Episode 145: The Power of a Dream

This week in our interview of the week, we meet Alicia Crabbe, a retired woman and solo traveler who is living her dream as a guide and naturalist, leading people on hikes and wilderness experiences for an organization known as Road Scholar, which is a not for profit group dedicated to providing educational travel. It offers 6,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries.

And while Alicia, who everyone calls “Lish,” has a dream job of working much of the year at Yellowstone National Park, her story is one about the power of a dream.

In her case, it was a dream that involved traveling the country by RV and experiencing nature in all its marvelous beauty. She began living it at retirement, after leaving a long professional career.

Lish’s story is one of inspiration and joy, all focused on the RV lifestyle.

Plus Jennifer and I answer your RV questions, we have the RV news of the week, RV Tips and a great offf the beaten path report.

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MONOLOGUE

Mike and Jennifer share their current location, near Glacier National Park and how much they love this area of the country. [2:35]

We’re here on one of our Roadtreking gatherings, periodic get-togethers in awesome locations for photography and exploration. About 50 Roadtrekers in some 30 different RV’s and towables are with us, staying at the Chewing Blackbones Campground and RV Resort on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, right outside the park gates.

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Jennifer

The saga of making the interior of our RVs dark continues. Regular listeners know that we’ve been tossing around various ideas for covering up or reducing the light levels of the various LEDs, indicators and operational lights that shine from control panels while we are trying to sleep at night.

We’ve talked about several solutions but a listener named Jan, who started the whole discussion a few weeks ago, has settled on a solution that works for her – and may very well also work for you.

Liz explains how she uses small felt patches and sick-on Velcro to cover up the lights. [7:00]

And for the rest of you out there in the audience, be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

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LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Listener Dan knows Jennifer is an exercise nut and that finding a place for us (her especially) to work out is a very important part of our travel plans in any given day. So he asks for her advice in finding a solution to finding workout spots in different locations around the country. [11:39]

Listener Tessa wants to know where to ride on a prairies schooner like the pioneers took out west Mike refers her to his post at http://roadtreking.com/rv-sidetrip-ride-covered-wagon-along-oregon-trail/ and a guy named Morris Carter in Casper, WY.  [17:17]

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

Mike and Jennifer talk dogs talk about why most National Parks don’t allow dogs in most areas and trails, except for sidewalks and drive in campgrounds, where they must be on a six foot leash. [22:19]

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INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Our guest this week is Alicia Crabbe, a retired woman and solo traveler who is living her dream as a guide and naturalist, leading people on hikes and wilderness experiences for an organization known as Road Scholar, which is a not for profit group dedicated to providing educational travel. It offers 6,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. But while Alicia, who everyone calls “Lish,” has a dream job of working much of the year at Yellowstone National Park, her story is one about the power of a dream. [29:00]

In her case, it was a dream that involved traveling the country by RV and experiencing nature in all its marvelous beauty. She began living it at retirement, after leaving a long professional career. Lish’s story is one of inspiration and joy, all focused on the RV lifestyle.

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Five stories thjs week…[43:50]

  • Three teens hiking near Alaskan campground mauled by bear. Read more
  • Scientists tracking “swarm” of earthquakes that hit Yellowstone last week, including one that hit 4.5 magnitude. Read more
  • Kayak guide dies at Yellowstone National Park trying to save visitor. Read more
  • Washington state troopers will be issuing tickets to any drivers who are staying in the left lane while driving in sting operation this week. Read more
  • Drone finds two lost hikers and their yellow lab on Colorado trail. Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter
Verizon Wireless

Summer is all about being outdoors. And what do we bring with us outside to capture those experiences? Our smartphones of course! [53:00]

Steve Van Dinter

So what have you done to ensure your prized possession will stay protected?

A case is one thing…but what about a phone that gets stolen…or goes swimming unexpectedly while you’re boating? With Total Mobile Protection from Verizon, you are covered.

What I love about this service is should the unexpected happen to your device, you can file a claim up to midnight eastern and receive a replacement phone the next day – including Saturdays!

And if it’s a spider-webbed screen that ails your device – no worries. We have more than 270 locations in cities across the country that will fix a cracked screen in just a few hours for just a $49 deductible. No more needing to send in your device or set up an entirely new phone just because of one accidental drop.

For those with many people on their family plan, you can now cover up to 10 lines on an account for one low monthly cost with total mobile protection multi device.

If you haven’t enrolled in total mobile protection, now is the time! Until July 14th, take advantage of open enrollment, which is open to anyone – even if you’ve had your phone for a while without.

You can learn more about total mobile protection at VZW.com/TMP

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

Mike and Steve have been talking about cool traveling tech gadgets and gizmos week after week on the RV Podcast. We thought it would be fun to arrange a time and place to show and demonstrate these gadgets. So we will! On Thursday, July 27, we will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan at American RV. You're invited to come for an in person demo. Grand Rapids is not far Lake Michigan and there are lots of camping opportunities in the area. Come meet us!

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT

Mike and Jennifer share about the Underground City in Havre, MT  [57:10]–  http://havrechamber.com/whattodo/item/havre-beneath-the-streets-2

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motohomes and excellent pricing and service.

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