Small House Big World

Paying the San Francisco Price

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that the Bay Area is not famous for its reasonable cost of living. Food is expensive, homes are expensive, and yes, you guessed it, RV accommodations are expensive too. This means you can easily find a way to pay someone over $100 per night to allow you…

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Redwoods and Beaches! Northern California

One thing we’ve learned so far about living a more nomadic lifestyle:  It is tricky to have to plan around being somewhere at a specific time.  In “normal” life, having a flight to catch can be a stressful event – you worry about running late, you have to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything, etc. In RV…

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Portlandia!

First of all, time to brag. A school bus driver complimented me on my driving of the RV. And it sounded like a really genuine compliment too. Yep, that’s right folks. A person who drives large vehicles for a living thinks I do a good job of driving a large vehicle. It was a big moment…

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Boondocking Wyoming

Up until this point, the trip has been really good. This past weekend, it became GREAT. Our generator is FIXED. It only cost us about $200 all said and done. With that news hot off the presses, we have been dying to go boondocking. I mentioned boondocking before, but as refresher, it is when you camp on empty land…

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The Black Hills and Brakes that Work!

We’ve spent the past week or so in the Black Hills, located in the very western part of South Dakota near Wyoming. We decided to slow down and take a rest after our whole semi-traumatic high-speed journey from state to state where we encountered a wicked combination of hail, wind, and faulty brakes. We took a load off…

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Dale Valley Vineyard and Walnut Woods

This past weekend we stopped at Dale Valley Vineyard for our Saturday night wine-times care of Harvest Hosts. The vineyard is located a few miles outside of Stuart, Iowa. That’s right – we have entered a new state! My dad grew up in Des Moines and my grandparents lived here for a long time. They both…

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Kirksville, Friends, and Pizza Night at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

We spent last week in the thriving metropolis of Kirksville, Missouri.  Kirksville is a small town of about 17,500. It is located approximately 2.5 hours by car from any reasonably sized city – Des Moines, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Omaha are all just out of reach. Impressively in the middle of nowhere, really.   Good friends of…

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Well That’s an Odd Place for a Brewery… (and Other Cincinnati Adventures)

Wednesday night we decided to go out on the town and have some fun.  We wanted to go somewhere easy and close by to watch the Cincinnati Reds game and grab a few drinks. It turns out there is a brewery only 3 miles away from us in the small town of Williamsburg, Ohio.  It is…

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Jungle Jim’s – You’re in the Jungle Baby!!

This morning Kelly and I had to go out and get more groceries and run a couple of errands. We had a minor emergency as we were nearly out of cheese and beer. Driving on the interstate a couple days ago I saw what looked to be a cool grocery store. I based this assumption almost…

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Ann Arbor Bar and Restaurant Reviews

Ann Arbor is a great food town. The Main Street area in particular is a highlight. You can walk down Main Street and pick from a whole host of good restaurants. Below I have discussed Gratzi, but there are many more.  1. Zingerman’s Deli Zingerman’s is a world-famous deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They specialize in sourcing…

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Chicago Restaurant Favorites

I have spent 8 years living in Chicago and have few favorite places I would love to share them with anyone who is willing to listen.  Piece Pizza –  Pizza place with a brewery and a loud bar atmosphere.  Kelly and I can’t go here without a) getting a little tipsy and b) eating insane amounts of pizza….

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