The Journey

We just put a video up to talk about our journey.  We are looking at establishing direction with the YouTube Channel and as we study and learn what it takes to produce content for the channel we also are trying to refine our audience.  We don’t know what that looks like yet.  While one of our goals is to share our journey with everyone, we also want to maintain focus on the RV community and helping new RVers discover the joy that it brings.  It is our Happy Place!
So if you have not checked it out yet.. please consider it.  Subscriptions are totally Free!
Thanks for coming along the journey with us!

A Story to tell

16722865_10210896369138704_8453717804084474142_oWe all have a story.  It may not seem interesting or spectacular, in fact to you it may seem very ordinary.  For most of us we try to have as normal or ordinary life as we can, but still with that there is a story.
The story of your family, your friends, significant events in our lives all shape the story of our lives.  When I was young (as many of you) there was no such thing as an internet. You learned about someones story when they wrote a book or you saw a documentary or TV special about them.  Now we have blogs, Youtube channels, and anyone can Google your name and learn a bit about you and your story.  It seems that more and more people want to share their story with the world.  This is something that takes getting used to, especially for folks of my parents generation.  Us 50 somethings seem to be adjusting to this new found world of story telling.  I follow some blogs and YouTube channels of folks my age that are sharing their stories.  At first it was a bit strange that my generation was into this.  For about 7 years I had a blog that was specific to Scouting.  I have since taken it down for various reasons, namely I found it hard to respond to negative comments and online bashing.  Not to say I have a thin skin, rather, I have a low tolerance of stupid and wasting my time.  And so I shut it down to allow a bit of sanity to come back to my online experience.  So I can see why “Older” folks tend to maybe shy away from putting their stories out there.
With this blog, Teresa and I are willing to share our journey with the hope that a path to happiness will create that in others.  We want to share our experiences and the story that comes along with creating a happy life.
Look around, there is so much negativity and division in our world, telling our stories about the journey to a happier life may just change some of that.
I find great joy in watching other families share their stories.  They tend to keep it positive and it restores some hope that there are communities out there that seek a better life.  It is fun to watch as these amateur story tellers are refining “Movie making” and story telling.  It is great to watch and learn from them and yep.. copy their styles.
I initially got the idea to talk with Teresa about sharing our story from watching Mark and Trish from the Keep Your DayDream blog and YouTube channel.  They took us on some epic journeys in the last couple years and inspire a better style of living for what is most important.  And then there is RVDaydream, just a couple empty nesters that have made a decision to live simple, travel, and share their adventure with us.  I think that I really relate to this couple.  They are our age, common interests, and have an honest, non polished approach to their story telling.
Our story is a simple one.  We are at that age when life is good.  I have recently retired, Teresa has a flexible job, the kids are all grown, and we are now Grandparents.  We are simplifying our lives and focusing on what is most important to us.  Fun, Travel, and Adventure are a part of our lives because we can and want to.  And we want to share that story.  It may not be refined or polished, but it is ours and ours to share.
We hope that you find something in our story that will inspire you to share yours.  We hope that you share it and be apart of this growing community… event those of us on the edge of learning new technology and ways to tell and share our stories.
YouTube Channels that I subscribe to:
Less Junk, More Journey
Keep Your Day Dream
Long Long Honeymoon
You, Me, & The RV
I Love RV Life
Less House More Living
I’m Not Lost, I’m RVing
Most of these Youtube channels also have accompanying blogs and websites.  I encourage you to check them out and give them a like and subscribe to their channels. They put a bunch of work into their videos and sites.  And I get a lot out of their channels, you may also find some value in paying them a visit.
Let me know what you think.  Are you sharing your story?  Leave a comment and if you would..share our story with your friends.
Thanks for coming along!

The BIG 5 LIST-Place we MUST go to Camp

As we start planning for future adventures in our RV we have a “Bucket List” of places that we really want to go to and camp.
Places we have not been to and places that we hear so much about that we absolutely must go to.
Here are five of our MUST go places.
barns_grand_tetons1.  Grand Tetons.  This has been on our list to go to for some time.  Being in the Northwest it is not that far and all I hear is that the views are amazing!  Can’t wait to get to the Grand Tetons.
Photo Credit: Jon Sullivan, PD Photo. The John Moulton Barn on Mormon Row at the base of the Grand TetonsWyoming.
bryce-canyon-13928152.  Bryce Canyon.  Again a place that is not to far from home, but a location that promises to have lots to see and do.  The views are spectacular and I hear the entire area is majestic.  This makes our top 5 list as a must see and real soon.
pho_722008159_013.  Florida Keys and Disney World.  We are Disney People.. Love the Magic Kingdom and we have never been to Disney World.  We would love to stay at the Ft. Wilderness RV park at Disney and then travel down to the Keys.  Again, the scenery is amazing and the trip would take us from the Pacific Northwest to the Southern Tip of the Country.  This would be an epic journey and we can’t wait to get on the road for this one.  We are actually planning this Trip right now for 2022 to celebrate our 30th Anniversary while we are there.
4.  New England in the Fall.  This is a place that offers a lot to see and do and a part of the Country that we have never really been to.  I have always wanted to venture in the New England area and see the wonderful landscape of the region.  I suppose one can see that our list is pretty much about the scenery.  We live in a Country that is absolutely gorgeous and we want to see it from the RV.
5.  Alaska.  The Great Land!  I was stationed in Alaska while in the Army and fell in love with this monster of a State.  It is massive and wondrous.  We would love to travel up to Alaska and see the Denali National Forest, visit places I have been and then spend time in Southern Alaska seeing the amazing sites that fill the landscape.
Well there it is.. our Dream Sheet of places that we MUST go and see and camp in the RV. The Journey is the thing with this list and it will take us from one end of the Country to the other and see amazing vistas!
What are some place you would add to our list or places you MUST go see and spend time in your Happy Place.
Thanks for spending some time with us.

