Life's Sweet Journey: 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Spooktacular Books to Read in October & a Book Giveaway

Raise your hand if you love October as much as I do?!
Sure, I like pumpkins and pirate costumes and pretty leaves; all that jazz! 
But, what I really love is all things spooky and Halloween inspired!

Books to Read in October

I have loved scary movies basically since birth, so a month full of them on tv makes my heart happy! I also love reading scary stories... where are my other 90s kids at?! Anyone else remember staying up late and scaring yourself by reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?! Honestly, it takes a lot to truly terrify me and I would usually fall immediately to sleep. However, there are a few books that kept me up on occasion. I figured I would share some of my spooktacular favorite books to enjoy in October!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Free Things to Do in Salt Lake City Utah || #TravelTuesday Link Up

Happy Travel Tuesday!! 
It's time for another #TravelTuesday Link Up! 
Add your adventures at the bottom of the post! 

I'm still playing catch up from our time on the road, 
so I am throwing it back to our time in Utah and sharing 

Free Things to Do Around Salt Lake City, Utah 

We were hoping to go see the salt flats while we were there, but those are actually over an hour away. There are tons of great things to do within 40 minutes of Salt Lake City that are worth checking out! 

I was blown away that this was free to enjoy! It's a park right in the heart of the city, with tons of things to explore and experience. You can check out the old farm and equipment, watch a blacksmith demonstration, hang with the farm animals, take the kids to the awesome playground, or stroll through the beautiful grounds. There are also things that you can do for a fee; like the old house tour and hay/cow train rides for any littles you bring with you. 

Free Things to Do in Salt Lake City Utah
Free Things to Do in Salt Lake City Utah
Free Things to Do in Salt Lake City Utah

#2 Natural History Museum of Utah 

Disclaimer: This is not always free, but they offer a four free days a year and we happened to be there during one of them. So if you live nearby, be sure to check the schedule

Babe loved the museum!! He likes to read everything, whereas I prefer to look and move on. The Natural History Museum of Utah was perfect for both of us. There was so much to see and so many fun, interactive exhibits that I could flit around from spot to spot, while he lingered and read up on everything there was to learn. The coolest thing to see was definitely the lab, where paleontologists were working on a t-rex fossil that had been found (paging Dr. Ross Geller)!! If you have a dino loving crew this is definitely the perfect spot for you. I really wanted to go to the zoo just down the road afterward, as our free ticket to the museum would have gotten us half off at the zoo, but Babe gave me a hard no (party pooper-lol). If you live in the area and can make use of the free day, you would definitely be able to make a full day out of it if the zoo is still offering half off admission. 

Natural History Museum of Utah
Free Things to Do in Salt Lake City Utah
Natural History Museum of Utah

I had been worried about how crowded it might be, but it honestly wasn't too bad at all! Parking was a bit of an issue, but we were able to find some on a side street, just a short walk from the museum. You preregister for tickets with an allotted time, so it keeps things from getting too crazed! 

#3 Day Trip to Park City and Utah Olympic Park   

While not right in Salt Lake City, Park City is just a 40 minute drive and makes such a wonderful day trip! The town is adorable and we loved walking in and out of the little shops. The best thing though is definitely Utah Olympic Park. We were hoping to catch some of the skiers training, but they had already been there that day. If you call they can give you a schedule of when people might be out training. It was still fun seeing all the runs and visiting the museum. There are also things you can do for a fee (ropes course, bobsled experience), but we had tons of fun without adding anything on.
Utah Olympic Park

We really loved exploring around Salt Lake City! 
What are some free things you love doing in your city?! 

Where have you been lately?! 
Link up for this month's Travel Tuesday Link Up! 
Let's explore together!! 
#TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up
~On the 2nd Tuesday of every month I will be sharing a new travel post and would love to see where you have been exploring!
~Any linked posts will be pinned under Travel Tuesday on my Pinterest account. 
~Please leave a little love on the post directly before yours and then anywhere else you like! That way we can all grow this community together :) 
~Not many other rules, as I am not a huge fan of those sorts of things! Just add any travel related link and I encourage you to peek around and see where everyone else has been. 
~Feel free to grab the image from the sidebar and add it to your post so others know where to link up.
~I will also be featuring my favorite post from the month before and sharing across social media. This month's feature is from Trails Unblazed and their hike to Wilcox Pass in Jasper National Park. Their stare down with the big horn sheep?! So cool! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October Currently and a Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seed Recipe

How in the world is it already October?! 
Well, however it got here, it's time for another Currently link up
Hello, October; bring on the fall feels (or Florida-Fall feels lol) and all the scary movies!! 

