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Where RV Going And Why RV Traveling

My name is Carley and I started writing about my family’s adventures because I love traveling in my RV.

Howdy y’all and Happy New Year! I love this time of year. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is behind me and it’s a fresh start to a brand new year – so many possibilities. What better time to start thinking about and planning for the upcoming RV travel season, right?

My name is Carley and I started writing about my family’s adventures because I love traveling in my RV. I wanted to share the experiences and inspire others.

My family and I have been RVing since 2011. We are transplants from Texas and moved to the beautiful state of Washington in 2004. Exploring the great Pacific Northwest quickly became our passion.   Finally, we wised up and bought our first 24 foot travel trailer after enough time spent tent camping. We hit the road whenever we could. Retirement is a long way off and we decided we didn’t have to be full-timers to RV. We just had to be fun-timers! So, during the summer, Spring Break, or just about any time the kids have off from school, we hook up the trailer and my husband, my three boys and I head out. Whether we are going for a weekend or a week, I LOVE our second home. So much so, we upgraded to a 34 foot trailer this past summer! Our travels have taken us through 11 states so far: Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas.

I don’t know about you, but for me, RV travel equals freedom. I love the whole process of RVing. I really get excited thinking of new places to explore. I enjoy booking the RV sites. I even like packing up the trailer!

The real reward begins the moment my truck and trailer are pulling away from the driveway. Everything that is not important just fizzles away. Because, really, in the grand scheme of things, what’s really important to me is family and the time we spend together.

But my favorite thing about RVing is unplugging from all the devices and reconnecting as a family. We have that time to really check in with each other. We have conversations around the campfire. We take long walks through the forest. We rekindle our desire to explore and to see what’s up just ahead. I love how our boys can run around the campground, meeting new friends, riding their bikes, or simply playing catch. And I especially love how our boys are constantly learning while we are traveling (and they don’t even know it!).

We took our first long trip in 2013. We traveled for three weeks. And the greatest lesson I learned from that experience is that “stuff” is overrated. I didn’t miss my house, my closet full of clothes, not anything. What a great feeling! I mean really, how could I possibly miss anything when there are views like these to behold?

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Family photo at Snoqualmie Pass, Washington
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Our second home – 34′ travel trailer
Trail of Two Forests – Mt. St. Helens
Trail of Two Forests – Mt. St. Helens
McWay Falls, North of Big Sur, California
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My three boys with Mickey at Disneyland
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Hearst Castle, California
Tower of Babel, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Tower of Babel, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Family at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah
Family at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah

A Look Ahead

This year is going to be different. No more promises to change the way I eat or gym memberships. My New Year’s Resolution is going to be better. When my kids were babies, everyone would tell me time flies. I would politely smile and nod my head. I was always in a hurry for my oldest to accomplish that next milestone. But now I understand. I get it. He is almost 11 going on 16 and I wish I could put a rock on his head to slow this process down. Time does fly and the best resolution for me is to spend more quality time with my family – 2015 is the year of making more memories.

So this year, why not make a fun resolution? Make a plan to get out and see something new. Spend time exploring with your family and see just how easy it is to keep that pesky New Year’s Resolution this time!

Enjoy the road. God Bless.

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Carley Alexander

Carley Alexander