Magma 7 Piece Cook Set

71PARBWrDLL._SL1500_We are always looking for ways to improve our camping experience, messing around with where we store things, what works best for how we use things.  As with any RV, the kitchen space is always tight and cabinet space is a premium.  We have been looking for some time at the Magma stackable cook sets and Santa was kind this year and added the 7 piece stackable set to the gifts under the tree.
The Magma set is constructed using 18-10 Stainless Steel and each pot/pan includes a sealed triple clad bottom (stainless steel, aluminum, stainless steel) and are milled perfectly flat for superb even heat distribution on gas, electric, or ceramic cook tops.  The whole set nests together and stores in less than 1/2 cubic foot of space.
The 7 piece set consists of a 5 quart stock pot, a 9.5 inch sauté pan, and a 2 quart sauce pan.  It has two lids that fit on the both the pots and pans and includes a removable handle that fits on all of the cookware.
The Magma cookware is dishwasher and oven safe, but what we like the most is the fact that is very compact for what it is and takes up very little room in the cabinet compared to the pots and pans that we have been using.
The set is very heavy.  But should not put you over your towing limit.  It feels good to handle these pots and pans as they feel bomb proof.
We wanted cookware that will last, work well, and fit in the trailer better than the mess that we had in the cabinets.
You are going to pay a little more for this cookware, but the price point is well worth the quality of the product.  We bought ours off Amazon and paid $128 for the set.  This should be the last set we need to buy for a very long time.
I highly recommend the Magma Cookware and look forward to using them on our journey.
If you use them, what do you think?  They came highly recommended to us, so we thought about giving them a try.
Thanks for hanging our with us on the blog.  Check out our Youtube Channel for this and more videos (more and more coming).
Thanks again.. if you like what we are doing here.. .please share with a friend.. or heck, maybe even someone you don’t like.
Have a Happy Day!


HAPPYNEWYEARWe wish you the very best in the New Year!
Thanks for coming along with our Journey to find Happiness in our lives and keep our dreams alive!
As we all set goals and look forward to what the New Year brings find your Happy Place and take those that you love along for the adventure!
Happy New Year.. Hope you all have a Fantastic 2019!
Jerry and Teresa!

The Company you Keep

17201265_10211096623424936_6421052433514078069_nSince we started our journey in the Happy Place a few years ago, we have found that there are different ways in which we enjoy our RVing experience.  We like the get away weekend where Teresa and I spend some time alone.  We also like to go as a part of a big group.  Most of the time however we like to spend our time with our group.  We have a lot of fun with our friends and family that we camp a lot with.  It is a big part of our RV community.
18740638_10211801748572624_756363865489076487_nAs we grow that community it is fun to find people that enjoy our type of camping and travel.  We are not full timers, but embrace many of the “Life style” choices of the full timers.  We love to mess around with gear, we love to travel, we love to spend time in our Happy Place.  Not quite ready to give up our sticks and bricks home, but if we were out every weekend in our camper, that would suit us just fine.
18700229_10211801750252666_3031405470785781557_nCamping with our Ka-tet (the name we call our little group) is a blast and because we enjoy each others company, we are open to exploring and seeing more in our campers.
Planning for longer distance and duration trips is on the horizon.  Muggy and Rob, Tom and Jen, and every once in awhile our Parents make up a super fun group to be with.  We add other couples in to the fold on occasion, but the company that you keep certainly drives how the journey goes.  Finding the right combinations of people and places make all the difference in the world when it comes to our experience.  Either way, we find that having the RV offers us more options to be with the ones we like to camp with and the things we do while out there.
In the coming year we will continue with our journey and look to some longer trips.  This coming summer we have a trip to the East planned that will take us to Kansas City and a big loop back home.  I can not wait for that one.
Our camping community is to expand.  We are enjoying getting to know new people and sharing our journey.  With the kick off of this blog and our Youtube channel we hope to grow that even more.
Glad you are coming along for the journey!
Stay tuned.. the best is yet to come!

