A listing of our 153 blog posts since January 2016.
Making Room To Play – Posted August 28, 2021 – Quietly and systematically, we lowered our consumption and preened our dream until, at last, we were fully-fledged and ready to Free Bird. It was time to play.
Assateague Island: Horses of Course – Posted August 8, 2021 – Camping with feral horses! Seeing horses whenever the mood strikes is cool, if you remember to watch your step. But the herd is only part of the magic of Assateague.
Captain’s Log: Stardate 2021.0718 – Posted July 18, 2021 – This log entry documents the completion of our five-year mission to boldly explore where no Beaubeaux has gone before. We hope Starfleet Command will grant us a continuance so LIB (Living in Beauty) may formally begin Year Six.
It’s The Real Thing: Ocracoke – Posted July 5, 2021 – We found an adventurous place to test our dry-camping mettle and relax into an extravagant two-week island vacation. Ocracoke Island Campground on Cape Hattaras National Seashore is a once-in-a-lifetime (okay, maybe twice) camping experience.
Beauty: Our Retirement Un-Plan – Posted June 13, 2021 – This series, From Beauty’s Doorstep, is based on five-years of full-time travel, aka LIB (Living in Beauty).
Carolinas: The Whole Biscuit – Posted May 30, 2021 – The Carolinas are puzzling, especially the coastal areas along the barrier islands. Everything is shifting, impermanent – even the things that are set in stone. All aspects – weather, culture and geography – has a flip-side.
Campground Review: Jekyll Island State Park, Jekyll Island, Georgia – Posted May 5, 2021 – Jekyll Island, a hamlet off the coast of Georgia, provides a wonderful rustic campground to explore this magical oasis.
Friendship Found – Posted April 22, 2021 – Friendship lost… Friendship Found. Retracing the past brings closure and new beginnings. Like intersecting waves on the seashore, there will never be an identical meeting in the same place, in the same time, in the same way.
Where Florida Begins – Posted April 7, 2021 – Florida’s Gulf of Mexico, the seashore most fluent in our favorite southern dialect, Shrimp n’ Oysters.
Campground Review: Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama – Posted March 17, 2021 – In 5 years, we have stayed in 325 places and only 3 campgrounds have percolated to the top of our 5-Bambi Rating system, here’s our 4th one.
Business is Business – Posted February 25, 2021 – Let’s get down-and-dirty with ideas, suggestions, tips, and procedures to keep our black water tank at a high level of Liquidity and on the happy side of our Balance Sheet
Road Candy – Posted February 9, 2021 – It’s the road candy that keeps us going – Rare and unusual scenery … Murmurations of starlings … Unusual cloud formations … Rusty wagons … Faded farm equipment … Signs pushing product that no longer exists.
Playing with Dolphins – Posted January 19, 2021 – We finally took the plunge and joined the e-bike revolution. We get out more now – go farther – see places we’ve been missing. Here is a review of our Qualisports Dolphin e-Bikes.
Hopes, Dreams, and 100 Bottles of Wine – Posted January 3, 2021 – A COVID California wine tour. There must be better ways to live, but so far we haven’t discovered a downside to the vineyard touring lifestyle.
Fresh Start – Posted December 16, 2020 – Beauty, our 2001 30′ Airstream, gets a Fresh Start at Vinnie’s Northbay Airstream Repair with some upgrades, maintenance, and repairs.
Lake Tahoe – Escape To The Sky – Posted December 4, 2020 – The summer of 2020 led us to some exquisite recreational lakes which we hope to visit again someday, but none can compete with Lake Tahoe. The view always takes our breath away.
The Lonely Road – Posted November 10, 2020 – In quiet, scenic, pensive reflection we surrendered to the past on this old Pony Express Trail. For several enlightening days of solitude, we traveled across the True West, Nevada’s Highway 50 – The Loneliest Road in America.
Hooked – Posted October 22, 2020 – Our beautiful alpine campsite and the crisp mountain air was sublime therapy. While the rest of Utah was a sizzlin’, we were chillin’ in the aspens.