{Collecting} All the book recommendations!! I just finished Into the Water and absolutely LOVED it! Now, I need a new book to sink into... send all your recommendations my way!!! 

{Making} Pumpkin Seeds... every fall I stock up on pumpkins, so that I can make my beloved Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds. Can't wait to pop these bad boys in the oven ASAP!! 
Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Olive oil
Garlic Salt 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday Favorites and a #BOOKWORM GIVEAWAY!

Hey there FRIYAY!!
This week has been all kinds of crazy, so I am super stoked the weekend is here!! 
I plan to soak up as much vitamin D {and vitamin sea} as possible! 
Before I unplug for the weekend it's time for a little Friday Favorites fun!! 

Friday Favorite GIVEAWAY

ONE || I am still seven different kinds of in love with this suit! For the longest time I wouldn't wear a one piece {to me it was the ultimate sign of over 30}, but this suit is so fun and chic that I honestly feel younger in it! Also, one piece suits are so much easier for frolicking in the ocean with my nieces and nephews; which is the main reason I first decided a one piece was needed, so that my bottoms didn't accidentally get pulled off by little feet... again! 

TWO || Speaking of nieces and nephews... my dad has one of my nieces this weekend, while her mama is on a cruise (#jealous), and I am so excited to spend time with both of them! We had my littlest niece here a few weekend ago and the time with her was just the best. She lives the furthest away and is the one we get to see the least, so it was just a really sweet time having her here to snuggle!! 
Friday Favorites JBS boat dock

THREE || Things are moving along with Crimson House! The floors are almost done being refinished as I type this and we are so excited to see how it will all come together. We are hoping to be able to set a soft opening soon; nothing definite right now, but fingers crossed!! 

FOUR || Y'all!! Have you read Into the Water?! It is soooo good!! I have had the hardest time putting it down. I had never read Girl on the Train, so I didn't know much about Paula Hawkins or her writing style. If you enjoy Ruth Ware's books I really think you will like Paula Hawkins too! I am so close to the end and am really hoping I can still say I love Into the Water after once I am finish. Anyone else hate when a great book has a terrible ending and you are sitting there horrified and wanting the last week of your reading life back?! I really don't see that happening with this one, but you never know... 

Into the Water GIVEAWAY

If you haven't read it yet, I am giving away my copy to one of you!! Share the love, right?! Join below! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway That's it for now, what are some of your favorites from this week?! 
Any good reads to recommend?! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Fun in Quincy Washington || #TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up

Yay!! We are back in action!! 
Happy #TravelTuesday fellow adventure-lovers! 
If you have taken part in a #TravelTuesday Link Up before, thank you for being patient the last few months! I am happy to say it is now back! So don't forget to add your adventures at the end of this post! 
#TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up

It had been a whirlwind around here recently! I am finally getting settled back into the swing of things and have time to start catching up on all of our travels. It was a wonderful two final months of road-life and I can't wait to share everywhere we have been. One of those great spots was Quincy, Washington! 

Y'all did you know Washington had such a fabulous wine region?! I had no idea! We spent our time in Quincy checking out the local wineries and bike riding past tons of cherry trees. Check out the beauty...

Our stay at Crescent Bar RV resort was perfect! Not only does the park include tons of amenities (pool, biking trails, adults only hot tub...), but it is located near a handful of fabulous wineries. While we didn't have a chance to try them all we were able to go to Jones of Washington and Beaumont Cellars.  Both were wonderful and worth a try! 

If you are a fellow wine-lover you definitely need to pay a visit to Quincy, Washington! 
Have you ever had Washington wine?! 

Where have you been lately?! 
Link up for this month's Travel Tuesday Link Up! 
Let's explore together!! 
#TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up
~On the 2nd Tuesday of every month I will be sharing a new travel post and would love to see where you have been exploring!
~Any linked posts will be pinned under Travel Tuesday on my Pinterest account. 
~Please leave a little love on the post directly before yours and then anywhere else you like! That way we can all grow this community together :) 
~Not many other rules, as I am not a huge fan of those sorts of things! Just add any travel related link and I encourage you to peek around and see where everyone else has been. 
~Feel free to grab the image from the sidebar and add it to your post so others know where to link up.
~I will also be featuring my favorite post from the month before and sharing across social media. This month's feature is from Away She Went and her trip to Sedona, AZ. We didn't make it to Sedona while we were on the road and hope to get to visit soon. Until then, we will live vicariously though Sam's trip! 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Life Lately || Goodbye Full-Time RV Life and Hello Crimson House

Welp, it has officially been over 2 months since I last posted and A LOT had changed! So I figured no better time to jump back into the swing of things than with a Currently post all tied together with a 5 on Friday! If you follow along on IG then you know we are no longer traveling full-time; we are still in the RV for now while we figure out our next steps, but here is what life is looking like around these parts....