The BIG 5 List -Healthy New Year!

healthyI am not a big believer in “New Years Resolutions”.  Time and time again resolutions last about as long as it takes to make them and while it is a great intention, in the end there is no results that come with the resolution.
Setting goals for the new year however, if done correctly will produce results.  In an earlier post I talked about goal setting and how it can give you the results you are looking for.  And so it is that time of the year that we look to the new year and set new goals.  In Scouting Wood Badge terms, we “Write our ticket” for the new year and know that we will get the results that we want.
So for 2019 we are setting goals to be more healthy.  Yeah, there will be other goals, but we think that our health drives much of how the rest of our lives will go.
Being healthier will make us happier, it will allow us to be more active, it will make us feel better, it will reduce our doctor visits, it will save us money in the long run, and it will give Teresa and I some together goals that will make us stronger.
Our Mission:  To develop and Maintain a healthier life style, lose weight (10 lbs), and be more physically active.
1.  Start eating better.  Do more fat free and less processed food cooking at home (or in the RV). We will do this together and hold one another in account. We are doing this to set the tone for healthy habits and lose weight.
We will start now and evaluate how we are doing weekly.  We want to see this as a solid habit by March.
2.  Exercise.  Exercise needs to be a habit also.  To make sure we accomplish this as a habit we are going to add additional exercise elements to our routines.
We will add biking.  Making sure that we take our bikes with us on camping outings.  When at home we will work in biking at least once a week (weather permitting).  When the weather is not in our favor we will do sit ups and squats those days we would be biking.  As we are coming into the worst of the winter months in Oregon, we will double up on the sit ups and squats and reevaluate in February.
3.  Gym Time!  We will be in the gym daily.  Weekends will be our rest days.  Every day we will wake up and go to the gym (continuing the routine we have established since November).  Teresa will maintain her work out routine and I will stay the course on the weight loss running program I am on. Using the Running for Weight Loss App.  This app is available in the Google Play Store also.  So far I really like it which will make it easier to keep as a habit.  I am trying to lose 10 lbs by March.  I will use the app to track that progress and stay on task.
4.  Drink water.  This will be a tough one.  But water will become my go to beverage.  I need to drink more water.  To do this I will start taking a 1 liter water bottle with me all the time.  This will serve both as a reminder to drink water and have water available all the time.
5.  Complete a 5 K run.  Not for time of competition, but just do it.  There is one scheduled on February 2nd.  I would like to be able to do that event.  Once that is complete, I would like to do more.  I will reevaluate that one after February.

Well that is the first set of goals and the BIG 5 List for this week!
What are your goals or if you must “resolutions” for 2019?

Twas the Day after Christmas…

0pKr%Q1EQAOjhVyAIyqA2QTwas the day after Christmas and all through the house

All the presents where unwrapped and everything left out.

And Dad was so Happy and Mom smiled too

As we took stock of the wishes that really came true.

The golf clubs and craft stuff and of course some new clothes,

The gear for the trailer made our hearts all aglow!

The new pots and levelers and the new chalks too,

The Levelmate Pro made me shout YAHOO!

It was certain that the Jolly old Elf had seen all our lists,

Nothing was forgotten, nothing was missed.

The kids were together with mom and dad,

And deep in our hearts that made us so glad.

Christmas again was a huge success!

Even though it left the house a big mess.

And so we wrap another great year,

It has left us all full of cheer!

Ok.. so a poet I am not… but we had a fantastic Christmas and look forward to the coming year.

The kids house is being cleaned and rebuilt after the fire and it looks like a reasonable timeline has been set.  It was nice to at least have everyone safe and at our house for Christmas.

Got lots of great stuff for the RV.. yeah.. Mrs. Clause made it a wonderful Christmas for us.

Can’t wait to get back out there and play with some of the new stuff.

Hope you all had a Great Christmas.

I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings us!

Thanks for being a part of our community!  Have a great Holiday Season!

10 tips to the Happiest Place on Earth

happydisneyWe spent our 25th Wedding Anniversary at the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland a few years back and as we start planning our trip to Disney World for our 30th Anniversary in a few years we thought we would put together some of the lessons we learned while both taking our farthest trip in the RV as well as a trip to Disneyland without kids and in the RV.
Here is a little video Teresa and I put together to help others get the most out of their trip to Disneyland!  Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy our trips to the Happiest Place on Earth!

Merry Christmas

TZ1zgvGYQOOmuRqrZwr4yAFrom our Happy Place to Yours we wish you the most Happy Christmas!  This year has brought us lots of Joy and Happiness as we have been on our Journey to Discover a Happier life.  We are truly blessed and have a wonderful life… there can always be more though.  We look forward to the New Year and all it will bring.  Happiness, Challenges, a New Grand Baby!
This Christmas we hold our Family close and are reminded of those things that are the most important to us.
Find your Happy Place this coming Year!  And join us in our Journey to a Happy Life!
Jerry and Teresa