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The Boondock RV Culture

By     |    Jan 29, 2011
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As we wind-down our possessions and continue to plan for our temporary retirement, we’re discovering a lot of interesting things.  Most notably, the RV “boondockers” — RVers that camp off the grid.  Seems like a great idea! If you’re new to the concept, start with the Goin’ RV Boondocking blog.  Brian Gore’s daily posts are a fun read and provide great insight into the boondocking good life. We also grabbed […]

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Road Trip Gear — Want We’ll Take With Us To Car-Camp In Luxury

By     |    Nov 20, 2010
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Living out of a van will be tricky, even with us planning to visit nearly everybody we know.  Between visits, we’ll be car-camping and exploring less-populous locales searching for travel nirvana.  Fun favors the prepared, and here is what’s going to keep us fed, warm, and comfortable. © Lisa McNamara Coleman Stove We’ve made a lot of good meals over the campfire and on the backpacking stove, but neither are […]

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Choose Your Own Adventure With Mini-Retirement

By     |    Nov 13, 2010
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I heard about the mini-retirement idea from Tim Ferriss.  It’s smart.  The core premise is that you don’t need to be rich to live a rich life and you don’t need to be old to retire.  Instead of focusing on money, bank accounts, and IRAs, focus on: What you want to do. How long you want to do it. How much it will likely cost / how much you want […]

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Sleeping In A Car

By     |    Aug 21, 2010
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We did a bit of a test run last weekend — we drove out to visit Lisa’s parents in central New York.  On our way out, we stopped at a rest area to sleep a bit.  Lisa took the back seat, I leaned the passenger seat back, and we learned a few things: We knew that light (and privacy) would be an issue sometimes.  Boy is that true.  Creepy dudes […]

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Can We Be Soccer Moms?

By     |    Aug 2, 2010
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In my mind, the ideal vehicle is an old International Harvester Scout.  It gets about 40 MPG, has a queen bed in the back, and is a 2010 model of perfect reliability.  I have a cantilevered kitchen rigged up in the back with a 4-burner stove and oven.  I can’t seem to find this for sale on craigslist, nor can I seem to convince Lisa it may exist. photo credit: […]

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I’ve Always Wanted To Do That

By     |    Jul 29, 2010
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We’re slowly starting to share our plans.  The universal reply so far has been: “I’ve always wanted to do that.”  There’s usually a bit of silence then, followed quickly by a recommendation, tip, or travel idea … or all three.   Here’s what we’ve heard so far: Dave recommended a Toyota “Spaceship” — seems like a sweet ride to me.  I wonder if they sell those in Chicago. Amy shared […]

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The Basic Plan

By     |    Jul 16, 2010
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The most basic plan is that there is no plan.  We just want to see what happens and go wherever the hell we want.  But there are some plan details, some nuances, some qualifiers. We’ll be traveling alone, but plan to visit basically everyone we know — or as many friends as we can.  If you’re reading this, that probably means we want to visit you.  We’ll want to do […]

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Choosing The Perfect Road Trip Vehicle

By     |    Jul 8, 2010
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We’ve started debating vehicles.  We need space, speed, reliability, efficiency, comfort … everything.  But we really only have five criteria: Good gas mileage.  30 would be great.  We’re definitely not buying a car that gets 20.  50 is wishful thinking thanks to criteria #2. The ability to sleep in it (semi-comfortably).  We need to be able to lay down in it and sleep when we’re too lazy or unable to […]

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What Will We Do With All Our Stuff?

By     |    Jul 3, 2010
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Our 2-bedroom apartment if filled with … stuff.  There’s furniture and books and appliances and clothing and toys and electronics and blankets and rugs and spoons and knives and cups and magazines and pictures and paintings.  It’s everywhere.  But there are no children, no pets.  There are a few plants.  We can do this. We’ll sell the big stuff.  Goodbye, couch.  Adios, bed.  We’ll find you a new home on […]

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Here’s To Now

By     |    Jul 3, 2010
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It’s time for now.  Time to see things.  Time to watch things.  Time to go :::::: places.  We’ll see you shortly. Here’s to now! This song is from the movie 180° South — a great documentary about a Patagonian adventure.  Outside Magazine remarked: “It will make you quit your job.”  They may have been right.

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