Peace of Mind – Posted September 24, 2020 – Peace of Mind is real currency while towing a five-ton rig on a strange highway through unfamiliar territory.
Campground Review: Dead Horse Point State Park – Moab, Utah – Posted September 6, 2020 – Dead Horse Point offers the beauty and grandeur which many travelers will swear on a stack of red rock shale rivals The Grand Canyon.
Small towns, Creature Comforts, Great Friends – Posted August 19, 2020 – Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford – A delightful getaway from it all!
Lakes in the Sky with Sunsets – Posted July 31, 2020 – High Country in Colorado panned out all of the golden nuggets we desired for this historic Summer Of COVID: cool air, shining lakes, mountain trails, and quaint and cozy villages with outdoor seating at charming restaurants and top-notch breweries.
Four Years and Counting – Posted July 18, 2020 – Today is the 4th anniversary of the day we left San Diego. Tomorrow we begin the 5th year of our LIB sojourn.
Through Wilds of Thought – Posted June 29, 2020 – The air is cleaner and the water is clearer. The open road has never looked better – a silver lining of The Great Anthropause.
Rocks of Ages – Posted June 17, 2020 – When the desert fired up to a blistering 102 degrees, we broke camp and pulled out of Fisher’s Landing heading up toward cooler ground. For three soul-searching weeks in late Spring, we would acclimate at 5,367 ft. in the centuries old domain of The People of The Sun.
Living In Beauty Virtual RV Rally – Posted May 23, 2020 – The covid-cancelled Airstream Club International Rally invited us to adapt our in-person presentation into a virtual one. So we produced our first video about LIB – an introduction to Full-time RV Lifestyle Travel.
Campground Review: Fisher’s Landing – Martinez Lake, Arizona – Posted May 12, 2020 – Fisher’s Landing – securely tucked into a fish-hook curve on the Colorado River is everything any rustic, self-reliant camper could possibly hope for.
Beast of Burden – Posted April 21, 2020 – Occasionally, we’ve been asked to explain how we store our gear, if we have anything in storage, and how do we fit so much in the truck.
Breathing in Beauty – Posted April 2, 2020 – So we set up camp, planning to stay for two weeks. But within the week, the government declared a halt to non-essential travel. But our journey is not on hold. Beauty is taking us places, in place.
Taking Cover at Joshua Tree – Posted March 20, 2020 – Strange and uncertain times call for agility, clear-headedness, beer and corn chips … and we have all those things, including toilet paper.
Slab City – It’s Way Out – Posted March 7, 2020 – We spent a week living in this fascinating city on the edge of civilization. We think this is a must-see bucket-list place to visit.
Campground Review: The Springs at Borrego RV Resort – Borrego Springs, California – Posted February 20, 2020 – An Oasis in the Anza Borrego Desert.
We’re Floored – Posted February 3, 2020 – What a difference an organic cork floor made in our Airstream!
Hit a Bump – Posted January 20, 2020 – When we began exercising our freedom to roam, we knew there would be bumps in the road, and we count on those unexpected set-backs, road blocks and detours to lead us somewhere amazing. But we’re pooped!
The Cannonball Crawl – Posted January 7, 2020 – 3,000 miles from Niagara Falls to San Diego in 42 ½ days and 60 driving hours with an overall average of 50 mph without missing a single brewery, winery or distillery.
Adirondacks – Posted December 18, 2019 – Absolutely fantastic!! We discovered the real enchantment of an Adirondacks Autumn is not so much the spectacular colors but the companionship of trees.
Discovering Montreal – Posted November 27, 2019 – This place stole our hearts from the very moment Saint Anthony waved us a warm greeting from the cathedral.
Campground Review: Little River State Park – Waterbury, Vermont – Posted November 13, 2019 – A gem nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Acadia, Acadia, Acadia – Posted October 27, 2019 – There are many Acadias. Acadia the beautiful… Acadia the historic… Acadia the maritime paradise… and, Acadia the tourist haven. Those who call it a “tourist trap” have probably only paid it a weekend visit or less.