{STARTING} The next chapter in our journey! We actually arrived back in Florida a little over a month ago and it has been a whirlwind. I tried to jump right into things, thinking "just conquer the change head on and roll with", but I took a much longer break than planned, because I finally realized I needed time to just digest everything, reset and figure out what this new normal will look like. We haven't got it all figured out just yet, but isn't that the fun of it?! For someone who doesn't do well with change I have definitely brought a lot into our lives lately.

Friday, June 22, 2018

5 on Friday: Beat the Summer Heat

Happy Friday!!
Yesterday was the first official day of SUMMER!! 
My Florida heart is definitely a summer-lover. 
The warmth, the sunshine, the toes-in-the-sand, flamingo-in-the-sea fun of it all...
It's like music to my soul. 

But we all know, summer is also HOT! 
We are currently in Idaho, where the weather is cool; after being in cooler climates recently I know the wave of heat will hit hard when we eventually roll back into Florida, but I am already well-prepared and looking forward to finding all the glorious ways to beat the summer heat! 

{ONE || New Suits} 
I am the worst at hoarding suits. I think I just threw out one that I have had since high school. Anyways, I was determined to get a few new suits this year and wanted at least one to be a one-piece. I am also on a budget, so didn't want to pay anymore than $15 per suit. So when I saw Christina share a one-piece bathing suit she found on Amazon for just $10 I knew I had to order one. I loved her white palm frond print, but white around me just doesn't stay shiny long. So I went for the black floral print instead. While on that page it led me to another similar suit, which was just as cute! I won't be able to try them on until we get back to Florida (since that is where I am currently still shipping everything), so here's to hoping they fit as well as she said hers did! 

{TWO || Strong SPF} 
If the high-school me could see the way the 30 year old me applies sunscreen I am sure her eyes would pop right out of her head! When I was younger I would lather on the SPF 4, save the SPF 15 for my face, and call it a day. I was all about that tan! These days I am all about living the wrinkle-free (or at least that "fight getting more wrinkles") life. If only someone would have told my younger self that she was causing these "wrinkle things" with that tan! Now I am all about some good, STRONG sun protection. However, sunscreen has a way of drying out my skin; which is why I am LOVING Hydro Boost gel lotion from Neutrogena. It keeps me protected, with the added benefits of helioplex, while also giving my skin the hydration it needs to not dry out. Here's to some happy, healthy sunning! 

{THREE || Solid A.C.} 
Y'all! Our poor camper, she had been in dire need of a new A.C. and we didn't even know! We spent the winter without turning on the A.C. once; which would have been unheard of had we still been in Florida. It wasn't until we hit Arizona, well into the spring, that we realized something was wrong with the A.C. The fan would blow, but no cold air would come out. It was manageable for a while, since it still cooled down at night. But after a few sleepless nights in Utah we realized something had to be done. With RV air conditioning units it costs just as much, and in this case, a whole not more to fix or recharge them then it does to just get a new one. Babe was determined to tackle the project on his own to save us the cost and give himself a project. We found a compatible A.C. unit on Amazon and he set to work. I think Mr. Fix-It did pretty dang well! Yay for cool air! 

{FOUR || Yummy Hydration} 
Anyone else terrible about drinking water?! If only my poolside sangria counted as hydration! I am so bad about staying hydrated and my body pays for it (hence the dry skin). Well, I have discovered a love for coconut water and it has made ALL THE DIFFERENCE! I down that stuff like, well, water... not only is it super hydrating it also encourages me to drink regular water, because I will usually make a little "water cocktail" to stretch the coconut water. I started off drinking the VitaCoco flavored with pineapple, as I didn't always love the taste of coconut. VitaCoco was the only kind I could drink for a while, now I don't discriminate and I am a purest. Just coconut water, no flavors. I will fill my cup with half coconut water, half regular water, and usually add a frozen strawberry to the mix to enjoy as a little snack to reward myself for finishing my water. I am alllll about some #treatyoself! Another fun mix in: fresh basil and lime! It may or may not also make a yummy addition to mixed drinks ("I'm gunna rehydrate, while I dehydrate")! 

