Tiny Shiny Home Blog 2019-12-09T05:03:09+00:00 https://tinyshinyhome.com/feed Tiny Shiny Home hello@tinyshinyhome.com https://tinyshinyhome.com/mammoth-smoky-mountains-birthdays Mammoth Cave, Great Smoky Mountains, & Birthday Celebrations 2019-11-28T05:00:00+00:00 2019-11-28T22:39:51+00:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/

Though we've been stationary in Knoxville for a month, we were able to take a week and go on a mini adventure to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Jonathan and I take a trip alone to San Antonio!

And we visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time as a family.

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/cybertruck How the Cybertruck Could Change Camping 2019-11-27T05:00:00+00:00 2019-12-01T00:45:39+00:00 Jonathan Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/

Oh Cybertruck. How you’ve flooded all my social media feeds the last week. I personally don’t follow Mr. Musk all that much, but he certainly managed to capture a ton of attention with this electric truck launch.

Between the window debacle and the polarizing angular design, people just can’t stop talking about it.

Here’s the thing, though. The Cybertruck has a ton of really intriguing possibilities not only for the truck market, but for camping, RV towing, off-road adventuring, and even boondocking.

Some of them have officially been announced. Some of them have been trickling out via Elon’s Twitter account. And some of them are just wild, crazy speculation on my part. Let’s dig in.

Design

Cybertruck 5

Ah yes, the Blade Runner inspired, much maligned trapezoidal shape of the Cybertruck is simultaneously mocked and loved by many. While I personally dig it, there are some really interesting reasons for the shapes.

It all comes down to the 30x cold rolled steel. Apparently it’s so tough that the stamping presses break trying to roll and mold it. To even get the bending effect a deep score has to be made on the inside of the bend. Theoretically making the body out of this material means less material is needed, thus the reason for the surprisingly low cost of the truck.

Towing Capacity

Hd Tesla Cybertruck

The Cybertruck comes in 3 motor variations, but the only one I’m really interested in for towing and boondocking is the Tri-Motor AWD. Anyone knows that off-roading and camping off-grid requires 4WD or AWD. Plus it can tow 14,000 lbs and go 500 miles on single charge.

I doubt that number includes towing, but dang. I don’t get anywhere near that in my 2017 F250 gas. I would love to know what the range is for towing, but I imagine that’s a hard number to share with so many variables. Either way, I’m impressed that the high end version is roughly the same cost as a new diesel truck.

One last thing to keep in mind - the crazy sloped sidewalls on the bed would definitely cause an issue for 5th wheel or gooseneck hitches. Which is generally the kind of connection you want towing over 10,000 lbs. So until we know more about optional bed configurations I’d say this is travel trailer only.

Suspension

Tesla Cyberquad

Another feature briefly mentioned that caught my eye was the adaptive air suspension. This allows you to raise and lower four inches in either direction for easy access to get in the doors or load up the bed. You can can get up to 16” of ground clearance, and it even has self leveling capabilities.

I can imagine this would be a lot of fun for off-roading, but also for heading down a rocky boondocking road towing your trailer.

Solar Panels

Tesla Cybertruck

My first thought seeing the rolling tonneau bed cover was, “Can that be a solar panel? Because that would be awesome!”

Turns out they’re already thinking about solar. On Elon Musk’s twitter account he said:


Wish I had some calculations on how many amp hours he’s talking about, but it would definitely make me feel better about taking out in the middle of nowhere if I could charge it up with some solar power.

Camping

Cybertruck Tent

You may have seen this wild picture as part of the press release. It looks like a tent and a truck had a baby. What is this madness? Apparently it will be a purchasable option, according to Elon. I don’t know about you, but that looks pretty rad. I’d love to know more about what’s going on with the slide out kitchen under the bed.

Another fun fact I ran across. In Tesla Model S’s there’s a “Camper Mode” option. This lets the car do climate control and air filtration all night long without any tailpipe emissions or sound. No idea if this would work in the bed of the truck, but it’s pretty fascinating nonetheless.

Boondocking

Boondocking in Wickenburg, AZ 2

So does something like the Cybertruck make sense for boondocking? With the right options, maybe. In addition to the solar panels there’s also talk of 110v and 220v plugs and an onboard air compressor. How cool would it be to plug your RV into your truck to charge the batteries, then drive the truck back into town to top it off?

It would be like adding a massive battery bank to your camping setup. I couldn’t find the exact battery specs, but our friends beginningfromthismorning have installed an old Chevy Volt lithium bank to the tune of 2000ah(!). And I imagine the Cybertruck’s tri-motor setup would be even larger.

What if you’re not near a charging station, and the sun isn’t cooperating? Turns out it is possible to charge a Tesla via generator, but it’s not advised. And it’ll take a really long time!

All I’ll say on this is that the possibilities are intriguing, and we need way more information to know for sure. I wouldn’t mind taking one out to the Trona Pinnacles for a week, though!

Tesla ATV's and RV's Coming?

