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Home for the Holidays, Day 31 - Millington, Tennessee, to Coppell, Texas December 20, 2015

Alfie whined a bit last night, I think because the heater turned off at one point. We were up at 7 for his morning walk, and after I took down the

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Home for the Holidays, Day 30 - Millington, Tennessee December 19, 2015

Today marks the second full day of no-internet and minimal cell phone coverage, but hopefully we’ll make it into a town today so I can update the

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Home for the Holidays, Day 29 - Millington, Tennessee December 18, 2015

I slept in till 8 today before starting the morning routine. Alfie seems excited to be back in nature with all the exciting smells and sounds - we

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Home for the Holidays, Day 28 - Goodlettsville, Tennessee to Millington, Tennessee December 17, 2015

After our morning routine we packed up for the drive to Meeman-Shelby State Park just outside of Memphis. The drive was uneventful, and although we

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Home for the Holidays, Day 27 - Goodlettsville, Tennessee December 16, 2015

Today was a stay-at-home-and-work day. On our morning walk, I worked on Alfie’s tendency to pull. After the rest of our routine, I also started

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Home for the Holidays, Day 26 - Goodlettsville and Nashville, Tennessee December 15, 2015

We took a short walk this morning because A) it was cold B) it was loud (train on one side, highway on the other) and C) there wasn’t much grass,

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Home for the Holidays, Day 25 - Sevierville, Tennessee to Goodlettsville, Tennessee December 14, 2015

After the usual morning routine (including watching storm clouds roll in), Alfie and I ran errands in the nearby town. He guarded the car while I

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Home for the Holidays, Day 24 - Sevierville, Tennessee December 13, 2015

I slept in till 11 this morning to kick the last remnants of my migraine, then took Alfie out for his long-awaited morning walk. After

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Home for the Holidays, Day 23 - Sevierville and Knoxville, Tennessee December 12, 2015

This morning on our walk we went down by the Little Pigeon River and Alfie saw a rabbit. Little Pigeon River We went through the rest of our morning

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Home for the Holidays, Day 22 - Marion, Virginia, to Sevierville, TN December 11, 2015

We had a pretty typical driving-day morning today (walk/breakfast/reading/training/workout/pack-up), aside from part of the dump hose getting stuck

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Home for the Holidays, Day 21 - Marion, Virginia December 10, 2015

I managed to get Alfie to sleep in till 9:30 morning - the hike yesterday must have tired him out. We went for a couple-mile hike across the road,

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Home for the Holidays, Day 20 - Marion, Virginia December 9, 2015

Our morning walk today was along the lake and back. When we got back to the RV it was really cold (IKEA thermometer said 40s) even with the heater

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Home for the Holidays, Day 19 - Luray, Virginia to Marion, Virginia December 8, 2015

I forgot to take up Alfie’s water bowl last night, so he woke me up earlier than normal today. We had a short walk through the fog before the rest

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Home for the Holidays, Day 18 - Luray, Virginia and Shenandoah National Park December 7, 2015

Alfie and I have settled into a nice morning routine by now - he sleeps on the LoveSac (giant beanbag) since it’s so cold outside and the heater is

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Home for the Holidays, Day 17 - Luray, Virginia December 6, 2015

This morning after throughly bundling up against the 25º weather, Alfie and I went for our morning walk (he wore his boots for the first time). The

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Home for the Holidays, Day 16 - Abingdon, Maryland to Luray, Virginia December 5, 2015

Once I woke up and walked/fed Alfie, it was time to start cleaning/packing up to leave for our next stop. While waiting for Christian to wake up, I

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Home for the Holidays, Day 15 - Abingdon and Baltimore, Maryland December 4, 2015

This morning after Alfie’s walk, I did some sewing. I added a buttonhole to his winter sweater so the leash can connect to his harness underneath.

