Category Archives: Daily Living In Our RV

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


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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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


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


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


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…’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


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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Cheap RV Living Update: Goodbyes, Bears, Turkeys And More

Well hey there everybody…time for a cheap rv living update from us, I’m thinkin’? My daughter just left this week and so I’ll fill you in on the past two weeks. Took a vacation myself from the computer because…well…do you really want to sit at a laptop when your daughter is visiting? Nope. Now it is catch up time! Will be posting some more specifics, with pictures, a day at a time…because if I put it all in this post, you wouldn’t be too happy with the length! So for tonight, will just say “hey!” and give a brief recap. My daughter reconnected with friends as if they’d just seen each other last month. It was awesome to see. She spent a LOT of her time camping, swimming at the beach at Lake Koocanusa and just catching up. The weather was sunny and hot the entire two weeks, so she … Continue reading


Daughter Visits: Thanks Amtrak Empire Builder For Date Night!

Dear Amtrak, we want to thank you and the Empire Builder for your usual tardiness, which resulted in our having an actual date night on July 18th, seeing a fantastic live band called Big Daddy Love perform at The Craggy Range in Whitefish, MT. You see, my daughter departed Chicago on July 17 and was riding the train solo for the first time. Having lived in Montana for eight years in her youth, she knew the train was often late – but none of us expected it to be THIS LATE. Yes, I kept in close contact with “Julie” – your virtual employee – watching online as well as the arrival time kept getting pushed back further and further…and that was on day one. She had a 32 hour train ride ahead of her and by the time 1/3 of the travel was behind her, she was hours late. Anyway, … Continue reading

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One Less Karen Performs At Motorcycle Rally In Fortine, MT??

Well folks, it was time to get back on the horse musically – so yesterday One Less Karen (that’s us) performed at the first gig we were offered…at the 1st annual motorcycle rally at Jerry’s Saloon in Fortine, MT. Yep. We did. Not fricking kidding. The following is our tale of yesterday’s experience. Let me start by exclaiming that, contrary to popular belief, sometimes alcohol is INDEED your friend. Don’t believe me? Yeah…well try performing original tunes at a motorcycle rally and get back to me on that, ok?   Let’s begin at the beginning…this is an rving blog after all, right? Believe it or not, Jerry’s Saloon has about a dozen rv sites available with full hookups but no bath house ($300/month including electric in summer, if interested) – and it is a gorgeous area. We aren’t camping there, of course, because we have a great private site in … Continue reading