Two other items really caught my eye in the promotional images.

The first is a sweet electric ATV that fits perfectly in the bed of the truck. Is it for real? Yes, apparently!

Cyberquad

Mr. Musk says, “Tesla 2 person electric ATV will come at first as an option for Cybertruck.”

You can charge it straight from the truck itself. Sweet.

And finally, there’s that picture of the truck towing what looks to be some kind of futuristic trailer that perfectly matches the styling. What’s inside? Is it another vehicle? What if Telsa turned this into a full-blown RV, complete with Powerwall, solar panel roofs, and all sorts of goodies?

Sadly, there aren’t nearly enough answers on this front.

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So there you go - all my thoughts on this Cybertruck craziness. Did I miss something? Leave a comment and let me know.

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/favorite-gifts-for-full-time-travel My Favorite Gifts for Full Time Travel 2019-11-25T05:00:00+00:00 2019-11-25T21:22:02+00:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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It’s that time of year again. People are making their lists and checking them twice!

If you read our blog, chances are you or someone you know is traveling full time. I’ve put together a list of some of my most favorite items that anyone (traveling or not) may love to receive this Christmas season. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite things.

Travelers Notebook

Travelers Notebook

I am in love with this planner system. Jonathan and I both have one and we use it every single day! The Traveler's Notebook is small enough to fit in my handbag, but big enough I can actually read what’s on my calendars. The best part is it’s totally customizable. I’ve gone with a monthly and weekly calendar in mine, along with an extra lined insert for taking notes and writing down ideas and things to remember. What I love most is the calendar inserts that you can begin on any day because it’s all empty dates. You pick what month you want to begin and just fill in the dates yourself. No more waiting until the New Year to get started. You can read more about this planner on this post I wrote awhile back!

Wall Basket

Hanging Wall Basket

Space is extremely limited in an RV, but traveling or not, a good wall basket is extremely useful. Store produce, table linens, utensils, or even plants in them, and have less things on your counter. I may or may not have spent the last 3 years searching for the perfect wall basket. We just purchased this set and I’m in love with the geometric details. Plus, if your house is on wheels like ours, it’s one less thing to have to move on travel day!

USB Oil Diffuser

USB Oil Diffuser

Pretty much everyone I know is a lover of essential oils and when you’re traveling full time you know that every inch of counter space is precious. There’s no way a standard size diffuser was making the cut in our tiny Airstream. We made sure to add extra USB ports all throughout our home so that we could use USB powered items whenever possible, and that includes this little oil diffuser. We actually have one for the truck as well. With 6 people in a tiny space, diffusing calming oils is a must. Not only do they smell amazing, they also keep us healthy and purify our air.

Deuter Backpack

Deuter Airline 28 Backpack

Every adventurer needs a good hiking backpack. We love our Deuter Airlite 28. It's the perfect size for day hikes. We've tried several packs over the years but we keep coming back to this one. But if you're unsure of which one would be best for you, just hit up your local REI and have yourself fitted by their specialists. They know what they're doing!

BagPodz

bagpodz on cart

Storage is everything while traveling. You don’t want to be going to the grocery and coming home with 20 plastic bags. Not only is it extremely wasteful, it’s completely unnecessary. Grab a set of 5 or 10 BagPodz and get yourself in the habit of taking in your reusable bags. We’ve had them in our truck for years and I don’t even have to think about it anymore. Taking our own bags in to stores is just what we do. They’ll hold more items and are way stronger than the plastic bags. Plus, many big box stores and even locations markets are beginning to charge you for your plastic bag usage. Get ahead of the game and just bring your own. You’re doing this earth a huge favor!

Stasher Bags

Stasher Bags

It kills me every time I buy a box of Ziplock bags. I have this inner struggle of feeling extremely bad for contributing more plastic to a landfill, but also...it’s just so convenient. Though we aren’t completely zero waste, we have made a switch to these Stasher bags for almost everything. Not only are they easy to use, but they also come in super cute colors. They’re great for taking snacks on hikes or in the truck on drive days. They’re easy to wash and don’t take up too much space. This is a switch I was happy to make!

Bamboo Toothbrushes

Bamboo Toothbrushes

This was an extremely easy switch for us. We’ve stopped buying plastic toothbrushes after watching a documentary that showed hundreds of plastic toothbrushes washing up on beaches around the world. It was disturbing. Amazon makes it so easy. Just add this pack of bamboo toothbrushes to your Amazon cart and give yourself a pat on the back. You may have just saved a turtles life! While you're at it, toss in this adorable biodegradable floss that comes in a zero waste container! All you'll need to buy is the floss refills! Score.

Magma pots

Magma Pots and Pans Set

We’ve had these since we started traveling. Ours are all worn, but this nesting Magma set of 7 is absolutely perfect for our family. It comes with a 5 qt stock pot, a 9-1/2” sauté pan, a 2 qt sauce pan, a lid for the smaller pot and a lid that fits both the larger pot and pan, a removable handle and a bungee to keep them all together. Honestly we don’t use the bungee, but I can see how it would come in handy at times. I love that they nest together and only take up as much room as the larger pot. We’ve had ours for almost 5 years and they’ve held up great. A great space saving option for traveling families or those who want to live tiny!

