Favorite Things in February and March

Maclaren

February and March were full and eventful, and our favorite things this time around are things that make daily life a little smoother, and that have allowed us to better enjoy big events like the Full-time Families Rally and our Disney vacation. Once again we are using Amazon affiliate links when possible. If you’re interested in any of this month’s favorite things, we’d love it if you’d use our link when you order. 1. Our Continue Reading →

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Our Disney Favorites

Mickey Mouse Tusker House

On our sixth and last day at Disney World, a sudden rain storm was the final factor and we left the park early (as in, around 6pm instead of 8 or even later). The lines were long and we were exhausted. Once we added wet to that list, it was time to go. We wanted to leave while the mood was still good and this had the potential to go downhill fast. So we headed Continue Reading →

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Disney World

Once we’d recovered a little from the Ftf Rally (though honestly, had we been to a rally before, we would have left more recovery time) it was finally time for Disney World. To thoroughly write about our week at Disney would take at least a half-dozen posts, but I’m going to see what I can do with two or three. The first thing I learned as we started planning our Disney World vacation is just how Continue Reading →

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Our First Full-time Families Rally

FTF rally 2017

“Is this your first rally?” someone asked us. We nodded. “I thought so. You have that lost, wide-eyed, deer in the headlights kind of look about you. Don’t worry. You’re going to be fine. This is going to be great!” It’s taken me a few weeks to be able to write about our experiences at our first FtF (Full-time Families) Rally in Tallahassee in February. Those weeks have been full of their own experiences, but Continue Reading →

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A Brief Tour in Tampa

Glazer vets

Moving in the direction of Tallahassee, where we were headed to attend a Full-time Families Rally, our next stop was the Tampa area. We have two nearby Encore RV parks included in our Thousand Trails membership, and since neither had availability for all three nights we planned to stay there, we stayed in both. Largo Vacation Village in Largo, FL, is perhaps our least favorite campground so far. The sites are tiny and way too close Continue Reading →

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Of Mote and Myakka

observation tower

One of the things that first drew us to this road-schooling lifestyle was the opportunity to teach our kids primarily through experiences – through touching, tasting, smelling, hearing and seeing firsthand, rather than just reading about it in a book or watching a video (though we still do those things too!) So even though we need to plan longer stops regularly to keep our pace reasonable, we still try to make sure we take at Continue Reading →

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Peace River

peace river

One of the things we’re learning about a traveling lifestyle is pacing. When you’re on vacation, you usually want to see and do as much as you can before you head back to everyday life. The days are fun but intense and often we talk about needing to recover after a vacation. Even on our big trip in 2012, our time was limited to about 3 months and we moved on to a new place Continue Reading →

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Making the Most of the Space Coast

Canaveral National Seashore

Spoiler Alert: We didn’t do anything related to NASA or space at all. The area around Titusville, Florida is often referred to as the Space Coast. It’s the home of Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. We saw both of these places from a distance, and at some point we’d really like to visit Kennedy Space Center (I imagine it’s changed quite a bit since I was there in 1991), but it wasn’t in Continue Reading →

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Choosing a Thousand Trails Membership

Thousand Trails

When we left Osceola National Forest we headed for Three Flags RV Campground in Wildwood, FL, which was our third stay in the Thousand Trails network. The longer we live this full-time traveling lifestyle, the more we realize that our preferred campground is more like what we left in Osceola – national/state/county parks and forests that may boast fewer amenities but that offer more nature and open spaces. We found this to be true when we Continue Reading →

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Welcome to Florida – Osceola National Forest

ocean pond campground

It was hard to find. We’d taken a several mile detour before we realized we were following directions to the wrong place. We were out of cell phone and internet range, so we traded Google Maps for our trusty old (new) road atlas. It was late afternoon, it had been a long drive, and we were all very tired. But we got there. It was worth it. The Ocean Pond campground in Osceola National Forest Continue Reading →

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Our Favorite Things in January

mifold grab and go

We’re trying something new and we hope you’ll let us know if you love it or hate it. About once a month, we want to let you know what some of our favorite things have been lately and why. It will be a different way to tell stories that might not fit in another post, and we hope that it gives you a different kind of insight into our life on the road. We also Continue Reading →

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Hunted by Helena

We have a “polar package” on our camper. If we compare it to our Swedish camper, it’s kind of a joke, but it does give us a little bit of protection in colder temperatures. It basically means the underbelly is enclosed and receives some heat from the heat system and water heater. But this is by no means a winter camper. The time we spent in Pennsylvania over the holidays was challenging in terms of Continue Reading →

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A Day in DC

Natural history museum

Just outside of Washington DC, in Greenbelt, Maryland is a small national park that many people have never heard of. We hadn’t until recently. Greenbelt National Park doesn’t boast thousands of acres, dramatic vistas, or unique natural phenomena like some of the better known parks. This pretty wooded area, just 12 miles from the White House, is little more than its campground. And its stated mission is to help people access and enjoy our nation’s Continue Reading →

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The First State

Delaware’s state nickname is “The First State” and it was fitting for us as this was the first state for us as we officially began to travel. We purchased the trailer in New Jersey and stayed in it for more than a month in Pennsylvania, but as we began our travels beyond visiting family and friends, our first state was Delaware. Coincidentally, it was also in this first stop in Delaware that we welcomed the Continue Reading →

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The “Camp” in Campus Park and Ride

Philadelphia RV

The website promises no trees, grass, lakes, or anything else that you typically associate with camping. They weren’t exaggerating. Campus Park and Ride is a parking lot where commuters to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and surrounding areas can park their cars and take a shuttle bus. A typical park and ride… except that this park and ride developed part of their lot into a makeshift RV park and also reaches out Continue Reading →

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Our First Camper Christmas

Christmas 2016 will forever be remembered as our first camper Christmas. Many people have wondered how we celebrated Christmas now that we’re living in a camper, and the short answer is much the same way as we celebrated when we lived in an apartment. Admittedly, it does take a little bit of extra planning and creativity. At least it did for us. Part of that is because of the limited space and part of that Continue Reading →

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Merry Christmas 2016

Once again, it’s been much too long between blog posts. We appreciate your patience and understanding. This transition has been intense and demanding on our time and our energy. It seems there hasn’t been enough of either left at the end of the day to sit down and put it all into words. Today isn’t the day for that either. Today we simply want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and assure you all that Continue Reading →

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The Storm Before the Calm

Writing today from the United States, for the first time in a long time. Our last post was about waiting. And when our period of waiting was finally over, there was little time left over for writing. To call the last two months intense is a bit of an understatement. But it has, for the most part, been a happy time, and somehow we find ourselves now back in the US actually implementing the plan Continue Reading →

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Waiting

They say a watched pot never boils. We all know that this is scientifically untrue. The water in that pot will boil when it reaches 100C whether you’re watching it happen or not. All the same, we all know what the expression means and have felt its truth over and over again. The time we spend waiting seems to move at its own (snail-like) pace and the more you think about it the slower it Continue Reading →

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Summer is Short

swimming ice cream

When I first moved to Sweden at the beginning of fall 2006, I started language school almost right away. One of our early lessons centered around a well-known song. As I sat with my dictionary and translated the words to English, I was filled with a sadness and sense of dread that did not suit the upbeat, happy feeling of the song I was listening to. The summer is short, the chorus begins. And most Continue Reading →

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