The Gift: Giving Back for the Holidays

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Stuart Bourdon, Editor-In-Chief
November 15, 2012

The holiday season is close at hand and many of you are bustling about trying to find that perfect gift for a friend or family member. We can help with that sometime hapless hunt. But what if this year we also think of those less fortunate than ourselves; those who may not be lucky enough to get out... Read more »

The Scenic Route: A Place For Our Stuff

DCU Bed Cap

Alan Rider
October 19, 2012

One of the things I love about the late, great comedian George Carlin is the way he made many of the fundamental truths of life so downright hilarious. Like the classic bit he did for the first Comic Relief HBO special in 1986 on how we all need a place for our stuff (Google it, unless you’re easily... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Mystery On The Natchez Trace

Meriwether Lewis Monument

Alan Rider
October 12, 2012

When it comes to the payoff awaiting those who take The Scenic Route, no one would understand the benefits of exploring the off-the-beaten-track world better than those original American road-trippers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.  While everyone knows the story of the two men and their Corps... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Keepin’ It Scenic

dont move firewood

Alan Rider
October 5, 2012

As we traveled the country on our Scenic Route adventures this summer we frequently saw entire hillsides covered with dead trees. Which got me to thinking about what could cause such widespread devastation. Turns out that, in many cases, it’s a little bug called the pine mountain beetle and it’s... Read more »

My Favorite Season

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Stuart Bourdon, Editor-In-Chief
October 4, 2012

Fall is my favorite season for RVing. The days are cooling off again, the leaves on many deciduous trees have begun showing their golden hues, the second (southbound) of the great semi-annual North American avian migrations is in full flight and, for the most part, the crowds of vacationers have gone... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Civil War Battlefields

Vicksburg National Military Park

Alan Rider
September 28, 2012

Over the thousands of miles we’ve traveled on the adventure we’re calling The Scenic Route, some of our favorite stops have been at Civil War battlefields, sites of both unimaginable carnage and unfathomable courage. As we’ve made our way from coast-to-coast exploring the roads less... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Navigating The Roads Less Traveled

Rand McNally RVND 7710

Alan Rider
September 21, 2012

When we started planning the year-long trip we’re calling The Scenic Route we knew we’d be facing more than a few navigational challenges. Have a look at some of the convoluted routes you’ll find on the National Scenic Byways program’s website and you’ll see what we mean. While... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail

Chippewa changing colors

Alan Rider
September 14, 2012

Even as I extol the virtues of taking The Scenic Route both here and on the pages of the magazine (see the feature story on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway in the September issue of Trailer Life, for example), I’ll be the first to admit it’s not always about the actual scenery. That said,... Read more »

Campground Camaraderie

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Stuart Bourdon, Editor-In-Chief
September 13, 2012

Some time ago I was attending an outdoor writers conference. The keynote speaker was a hunter, angler, naturalist and historian. Moreover, he was an RVer and an outdoor enthusiast. He commented that, for all outdoor enthusiasts, the experience is essentially the same, whether you are exploring in a tent,... Read more »

Goldilocks, Eat Your Heart Out

Kodiak 300BHSL trailer

Alan Rider
September 7, 2012

In the story of The Three Bears, Goldilocks invests a fair amount of time and effort in trying to find items that were “just right.” Well, let me just say I know how our blond-haired heroine must have felt. You see, when my wife Christina and I began making plans to hit the road for a year... Read more »

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