The Maine Thing – Posted October 13, 2019 – New England is an ideal region to exercise the ‘slow travel’ philosophy because all of the sights and natural wonders are as near as your best friend.
Somewhere in Ashuelot – Posted September 26, 2019 – These travel snafus – when we’re thrown off our preferred direction – usually result in delight and surprise.
We’ll Take Two Capes, Please – Posted September 9, 2019 – From Cape Cod to Cape Ann, New England is breathtaking!
Following Breadcrumbs to Newport – Posted August 25, 2019 – Ever have one of those days when nothing goes as planned, but everything turns out perfectly?
So Much Mystic, So Little Time – Posted August 9, 2019 – Mystic is a confluence of lands, towns and cultures brought together by the water, or missituk, the native Pequot word for estuary.
Pico Does Manhattan – Posted July 30, 2019 – The thrills, the sights, the food – all, more amazing than we could have imagined while touring metro-style with a dog.
Counting Moments: 3 Years – Posted July 19, 2019 – Yesterday marks the first day of our fourth year of Living in Beauty.
Campground Review: Maumee Bay State Park – Ohio – Posted July 7, 2019 – Maumee Bay State Park is as clean as Disneyland. Everything is raked, mown and trash free.
The Way To Put-In-Bay – Posted June 22, 2019 – Enchanting island getaway in the middle of Lake Erie, Put In Bay, Ohio.
Heaven on Earth – Posted June 11, 2019 – Why outdoor life has made us happy since childhood.
Silver and Gold – Posted May 21, 2019 – We find happenstance is a great friend-maker
Texas Border Wrap-Up – Posted April 27, 2019 – Sixty-one wonderful days on the southern border of Texas.
A Thousand Days – Posted April 14, 2019 – A time for celebration!
Hot Stuff – Posted April 7, 2019 – A close look at our solar system.
Big Bend Rules – Posted March 19, 2019 – Hidden away in the southern corner of Texas is a wonderland of beauty.
Hugging The Border – Posted March 6, 2019 – Enchanting drive along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Miles vs. Smiles – Posted February 25, 2019 – What’s your travel philosophy?
Prickly Pair – Posted February 14, 2019 – Coping strategies while traveling.
Places We Remember – Posted January 28, 2019 – A National Park in Ocean Springs, Mississippi (a stellar get-away for art and cuisine) and, a floridorable private resort right off the Tamiami Highway in Sarasota.
Water, Water … – Posted January 15, 2019 – RV water conservation techniques, tips and suggestions. How do YOU save water while dry camping or boon-docking?
Campground Review: Viewpoint RV & Golf Resort – Mesa, Arizona – Posted December 21, 2018 – What a surprise in Mesa, Arizona
The Sunshine Gang – Posted December 7, 2018 – Some folks have too much tumbleweed in their blood to settle down.
Is Port Townsend For Real? – Posted November 19, 2018 – If Port Townsend, Washington, isn’t on your bucket list, it needs to be!
Coming Clean On Canada – Posted November 7, 2018 – Reflecting on four months in Canada… lessons learned!
CariBOO! Ghost Stories – Posted October 18, 2018 – Oh, that haunted feeling. Ghost stories around the campfire.
More Radium Please – Posted October 2, 2018 – A soothing wind, a healing balm, a tamed beast – so, the ancients described power under control. In Canada, the thermal springs bring the mountains to their knees.
Falling for Banff – Posted September 17, 2018 – Awesome shoulder season in Banff, British Columbia.
Breakthrough on The Icefields – Posted September 3, 2018 – Not sure what words to use…. except SPECTACULAR!
From Here to Drumheller – Posted August 20, 2018 – In the four hundred miles between Jasper and Drumheller, the land speaks every language under the sun – sand dunes slithering with lizards, vineyards that look like Northern Italy, high desert oozing with hoodoos, brooks gurgling through alpine meadows and goats frolicking upon hillsides.