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Home for the Holidays, Day 14 - Abingdon, Maryland and Staten Island, New York December 3, 2015

Alfie had a blast on our morning walk - he was shivering a little when we were out on the pier, but he later saw at least five different squirrels

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Home for the Holidays, Day 13 - Dallas, Texas, to Abingdon, Maryland December 2, 2015

My plan this morning was to take Alfie to the dog park to give him plenty of exercise time before the flight, but the dog park was closed for weekly

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Home for the Holidays, Days 1 - 12 - Dallas, Texas November 19, 2015

You may have noticed that the trip title has changed - the fall foliage trip is essentially over, and the next route will be over the holiday

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Fall Foliage, Day 63 - Greenbelt, Maryland to Dallas, Texas November 18, 2015

Today was a VERY long drive. jk we flew! And boy, are our arms tired. Okay for real now. I woke up at 5:30 to take Alfie for a walk and just barely

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Fall Foliage, Day 62 - Greenbelt and Silver Springs, Maryland November 17, 2015

After our morning walk, I tried to get a few more of the mats out of Alfie’s ear hair. I also caught up on blog posts while he relaxed. Once

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Fall Foliage, Day 61 - Washington, D.C. November 16, 2015

Today was our city-tourist-day. In the morning, Alfie and I went on a nice long geocaching hike for about an hour and a half to get him nice and

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Fall Foliage, Day 60 - Greenbelt, MD November 15, 2015

On our morning walk Alfie got to see two deer AND a squirrel, so he was pretty pumped. I also introduced him to his new Kong chew toy and did a

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Fall Foliage, Day 59 - Felton, Delaware, to Greenbelt, Maryland + Silver Springs, MD November 14, 2015

My early bed-time worked out well as Alfie once again started moving around at about 7:30. I respect a dog with a schedule :) We went for a

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Fall Foliage, Day 58 - Felton, Delaware November 13, 2015

I didn’t sleep very well last night - I was either awake because of Alfie’s cough, sleeping lightly, or awake because Alfie wasn’t coughing and I

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Fall Foliage, Day 57 - Felton and Wilmington, Delaware, and Quakertown, Pennsylvania November 12, 2015

This morning I attempted to sleep off a headache before we went to run errands. Our first stop was picking up my sewing machine!! Mr. Hayes (of

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Fall Foliage, Day 56 - Felton, Delaware November 11, 2015

We spent some time working outside this morning, taking breaks to hike and kayak. I also set up a meet and greet for tomorrow with a potential dog

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Fall Foliage, Day 55 - Felton and Milford, Delaware November 10, 2015

This morning after some general clean-up and a hair-dye touch-up, we worked outside in the gorgeous fall weather. I also sold the utility cart and

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Fall Foliage, Day 54 - Felton and Milford, Delaware November 9, 2015

Amidst the usual stay-at-home relax/work, we made a trip out to Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge to get our America the Beautiful pass for a

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Fall Foliage, Day 53 - Felton, Delaware November 8, 2015

This morning after waking up I did the dishes so that I could make grilled cheese for breakfast. That’s a side effect of having fewer

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Fall Foliage, Day 52 - Felton and Wilmington, Delaware November 7, 2015

More calling shelters today, interspersed with relaxing, cleaning, and continuing to downsize. We cleared out the IKEA utility cart and one of the

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Fall Foliage, Day 51 - Felton and Bear, Delaware November 6, 2015

This morning I made poached eggs again - I’m getting the hang of it now! If only I had some English muffins and Canadian bacon… Once Christian was

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Fall Foliage, Day 50 - Felton, Delaware November 5, 2015

I was woken up this morning by the sound of rain on the roof and what were apparently some very talkative squirrels outside. After bringing in the

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Fall Foliage, Day 49 - Felton, Delaware (Killens Pond State Park) November 4, 2015

Today we slept in till 2 (I was probably sleeping off whatever was bugging me yesterday and Christian just likes sleeping in). I made fried quinoa

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Fall Foliage, Day 48 - Flanders, New Jersey to Felton, Delaware November 3, 2015

This morning we did some standard pre-travel cleaning, then finally organized/cleaned out the car before we rolled out. This time we checked the

