How to Navigate an RV in San Francisco, the Hilliest City in the U.S.

Luckily, I'm quite familiar with the beautiful city of San Francisco having lived in the area for many years, so the intimidation factor for driving Gypsy Rose in and around the city is quite low when I'm there for a visit. By sharing my personal experiences and offering some tips my hope is that these... Continue Reading →

Off the Beaten Path: Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri

Sometimes I just get the urge the head off the beaten path and experience something that is a little harder to find and that doesn't offer the convenience of being along or near the main highways. Doing so will allow you to discover some hidden gems. The roads may be bumpier and narrower, but most... Continue Reading →

My Favorite City to Visit in the U.S. is Chicago (at Least for Now)

Maybe it’s because this was my first visit to this world-renowned American city or maybe it’s because it truly is an incredible place, but after spending a month in Chicago, it is at the top of my list as my favorite city in the U.S. to visit.  In the summer of 2017, I did eight... Continue Reading →

A Tropical, Luscious Hike to Manoa Falls on the Island of O’ahu, Hawaii

The Manoa Falls trail on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu is a 1.6-mile hiking trail through lush, tropical rainforest. At the end of the trail is Manoa Falls, a 150 ft. waterfall that drops off of a steep, flat cliff face into a small natural pool surrounded by rocks and boulders. The hike is exquisite.... Continue Reading →

Park Your RV (or Car) in San Diego and Walk to Tijuana, Mexico

Looking for a fun and culturally stimulating way of spending a day outside of the States when exploring the west coast? Just head to San Diego and then keep on heading south. On a recent trip to San Diego to meet up with friends there, and other friends who were visiting from Michigan, we decided... Continue Reading →

I Would Drive 3,000 Miles for This Sandwich and I Did

Well, I didn't exactly drive 3,000 miles FOR the sandwich. It was more like, at the end of my 3,000-mile journey there was this sandwich, that I had fantasized about for over 10 years since I last had one, waiting for me to devour and savor in my memory until the next time. I come... Continue Reading →

Hiking Downwards into Heaven at Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park

There are so many natural wonders that exist here on earth. Many of them are often described as heavenly. I guess that's because the feeling that we experience is so unique and elevated that we feel like it is something beyond our earthly existence. Something that we imagine we might feel after we have left this... Continue Reading →

Fly, Fly Away

Sometimes, due to timing, distance and other circumstances, traveling by air is necessary for even the most robust full-time RVer. Especially if you are traveling overseas. We're not quite there yet with the RV that converts to a high-speed powerboat, although I believe there are some innovative prototypes out there. ...you sit crammed into small... Continue Reading →

What a Relief It Was to Be in Nebraska

In the summer of 2017, I made my way across the country, in Gypsy Rose, from Napa towards Chicago for 8 back-to-back weekend art festivals. On my way there I camped in a beautiful campground in Breckenridge, Colorado and enjoyed being in the Rocky Mountains for the first time, for a couple of days. However,... Continue Reading →

Exploration and Camping at State, Provincial, County and Regional Parks

There really is a lot to be discovered in the not-so-popular and lesser-known parks and campgrounds. The National Parks are wonderful, but there are also other interesting parks to discover on your road adventures that will nurture your soul. When you're seeking out campgrounds to stay in don't forget about the hundreds of State, Provincial,... Continue Reading →

Life on the Road as a Juried Art Festival Artist

In 2008, when the economy took a major downturn, I started dreaming about what my next step as an artist would be. The dream of traveling around the country in an RV and doing art festivals began to get firmly planted in my head and so it began - the process of turning the dream... Continue Reading →

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