{FIVE || Splish Splash} 

We are heading back east in the next few weeks, so I know the temps are only going to rise! Which is why I plan to find any body of water I can and spend as much time as possible soaking in the gloriousness that is all things blue! We have loved exploring the US (the midland mountains, the beauty of the west coast, and now the northern greens), but I never realized how much I would long for a body of water that I could actually get into. So far everywhere we have been has water to cold to immerse yourself into. It's almost been a tease! It looks so inviting, but one toe in and we're talking popsicles. East coast, I'm coming for you! 

Are you just as excited as I am that summer is here?! 
How do you plan to beat the heat?! 
Let me know in the comments! 

**Disclaimer: A portion of this post was sponsored by BrandBacker and I received free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

#TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up

Welp, it's time for another #TravelTuesday Link Up and I'm here again empty handed; 
not because we haven't been exploring, 
but because I have been terrible with time management and haven't gotten my 'ish together! 
Which is the reason I am all the more excited to see where you all have been this month! 
Travel Tuesday Travel Blogger Link up #TravelTuesday

We have been doing some exploring along the Pacific Coast, which you can see a peek of in our June Currently post!
Until I can get everything organized and fully put together that's all I've got for now... 

Where have you been lately?! 
Link up for this month's Travel Tuesday Link Up! 
Let's explore together!! 
#TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up
~On the 2nd Tuesday of every month I will be sharing a new travel post and would love to see where you have been exploring!
~Any linked posts will be pinned under Travel Tuesday on my Pinterest account. 
~Please leave a little love on the post directly before yours and then anywhere else you like! That way we can all grow this community together :) 
~Not many other rules, as I am not a huge fan of those sorts of things! Just add any travel related link and I encourage you to peek around and see where everyone else has been. 
~Feel free to grab the image from the sidebar and add it to your post so others know where to link up.
~I will also be featuring my favorite post from the month before and sharing across social media. Babe and I have been talking about cruising just about every other day! We LOVE to cruise and usually go at least once a year, but haven't since we've been on this full-time RV adventure. We are missing the high seas! May's favorite is Momma To Go's post about her time on Holland America. We usually opt for the bigger ships too and have never sailed with Holland America, so her review has us wondering if maybe we should give it a go! Which cruise lines do you tend to sail with?! 
Travel Blogger Link Up Feature || Momma To Go

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

June Currently and Kindle Unlimited Recommendations

June, Y'all!! 
How is it already June?!
We have been on the road 7 months now and that thought is blowing my mind! 
Linking up with Anne for some June Currently fun today!

{Traveling} Up the Pacific North Coast!! We have finally made it clear across the US of A. We started in Orlando, FL and made it to the California coast on Memorial Day; which I found pretty fitting since I have spent almost every Memorial Day on the beach (granted on the east coast), with my toes in the sand. After being land locked for over 6 months it was definitely good for my lungs to breathe in that salty air! We made it to Oregon last week and head up into Washington tomorrow. Hoping to make it to Seattle midweek. Stealing a ton of ideas from Amanda's trip, but would love to know your Seattle faves if you have been! What do we need to see?! 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Can you Hike The Narrows in Chacos? Zion National Park, St. George KOA and Other Life Tidbits

Happy Friday! 
Or should we just call it for what it is?! PostDay! 
Since Friday seems to be the only day I can get a post up! 

We may have some changes coming our way (more on that soon), but for now we are spending a little less time on the blog and RoadTalk videos and more time soaking in all of the road life that we can. I had all these huge plans to share new videos from our time in Zion and the Grand Canyon (basically the same thing I said last week lol), but those will have to wait for another time! 

Instead I figured I would share just a little peek at what life has looked like lately; so here's a little 5 on Friday fun! 

Can You Hike the Narrows in Chacos? Grand Canyon

One || Grand Canyon

We got SUPER lucky with this one! When we were on the eastern side of the US we were having no issues finding spots to park. Even if one campground happened to be booked (which wasn't often), there would be another not far away that had availability. NOT the case with the western half of the US of A! To stay even near the Grand Canyon (on the outskirts) meant still being a good bit away from the canyon itself. We really wanted to stay in the heart of the park! We had a window of three days that were open on the website and within the amount of time it took us to verify that those days worked for our schedule (and check to see if we would be able to get a cell signal strong enough the teach from) they were gone. We tried calling; no luck. We waited a day and, miracles-of-miracles, we were able to secure two days at one price and then a third day (in a row), that had to be booked separately at a different price. It was a lot of work to get us there, but boy did it pan out?! The Grand Canyon truly is GRAND!! We had been out west for a while once we planned this and were thinking, "will it really be that much more grand then the canyons and cliffs we have been seeing?!" IT WAS!! 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Things to Do and Where to Eat in Kanab, Utah

Happy Friday Friends! 

