Currently Wandering » Outdoor Family, Adventure Travel, Simple Living - Family of 5 Traveling the United States in an Airstream.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park as been on my “visit list” for at least 2 years. We even had reservations here two years ago, but it was too late in the spring and we cancelled in favor of higher elevation to escape the heat. When we decided to spend winter 2017 in Arizona again, McDowell Mountain climbed […]

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  • Danielle - Looks amazing! Now i want to go to the desert!ReplyCancel

  • Mountain Biking at McDowell Mountain State Park, Arizona - […] post Mountain Biking at McDowell Mountain State Park, Arizona appeared first on Currently […]ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Watson - I love this park! We had just started mtn, biking when we visited several years ago and I fell in love with the trail system. Planning to go back next winter and use your trail suggestions as a guide. Thanks for sharing all the lovely photos 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Thanks Amanda! These are definitely great trails for beginners. Such good exercise. I’m missing it already!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - I live in Tucson and have been wanting to get up to Phx to ride some of their mtb parks. With so many trails and camping this one looks like the place to start. Thanks for the suggestions and great write up!ReplyCancel

  • Our Boondocking, Nomad Neighborhood in Las Cienegas NCA » Currently Wandering - […] since the WanderingWatsons visited two years ago. Once we managed to pull ourselves away from the mountain biking haven at McDowell Mountain, we drove straight to this boondocking site southeast of Tucson, AZ. Loaded up with extra water, […]ReplyCancel

We recently had the opportunity to interview with Airstream for a new campaign they are rolling out in 2017. As they were coming to do a video interview and then a photo shoot, we decided a thorough clean was in order. Its amazing that we can deep clean our entire house in just a few hours. […]

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  • Danielle - Love it! Your magnet collection is so great! So fun!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Thanks!! Its the one thing we collect. Eventually I want to turn them into Christmas tree ornaments.ReplyCancel

  • Mara - Love your home! And I’m envious that you can clean your entire home in less than two hours. There’s more to life than cleaning. I love the map hanging above your children’s bed. Where did you find it?ReplyCancel

  • Bob Pavlechko - Just glad they didn’t ask to look in the closet. We put all that stuff into itReplyCancel

    • Jess - Our closets are pretty packed too. hahaha Good thing we kept all of that closed off.ReplyCancel

  • Krista - Your airstream is beautiful!! I love the kids room so much!! Congrats on your airstream interview too! That’s so cool!ReplyCancel

  • Ashton Largen - Love this! You guys have truly made this place home. It looks so cozy. Happy travels!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I really enjoy following along and we too hope to travel full time with our kids in the next few years 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Crissy - Enjoy your blog. As we have a 25′ AS. Where did you get the metal wall mount stainless cups? Are they suction mounted?ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - Where did you get that awesome clock!?ReplyCancel

    • Jess - We love that clock! We purchased it on Amazon but had to cut it down a bit to fit in the space. Looks like that exact one is no longer available, but this one is similar:

If you’ve followed us for any length of time, you’ve probably realized we move fairly frequently. We aren’t the type of travelers to sit in place for weeks on end, but are fueled by getting out and discovering new places. It’s exhausting. One of our goals this winter was to find free boondocking spots in […]

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  • Douglas Trout - I understand your thought process Jess and I suffer from a similar affliction. Call it being restless, having extreme wanderlust or simply sky high expectations, it can distract from the moment. I suspect that feeling would persist whether you are traveling or not. I am that way about travel and at home. I want my kids to be in the best programs, the best schools and now that we are looking at colleges, I want the absolute best for my kids. In the end, I suspect everyone does but it is funny how we put pressure on ourselves to keep up some high standards. Social media probably feeds that but for every epic picture posted, there is a flat tire, sick kid or some other calamity that you do not see. The best advice I have is to enjoy your time together because it is truly precious. The Trout family wishes you safe travels and greater contentment moving forward. We hope to see you soon in some epic location;). Or perhaps we could meet up somewhere perfectly ordinary and that would be fine too. Give my best to your family.ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Thanks Doug!! I think you are right – my struggles are not just related to traveling. Kind of affects everything! We hope to see you guys too. Let us know when and where you are headed out!ReplyCancel

Snow Canyon State Park is one of those hidden gems. Although it’s relatively close to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, this place is a worthy destination by itself. Plenty of rock scrambling, lava tubes, sand dunes, hiking, and gorgeous landscapes to keep anyone busy for days. We were here back in 2014 (although we had […]

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  • 2017 Travel Plans | Our Streamlined Life - […] during all our western adventures. Obviously, the big five national parks are calling our name, and Currently Wandering’s recent post has me totally drooling to visit Snow Canyon State Park, too. I have the feeling Utah is going to […]ReplyCancel

We made the decision last summer to do “one more” winter in the Airstream. Originally we had planned to take a break, rent a house, and teach the kids how to ski. After some long term planning, we decided that 2017/2018 was the ideal time for the that and everyone agreed we’d spend the winter […]

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  • Debra Bergmark - We did Christmas in TX this year with my parents & the day after Christmas I told hubby ” I know Christmas just ended, but I’m thinking next year we need to be near snow”. Your trip looks amazing & so fun. I’ll have to store this in my memory bank for next year. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - You are welcome! I’m just glad everything went well. haha It could have been a disaster!ReplyCancel

  • Conan Teng - We are the noisy Asian family across from your campsite. It was great meeting your family, a good tour of the amazing airstream. Most of all the inspiration that anything is possible and anywhere can be home was most wonderful xmas gift I received from talking to you and your family. Hope to see you guys on the road again.ReplyCancel

    • Jess - It was so good to meet you guys!! Such a joy to talk with you about Airstream life. Let us know when/if you make the plunge!ReplyCancel

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has been on our radar for years. There are miles of BLM land and we’ve watched many travelers spend weeks camping out in the desert for free. For the last two years, there has even been a social gathering of nomads for New Year’s Eve although we’ve never been close enough […]

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This last Thanksgiving weekend, we spent 3 days out in Channel Islands National Park. The park consists of 5 islands located off the coast of southern California. While doing research prior to the trip, I discovered one of the attractions for Santa Cruz Island is the sea caves. We have enjoyed paddling in lakes, streams, […]

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  • April Yap - Nice post! We just visited the place last week with the family and it’s such a wonderful experience! From Ventura Harbor my kids enjoyed the show “A Treasure in the Sea”. The island is beautiful and the scenery is breath-taking. We also did a little hiking and it feels like we are outside USA, a lot of cute little foxes and ravens. It’s a great experience!ReplyCancel