Saying Goodbye To Montana, The Computer And Blogging….

Oh boy…this post is going to be tough. The ramblings you are about to read are really a purging for us, but we hope you find them honest and meaningful to you in some way as well. So where to begin…um, how about the beginning? When we decided to walk away from everything in 2009, in search of a simpler existence, we knew our expenses would be few but we still would need some income. I had been selling on ebay/Amazon for quite some time (still do), which helped us a lot. But I needed more, because I couldn’t travel with a huge inventory in the rv. So I embraced the online world like an eager student. I’d known nothing about monetizing blogs, writing online, etc. It was a steep learning curve but I was devoted – and when I put my mind to something, there’s no turning back (stubborn). … Continue reading

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A Peeping Tom? Yep, You Meet Some Wild Turkeys In Montana

Do you ever feel like someone is watching you through your rv window? Well we had that feeling…and it turned out to be… A PEEPING TOM!! Notice our window thermometer in the bottom, right corner of the photo above…yes, I was at the kitchen table, on the inside of the 5th wheel – and Mr. Freaky Wild Montana Turkey was staring right at me. Now, let’s go back in time that day, just a little bit. Why did I find the turkey a bit “off” and intimidating? Does it seem odd I would fear the wild turkey? Well, the morning started off like any other morning. Hannah (rv dog) was outside, enjoying the fresh air. Then an unruly gang of six wild Montana turkeys showed up. We were inside having coffee, but her barking told us that there was something very, VERY important outside that must be addressed (usually a … Continue reading

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What Eureka, Montana “The Bull Thing” Pics WOULD Look Like

So we just couldn’t resist when we were invited to join friends at “The Bull Thing” in Eureka, MT this summer. Sitting outside under a beautiful Montana sky, socializing with friends, watching this rodeo event that draws crowds from all over the northwest…sounded perfect! It also sounded like a great opportunity to take pictures and share them with you. Except for one thing – it is hard to take photos when your eyes are closed. The ones below I took before the event began – when all was calm… Yes, you heard me correctly…I have this problem when it comes to suspense/thrills/chills, I close my eyes. Oh, I tried, mind you. As the cowboy was getting ready for the gate to open, sitting on top of a maniacal slab of prime beef that would not only violently whip him around, he’d come after him after he fell off, I had … Continue reading

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RV Pests, Vermin, Invaders – Meet The Bald Faced Hornet

Living in an exposed RV – one that isn’t inside of a building or other shelter – is an experience with all kinds of interesting dimensions. Many of the peculiar aspects of RV life are quite different from the stationary, housebound life (filling water tanks, emptying waste, leveling, stabilizing, etc.), but there is one area that we all have in common: how to deal with pests, vermin and invaders. Here I am talking about a list of creatures that make life anything from annoying to hazardous, from pack rats and ants, raccoons and squirrels, to yellow jackets and bald faced hornets. Now I realize that this might be hard to understand for inexperienced folks out there – isn’t a moving RV kind of impervious to these kinds of annoyances? Well, maybe when it’s actually going down the road, but as soon as it stops, for the night or for the … Continue reading

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Why People In Montana Have PATIENCE

Hi rvers! Today’s topic is Montana and patience, but in a funny way. Speaking of being patient, haven’t posted in quite a bit because…well…we’re busy, enjoying summer which is going by much too quickly, planning our fall rv trip and much more. Next week we are off to the North Fork for four days, after we play a gig at Point of Rocks this Sunday for 4 HOURS (ouch!). I am, as promised, going to get some pics and posts up in September on those primitive campgrounds I mentioned…but ya gotta be PATIENT, ok? (See how I threw that in? Oh the wit…). Anyway, today we will discuss cows, patience and Montana – all rolled into one for the purpose of this post. Let’s start with some photos, shall we? The road you see below is OUR DRIVEWAY to the main road…it’s all we’ve got. You will see the problem … Continue reading

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Cheap RV Decorating Ideas – NO SEW Bandana Curtains For RVs!