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Fall Foliage, Day 47 - Mt. Olive/Flanders, New Jersey November 2, 2015

Today was a stay-at-(motor)home day, working and taking breaks in cycles (‘poms’). We did some maintenance/cleaning/prep for leaving tomorrow,

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Fall Foliage, Day 46 - New York, New York November 1, 2015

This morning we packed up to leave Micah’s apartment, then walked a couple of blocks for a cozy brunch at Northern Spy Food Co. Christian's

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Fall Foliage, Day 45 - New York, New York October 31, 2015

After spending an hour driving into the city and approximately another hour moving two blocks to the parking garage, we were in NYC again. We walked

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Fall Foliage, Day 44 - Flanders, NJ October 30, 2015

Today we stayed in again and went through work/break cycles to get outside and enjoy the weather - walking around the campground, throwing Frisbee a

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Fall Foliage, Day 43 - Flanders, New Jersey October 29, 2015

This morning I led a “yoga class” outside with Christian, my favorite student. The weather was gorgeous and we had the backdrop of a little pond and

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Fall Foliage, Day 42 - New York City, New York October 29, 2015

THE BIG APPLE. We were serenaded all night by the sound of rain on the roof :3 Then this morning Christian did a quick fix on dbinbox while I

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Fall Foliage, Day 41 - Mt. Olive Township, NJ, and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania October 27, 2015

Our exercise in positive-thinking continued today. This morning we wake up and head out to re-fill the propane. When we arrive at the Andover

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Highlights October 26, 2015

The places, restaurants, and activities that we loved and would recommend. For more detailed descriptions, check out the daily travelogue posts in

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Fall Foliage, Day 40 - Thomaston, Connecticut to Mt. Olive Township, New Jersey October 26, 2015

This morning we did the “tow dolly dance” as Christian insists on calling (/singing) it. Before we got on the highway we stopped for gas, which is

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Fall Foliage, Day 39 - Thomaston, Connecticut October 25, 2015

We spent the morning today working/crafting/catching up on shows (thank you, campground wifi!) The afternoon was spent hiking the Mattatuck Trail at

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Places We’ve Visited October 24, 2015

In lieu of a decal on the outside of Harvey, here’s a list of the places we’ve visited so far in our RV (meaning spent some significant time there,

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Fall Foliage, Day 38 - Thomaston and Hartford, Connecticut October 24, 2015

This morning we slept in after watching a movie last night/reading about Neil Patrick Harris and watching his various performances. I highly

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Departure Checklist October 24, 2015

Here’s the list we go through before leaving each location (now clickable for use/re-use!): all technology inside RV? (laptops, phones, watches,

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Fall Foliage, Day 37 - Thomaston and Hartford, Connecticut October 23, 2015

Christian wound up coming inside this morning to warm up, since the sleeping bag by itself wasn’t quite enough insulation. When I woke up I started

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Fall Foliage, Day 36 - Brookline, New Hampshire to Thomaston, Connecticut October 22, 2015

We had no problems loading up and shipping out this morning. Our experiment of staying longer in one place was pretty successful - we were able to

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Along for the Ride October 22, 2015

It took us a while to figure out exactly how we would be bringing our car along for the ride. Now that we’ve been traveling for five weeks, we’ve

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Fall Foliage, Day 35 - Brookline, New Hampshire October 21, 2015

I continued practicing egg-making on a gas stove - no sticking this time, though the yolks were a little over over-easy. A delicious part of your

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Fall Foliage, Day 34 - Salem, Massachusetts October 20, 2015

On our way out this morning, we met our neighbors, Karen and Steve, who are also from Texas. We had a nice chat about dealing with the low

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Fall Foliage, Day 32 - Brookline, New Hampshire October 19, 2015

This morning we had another slow start. I did some catching up on email/posts and Christian had his “do-nothing” time. We were planning on hiking

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Fall Foliage, Day 31 - Boston, Massachusetts October 17, 2015

