Plan Less, Experience More

How do you plan a trip when you want to make it up as you go? Our preferred style of traveling with Alice is to have as much flexible time as possible. We research an area pretty heavily when we decide on a destination. However, we have learned that no matter how much time we […]

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Aspen Season in Colorado

As luck would have it, we scheduled a trip to Colorado in mid-September. While we were planning the trip we didn’t even consider the fact this was peak season for the colorful turning of Aspen leaves. My, were we surprised and awestruck when we arrived at our destination near Georgetown. This was a perspective of […]

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The Lake of the Clouds Photograph

Last summer, we visited the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and spent a couple days in the Porcupine Mountains. This rustic forested area is located on the shores of Lake Superior and offers many scenic hikes and vista overlooks. No matter where we are, one of our favorite things to do when we travel is get […]

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A Day on the Kansas Prairie

Last fall, Gail and I had a trip planned in Arkansas to hike and camp. The plans changed however due to poor weather conditions and we ended up on the Kansas prairie tour instead. The week we had planned to travel, there was a huge storm out of the gulf. The southern states all had […]

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The Christmas Music Antidote

With the exception of Christmas season I’m generally a 70’s rock-n-roll listener. I also like some singer songwriter, folk and soul music mixed into my routine when I want to change life’s tempo. The interesting thing is Christmas season is the only time of the year when I prefer to listen to classical music. The […]

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A Waterfall Hike in Arkansas

Arkansas is a beautiful state to seek out waterfalls and is a destination we frequent a few times each year. A four hour drive from Kansas City sits the town of Jasper which is surrounded by some of the most scenic landscapes in the midwest, if not the country. Hiking trails are plentiful in the […]

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The Wine Confession

I’m not really a wine guy. I like wine, but I don’t understand all the blends or subtle variances from bottle to bottle. For example, I can’t taste the difference between a Merlot, Shiraz or Pinot Nino. The Challenge  Occasionally when out for dinner, my wife and I will decide to buy a bottle of […]

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The 5 Things We Learned Buying a RV

Our decision to buy a RV (recreation vehicle) was a mixed bag of emotions ranging from euphoria to mystified. To be clear, we did not have any idea what we were doing when we bought the van or what we were getting ourselves into. After 8-months of ownership we still have things to learn about […]

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Van Life By Design Introduction Video

We call our written travel journal Alice’s Memoirs which stays with us in the van while we travel. We also journaled when we had our boat and it’s a wonderful way of recalling where you have been, who you were with and funny side stories about important moments.  People have been journaling  for as long […]

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From Boat Life to Van Life

A year ago, we were discussing our lives as boaters as we seemed to be at a crossroad. Twenty eight years earlier we had purchased our first boat when our kids were young and the new boat was something all of us enjoyed doing together. The question at hand a year ago was, what should […]

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