Currently Wandering » Family of 5 Traveling the United States in 188 Square Feet of Airstream Awesomeness.

The morning we left Hot Springs National Park, we made a quick decision to take the long way to Bentonville and drive past the Buffalo National River. The drive through the backroads was beautiful, and we were rewarded with an empty campground at Tyler Bend. We were startled to discover that we had great Verizon, and […]

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There are a few terms that get tossed around in the RV/camping world that are probably unfamiliar to most people. While I’ve never seen an actual dictionary to define these terms, we’ve been around for awhile and we’ve seen a general consensus among the full time crowd. Many travelers prefer to stay in RV Parks, […]

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  • Rebecca - Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo is my favorite dry shampoo, too — and I’ve tried a LOT of varieties. It’s the only one that doesn’t leave my scalp feeling super itchy, and I feel like it’s also lighter than a lot of other varieties so it doesn’t weigh my hair down. I’ll have to give the Action wipes a try. I usually use Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes. They aren’t super heavy duty, but my skin is fairly sensitive and these don’t irritate me. I think this winter we’ll be doing more dry camping than I was brave enough to try last winter, so I’ll need something more heavy duty. Thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Oooh! Good to hear its your favorite because I haven’t tried that many brands. Hooray! My face is pretty sensitive so I don’t actually use the Action Wipes or Epic wipes on my face. I’ll have to look for the Burt’s Bees ones. Those sound like something I could use. Thanks!ReplyCancel

In the last two years of traveling we really haven’t made an effort to attend any conferences or workshops. Pre-travel I would attend at least one photography workshop a year, and Sam would often have 2-3 tech conferences he attended. All part of keeping up our skills, networking, and getting inspiration for new projects or […]

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  • Amber Newsome - This sounds like a fabulous outting. I’ve never heard of it and so wish I could attend. Perhaps another year. I hope you have fun, make new friends, and enjoy the personal time you so deserve. 🙂ReplyCancel

I really do like having a loose, pre-determined schedule. Our days are usually loosely planned out (school/work, exercise, lunch, tablet/quiet time, adventure, dinner, bed) as well as our general plan for the next few months. If you look at our Travel Schedule you’ll see we have a loose plan through the year 2017. I think […]

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  • Kate @ The Streamlined LIfe - Hang in there, Jess! I totally understand that feeling where you lose motivation, but it’ll come back. Enjoy this short period of rest so that you can hit the ground running when you move on again.

    Good luck with the pageant!


  • Joan Poteet Anderson - Awe, Jess…I (we) can relate, hang in there for this too shall pass! Brad Anderson (Island Park, Id.)ReplyCancel

Our travel pace is usually pretty slow, by design. Our average ‘move’ is only about 100 miles, and we move about every 3 to 5 days. This varies of course, but we commonly travel our average pace. We have often talked about executing a ‘fast’ move to linger a little longer in one place and […]

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  • Boyink - Hope you enjoyed Tent Rocks (no photos? 😉

    We just blogged about the speed of travel, and added a link to this post at the bottom.


    • Jess - Awesome! I’ll have to go check it out!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - And I totally forgot to put in my photos of Tent Rocks! Ahhh!! I’ll add some.ReplyCancel

Sometimes the best plans are the most unexpected ones. Our original spring plan involved visiting the Very Large Array in NM, heading through Flagstaff and Page, AZ, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and then driving north. Instead, however, we decided to spend more time in Arkansas, and take a direct route from New Mexico to […]

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  • Sandra Campbell - We did that two years ago best thing ever! You will love being a part of it.ReplyCancel

I’m a hammock guy. We added an ENO hammock to our gear collection long ago, and it comes out whenever we get the chance. We read in them, work in them, and even snuggle the kids in them. The ENO DoubleNest hammock we’ve been using have been good, but we have not been happy with […]

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  • Rainey - We love hammocks when we camp. But the right straps are always the issue for keeping trees safe and the hammock secure. We’re heading over to check out this Kickstarter campaign now. Thanks so much.
    Northern Star TravelersReplyCancel

    • Jess - Awesome! Hope you were able to get in on it!ReplyCancel

  • William Hurt - Looking at the photos of your Atlas straps, it’s very obvious that they’ve been left in the sun for a loooong time (thread is bleached). I too am curious about the long term durability of the ultimate straps but you should know that ANY strap exposed to long term UV will eventually fail. Safe hammocking!ReplyCancel

  • Esther of Local Adventurer - yeah those straps do look way better! i love hearing about kickstarter projects like this. we have a super old eno hammock that’s really bulky and heavy that we’ve been meaning to upgrade. 🙂ReplyCancel