Smithey Cast Iron Skillet

Smithey Cast Ironware

Though we do love our Magma set...if weight was not an issue, I’d make the switch to all Smithey Cast Ironware. I am in love. Their pans are nothing short of a work of art. The inside is already as slick as your grandmas cast iron pans. I’ve not had anything stick to my Smithey skillet. Just go check out their site. This hand forged Farmhouse Skillet as well as their new Dutch Oven have me staying up all night thinking about what I could get rid of to make room for these in our tiny house on wheels. Seriously...I cannot tell you how great they are, just go get one for yourself!

Hydro Flasks

hydroflask bottles

We don’t go anywhere without our Hydro Flask water bottles. I’m serious. They even go with us to restaurants. We each have one and it’s our main cup we use every single day (except for Jonathan who prefers his Yeti because it fits in the truck cup holder). The point is, get yourself a good reusable container and stop buying plastic water bottles! It’s 2019 people! Anyone will gladly fill up your Hydro Flask, and you won't be sending off hundreds of bottles to the landfill each year. It’s not only a gift for you, it’s a gift to our planet!

Berkey water filter

Strap for the Berkey

Now that you’ve got yourself a super cute reusable water bottle, you’ll want to fill it with the best quality of water you can. Do yourself a favor and get a Berkey. I can say with certainty that we are full on water snobs. We’ll take our own water to restaurants because often theirs is downright awful. Even our kids notice the difference in the quality of water from place to place. We will never be without our Berkey water filter. Yes, it’s a large up front cost, but you’ll be drinking the cleanest water out there and saving money by not buying water bottles ever again! It's truly worth every penny.

Green Mountain Grill

Green Mountain Davy Crockett

If you love smoked meats, grilled pizzas, or smoked bacon chocolate chip cookies, you're going to want to get this Green Mountain Grill for the one you love. We use it every week. Traveling with the Green Mountain Grill (we have the Davy Crockett size) has been fantastic. We smoke loads of meat each week and we can even use it as an oven. I've baked bread, pies, cookies, pizzas and much more in ours, and we highly recommend them to anyone who wants to travel with a grill or smoker. Plus, cooking outside in the summer keeps the heat down inside the trailer!

So there you have it!

These are my top favorite gifts to give this Christmas season. So, be a good friend and buy me that Smithy Farmhouse Skillet...I mean....

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/visiting-family-deep-cleaning Visiting Family & Deep Cleaning 2019-11-08T05:00:00+00:00 2019-11-08T18:24:12+00:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/

We made it to Knoxville a little earlier than planned to see Jonathan's family who we haven't seen in nearly a year!

Sickness crept in and took over most of our 2 weeks there, but we were able to declutter our home...again, give it a good scrub before we left town.

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/laundry-day-on-the-road Laundry Day on the Road 2019-10-08T05:00:00+00:00 2019-10-08T18:21:25+00:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/

Laundromats make doing laundry on the road so easy. I first thought I'd hate using the laundromat, but now I've come to love getting everything washed in just two hours!

Storing all our clothes in just 2-3 packing cubes each has been a game changer. Packing cubes allow us to store all our clothes neatly in a very tiny space. Keeping things neat and organized is key to traveling full time!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/airstream-family-travel-day Airstream Family Travel Day 2019-09-30T05:00:00+00:00 2019-09-30T18:46:31+00:00 Jonathan Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/

We're traveling from Saskatchewan to Winnipeg in search of warmer temperatures. Here you'll get a glimpse into what a typical travel day looks like for us.

A special thanks to @natecroft for some of the rad tunes. Check out more of his music at http://natecroft.com

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/why-is-self-care-important-when-living-tiny Why is Self Care Important When Living Tiny? 2019-09-25T05:00:00+00:00 2019-09-25T23:33:03+00:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/

Self Care. Even saying those words makes me feel guilty. Is this just a new catchphrase that moms are throwing around to make them feel better about spending time away from their family to do something for themselves?

The truth is, I really thought this. It’s still new to me that taking time to do something for myself isn’t necessarily selfish. I’m not talking about taking an entire day to visit some fancy spa and spend hundreds on facials and massages…though that does sound amazing.

I’m talking about taking time to do something that feeds your soul. That makes you remember that you’re a person, not just a mom and a wife. Things like signing up for that pottery class, buying a plant that makes you smile every time you see it, doing some yoga, or going to a coffee shop alone and ordering your favorite spice chai drink that you don’t have to share with anyone!

Living in 220 sq. ft. as a family of six, as you can imagine...we are close. Physically. VERY. CLOSE. We spend nearly all day every day right next to each other, and we love it. But it's easy to get caught up in taking care of everyone else's needs, and it's even easier to forget that you, too, have needs.

