Sunday, March 17, 2019

Five Cold-and-West RV Lessons Learned (so far...)

In retrospect, we probably began our RVing life at the worst possible time of year - late summer.  Our first "mission" with the Aluminum Falcon to Lake Greenwood State Park, was a glorious time.  We had never towed a travel trailer to a campground, never set up a campsite, never had to deal with things like water hookups and propane-powered refrigerators.  However, the weather was fantastic - warm and dry, with pleasant breezes coming off Lake Greenwood, and lots of natural scents and sights to enjoy as we lounged and relaxed.

That didn't last, though. Fall/Winter 2018/19 in the American South was INCREDIBLY cold and rainy, and our next four camping trips were plagued with drenching rains, blistering cold, or some combination of both! We have tried to find the proverbial "silver lining" in all this by convincing ourselves that we now know lots of things about how to camp in BAD weather, and now that springtime approaches, we'll have even more fun going forward learning about camping in GOOD weather!!

Another benefit is that you dear folks get to learn from our experience! In this video on our YouTube channel, we tell you about five cold-and-wet lessons we've lived through and learned about dealing with dreary camping weather:

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The ANGRIEST RV vlog Ever Recorded!

Well, sometimes the best-laid travel plans just don't work out. In our latest video, you'll see how our trip to take the Aluminum Falcon back to the dealer for some maintenance was only partially successful. You may also see Smokey blow his stack... EEK!!!

Friday, March 1, 2019

New Month, New Updates!

Hey, Happy Campers!  Today's post is just a "status update," to let you know that, just because the world at large considers this time of year to be the camping "off-season," we still have some things going on.

We got the Aluminum Falcon up to Camping World in Spartanburg last week for his planned maintenance.  Of course, we had to leave him there for a while, as we expected, but we intended to spend the weekend in a hotel in Spartanburg and do some other things while we were there.  Note I said "intended" - that didn't work out so well...

However, it did provide some fodder for our next YouTube video!  Keep your eyes open this Sunday, when our latest video mis-adventure will debut, and you'll get to see for yourself how we adapted to everything from Mother Nature to the Lodging & Hospitality industry working against us.

We haven't pinned down a date for running over to Congaree National Park, as the afore-mentioned Mother Nature seems determined to never again allow the Southern U.S. to see a sunny weekend.  When it happens, we'll let you know.  St. Augustine is still firmly on the calendar, though!

Again, check back either here or on the YouTube channel this Sunday for the new video, and be sure to subscribe to the channel, and share it with others! It's easily found at YouTube.com/LiveNLearnRV.  

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Mission 005 - Aiken State Park, or as we call it, "Camp Spooky"

Peace and quiet. These are just two of the many things RV camping can offer, depending on where and when you go. Can there be such a thing as TOO MUCH peace and quiet? Well, check out the video for our recent long weekend at Aiken State Park for the answer.



Again, we won't be doing any camping in February or March, but there will be travels (of sorts) and news to report, so keep your eyes peeled for more words here!

Friday, February 15, 2019

MAJOR MILESTONE!!!

Hey, Happy Campers everywhere! Jessie here, and Smokey and I want to share this milestone with all of you! One hundred subscribers on our YouTube channel! It is mind-boggling that anybody at all is interested in our adventures, let alone a hundred somebodies! 

When we started this blog and the YouTube channel, our goal was to prove to ourselves, and by extension to others, that getting into the "RV lifestyle" did not necessarily mean selling your home and all worldly possessions and roaming the country in a large motorhome. We wanted to prove that it is possible to be "normal," continue to have a home and a job, and still experience RV camping and learn about some  our country's natural wonders. At least one hundred people are Livin' and Learnin' right along with us, so why don't you come along, too?

If you haven't subscribed, please head over to YouTube.com/LiveNLearnRV and hit that red "subscribe" button, so YouTube will know that you're interested in what we have to say, and click the bell-shaped icon so you'll get notifications whenever we upload a new video.  

...and again, THANK YOU to you (first) one hundred folks out there! 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

See the "Aluminum Falcon," Inside and Out!

RV Camper Tour! In our latest YouTube video, you finally get to learn all about the "Aluminum Falcon," our home-away-from-home! We'll show you our Rockwood Mini Lite 1905G, a 19-foot travel trailer, which is the basis for our philosophy that you don't necessarily need a Giganto Fifth-Wheel or massive motorhome to get into RV camping!



Even though we won't be taking on any new travel "missions" in the "Falcon" until closer to springtime, don't forget that there will be more content coming here throughout February and March, so keep checking in on us!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

New Year, New Travel Plans!

Hey, fellow Campers!  Jessie here again!  As the new year unfolds, we've made plans for a handful of camping trips, and we want to keep you apprised of our itinerary so you'll know what sort of "travel tales" to expect.  Here goes: 

  • This coming weekend, we'll spend a little closer to home, at Aiken State Park. It's a fairly secluded state park, primarily known for canoeing on the nearby Edisto River. We won't be getting into the water, though (especially in late-January!). 

  • In February, we'll be taking the Aluminum Falcon up to Camping World of Spartanburg so the folks there can take care of a few bug-a-boos we've discovered, and get it done well in advance of our one-year warranty expiring!

  • While it technically won't be an "RV" trip, we hope to take a day-trip over to Congaree National Park down below Columbia, SC in mid-March.  It is, after all, South Carolina's only National Park, and we sort of feel obligated to patronize it - and of course, we WANT to patronize it! Since it doesn't have RV campsites, we'll let the Falcon save it's "energy" for April...


  • ...when we'll embark on one of our biggest adventures yet! We'll spend the first week of April in St. Augustine, Florida!  We'll stay at an RV resort down there and experience all sorts of local sites, local historical attractions, and local cuisine! 


We'll provide more details as these dates approach, and more stories and pictures after the dates pass!  Stay tuned!