Road Trips and Tiny Trailers

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LANDSCAPES (Great Lakes) Fun Facts

GREAT LAKES DEFINITION: According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘Great Lakes’ is: “the large freshwater lakes (Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie,  and Ontario) which lie on the northern borders of the United States.” ********************* The Free Dictionary adds this information to the definition of ‘Great Lake’: “a series of five lakes between the U.S. and Canada, comprising Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior; connected with the  Atlantic by the St. Lawrence River.”   BASIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GREAT LAKES: *The Great Lakes…

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LANDSCAPES (Mountains) Fun Facts

 MOUNTAINS DEFINITION: According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of a ‘mountain’ is:  “a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill The sun set behind the mountains, an elongated ridge”. Your Dictionary adds this information to the definition…

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LANDSCAPES (Plains) Fun Facts

PLAINS “The Sea, The Woods, the Mountains, all suffer in comparison with the Prairie.  The Prairie has a stronger hold on the senses…”   Albert Pike 1831 Did you know that nearly 502,000 square miles of the U.S. is part of the…

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LANDSCAPES (River Basins) Fun Facts

RIVER BASINS DEFINITION: According to Reference , the definition of a ‘River Basin’ is: ‘the land water must cross to reach a river. A river basin collects all available water from various tributaries, creeks and streams in its area.’ Your…

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LANDSCAPES (Wetlands) Fun Facts

WETLANDS DEFINITION: According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of a ‘wetlands’ is: “land or areas (such as marshes or swamps) that are covered often intermittently with shallow water or have soil saturated with moisture —usually used in plural” Dictionary.com adds this…

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FIRST THINGS FIRST: PREPARING TO CHOOSE YOUR TRAILER

Selecting your trailer can be a daunting and tedious process. It’s a big decision and will affect not only your budget, but the quality of the travel that you do. It’s best to take your time, play with ideas, talk…

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TRAILERS FOR SALE OR RENT

OK! Now that you’ve decided to check out ‘life with a tiny trailer’ and you’ve filled out the questionnaire (see the blog titled, ‘First Things First: Picking your Trailer’ under the Trailers Category), it’s time to explore the options! Take…

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LITTLE GUY & NUCAMP: ITS COMPLICATED

Once upon a time there was a camping enthusiast from North Canton, Ohio.  The love of his life was the little teardrop style camper from the 1930’s & 1940’s. The idea to recreate, update and make affordable the teardrop camper trailer…

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PACKING & PREPARATION: Packing It Up

When it comes to making sure that you have everything you need for your trip, three things come to mind.  First: Think through everything and DON’T make an unnecessary trip to Walmart! Of all the years we’ve traveled and all…

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PACKING & PREPARATION: Packing the Personals

                     There are basically 3 bags that Eddie and I each pack for our personal stuff.  All 3 bags store in the backseat of our truck and we don’t try and…

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EVERYONE’S GETTING IN THE GAME! 2018 Teardrop Trailer Review

It seems like everywhere we go we rub shoulders with people who are embracing the ‘Tiny Living’ movement! Words like: Tiny Home…Sustainable Living…Minimizing…and Simplifying are becoming commonplace as a growing portion of our culture is going Small! This is also…

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WHERE IN THE WORLD?

Happy 2018 Everyone!!  Where in the World will this year take you? If you’ve ever found yourself justifying the need for a vacation or travel adventure to your friends, families or even yourself….then keep reading! New Year’s is a great…

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PLANNING & ITINERARIES: Choosing Your Route Style

    Before there is a Road Trip, there is a Plan.  But before there is a Plan there is an Idea. Ideas are what get us started.  Ideas are how our  Itinerary begins.     Ideas can come from…

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PLANNING & ITINERARIES: Route style ‘A the Oblong’

As we’ve discussed, inspiration for a travel itinerary comes from many sources (see my post: Choosing Your Route Style), but I find that most start with a specific destination. Route Style: ‘A-the Oblong’ is my personal favorite and has a…

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PLANNING & ITINERARIES: Route Style ‘B the BeeLine’

As we’ve discussed, inspiration for a travel itinerary comes from many sources (see my post: Choosing Your Route Style), but I find that most start with a specific destination. Route Style ‘B-the BeeLine’ is just exactly that.  It’s the route that…

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PLANNING & ITINERARIES: Route Style ‘C: the Circle’

We’ve talked about destinations and starting there to determine a route style.  The ‘Circle’ route style, however, has no specific destination but instead covers an area – sometimes with a theme in mind.  This Route style can be the most…

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CRUISE PORTS: Ft Lauderdale

Ahhhhh…the best laid plans. As I’ve mentioned before, we like to take advantage of seeing new things at any cruise port city that we find ourselves in, and always plan a day or two on either the front or back…

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HEALTH ON THE ROAD STARTS AT HOME

Staying healthy on the road really is dependent on the general care you take of yourself all year long. I have this theory that your health can handle anything (well almost anything) for a short time if you are in…

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH: Dealing with Altitude Sickness

  Traveling around the United States, it is inevitable that you will find yourself changing elevations…sometimes quickly! About 15% of people get sick over 10,000’ and most of us experience some sort of reaction at higher elevations. The lower the…

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR: Charleston, SC

One of the things that was on the very top of my ‘must see’ list for our first trek into the Deep South was to see an alligator up close in the wild. Being from Colorado I’ve been privileged to…

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ONE THING (St Louis, MO)

I can’t say that I do one thing every day that scares me, but if my day includes something that requires me to be higher than 5’ off the ground, then that would definitely be my one thing for that…

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FLIGHT RISK (Olympic Peninsula WA)

I suppose that if you have a travel partner, and you set out on a fairly significant road trip, putting some miles between your destination and home, you should probably return with said partner. Eddie and I began learning about…

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FOREIGN SOIL

I LOVE Verona.  Not Verona California or even Verona Arkansas.  The Verona. Verona Italy. Located in the beautiful Italian Lake District of Italy’s Veneto region, surrounded by the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains and situated nearly on the shores of…

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LOW EXPECTATIONS

  We’ve done a fair number of excursions and organized tours as we’ve traveled, and here’s a few things to keep in mind when booking any tour, excursion or ‘adventure’ so as to control your expectations: * It’s extremely hard…

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OUR STORY

Welcome Welcome Welcome……and Thanks for checking out my blog!  My name is Janelle Brian, and my husband Eddie and I are travel addicts from Colorado. We Cruise, we backpack Europe and we especially enjoy seeing this big, diverse and wonderful…

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PHOTOS AND RAINDROPS

In my mind’s eye, a picture flashed of Eddie & me swimming back to Denver from Mississippi with ropes clenched in our teeth and towing our ‘Little Guy’ trailer. I was contemplating our campsite while standing in shin deep water…

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INTRODUCTION TO: PHOTOS

It was early evening and we decided to visit the Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, NC. I have always enjoyed old cemeteries and this one is especially beautiful with its green rolling hills, old Spanish Oak trees and lovely monuments.  I…

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WESTERN MUSEUM OF MINING AND INDUSTRY: Exit 156

  Traveling along I-25 South of Denver, you will pass by the: Western Museum of Mining and Industry, open since 1970.  It is located at Exit 156 and is just North of Colorado Springs. What a great place to get…

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