In the last few months, Jonathan and I have been making it a priority to let each other have one day out of the Airstream alone. Yes, that usually involves us working, doing laundry, or going to the grocery store, but it’s a start right?

This week I took it a step further. I’ve gotten up each morning (I know it’s only Wednesday, but still…) to take a long walk. We’re visiting Saskatchewan this week and fall is here to stay.

Campground in Saskatchewan

I’ve discovered a new podcast (Practice You) that is giving me life. Elana Brower's voice has a way of making all your troubles melt away. It’s been so great to have an hour to walk, and listen, and think, and find myself again. After listing to an episode with Eddie Stern, I downloaded his breathing app and after my walk I’ll take time to lay down in the hallway, AirPods still in, and just breathe. Even just having 5 minutes of intentional breathing makes me feel like a new person.

There’s something to be said about taking time for yourself, mommas (and dads). Be it 5 minutes or an entire day. We are not just moms. We have needs, we have desires, we have goals, and we need time to dive into our passions. We can’t possibly expect to be the best versions of our selves if we don’t take time to do things that give us life.

What makes you feel alive? Is it a walk in nature? Catching up with a close friend? Traveling? How are you making time for you? My hope is that we, as mothers, wives, partners, stop feeling guilty about taking time for ourselves.

I'd love to hear how you make time to do things that fill your soul. Leave a comment and let me know below.

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/boondocking-etiquette Boondocking Rules, Etiquette & Just Plain Common Decency 2019-09-16T05:00:00+00:00 2019-09-16T19:29:15+00:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/

Okay friends, let’s talk.

If you’ve been around here any length of time you know our preferred method of camping is boondocking on public lands.

In fact, we love it so much we even made an in-depth video course to teach others how to do it!

But today we're actually here to vent. That's right, these fun-loving, congenial Tiny Shiny Homies are fed up. And if you know us, it take a lot to do that.

  • Maybe it was the huge rig that parked so close we couldn't even fit our truck in front of our trailer.
  • Maybe it was 10th pile of dog poo we stepped in.
  • Maybe it was 20th bag of trash we had to pick up from the last site to even be able to use it.
  • Maybe it was that contractor style generator blaring all hours of the day and night.

Whatever it was, something snapped. And before I knew it, my fingers were furiously typing these words.

The short version of this rather long rant? Be kind, courteous, respectful, and grateful for the opportunity to camp for free in these beautiful, remote areas. It truly is a privilege. Same goes for overnighting in a business' parking lot.

The long version? Well, let's get into the nitty gritty of boondocking etiquette, rules and just plain common decency, shall we?

In Parking Lots

Get permission first

It's amazing that many Wal-Marts, Cabelas, and Cracker Barrels allow RV's to stay in their parking lots overnight. But you have to call ahead and get permission first. Don't rely on apps or hearsay on the internet, either. Pick up that phone and (gasp!) talk to a real person. Sometimes it's not even that the business doesn't want you there - many cities are passing ordinances against this, and you might get a knock at your door from the local police at 2am asking you to leave. Always clear your stay with the store manager first!

One night only

This should be obvious, but unfortunately it’s not. These businesses are allowing you to stop over on your way to your next destination. Do not set up camp here! Don’t pull out your camp chairs and grills. It's not a tailgate party, people! Leave those for football season. Arrive late and leave early. Don't take up their valuable parking spaces for their customers.

Buy something

These are businesses, and you staying in their parking lot costs them money. It’s common courtesy to go in and buy something while you're there. Make it worth their while. Let them know you appreciate that they are offering their parking lot to travelers for the night by spending some cash at their store and even saying thank you!

No dumping

Don't dump gray or black water in someone's parking lot! This should also be obvious, but we’ve seen people washing their dishes outside of their RV and leaving their leftover noodles on the ground. I'm serious. Like, what the heck? Treat their space like you would your own, and leave it better than you found it.

Keep it down

Seriously folks. It’s one night. There should be no need to pull out your noisy generators in a parking lot with other travelers who are tired from their drive and just want to get some sleep. Often the area set aside for RV's is small and everyone is close to each other so keep it quiet and be respectful.

On Slides and Stabilizers

There's a common refrain out there that you should never put your stabilizers down, disconnect your tow vehicle, or extend your slides while in a parking lot. While we get what they're saying, it's not always realistic. We have 6 people in a vintage trailer. We have to put stabilizers down for the safety of our frame. Many newer RV's with slides aren't even usable when they're in. And sometimes you genuinely need to run an errand to somewhere else in town. Use common sense, and try to stay on the down low!

On Public Lands

Boondocking on BLM

Obey stay limits

Listen, these beautiful lands are not being set aside so that you can camp for free in the same spot for months or years at a time.

Most BLM and National Forest land have a 14 day limit for good reason. Imagine how difficult it would be to find a boondocking spot if everyone setup shop for 2 months in the best spots?

