Mike Wendland: A journalist travels North America in an RV

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The Fountain of Youth in the Southern California Desert

“Fountain of Youth”… that makes you think, doesn’t it? Imagine Ponce de Leon thrashing through the Florida Everglades in search of eternal life. Hucksters pushing gels, creams, minerals and botox…

Angels on My Shoulder

Traveling in our Roadtrek for four and half years, we thought we had had it all. Great experiences, great locations, great people. But recenty we had our first authentic, Roadtrek-to-the-bone-and-reaching-out-into-the-Universe-Roadtrek…

Romance in a Roadtrek

Romance in a Roadtrek…or how to keep it sweet on the road… Hmmmm.   how to write this, how to write this… Well, one definition of romance is “a feeling of…

Nothing in the desert is cuddly

Nothing in the desert is cuddly or cute. Traveling in the southwest means you’re going to cross terrain vastly different from most of the rest of the continental US. But…

Score One for Old Florida

The Lore of Old Florida, the stories about Ponce DeLeon and the Fountain of Youth, and pirates’ treasure, and giant alligators captured my imagination in grade school. It was the stuff…

Tobermory Adventure Bucketlist … Check!

Tobermory, Ontario was completely unknown to us before this trip. Thanks to organizers Mike Wendland and Yan Seiner and the support of Roadtrek Motorhomes, we were going to spend five days and…

What it’s like to be a Campground Host

“You want to what?” My reaction to Rhonda’s suggestion that we try Campground Hosting last January just slipped out. My solitary, nature loving self cringed while visions of some smoke…

Replacing An Older RV’s Enchanted Carpet

So 10-year-old carpet doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but somehow it was. The area where we place our feet at dinner and where Cricket the RT (Roaming Terrier)…

Showering in an RV: Naked, Soapy and No Water!

Or how Grandma introduced our granddaughter to showering in our small RV… RVs mean many things to many people. Our 10-year-old Roadtrek 210 Popular has meant fantastic journeys to places we…

RVing First Aid: When A Tick Attacks a Toe

Nature is beautiful. Wondrous. Awe inspiring. But the reality of nature, sometimes, not-so-much. Biologists have now concluded that you have more “non-human” cells in your body than human ones. Your…