I am sooo behind on sharing, I don't even know what to begin with. We explored Zion, we've visited Grand Canyon National Park, and hit up spots in between. I am working on our national park videos and will have those ready to share soon. Until then, I figured I would share our time in Kanab, Utah! 

We originally went to Kanab with the plan for it to be home base to explore both Zion and Bryce Canyon (which are each about an hour away); however, we quickly discovered that Kanab has a ton of awesomeness of it's own to offer. We ended up sticking close to Kanab for the week we were there, while we waited on a new AC to arrive for Delilah the Dream Machine

Here's a little peek at everything that Kanab has to offer: 
Kanab Utah Where to Eat Things to Do

Cave Exploring 

Kanab has a cave system, right off of Highway 89, that can be explored for free. There is also Moqui Cave, which is a cave turned museum that can be toured for a small fee. We walked into Moqui Cave, but decided not to pay and opted to try for the caves that can be explored on your own. Situated between Moqui Cave and the turn off for Best Friends Animals Sanctuary, you can't miss the outcropping of cave entrances situated about halfway up the cliffs. In order to access them you simply find a pull-off on the side of the ride and take a short trail to the base of the cliffs to make your way up and across. There is no designated spot telling you where to go up. Thanks to advice on the Outbound site, we knew to approach from the far left. Definitely heed this advice! Trying to scale the cliff face would be way too hard. You can get up the cliff easily from the left and then approach the cave entrances from the top. The Kanab caves were awesome! They were far deeper than I expected them to be and we were blown away by how beautiful it was! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Should you Book a Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Dwellings Tour? || #TravelTuesday Link Up

Happy Tuesday fellow travel lovers! 
It's time for another link up! Any travel related fun going on in your world? 
Head to the blue "add your link" button at the bottom of this post to add any travel related blog post (old of new) so that we can adventure together. 

This month I am sharing our time at Mesa Verde National Park!! We were there just over two weeks ago and had such a great time exploring the park and surrounding areas. A trip to Mesa Verde National Park is truly a trip back in time (and no, not just back to the 1980s, which is apparently the look I was going for that day; lol). 

Mesa Verde National Park is home to Pueblo cliff dwellings. Many of the original pueblo structures date back to 650 AD. These earlier dwellings can be found at the top of the cliffs and can be viewed by a drive through the park, with many stopping points to hit along the way. It wasn't until the early 1100s that they began building the dwellings inside the cliffs themselves. These pueblo cliff dwellings are some of the most well preserved dwellings still visited today. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May Currently & a Giveaway

Happy May! 
Spring finally seems to be here. 
Being from Florida I am pretty much used to just about one season, but now that we are traveling full-time it has been so strange to experience this thing people call winter! 
Linking up for a May Currently! Here is a peek at our world right now:

{Celebrating} Adding a new state to our count; HELLO, UTAH!! And checking a big one off the bucket list... a post about our time at the Grand Canyon coming soon...

{Creating} A YouTube video from our time in Mesa Verde. I am running a bit behind this week and it's not up in time for Road Talk Tuesday, but you can catch last week's adventure in Grand Junction, Colorado! It was an awesome week filled with great hikes and yummy wine... 

We are so close to hitting 500 subs!! Will you be number 500?! We would love your support as we try to grow this little space!! 

Friday, April 20, 2018

5 on Friday & Giveaway Fun!

Happy Friday Friends!! 
We've been bouncing around right and left the past few weeks, so I feel like I would play a little catch up around here with some Five on Friday randomness! 
Here's a little peek at what's been going on around here lately... 

Telluride Scenery

We're LOVING ColoRADo!! 

