We can't travel, but we can still make videos! While we’re all being victimized by the “COVID Clamp-Down,” we can use this down-time to learn a thing or two about the camping process… right? Take water, for instance. You’re newly-arrived at your campsite - the first thing to do after unhitching is to start hooking up to utilities (assuming you’re not dry-camping, that is). If you’re “glamping,” connecting to water and power is something you’ll want to learn how to do pretty quickly, and in this video, we’ll show you the process we follow and the products we use to get fresh water into the Aluminum Falcon.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Howdy, Happy Campers out there! Jessie here again with an update about what's happening with our travel plans these days. Let's face it - just about none of us anywhere are camping during these trying times lately, and I imagine that very few of us are happy about it. One week from today (as I'm writing this), Smokey and I were supposed to be pulling into Fort DeSoto Campground down in St. Petersburg, Florida for our only long trip of the year. We were oh-so looking forward to taking the new Aluminum Falcon on a lengthy adventure and finding lots of new and exciting things to see and do, and to make lots of video content to show all of you.
Well, so much for that! You all know that I'm an educator (an elementary school librarian, to be precise), and with schools everywhere shut down for the duration of this health crisis, I've been working extra hard preparing materials and arranging things for our students to engage in some Socially-Distant learning. Smokey being an administrator in healthcare means he's been working just as hard, if not harder, than usual, with no end in sight. Even if Florida's governor hadn't closed things down, chances are that neither of us would've been able to justify leaving our jobs in early April to take the trip as planned.
Certainly, we want everyone everywhere to be healthy and safe, and to not take unnecessary chances. We're human, though, so we can't help but be disappointed that current circumstances are preventing all of us from living our lives. Not only do we enjoy the few chances we get to go RV camping, we also enjoy making videos of our experiences to share with you, and we are thrilled beyond description that you seem to enjoy them. Sadly, there won't be as many of them over the coming weeks, however, and that just kills us!
We'll try to do a few things on our YouTube channel in April and May to let you know that we're still out here and still wanting to keep you engaged. Please don't forget about us while, like you probably are, we're all cooped up at home waiting for this crisis to end, and please keep following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, 'cause we'll still be posting there! We're hoping that our next scheduled trip, to Baker Creek State Park in mid-May, will still happen, and we can get back to doing some Livin' and Learnin'! Stay healthy, everybody!
Monday, March 23, 2020
It’s definitely a major life-decision - should YOU make the investment in a recreational vehicle? Why wouldn't you??? Well, to be fair, there are some decisions in life that definitely should NOT be “impulse” decisions, and deciding whether to purchase an RV certainly fits into that category. In this video, we share the thought process we followed when we first starting kicking around the idea of getting into the RV lifestyle. Take heed of our experience, fellow “noobs!”
Sunday, March 8, 2020
South Carolina's only State Resort Park was our destination for Aluminum Falcon 2.0's "shakedown cruise" over the Valentine's Day weekend. Less than fifty miles from our home, Hickory Knob was a great choice for a quick "run up the road" sort of trip to experience how hitching, towing, setting up and living in the new rig would be. Take a look and see how we spent our shortest RV trip to date (less than twenty-four hours!!) and what we thought of this campground on the shores of Strom Thurmond Lake.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
At long last, we present the Aluminum Falcon 2.0! (Well, to be fair, we've only owned the thing for eight weeks, so give us a break! 🙄) This much earlier-than-expected upgrade is almost surely all the RV we'll ever need... unless we hit the lottery or something! Take a look out our newest home-away-from-home, and see how Forest River is outfitting this "couples coach" model, which sits at the higher end in their Rockwood Mini Lite lineup. Now THIS is Glamping!!!
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Happy Sunday to all of you out there in "Noob Nation!" It's New-Video Sunday! In our latest YouTube video, we'll show you how we started the first day of the new year - by heading down to Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC for First Day Hike 2020! Ranger Mike Walker led almost a hundred hikers on a two-mile walk through the sand dunes and salt marshes of the Sandpiper Pond Trail, teaching us lots of things about the delicate environment and the wildlife and plant life that live there. Take a look at our day discovering yet another of South Carolina's terrific state parks! (Oh, and we'll tell you a little more about the NEW Aluminum Falcon...)
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Christmas vacation!! Well, the week AFTER Christmas, anyway. Off we go to Myrtle Beach State Park, South Carolina's first state park! We were smart enough to make our first visit to this great little island of wilderness in the heart of the Grand Strand during the off-season, so as to increase our chances of having some peace and quiet. We'll also show you the "Night of a Thousand Candles" out at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens, and even leave you hanging about a major life change that happened to us on this trip! Gotta get you to come back for the NEXT video, right...?