We’ve seen our fair share of RV’s that are obviously setup for the long haul with dog pens, multiple vehicles, tables, chairs, and even decks! We know homelessness is real problem in some areas of the country, but as with any neighborhood, those kind of campers make the area less desirable and less safe.

Pay attention to the stay limit and obey it, please! Otherwise these beautiful locations may get shut down.

Leave some space

Give people their space! This is what prompted us to even write this post.

True story: We recently set up for a week in a beautiful location outside of Yellowstone National Park, but just hours later a big rig comes in and parks right in front of our trailer. I mean, I could understand if it was one night and there was no where else to park, but there was a ton of room for them to back up a hundred yards or so. And they stayed there all week! It was annoying to say the least, especially since our ‘bedroom’ is right in the front of the trailer.

We could barely park our truck in front of the Airstream!

Leave some room between you and other campers. The whole point of boondocking is to get out of cramped campgrounds and enjoy nature. We can't do that when you park right outside our front door.

Park only in designated sites

I shouldn’t need to say this, but we’ve seen it so here goes. This is not your land! You do not get to decide where a new campsite should be.

Only use designated or dispersed sites. They are often marked by a big area of bare land and a fire pit or fire ring. Do not cut down plants, trees, or grass to make a new site. I don’t care how perfect your view would be. This is not your decision to make.

Say it with me….BE RESPECTFUL!!

Turn out the lights

Please, for the love of God, do not leave your outside lights on all night.

If you’re on public land, people are out here for the scenery, the night sky, and the solitude. It’s hard to fall asleep with your bright lights shining in our windows all night. If you're not using them outside, please just turn them off. Especially in the designated dark sky parts of this country.

Side rant - leave them off in campgrounds, too! For all the same reasons!

Drive slow!

Yes, it’s public land, but that doesn’t mean that you get to fly down these dusty roads like a crazy person. Slow down! Kids could be outside playing, dogs could be running around, and you’re throwing your dust in our living rooms. Slow it down, man!

Quiet hours

Okay, so there are no set quiet hours when you’re boondocking in the middle of public lands, but the theme of this post is…. BE RESPECTFUL.

If there are other campers around they don’t want to hear your explicit music blaring all day and night. This goes for generators, too. Pretend like you’re in a campground and run it during the day.

Leave no trace

Again…obvious, right? Unfortunately…not to some people.

I will never understand why people leave their trash, break bottles on rocks, and treat our public lands like a waste facility. As much as we love bagging up your bullet casings, please just pick up after yourself!

We’re constantly picking up other peoples trash, and you should, too. Help us clean up this beautiful land so that others can enjoy it after you.

Even better, make sure you're not leaving anything there to begin with.

Say hello!

This one is for us, because we’re introverts :)

If you’re in close proximity to other campers enjoying the same land, just say hi when walking by. You've already got one thing in common, and people out here are usually super kind and help look out for each other.

Say hi, introduce yourself, and you may have just made a new friend you’d like to meet again on down the road.

Clean up after pets

Ugh, how many times have we stepped in your dog’s poo? Too many! Please, please, please - clean up after your pets.

I’m not saying you need to go out in a field of cactus or overgrown grass and clean it up, but right there in the campsite should be cleaned for the next people to enjoy!

Put out your fires!

Really? Do I even need to say this? People…. PUT OUT YOUR FIRES! Like, LOTS of water and make sure it’s completely out. Wildfires are a huge problem in some areas of the country. Keep an eye out for burn bans, and don't be the one that takes out an entire section of the forest because you were lazy.

End Rant

Whew, thanks for sticking with us through that. We feel so much better :)

If we sound frustrated, it's only because we care so much about these amazing locations.

We want these areas to be available for others to enjoy for years to come - so respect the land, respect the rules, and respect others out here enjoying the land, too.

High fives to all you doing your best to make these areas better for others. We appreciate you!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/family-fun-in-medora-nd Family Fun in Medora, ND 2019-07-09T09:00:00+00:00 2019-07-26T17:06:27+00:00 Jonathan Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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When asked what I wanted to do for my birthday this year, for once I already knew. I wanted to go to Theodore Roosevelt National Park!

Driving through South Dakota last year we threw around the idea of heading north for a weekend to ‘check off North Dakota’ on our state map. Little did I know that North Dakota would turn out to be one of the prettiest states we have visited so far!

After lots of research, we finally decided to make it happen. A 10 hour weekend drive got us there just in time for my birthday. But the party was just getting started!

We had a fun-filled week working with the adorable town of Medora, ND. We stayed at the Medora Campground which is unusual for us, but being a quick walk from all the activities in town was a huge bonus!

The showers and bathrooms were very well kept and the employees were super helpful and extremely friendly when there was a little mixup with our reservation. Overall, the close quarters were worth the close proximity to everything this town has to offer!

Medora is full of charm and there is so much to do that we’ve broken down some of our family's favorites…

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Obviously! Visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park the first week of July was perfect. It was so green! We’ve seen several badlands in our time on the road but this one takes the cake! I mean...grass, bison, wild horses, prairie dogs, rattlesnakes… what more could you ask for?