If you read last week's post, then you know we are currently in Colorado. The scenery out here is incredible!! We are currently at an RV park near Mesa Verde National Park. Unfortunately, the cell service out here can be hit or miss. Since we work on the road we have had to be very careful about where we stay. We found a park that claimed to have decent cell reception and wifi; however, that ended up not being the case and we had to quickly move parks. Our current view is a car wash, so while it isn't a winning view, we are at least able to work (which keeps gas in the truck, so ultimately I guess it is a win). We are going back into the national park this morning to do a tour of the cliff dwellings and we are pretty pumped!! We will share more about Mesa Verde NP soon, but for now our number one tip would be to make sure you plan at least two days if you are going to visit. The tour tickets for the day can run out really early. We were in the park by 11 on Wednesday (during off-season) and there were no tickets left. Thankfully we were staying, but there were others who were pretty bummed because they were only there for the day. You can still see the cliff dwellings without a tour ticket, but you can only go into them with a ticket and guide (cost is $5 per person). 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring Skiing at Steamboat Resort and Old Town Hot Springs || #TravelTuesday Link Up

Happy Travel Tuesday Wednesday Y'all!! 
It's time for another link up... a day late! 
I'm beginning to think I should call this link up #WanderlustWednesday, but either way, you know the drill... add any travel related post to the blue "add your link" button at the bottom! 

We've been in Colorado for about two weeks now and are LOVING it! When a friend gifted us with free lift tickets to Steamboat we booked it northwest just as quick as we could! We are now further east (almost to Utah) in a town called Grand Junction and are enjoying the warmer days and gorgeous, other worldly (at least for these Florida-natives) hikes. We will be sharing those soon, but Steamboat Springs can't be passed up. Here's why we loved it so much...
Spring Skiing at Steamboat Springs Resort

Steamboat Springs Is Easily Accessible 

This was the first time driving hauling Delilah the Dream Machine up really high inclines, so we were very grateful that it's pretty easy to get into Steamboat from I-70! The resort was also so gracious and allowed us to park in their lot overnight, when we found out we wouldn't be able to stay at the state park we were planning on. This is not customary and probably won't work during busy season, but it never hurts to call and ask. We pulled into their overflow late after the runs were closed on Sunday, were able to walk to the gondola that took us to the top of the mountain to ski Monday, and we're gone once the slopes closed at the end of the day. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

6 Hours in St. Louis || Things to Do in St. Louis Missouri

Happy Friday!! I'm just over here singing... 
"Meet me in St. Louis, Loius, meet me at the fair; 
don't tell me the lights are shining any place but there." 
Anyone else's mom sing this to them as a lullaby?! No, just me?
Honestly, I have never seen the movie it came from, but I love Judy Garland so maybe I should. Anywho...

We had plans to head south through New Orleans and Texas, making a slow journey to Colorado. However, we decided to head to Colorado earlier than planned, to try get in some spring skiing, and started booking it west with the quickest route we could find. This route happen to lead us right through St. Louis and we were able to spend a day exploring the "Gateway to the West"! More accurately we were able to spend just 6 hours exploring it! We were staying at a state park about 45 minutes away from downtown St. Louis, and because we teach in the mornings, we weren't able to leave the camper until just before noon. 

We had originally only planned for two definite stops; the Gateway Arch and then do the Anheuser Busch Brewery tour and were going to spend the rest of our time stumbling across different spots and enjoying a long lunch somewhere. Well, that plan quickly changed when someone reminded us about the City Museum. So instead, we skipped lunch and crammed as much as we could into our 6 hour window. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

5 Reasons Cracker Barrel is a Full-Time RVers Boondocking Bestie

We did it!! 
We earned our boondocking in a parking lot badge! 
Ok, so as far as I know there are no actual full-time RV life badges, but there should be. 

Anyways, we spent this past Sunday night parked in a Cracker Barrel parking lot overnight and absolutely loved it!! I know what you might be thinking, "but, it's just a parking lot!" To me it is so much more. One, our night in the Cracker Barrel parking lot was our first night boondocking in Delilah the Dream Machine; two, the ambiance was actually perfect for a wonderful night's sleep. Here are 5 reasons we think boondocking at Cracker Barrel is an amazing component to full-time RV life.... 

Cracker Barrel for Full-Time Rvers

Cracker Barrel: The Bed and Breakfast for RVers

We actually ate two different meals at this specific Cracker Barrel. We pulled into the lot, after a long day of driving, and went in to grab dinner before tucking in for the night. We also made sure to introduce ourselves to the manager, just to let staff know we would be staying overnight. The staff was so hospitable and accommodating. The next morning, we woke up and went back in for a huge breakfast to fuel us for the next 6 hour leg of our trip out West. Cracker Barrel now offers specialty coffee beverages and we loved adding a little oomph to our coffee game with a caramel and mocha latte.