Well folks, I’ve got another one of my cheap rv decorating ideas to share with you – I just made bandana curtains for our camper WITHOUT SEWING! Yeah!!!! I’m not a sewer, but to date every rv we’ve owned (pop up, old travel trailer, newer camper, motorhome, etc.) I’ve made a curtain to the best of my ability, with a sewing machine, while uttering many bad words. Now this tip isn’t for every window in your recreational vehicle (unless they are all tiny), but you might take this idea and come up with more ideas to make it your own to fit larger windows. Here’s how it all started….we have two short and small windows in the kitchen area of our camper. The shades on them were a nightmare, constantly refusing to go up or, even worse, rolling up on their own without warning and making a terrifying sound. We … Continue reading

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RVers, You Don’t Need An RV With Washer And Dryer PART 2

Hey everyone! As promised, here is part two (continued from our recent laundry blog post) about why you don’t need an rv with washer and dryer. We did laundry a few days ago and decided to take pics of ALL of the signs in the laundromat, so you’d see what we were really talking about. To be honest, we’d never read all of the signage, because it would have taken forever…we have some favorites, for sure. Hope you enjoy the snarky comments and our photos! SOME PERSPECTIVE ON HOW MANY SIGNS THERE ARE…AND THIS IS JUST ONE WALL HERE IS ANOTHER ROW TO ADMIRE, AND NOTE THE BACK WALL, TOO SOMEONE HAD FUN CORRECTING THEIR SPELLING ON THIS ONE CAN YOU FIND THE SPELLING ERROR ON THE ONE BELOW? AND GEEZ, THE START BUTTON IS IN THE FRONT OFFICE? HAHA 3 MESSAGES PER DRYER, ENOUGH SAID, EH? THIS PIC IS … Continue reading

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Our Cheap RV Living Tips: Paint Your RV Roof Vent And Covers

We had a successful, frugal experiment yesterday – we painted our rv roof vent cover – so we just had to share our cheap rv living tips with you! Wilbur, our 5th wheel, is a bright and sunny camper – which is quite delightful most of the day. However, in Montana during the summer, the sun sets late at night and rises very early. We needed to do something… So this frugal couple (that would be us) decided a few weeks ago we had to finally address the issue – and we just got around to putting our plan in motion yesterday. Here is the scoop…when we bought Wilbur, he came with three, WHITE roof vent covers by Maxxair installed over the normal camper vents…over our bed, in the bathroom and in the kitchen. Now from the outside, for those who like to be color coordinated, having matching white covers … Continue reading

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Hilarious Laundry – Don’t Buy An RV With Washer And Dryer

We’ve never had to make the decision to buy an rv with washer and dryer, unless you consider our kitchen sink the washing machine and my hair dryer the drying appliance. Those usually only come in big rvs and you need a big bank balance to pay for such a recreational vehicle. So we are laundromat folks… So why shouldn’t you buy an rv washing machine or dryer? Well…..you’d miss out on these hilarious experiences we are about to share, of course! Plus, how better to get to know a town than by visiting their local laundromat? Their bulletin boards alone provide a good 15 minutes of reading and you might find something you need (a mobile rv repair guy put his card on the board, so we’re gonna call for some little projects)! First, some background to refresh. We are currently rving in Trego, Montana, and the only place … Continue reading

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Visiting The North Fork In Montana – Polebridge, Kintla Lake

I never take for granted how fortunate I am that my dad and his wife Pat live in the North Fork of Montana, off the grid. No phones, electricity from a generator, water from a well – and a view off the porch of the western boundary of Glacier National Park. I WROTE ON THIS BLOG A FEW YEARS AGO ABOUT THE NORTH FORK, WITH LOTS OF PHOTOS, WHICH YOU CAN SEE HERE While my daughter was visiting, we went up to the cabin to visit for 4 days…having a wonderful time, as always.   We drove my favorite rugged trail over the mountains, Trail Creek, never seeing one car during the trek (this is good, because it is a narrow and rocky road on steep cliffs!). Hannah and Spot were in the pickup truck, too – and Spot drove us all nuts with his meowing, letting us know he … Continue reading

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