Charming Adventures

Arizona: Southwest by Southeast

Heading back to Arizona from California, the last two stops of our 3-week trip were in Yuma (far southwestern corner); and Sierra Vista (far southeastern corner), where Philip was to participate in a three-day bike touring event. It was fun to be a part of the first-ever, inaugural “Tour de Zona,” organized by the excellent folk who have put on the Tour...

San Diego: The Simple Things

Our week spent in San Diego was probably not what you’d expect. Shows at Sea World, crowds at Mission Beach, “dogs not allowed” harbor cruises …. no, no, and no! Eschewing a mad dash from “thing” to “thing,” we instead basked in the simple things that make RV living — no matter where we go! — so appealing to...

Anza-Borrego & A Gaggle of Crazy Critters

Leaving the Salton Sea area, we journed 80 miles toward the coast to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest at 600,000 unspoiled acres … almost the size of Rhode Island! It’s a weird name, but comes from the name of an 18th century Spanish explorer, Juan Bautista de Anza, who tromped through here while opening a new route to San...

So.Cal: Salton Sea & Bombay Beach

Our afinity for weird and wonderful places continues. But this place, in Southern California, has weirdness in spades! Our campground host cheerfully declared, “WELCOME! The lake water is toxic, the beach is made of tiny crushed shells that will cut your dogs’ feet in a couple of seconds, there is a homeless girl squatting right outside the campground on...

Death Valley – 3 Million Acres of Weird

2022 brought us a visit to Death Valley National Park, an area once described by The New York Times as “3 million acres of weird.” But first things first: meet our new family member and adventure buddy! Two days after getting Finn, a 10-week old English Cream Golden Retriever, we threw her in the RV and taught her all about the camping life. She’s a...

Heading Home: Takin’ It Easy

After a full month in Wisconsin, it was weird to flip the page in our atlas (yes, we still use a paper atlas) to a different state … in fact, a series of different states, as we spent the last ten days of this 11-week adventure meandering back to Arizona. But just because we were heading home, doesn’t mean we were rushing …. au contraire mon frère...

La Crosse, WI: Rollin’ On The River

La Crosse, Wisconsin, is only 30 miles from our previous stop in Sparta, but has a completely different vibe.  Having three colleges in a relatively small town means that the population is mostly young and vibrant. And where there are college kids, there is alcohol.  So much so, that La Crosse once held the Guinness World Record for most bars (28) crammed into a city...

Sparta, WI: Where We “Ben Bikin”

“Well, hello there!” from Ben Bikin! Ben is the honorary, mostly-silent mayor of Sparta, a small town known as the “Bicycling Capital of America.” Ben stands (well, sits) 32 feet high on his 1890’s Penny Farthing bicycle. Check the Chevy Suburban in the photo for a sense of scale! That’s right, Ben Bikin is livin’ large (really large) in...

Green Bay, WI: GO PACK GO!

Leaving Door County, Wisconsin, we journeyed to Green Bay to tour historic Lambeau Field, named for Curly Lambeau, the first captain and later head coach of the Green Bay Packers. With the start of what might possibly, hopefully, maybe be a non-Covid compromised season of NFL action, football fever is gripping our RV and both of its inhabitants! Our Fantasy Football...

Door County, WI: Family+Friends+Fun

Ready, set, go … our next two stops of this 11-week trip would be the busiest yet! With an influx of friends and family (our parents from Arizona, aunt/uncle from Chicago, cousins from Florida/Michigan, and friends summering in Wisconsin), it was a wild and wooly ten days of activity, including kayaking around a submarine, riding a tractor bed across Lake...