A Walk In The Pork – Posted August 11, 2018 – By popular demand! Here is our pork carnitas recipe.
The Little Things – Posted August 1, 2018 – It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.
Canadian LIB Moment – Posted July 19, 2018 – Celebrating our full-time traveling 2-year anniversary while attending the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada. After 730 days, 24,074 miles, and 157 different overnight locations in 37 states and provinces, we feel we’ve only begun to explore this vast continent.
Legacy, Lost and Found – Posted July 8, 2018 – On our way to Canada, Beauty joined more than 650 Airstreams at the Wally Byam Airstream Club International Rally in Salem, Oregon
Safe Harbor at Depoe Bay – Posted June 23, 2018 – Cocooning in Depoe Bay Oregon.
Trinidad: Finding Silence on The Lost Coast – Posted June 12, 2018 – Trinidad! Northern California’s gateway to the Redwoods.
Same House, Different Paradise – Posted May 29, 2018 – We’ll soon enter our third year of a location independent retirement as seasonal exploiters of the most beautiful places in America.
Brewing in Beauty: Crafting Beer On The Road – Posted May 5, 2018 – My Dad was a home brewer, so I’d already fantasized about brewing in our Airstream well before Craft-A-Brew invited us to participate in National Home Brew Day, May 5, 2018.
Home, Home On The Range Hood – Posted April 28, 2018 – In small spaces, it’s important that everybody get along. Relationships thrive on communication, so Carmen and I talk about everything – food mostly. How replacing a noisy stove top fan with a quiet fan changed everything!
Campground Review: Chula Vista RV Resort – Chula Vista, California – Posted April 12, 2018 – It’s where migrations of floaters and rollers from all over the world gather on the southernmost end of the beautiful San Diego Bay to luxuriate in the blessings of the Baja California / San Diego lifestyle with fresh air, wildlife, sunshine.
A Far Horizon – Posted March 30, 2018 – It’s that time of year again! We’re almost back to our home base in San Diego where we legally reside, register our vehicles, receive mail, pay taxes, vote, bank and visit our docs.
Campground Review: Fort Wilderness – Disney World, Florida – Posted March 8, 2018 – It should be no surprise that our first 5-Bambi rating goes to Disney’s Fort Wilderness!
Magic Carpet Ride to Disney World! – Posted February 24, 2018 – Boondocking our way to Disney World’s Fort Wilderness.
Flamboyant Flamingo Buns! – Posted February 12, 2018 – No fancy restaurant dinners for us. Big ol’ hot pink buns are the LIB way to say, “I love you.”
Am I Dreaming, Or Is This Savannah? – Posted February 6, 2018 – Do you sleep better and dream happier in your RV?
Campground Review: Outdoors Resorts of America – Melbourne Beach, Florida – Posted January 26, 2018 – Wintering in Florida with no reservations.
Sunny Daze – Posted January 8, 2018 – What is your inspiration for traveling in your RV?.
Groovin’ to the 4-3-2 – Posted December 31, 2017 – More about Jim’s 4-3-2 Rule.
Campground Review: Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort and Marina – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina – Posted December 12, 2017 – An enchanting getaway on Hilton Head Island.
Over the Rainbeaubeaux – Posted November 30, 2017 – A 2-minute mini-documentary about traveling full-time in our Airstream AND just in time to celebrate our 500th day on the road!
Campground Review: Dreher Island State Park – Prosperity, South Carolina – Posted November 24, 2017 – A little known gem of a campground in South Carolina.
Be Home For Dinner – Posted November 14, 2017 – Does Airstreaming make you feel like a kid again?
The Footpath Way – Posted November 6, 2017 – What’s your definition and motivation for “full-time” RV living?
Campground Review: Myrtle Beach State Park – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – Posted October 21, 2017 – Is Myrtle Beach too commercial for you? Check out our review of the State Park.
Roadside Debacle Busters – Posted October 14, 2017 – Are you prepared for a roadside emergency? Don’t be scared, be prepared! Here’s what we’ve learned in 15 months full-timing on the road.