We headed into the city today after a quick stop at the farm stand for croissants for breakfast/lunch. Pumpkin spice croissant After a couple of

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Fall Foliage, Day 30 - Brookline, New Hampshire October 16, 2015

Today was a lazy day. I made pumpkin pancakes in the morning and we both did a little work. If you’re jealous of the smells coming from our

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Fall Foliage, Day 29 - Stowe, Vermont to Brookline, New Hampshire October 15, 2015

After the usual pack-up/dump/fill/tow-load this morning (with no mishaps), we made a quick stop at the Trapp Family Lodge to show off Harvey to our

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Fall Foliage, Day 28 - Smuggler’s Notch State Park and Stowe, Vermont October 14, 2015

Today we spent most of the day at Stowe Mountain Resort doing AWESOME activities (for a package deal). In the morning it was raining pretty

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Fall Foliage, Day 27 - Lake Placid, New York to Smuggler’s Notch (Stowe), Vermont October 13, 2015

This morning we took our time cleaning and packing up (including vacuuming while we were still plugged in). Then while Christian handled a minor

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Soak Up the Sun October 13, 2015

Before I get into the details, if you’re just here because you want to know if it works - it works. There are things that we’ve figured out that

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Fall Foliage, Day 26 - Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA, NY October 12, 2015

I finished sleeping off the migraine and woke up late this morning to a relaxing start. Christian made oatmeal for us to eat outside in the 70º fall

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Fall Foliage, Day 25 - Green Lakes State Park to Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA, NY October 11, 2015

This morning we started with a short walk/slide down to the lake from our campsite. Round Lake Panorama After a quick (for us) dump station/water

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Fall Foliage, Day 24 - LaFayette and Syracuse, NY October 10, 2015

I was regretting not reserving a spot with electric when I woke up this morning - it was pretty chilly inside the RV (54º according to our little

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Fall Foliage, Day 23 - Green Lakes State Park and Syracuse, New York October 9, 2015

This morning it was still raining when we woke up, which meant we drove instead of biking to the park office to pay for last night and reserve for

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Fall Foliage, Day 22 - Four Mile Creek State Park, New York, to Green Lakes State Park, New York October 8, 2015

THIS WEATHER. SO GOOD. It’s the perfect temperature for leggings/pants/sweaters/scarves, or for running and not feeling completely disgusting. We

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Fall Foliage, Day 21 - Four Mile Creek State Park, Youngstown, New York and Niagara Falls October 7, 2015

This morning I had some work time while Christian slept in (driving days are tiring for him). Once he was up, we went for a run around the park,

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Fall Foliage, Day 20 - Willoughby, Ohio, to Youngstown, New York October 6, 2015

We took a lazy start to the morning today, doing a little maintenance on the RV (filling tires) and on dbinbox (a critical piece of the database

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Self-Employment on the Road October 6, 2015

Short answer: basically what we were already doing. Long answer: Christian’s still running his software-as-a-service business, which is basically a

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Fall Foliage, Day 19 - Cleveland Heights and Willoughby, Ohio October 5, 2015

We were woken up this morning by knocking on the door - it was another police officer asking us to move on again. We were in this spot for two

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A Place For Everything October 5, 2015

Let's get organized Another common question we get when introducing the we-live-in-an-RV concept is, “But where do you keep all your stuff?”

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Fall Foliage, Day 18 - Cleveland Heights, Ohio October 4, 2015

While Chrisitan was sleeping in to recover from the last two days driving, I worked on some video editing/blog post writing. Once he was awake and

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Our RV Device Charging Set-Up October 4, 2015

Up until now, our charging cables have been a hot mess. There are fewer outlets in our RV than we had in the apartment, which means that all the

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Fall Foliage, Day 17 - Anderson, Indiana, to Cleveland Heights, Ohio October 3, 2015

We survived our first overnight stay in a Walmart parking lot! In the morning we went on a quick shopping trip, then to a nearby state park to use

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Fall Foliage, Day 15 - Lebanon and O’Fallon, Illinois October 1, 2015

