They can ruin your outdoor fun in no time flat. One minute you’re enjoying your barbeque or visiting with friends and the next you are being assaulted by some unseen force with a painful bite that results in red bumps or welts – that itch like crazy.
I’m talking about the biting midge, also known as “no see ums.” If you’ve spent any time outside, especially near water, you have probably already become acquainted with them. They are not good friends to have.
When we first decided to become full timers we really didn’t know what to expect. We made a lot of mistakes in the beginning but we learned a lot in the process. This is a short list of a few things I wish someone had told us before we went full time – so I’m telling you.
This country has experienced record breaking rainfall in several regions this year and while some may welcome the moisture, it does bring some unwanted visitors – mosquitoes. These little suckers (blood suckers that is) thrive in areas with dense vegetation and shade.
Hmmm, does that sound like your campsite? Do you enjoy sitting outside, enjoying nature, maybe with a couple of steaks on the grill, yet you feel like the mosquitoes are going to carry you off? If so, read on to find out how to control them or at least keep them at a minimum.
One of the biggest concerns of full timers who hit the road is how they will pay their expenses. Most of us are not independently wealthy so if we want to eat, we have to find a way to earn money. Fortunately for me, I have a job I can do anywhere: I’m a freelance writer.
Now that the weather is getting a little cooler it’s time to cozy up with some good, old fashioned comfort food. I grew up in Louisiana and when we started to notice the chill in the air down there we know it’s gumbo time (or sauce piquante, etouffee, and jambalaya, but those are other posts).
Served over steaming rice (Jasmine is my favorite), gumbo is so rich and delicious. It is the perfect cool weather comfort food – Cajun style.
I get asked this a lot by people who want to full time and others who are just curious. My husband and I live in a Vantage 32FLS. It is big enough for us and well built, but it isn’t for everyone. We did a lot of research and looked in a lot of RVs before we found one that we knew we could live with – literally. Here are some things to consider.
If you enjoy RV campgrounds that give you the peace and quiet of nature but are just a short drive to the hustle and bustle and a beautiful, historic city, then have I got a park for you! Givhans Ferry State Park is in Ridgeville, South Carolina, less than an hour from the heart of Charleston. It is a beautiful area though, with hiking trails and the gorgeous Edisto River running right through it.
The campground itself is comprised of 25 spaces that rent for $14 a night and are appropriate for various types of camping.
As you probably know by now I am a writer and photographer. I love getting those awesome travel shots; you know the ones. They reflect the flavor and culture of an area. I once shot in a junkyard and came back with some pretty incredible photos. I thought I would share some of my favorite tips with you for getting those great shots while you travel in your RV–not the typical, garden variety, postcard photos, but ones that will transport you to another time, another place.
The best way to prevent pest infestations in your RV is to make it inhospitable to pests. Yep, it’s that simple. Sure the random roach may wander in, or some ants may try to invade, but if you use the tips in my other posts you should have no trouble making your RV pest free.
As wildfires rage in several states in the west and northwest, travel and RVing can be precarious. Just this summer a single blaze in Southern California destroyed national forest acreage from Los Angeles, stretching all the way to Montana where it overtook Glacier National Park moving so quickly many were caught off guard.
If you are traveling in or near these areas, here is what you need to know.
My husband is a pest control professional with more than 20 years under his belt. Since I have been married to him I have learned more about insects and pest control than I ever cared to learn. It has come in quite handy though, my cozy little travel trailer is pest free. Now I will pass his pro pest control secrets on to you.
It’s pretty much a given that if you live in an RV, you are going to have some pests. You will get flies, probably ants, and even the occasional roach. However, when you reach that tipping point where a minor annoyance becomes a pest problem, it is time to take action. RV pest control is sometimes necessary.