The Other Side of the Mountain – Posted October 1, 2017 – Are you escaping your current reality or just trying to create a new one?
Big Life, Small Footprint – Posted September 21, 2017 – A tour of our no hassles carbon credentials and our “clean living is clean leaving” philosophy.
Locked Out – Posted September 14, 2017 – Locked out of our trailer! What a messy business.
Wait and See – Posted September 7, 2017 – Waiting out the storm and making the best of it.
Campground Review: Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man’s Cave Campground – Logan, Ohio – Posted August 26, 2017 – A hiking wonderland, Found!
Harvest Hosts – An Elegant Alternative – Posted August 2, 2017 – Harvest Hosts – a membership model that joins old-world hospitality to grass-roots commerce resulting in complimentary camping.
The Trees Are Falling, The Trees Are Falling – Posted July 24, 2017 – Is any place really safe? Carmen listens to her instincts and saves LIB to live to survive another day.
The Facts of LIB – Posted July 19, 2017 – One year on the road – Just the Facts!
Campground Review: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Cottonwood Campground – Medora, North Dakota – Posted July 12, 2017 – Small, but ten times better than Yellowstone.
It Just Gets Better – Posted July 1, 2017 – Reflecting on one year of retirement and full-time Airstreaming.
When Beauty And Beauty Meet – Posted June 21, 2017 – Beauty dislodges us from the conventional, the static, and the tedium so we can range wide and hunt down moments.
Café Beaubeaux – Posted June 9, 2017 – How to make the perfect cup of coffee on the road.
Campground Review: Miracle Hot Springs – Buhl, Idaho – Posted June 5, 2017 – Two for the price of One! Camping and 2 hot springs!
Campground Review: Water Canyon Recreation Area – Winnemucca, Nevada (or BLM for Beginners) – Posted May 29, 2017 – The big solar test to survive one week on NO hook ups in rugged BLM sorta-Wilderness.
Vinnie Lamica and That Lucky Old Sun – Posted May 17, 2017 – Installation of solar! Meet our technician Vinnie, at Vinnie’s Northbay Airstream Repair in Wilton, CA. Our first Excella Cafe interview!
One Year in Beauty – Posted May 5, 2017 – Reflections of our first year living full-time in our Airstream. Begin Year two!
Diva Ex Machina – Posted April 24, 2017 – A riveting triune love story of Frank DiBona and his trailer, Diva, and Everyone Else’s images.
You Know The Song – Posted April 17, 2017 – Stumbled onto Route 66. Change of plans!
Retracing the Past – Posted April 5, 2017 – Traveling The Natchez Trace. Four-hundred and forty-five miles of peace, quiet, history, free camping and great food!
Rx: Learn To Play – Posted March 13, 2017 – Bellingrath Gardens near Mobile, Alabama. A southern pilgrimage.
Pico’s POV – Posted March 3, 2017 – He’s been Everywhere, man, and he’s bit everyone!
Data Bing-Data Boom! – February 24, 2017 – Data connectivity on the road and Verizon goes Unlimited …. well, kinda.
Campground Review: Chassahowitzka River Campground – Homosassa, Florida – Posted February 16, 2017 – A hidden gem campground 75 miles north of Tampa, Florida. Currently, our favorite place – or at least the place that has charmed us most.
It’s Just Stuff – Posted February 9, 2017 – Carmen’s dad’s 3,500 square foot home burns down and we discover deeper lessons about “hanging on.”
Smokin’ Sheep Head! – Posted January 24, 2017 – This is how we smoke enough fish for a week on our small Weber grill
Kentucky Bourbon Trail – Posted January 16, 2017 – Yep, our first-ever but NOT last-ever visit to the Bourdon capital of the World
Campground Review: Ho Hum RV Park – Carrabelle, Florida – Posted January 5, 2017 – Located right on the Gulf of Mexico where the best oysters in the south are harvested!
Paradiso Trovato – Posted December 29, 2016 – It’s not so much where you are or what you’re doing, but how you feel when you’re among those you love.
