trivia Tuesday

Hello fellow bloggers.   Welcome to Trivia Tuesday.  Today, I’m  sharing a few fun  facts about what else, RVing.

Spring is in the air.  Winter is losing it’s blustery cold grip to  longer,  sun-drenched  days which means  folks are turning their attention to planning their vacations.  Shed the winter doldrums, de-winterize the RV, and  hit the road.

Did you know?

  1.  In 1910, there were few gas stations, few paved roads and no highway system. But there were RVs. 1910 is the year that America’s leading RV historians  David Woodworth, Al Hesselbart and Roger Whiten cite as the beginning of what has become the modern RV industry.           Source:  The Birth of the RV Industry

2.  The  1913 Earl Trailer and Model T-Ford is believed to be the oldest non-tent travel trailer.

  1913 Earl Trailer and Model T Ford

Source:  RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum         

3.  A unique unit built in California on the back of a Model T Ford roadster. A novel feature is multiple slide-outs on this vintage model.  Possibly the first fifthwheel?


A 1915 Model T with a 1916 Telescope Apartment.   

Source:  RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum

4.  Travel Trivia Game For RVers

This unique board game celebrates the RV lifestyle.    Players “travel to the rally”. The first person (or team) there wins!   Supposedly, the more you know about America, travel, and the RV lifestyle, the faster you’ll reach the rally site and win the game. But just like real life, there are lots of unexpected delays and hazards you will encounter along the way.


Source: Fun Times Guide to RVing

5.. More fun facts about RVing and camping.


Source: Nielson RV


Be safe and enjoy the open road in your RV!

Literature Map – Not Just for Teachers






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Finding books  that kids will like can be a difficult task. Literature Map is a tool that might make that process easier. Literature Map provides a web of authors you might like based on authors that you already enjoy reading.

A web tool  of authors you might like based on authors you already enjoy reading.


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RVing and Slow Cookers Are Meant to Be

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There are so many reasons to extol the virtues of a slow cooker. Most of them center around this appliance’s convenience.

Do you have a slow cooker?  Dig it out, dust it off and try your hand at Indian cooking with these five recipes.


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 90-Year-Old Woman Skips Cancer Treatment to Go RVing Across the Country

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Her doctor was a bit stunned by her decision, but then he sat back and said, “That’s exactly what I’d do, too.”


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Vinyl Power


In the summer of 2013, I  inherited a vintage Samsung Direct-Drive Turntable and twenty-five vinyl records.   Locating a tuner to play the records became a long, tedious  mission.

Returning home from an RVing trip last year,  I begged John to stop at a  Texas Goodwill.  Why?

I ran to the back and rummaged through a dusty crowded shelf and  found a 1996 Sanyo Compact Disc Deck Receiver and two Aiwa Speakers.   I’m convinced drawing me  in was Thomas Edison, for if he had not been born and invented the phonograph, I may never have  reclaimed  a nostalgic time in my life.

The above post is written for 100 word story prompt: ‘Reincarnation’



Explore Channel Islands National Park

Get back in touch with nature!

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Channel Islands National Park – Gorgeous. Spring is in the air, or not. Let’s think about RVing.


I’ve included a link to eight campgrounds in the area.…/cam…/channel-islands-beach/

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