The views just don’t stop. We drove most of the loop (part of it was closed) and just couldn’t get over the views. Green prairies as far as they eye can see, speckled with badlands popping out of the wildflower fields. It was incredible!

And of course we did the Junior Ranger program and the kids got another badge!

Perception Medora

Medora Perception Medora Perception

We’ve seen several of these spots popping up lately but we’ve never been to one until our visit to Perception in Medora. The kids really enjoyed the optical illusions. The best part was the house! As soon as I stepped in I felt like I had vertigo, but it was still so fun to see and experience. I felt like I was walking crooked the rest of the day, but it was worth it.

Cute Downtown Shops & Playground

Medora Playground

There are so many cute shops in this little town. You can easily walk to every one in just a few hours. We were lucky to find one of the magnets for TRNP (we collect all the magnets for the parks) that we were looking for that wasn’t available in TRNP gift shop. Score!

If you have little kids (or even big kids) make sure to walk over to the playground! It's right near Perception and could easily kill a couple hours there. Very well made and a great location makes it a no-brainer to visit.

Homemade Ice Cream

Medora Icecream

The kids made it their mission for the week to find the best ice cream in Medora! There are several places to choose from and they’ll be doing a report on which one was their favorite. Homeschool for the win!

As for Jonathan and I, our favorite was the Coffee Brownie at Hatlee & Brae followed by a close second of Maple at Marquis De Mores. YUM!

Medora Musical

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Okay friends, I admit that I had little expectations for the musical because the only musicals I’ve been to have been high school productions. All I can say is wow! We were totally blown away by the Medora Musical. Amazing singers, expertly executed, and an overall flawless production.

In the middle of the show, after the intermission, we were treated to the funniest magician we've ever seen. His energy was higher than you could imagine and had us rolling in our seats. We haven't laughed that hard in a long time!

You could tell everyone was having a blast! The audience was captivated and we left stunned. I cannot stress it enough, you simply HAVE to experience the Medora Musical yourself. It was worth the trip to Medora even if all you have time to do is go to this musical.

Pitchfork Steak Fondue

Pitchfork Steak Fondue

You had us at fondue! If anyone is cooking meat in a pitchfork, sign us up!

When we arrived, the line was incredibly long, but this wasn't their first rodeo. We were picking up our tray of food in no time and shocked at how smooth the process was for moving that many people through the lines!

Pitchfork Steak Fondue was a buffet style of fixings full of fresh veggies, garlic toast, baked potatoes, and fresh fruit. Once we filled out plates with all the sides we picked up our hot-out-the-pot 12 oz steaks! You heard me! 12 ounces of delicious, juicy, flavorful meat from a pitchfork!

We all got the steaks and honestly there wasn’t much left behind. This is a meal that should not be skipped when visiting Medora. Just head right over to the musical after and make it an evening you won’t forget!

Medora Riding Stables

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After getting rained out a couple of times, we were finally able to make it to the Medora Riding Stables. This was the kids first real horse ride and though they were very nervous at first, they were all glad that they went and had such a great time. The scenery was spectacular and the horses calm...and hungry;) it was the perfect way to close out our time in Medora.

Walk with Theodore Roosevelt

Medora Teddy Roosevelt Walk

This town is full of drama - in the best way! Joe, AKA Theodore Roosevelt, met us for a little hike and history about TR! It was super informative and I was happy I got to skip a history lesson for the week! His passion for this town and knowledge of TR was contagious and has me looking for biographies of Mr. Roosevelt! Make sure to check out A Teddy Roosevelt Salute Medora while you're in town.

4th of July Parade

Medora, ND Parade

Last, but certainly not least. If you're lucky enough to make it there for July 4th like we did, make sure you go to the parade!

An adorable mix of cowboys, tractors, firefighters, and local businesses put together this magical little parade that all the town comes out for. Our kids had a blast picking up candies that were thrown at them.

And if that wasn't enough, make sure you stay up late enough for their fireworks show! If you try to fall asleep, you'll quickly be woken up by the thunderous booms echoing off the badlands surrounding the little town. We just walked a little bit up the ways from our campground and caught the show on the side of the road. The best way to end our time at this adorable town of Medora, North Dakota.

Medora Fireworks

Thank you Medora, for a week that we will not soon forget!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/avoiding-burnout-while-traveling-full-time Avoiding Burnout While Traveling Full-Time 2019-06-26T08:00:00+00:00 2019-06-26T15:29:32+00:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/

It’s going to happen.

You’ll find yourself surrounded by natural beauty and you’ll feel trapped, or depressed, or irritated at the thought of looking at another canyon, mountain range, or waterfall. You’ll think to yourself… 'it looks just like all the other waterfalls I’ve seen over the last 4 years' or 'it’s just another canyon'. You’ll know in your head that it’s special and you should be enjoying it but you just can’t. That my friends, is travel burnout.

