How We Retired Early and Started Traveling Full-time in an RV

How We Retired Early and Started Traveling Full-time in an RV

As we’ve met more and more people on our continuing journey, the one question that pops up without fail is “what do you do?” People ask in a variety of ways, some cautiously dancing around the issue, others boldly inquiring in no uncertain terms, but what people really want to know is how do we earn money to live if we’re traveling full-time. Our not so simple answer is to reply that we’re retired, which of course leads to more…

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Living Like a Local on Geiger Key

Living Like a Local on Geiger Key

As the days slid by in our temporary island home and the holiday season rapidly approached, we found ourselves seeking out and taking part in more local and community events. The Key West Lighted Boat Parade has been an annual holiday tradition for the past 27 years attracting visitors and residents alike, as the holiday celebrations begin in the quieter weeks leading up to the busy tourist month of January. Vessels of all shapes and sizes, from kayaks and rowboats…

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Our Winter Home in the Florida Keys

Our Winter Home in the Florida Keys

Morning arrived on the edge of the Everglades, and along with it our excitement to embark on the last leg of our journey for 2017. We had just over 200 miles of travel planned for the day, following US 41 on a straight stretch through the Everglades before heading south on 997 to Homestead, and finally spilling onto US 1 which would lead us to the Keys. Neither Ashley nor I would likely have visited the stretch of islands off…

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Rainbow Springs and Collier-Seminole State Parks

Rainbow Springs and Collier-Seminole State Parks

With our sights firmly set on the Lower Keys, we left Georgia heading south on US 41 with two planned stops over the next three days. Knowing we’d likely spend much of our route through southwestern Florida traveling down I-75, we opted to avoid the interstate on our way to Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon and stick to the slower and less congested Route 41. We rolled into Rainbow Springs after an uneventful, leisurely drive and checked in with…

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Thanksgiving in Sharpsburg and Reed Bingham State Park

Thanksgiving in Sharpsburg and Reed Bingham State Park

When originally planning our route south earlier this year, we anticipated entering Florida sometime in early November. The three-week delay in my hometown altered our plans a bit, so when we realized we’d be passing through Georgia in November we couldn’t help but wonder where we might be for Thanksgiving. While at the pizza shop over the past three years, we closed the restaurant for the day of Thanksgiving and remained open the day before and the day after. Ashley…

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Indian Springs State Park, Flovilla GA

Indian Springs State Park, Flovilla GA

As Thanksgiving approached, our travel plans wandered back inland toward Atlanta with one more stop planned along the way. Indian Springs State Park is located outside of Flovilla GA, just under ten miles from High Falls State Park. After briefly researching the two options online, we chose to book a few nights at Indian Springs based mostly on reviews coupled with the unique feature of the natural mineral spring on the property. The couple we met in Savannah tipped us…

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Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah GA

Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah GA

The historic port city of Savannah, Georgia beckoned as we burrowed deeper into the southeastern United States. Our chosen route departed from Columbia, South Carolina and followed US-321 through sleepy little towns, past many abandoned and dilapidated buildings, and along cotton fields stretching for what seemed like miles into the horizon on both sides of the road. We deliberately avoided I-95 simply because barreling down the highway mile after tedious mile isn’t an appealing travel option for us. Back roads…

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Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia SC

Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia SC

Lying in the Sandhills region of South Carolina, Sesquicentennial State Park is a pine-filled respite from the nearby state capital of Columbia. Featuring over 1,400 acres of forest, camping, picnic areas, trails, and a lake, “Sesqui” was once a popular swimming destination in the 1950s and 60s as visitors traveled to Centennial Lake with their families and friends. Although now closed to swimmers, current visitors continue to enjoy boating and fishing in the lake and the surrounding streams. Completed in…

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Asheville, NC – Land of Amazing Craft Beer

Asheville, NC – Land of Amazing Craft Beer

I love craft beer. This is probably obvious to anyone who’s read the blog before or scrolled through some of our photos on Instagram. I specifically love a well-brewed craft beer, created with purposeful intent by someone who honestly cares about the end product and sharing that finished good with the public. I’ve been homebrewing on and off over the last decade or so, starting out with the most basic methods and gradually working up to the all-grain process, which…

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Bolar Mountain Campground, Warm Springs VA

Bolar Mountain Campground, Warm Springs VA

Colder nights began to settle in as we embarked on our journey south, leaving the hills of western Pennsylvania for the mountains along the border between Virginia and West Virginia. Our drive took us over 200 miles, through a tiny section of rural Maryland followed by a wide swath of the West Virginia countryside as the changing leaves displayed their best autumn colors on all sides. We paused for lunch and to stretch our legs at Seneca Rocks in the…

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