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so fun we stayed and clammed until sunset!

Clamming near Florence, Oregon…

Florence, Oregon, holds a special place in our hearts.  It is one of the first places that we stopped and spent time in on our first month on the road!  It was where we first heard of, and tried, sand boarding, it’s where we spent days and days clamming and crabbing, and it’s where we […]

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Top 10 toys for tiny living…

It can be hard to buy gifts for kids that travel a lot!  They simply don’t have the room to collect stuff like kids in a house do, and often times they don’t have the floor space to spread out vast collections/playscapes to play with them.  While we LOVE gift cards and experience gifts, and […]

volunteering with YWAM's Mission Builders at the Salem OR base

Volunteering at YWAM in Salem, Oregon…

We spent a week and a half volunteering at YWAM in Salem, Oregon.  Youth With A Mission is a non-denominational Christian organization that encompasses a bunch of different ministries including lots of DTSs (Discipleship Training Schools) and mission trips. *You can read more about why volunteer and who we volunteer with (including an overview of […]

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hands-on exhibit at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, OR

Willamette Heritage Center

Part of our love of traveling is the opportunity it gives us to learn about new places and their history!  While we were in Salem, we were able to learn about the Willamette Valley’s rich heritage (Oregon Trail buffs here, so it was right up our alley!). Off topic, but did you know that nearly […]


The Salem Kroc Community Center might be the find of the year…

Seriously.  Our visit to the Salem Kroc Community Center was super fun – so fun that we went out for pizza and then came back, and were at the center for over 7 hours total!  The reason that it might be the find of the year for us when we don’t even live here?  Because […]

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Salem’s Riverfront Carousel is tops for family fun!

Salem’s Riverfront Carousel in western Oregon is a beautiful and fun place to take the family!   Located in a beautiful downtown area, looking out over the Riverfront Park to the waterway, and the next-door playground make the carousel is a perfect destination for some family fun, and a great place to take colorful and […]

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Playground equipment at the Phoenix RV Campground in Salem, OR

Phoenix RV Park in Salem, Oregon…

After we spent two wet and rainy weeks on the coast, near Pacific City, OR, we were ready for a change.   So we pulled up the jacks and drove to Salem a few days early.  We would be volunteering in Salem, but had a few days to kill before then. We had done some […]

The Wise River area of sw MT is a gorgeous scenic byway drive!

Wise River, Montana and the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway…

There are so many beautiful areas to discover in the northwest, but one of our very favorites is the Wise River, Montana area!  Wise River is a gorgeous valley river that meanders through the southwest corner of Montana.  It stretches out for miles, snaking its way over rocks and between mountains.  For part of it’s […]


RV Tanglewood Campground, Winston-Salem, NC…

While my crew was volunteering in High Point, we stayed part of the time in a Thousand Trails park that is part of our membership, but we also spent 4 nights at Tanglewood campground, which is closer to Winston-Salem since we wanted to explore that area. We spent 4 nights at Tanglewood RV campground, which […]

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volunteering as a family while traveling

Family Volunteering Opportunities…

Everyone who knows us, knows that one of our on-the-road passions is for volunteering. The first year that we traveled, it was a big vacation; and that is just what we wanted it to be – one big, educational, exciting, and fun road trip.  And that was great!  We would do it all over again […]

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Berkey Water Filter Coupon Codes…

Our RV has really big tanks – we can run with 110 gallons of fresh water on board.  And while that works great for us when we are back in Montana camping, and we can fill up with the well water we love, relying on other water sources doesn’t always work so great for long […]

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The ultimate hair jewelry for travelers….

Now that we have been on the road for 5 years, we’ve found lots of ways to simplify our lives, and in pretty much every aspect of our lives. Most of the girls have long hair, and we love to put it up pretty!    But all those fun hair things take up lots of space, […]

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