The Clearing – Posted December 9, 2016 – How we got rid of all our possessions and prepared for full-time Airstreaming.
Close One … – Posted December 5, 2016 – Surviving the holidays in the worst Smoky Mountain fire season in history.
When You’re in Loves, the Whole World’s Delicious – Posted November 17, 2016 – Catching up with an old friend I hadn’t seen for 40 years.
Six Months In Beauty – Posted November 5, 2016 – Reflections on our first 6 months of living full-time in our Airstream, Beauty.
Trouble With a Capital “T” – Posted October 27, 2016 – Truck problems. Solutions.
Color and Connectivity: Rare Treats – Posted October 20, 2016 – Delights and challenges of adapting to changing weather and changing cell signals.
Our Kayaks – Posted September 29, 2016 – We love our kayaks! A quick look at our top-notch, lightweight inflatables.
We’re In Hot Water! – Posted September 25, 2016 – Trying to wrap our heads around the idea that we’re not on vacation … !
The 4-3-2 Rule – Posted September 13, 2016 – Our goal is to drive no more than 4 hours, stop by 3 pm, and stay at least 2 weeks.
Introducing: Our Travel Map – Posted September 5, 2016 – An animated illustration of our journey, so far.
We Met the Enema and It Is Us – Posted August 25, 2016 – Blocked black water tank! You can’t suck it out, you can’t blow it out, you can’t beat it out. You just gotta give it what it needs and let it flow.
Pushing North – Posted August 17, 2016 – We left our home behind. San Diego was our starting place … was.
The Blowout of Destiny – Posted August 6, 2016 – Trailer tire blowout in the Mojave Desert in 100 degrees!
Frying High! – Posted July 27, 2016 – Our first week traveling full-time on the road outside San Diego.
Saying Goodbye – Posted July 18, 2016 – The day we left San Diego … remembering and loving our home.
Retired! – Posted July 1, 2016 – We are standing at the threshold of a new and wondrous beginning.
Are We There Yet? … Are We There Yet? – Posted June 15, 2016 – Only two-and-a-half weeks till Jim retires, and in about a month we’ll begin our full-time travels.
Wherever You Go, There You Are – Posted June 1, 2016 – We’d like to see the world in a context that is not about necessity and business, but contemplation and recreation.
Trailer Fairies – Posted May 18, 2016 – A jolly band of vintage trailers descended upon us at the Chula Vista RV Resort.
Square Peg/Round Hole – Posted May 11, 2016 – Repurposing into our Airstream those items we did not sell, donate or throw away.
All Hell Broke Loose – Posted April 29, 2016 – The day we moved out of our home into our Airstream was anything but smooth.
Breaking Out! – Posted April 19, 2016 – Preparing to ‘fly the nest’ and leave our home of 20 years and live full-time in our Airstream.
Need vs Want – Posted April 7, 2016 – “Stuff” can be both nurturing and burdensome.
00094 – Posted March 29, 2016 – Only 94 days until Jim’s last day in the office
Tell The Beaubeauxs Where To Geaux – Posted March 22, 2016 – The day we pull out we will go … Our coordinates are “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”
Trapped!!!! – Posted March 13, 2016 – Ever get trapped inside your Airstream? No? Well …
The Elephant In The Trailer – Posted March 4, 2016 – The unavoidable subject you must acknowledge when you’re choosing which year you will sign up to receive your social security benefits.
Campground Review: Silver Strand State Beach RV Penitentiary, – Coronado California – Posted February 27, 2016 – Right on the beach, beauty everywhere, but you better be home by 7 pm.
Let There Be LEDs – Posted February 17, 2016 – How to replace old fluorescents bulbs with LED lights.
You’re Living In … What? – Posted February 10, 2016 – Why we chose to travel full-time in a 30′ Airstream trailer.
Da Plane! Da Plane! – Posted January 29, 2016 – The best part of adventure is the anticipation.
The Rig – Posted January 19, 2016 – Our first post.