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Umbrella Stand for RVs

DIY campground umbrella holder.

Umbrella Stand for Campgrounds

August 31, 2021 – Shane

A picnic table can always use a little shade. Our quick and easy DIY umbrella holder keeps you out of the sun and rain.

A little shade on the picnic table can sure be nice. We’ve used pop-up canopies and screen rooms before, but they take forever to set up and take down. We wanted something quick and easy that we didn’t dread dealing with. Something that could be brought down quickly when the weather reared its head. One day we found an end-of-the-season clearance on patio umbrellas and grabbed one.

Our new umbrella shading where our dog, Tucker, likes to nap.

Normally, we would have bought an umbrella base, but that isn’t a good option when you’re on the road. Not only do the cheap ones start at $30 and top out around $150, but they weigh 25 pounds or more and take up a lot of room. Rv’ers are painfully aware of two things: weight and space. So this was going to take a bit of creativity.

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HireMeGlyphs – Stealth Marketing

Rv and Truck detailers can find work with this 3m reflective vinyl decal.

HireMeGlyphs –
Stealth Marketing

August 17, 2021

Let’s find out more about HireMeGlyphs, one of the many products offered by Wander and Reflect….

Problem-solving has always been an ace-in-the-hole skill for Shane Green, creator, and developer of HireMeGlyphs. There have been plenty of opportunities for him to problem solve since hitting the road full-time.

HireMeGlyphs is a new and innovative way for RV’ers to market their employable skills outside the usual realm of advertising.

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22 Funny Camping Memes

22 Funny Camping Memes

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle
August 17, 2021

We are sharing 22 of our favorite camping memes. We hope they will bring a smile to your face, a chuckle to your soul, or a nod of “yes, been there, done that”.

Safe travels, Kate

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Our Top 8 Reasons Why We Love RV Life

Our Top 8 Reasons Why
We Love RV Life

“Not all who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien
August 15, 2021

Eagle Harbor, Michigan on Lake Superior

We love full-time RV life. Here are 8 reasons why (in no particular order):

1. The shorter amount of time it takes to clean our 355 square foot home vs. our sticks ‘n bricks before. A shorter amount of time to clean = more time to explore, enjoy, and relish the moments.

Love having a smaller space to clean.

2. The ability to chase 70-degree weather or your preferred temperature whenever you want. This is the motto of almost every full-time RVer. Everyone wants to chase the good weather and skip the bad weather.

Lake Superior Coast in the Upper Peninsula

3. Experiencing local cuisine. We have had pasties in Michigan, Italian beef at Portillo’s in Chicago, crawfish and gumbo in Louisiana, tenderloins in Illinois, and a wide menu in between. If you have never been to a Louisiana crawfish boil, find your way to a local’s backyard, push up those sleeves, and enjoy.

Illinois tenderloin sandwich
Louisiana crawfish boil
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“Off The Beaten Path Studio Tour” – Mountain View, Arkansas

“Off The Beaten Path Studio Tour ”
Mountain View, Arkansas

15 Tips to Maximize Your Adventure
“Off The Beaten Path Studio Tour”
August 5, 2021

Tucked away in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, you will find Mountain View. A community of 2,900 people whose economy primarily stems from tourism related to being the ‘Folk Capital of the World’. They strive to uphold traditions of folk music and culture that were common in days gone by.

One of the facets of Mountain View and the surrounding area is the artists and artisans that call this part of Arkansas home. Once a year, participating private studios open their doors for a special event. While it is rare in this area, it is more common and known in larger communities and cities as ‘art walks’. This ‘art walk’ is by vehicle and is recognized by its title “Off The Beaten Path Studio Tour”.

This is a unique way to admire and enjoy not only the local talents, but to discover the mountains, backroads, valleys, and nature that endears so many to this area.

“Off The Beaten Path Studio Tour” will take place in 2021 on September 17, 18, and 19. This will be their 20th anniversary.

A promotional picture of the 2021 tour showcasing a sample of each artist or artisan. (source: Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour Facebook page)
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Alligators, Wildlife, Oh My!

“Alligators, Wildlife, Oh My! “

8 Tips to Maximize Your Experience on Pintail Drive
August 3, 2021

In the wildlife-rich bayous of Southwest Louisiana, a simple drive down LA-27 towards the Gulf of Mexico from Lake Charles takes you by a gem that will wow young and old alike. It is a 9,621-acre area full of wildlife, alligators, and migratory birds. Officially known as Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, Pintail Drive, and Boardwalk. This refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and is open year-round. There is no fee to enter this drive-thru experience. A simple entrance sign indicates the location. Pull in, drive slowly and start your adventure. Oh, and have your camera or phone ready to take pictures.

Shortly after entering the one-way road, a parking area is present for a boardwalk stroll through the wetland. At the time of this blog (August 2021), the boardwalk was closed due to damage from 2020 hurricanes that battered the area. Hopefully, it will reopen soon, as walking on the boardwalk through the wetlands is a genuine experience.

Alligator enjoying life in Southern Louisiana
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