I’d venture to say that the last half of 2018 was like that for me. Nothing felt special. I didn’t care to see another mountain range and if I had to hike one more canyon I just might scream. So…what do you do when that happens to you?

First, let’s look at the root cause. Are you tired? Do you miss family and friends? Are you getting enough rest? Are you stressed about work or deadlines? Finding the root cause may help you understand how to adjust your travel lifestyle to better accommodate your needs.

Maybe you just need to slow down. Or you need to meet up with friends. Do you need to Skype with your family more often? Perhaps you need to adjust your work schedule.

But what if it comes out of nowhere? Maybe you just need a small break. There are several ways to get through a burnout period while traveling full-time. Here are some ways to change it up and hopefully avoid the dreaded burnout.

Have some alone time.

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Have your spouse take the kids to a movie or go explore for half the day. It’s amazing what a few hours alone can do for your mental state. Put on your favorite music or podcast. Take a shower. Make a favorite drink. Open the windows. Take a nap. Just do whatever makes you feel relaxed and happy.

Go somewhere familiar.

Camping at Lost Dutchman

Sometimes it’s nice to go back to a familiar place. You know where you can get water, groceries, gas. You don’t have to use GPS to get you around town. Sometimes it’s nice to have a break from all the research that goes into traveling full-time. And there's a lot of research!

Get a hotel!

Jax's Birthday Hotel

Rent a hotel room for a night or two. One with great beds and clean showers! Sometimes changing your surroundings completely makes a huge difference. Everyone gets a little break, and when you get back to your RV you’ll likely have a whole new appreciation for it.

Meet up with friends.

Camping with Friends

Sometimes this is a lot harder to pull off. Traveling full-time you meet a lot of people, But it's hard to keep track of where everyone is. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to coordinate with friends to have some quality time together.

Try a new hobby.

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I used to have so many hobbies at our house. Creating is a huge hole that’s not been able to be filled while traveling. Supplies take up too much room and we just really don’t have the space for lots extra supplies. However, if you can plan a head, try taking a class on something you’ve been wanting to learn. Pottery, glass blowing, stained glass, wood carving, painting, etc. Sometimes I find that just learning a new skill lights a fire deep inside that just makes me incredibly happy. Maybe it will for you, too!

Go shopping!

Copper Bells

Okay, hear me out on this one. I don’t mean, ‘go out and buy a bunch of useless crap that you don’t have room for.’ What I mean is...look for something that makes you truly happy every time you see it. Just last week I took the kids to the small town of Grand Lake, CO and found the most adorable copper bells that I couldn’t live without. These bells are now hanging in our Airstream and it makes me so happy every time I look at them.

Go on a date.

Date Night

I know, I know…some of you have small kids and can’t quite make this happen. But when Jonathan and I can, we love going into town for a quick sushi date, or we’ll go grab some ice cream and just sit in the car and talk. Sometimes we’ll even take an iPad and watch an episode of a favorite show. But don’t think you have to get away. Many times we’ll just let the kids watch a movie in their area while we chill in our area. Yes, we’re only separated by a curtain, but sometimes you just need to have some time alone without anyone asking you questions! Living tiny forces you to get creative to find alone time.

Splurge!

Float Tank

Jonathan and I splurged and went to a float tank once. It was the most relaxing experience. We were able to clear our minds, have some time alone, and we left feeling so much better. Maybe float tank isn’t for you…maybe you can splurge on a massage, a night on the town, or a weekend getaway. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself so you can take care of others!

Make a list.

Thankful for...

I hate lists! But sometimes I just need to list all the things I'm grateful for. Make a list of the incredible things you’ve seen on your journey so far. The animals. The natural wonders. The people you’ve been able to meet. Sometimes we get so caught up in the negative it’s hard to see the positive. Making a list will help you see just how lucky you’ve been to experience so much.

And friends….don’t be afraid to take a break!

Just because your interests change, or you find out you need something that you didn’t think you did…that doesn’t mean that you aren’t cut out for a life of travel or adventure. People change, we evolve, our needs change and that’s okay. If you want to have roots, settle down. If you want to take shorter trips, do it! If you want to sell it all and try something new…make it happen! You are more than just a full-time traveler! You’re an adventurer…and that doesn’t just go away. It’s a part of who you are, no matter where you are.

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/four-years-on-the-road Four Years On The Road! 2019-05-06T07:00:00+00:00 2019-05-06T17:39:49+00:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/

I can hardly believe it! Last week, on May 2, we celebrated living on the road for FOUR YEARS! It’s so fun to look back at where we started and everything we’ve done. And how big that 5th wheel was! Geesh!! I'm so glad we decided to renovate this 47 year old Airstream!

We’ve seen some pretty incredible places, but seeing them with our kids by our side has made this journey the absolute best. And look how much they have grown!

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I never would have guessed that we would be on the road for this long. But it turns out, our kids enjoy it just as much as we do.

Snow in the Sonoran Desert

Sure, we’ve discussed settling down and finding a place of our own in the desert, and that will likely happen, but for now…we travel.