After some work time in the RV, we met up with Christian’s Aunt Victoria for a tour of their manufacturing facility and lunch. Her husband Kyle

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Fall Foliage, Day 14 - Lebanon, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri September 30, 2015

We started the day a little late, since we were up late the night before answering emails before opening the new iPhone (Christian) and finishing

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Fall Foliage, Day 12 - Lebanon, Illinois September 29, 2015

The day started off with some work time in the RV before lunch at Las Cabañas, the only Mexican restaurant in Lebanon, Illinois. I found it

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No Shower, No Shampoo, No Problem September 29, 2015

Christian hasn’t showered in about six months. I’m a little less extreme - it’s been a couple of weeks for me. This change in the status quo hygiene

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Fall Foliage, Day 11 - Lebanon, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri September 27, 2015

My morning started off great - I heard Christian and Daisy outside the RV, and when I stepped out her reaction was adorable. It was like we had been

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Fall Foliage, Day 10 - Lebanon, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri September 26, 2015

We started off the morning by playing with Daisy. Then we ran some errands, stopping for fleece for a t-shirt quilt (and getting a jump-start for

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Fall Foliage, Day 9 - Boiling Spring Campground, Missouri, to Lebanon, Illinois September 25, 2015

After breakfast we went for a quick kayak on the Gasconade River to see the Boiling Spring for which the campground was named. We also finally

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Renovation September 25, 2015

By now, you’ve read about how we decided to try full-time RVing, found our new home, inspected it, downsized our stuff, and started traveling. But

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Fall Foliage, Days 7 and 8 - Buffalo Point, Arkansas to Boiling Spring Campground, Dixon, Missouri September 24, 2015

… was uneventful. Which is a good thing, considering that today was a driving day! I got some work done in the car on the way here. We stopped at

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Downsizing September 23, 2015

I didn’t think we had that much stuff. We’d been living in our one-bedroom apartment for a year, and before that had both lived in college

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Fall Foliage, Day 6 - Buffalo Point, Arkansas September 22, 2015

After a quick breakfast this morning, I walked down to get cell service to arrange for shuttle service for kayaking. We whipped up some sandwiches

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Fall Foliage, Day 5 - Buffalo Point Recreation Area, Arkansas September 21, 2015

Last night we tried double sleeping in the hammock, but there seem to be more bugs here. Christian apparently staved off a minor panic attack from

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Fall Foliage, Day 4 - DeGray Lake to Buffalo River State Park, Arkansas September 20, 2015

Last night Christian and I managed to both sleep in our hammock, an Eno double nest (affiliate link + straps). It was actually quite cozy once the

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Fall Foliage Day 3 - DeGray Lake and Hot Springs, Arkansas September 19, 2015

Christian’s update on hammock sleeping: I’ve started to prefer sleeping in a hammock to sleeping on a bed. The cool, fresh breeze, the gentle

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Fall Foliage, Day 2 - DeGray Lake and Hot Springs, Arkansas September 18, 2015

Today there was only one minor emergency, which was a major improvement from yesterday! As I was making gluten-free banana muffins/chilling in the

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Fall Foliage Day 1 - Coppell, Texas, to DeGray Lake, Arkansas September 17, 2015

This trip has been dubbed the “Fall Foliage Tour.” Our plan is to: weave up through the Midwest, visiting family and friends through: Arkansas,

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Toad Trials September 16, 2015

Our decision to bring our 2010 Honda Insight with us on the road, not unsurprisingly, led to even more decisions. This post will be detailing our

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Inspection September 4, 2015

Let’s pick up where we left off - just before Memorial Day weekend of 2015, we’ve found our top choice candidate and are moving to the next step:

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Finding “The One” August 30, 2015

After the initial realization that we could in fact move into an RV if we put in a little bit* of work, the search for “the one” began. *severe

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Introduction August 19, 2015

Hi. We’re Christian and Elisa. After our wedding in December of 2014, we were well on our way to the American Dream with 2.5 kids, a dog, and a