Joshua Tree Hike with Kids

We will continue to explore new places, hike new mountains, learn new lessons, visit new states and hopefully run into new friends along the way!

Monterey Bay Tide Pools

Over the last 4 years we’ve explored in 34 states and visited 55 National Park Systems (which include monuments, seashores, parks, recreation areas).

Grand Canyon Jr Rangers

With just 16 states left to visit we’re excited to see how many we can squeeze in this year! We’re now accepting donations for gas money and flights to Hawaii ;)

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We have had the most incredible time on the road and it has been an absolute pleasure being able to share our journey with you all! Thank you for your constant support and encouragement. We are so grateful to all of you who've opened your homes and your driveways for us, and especially those of you who've taken the time to read our stories here, comment on our photos and spend time keeping up with our little family adventures.

We love you all! Cheers to more adventures!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/tiny-standing-desk Tiny Standing Desk - How to Work Remotely in an RV 2019-03-27T07:30:00+00:00 2019-04-09T00:13:25+00:00 Jonathan Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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Those who don’t know us often assume that we get to travel full-time because we hit the jackpot or retired early. Yeah, I wish!

The truth is, I still have to work and make a living from the road so we can afford to do this. Thankfully, I already owned my own design and web development company so transitioning to working remotely was easy.

My clients were located around the country - and some even out of the country. They didn’t care if I was in Tennessee or Brazil. But supporting a family of 6 with your own company is hard - and we knew when we renovated our 1972 vintage Airstream that I was going to need a workspace to call my own.

Cramming 2 adults and 4 kids into 220 square feet was a major feat of design and planning in itself. How would we make space for me to get my work done, too?

Multi-function is the name of the game here. Our kids bunk beds were designed to fold into couches during the day. Our master bed becomes our dinette. Could we make a workspace that disappeared or turned into something else at night?

Let me tell you, we tossed around A LOT of ideas over the 6 months we renovated that trailer. But surprisingly it was the simplest that turned out to be the most effective.

My Mobile Workspace

A quick background on my setup. Since I do design and coding work at FortySeven Media, having a large, color accurate monitor is important. I’m clutching onto an Apple 27” Cinema Display until it dies a fiery death because Apple stopped making them, and the combination of color accuracy, camera, speakers, and peripheral support is perfect. Plus it looks dang good.

Monitor Mounted

Connected to this is my trusty 13” Macbook Pro. It’s small, light and portable - perfect for taking into town to work for the day. And it’s long lasting battery means I can save on power usage while camping off-grid. I keep it stored in a TwelveSouth BookArc. This is a great little product that matches the aluminum finish of the laptop, keeps it upright to save space, and creates better airflow.

Shelf Desk Angle

I also have an Apple Wireless Keyboard, a wireless Logitech mouse, a pair of AirPods, and a Traveler’s Notebook. You’ll see why these are important in a minute.

Oh, and I’ve been doing the standing desk thing for years so we knew we could save a ton of space not having to create an actual table and chair kind of situation. There are plenty of health benefits to not sitting all day, too - but I won’t cover that here.

Mounting the Monitor

This was the easiest piece of the puzzle. Apple displays (or most monitors) can be converted to a VESA mount for attaching to the wall. Combine that with a NewerTech Pivot Wall Mount and you can literally push your monitor up against the wall or extend it over 20” and all ways in between.

Because of our tiny space and rounded walls, measuring where to mount this was the hardest part. Here’s a few ways we store it when not in use.

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It stays folded up out of the way until travel days where it’s easy to slide off the mounting peg and put the whole thing on our bed. Just it case it were to start swinging around in transit. Plus, that 30lb monitor bouncing up and down on the road isn’t the best idea.

Pro Tip: Make sure to attach the base of the mount to a stud or very secure wall. That might be hard to find in an RV.

The Portable Standing Desk

Coming up with a standing desk area was the hardest part. In our 5th wheel trailer, we pulled out a cabinet on the wall and built a little shelf that folded out (kind of like this Ikea table). But this little corner of the Airstream didn’t allow the space for something like that. Not enough flat wall, and I needed to work at an angle because I didn’t want to be crammed in the corner. The rounded ceilings on these vintage trailers limit you a bit :)

Speaking of this corner, in our renovation we needed to have a small “chase” to run wires through so we built a small shelf on top. Originally our counter top was going to stop at the fridge, but we realized I would need a place for me to put my laptop, mouse, keyboard, etc… so that I wasn’t having to mess with that every day. There’s something to be said for having a workspace that is easily accessible.

Chase And Shelf

Around the same time we also realized we didn’t have a space for a trash can. How did we miss that? The simple solution was to extend the kitchen countertop, but drop it down and put a trash can in it. A picture is probably easier.

Shelf Trash Can

Obviously that counter top does’t work for standing - or sitting even. And this was where we got stuck. How do we create a table top that comes up and out - at an angle no less - for me to stand and work at?

After lots of research and false starts, I ran across a company called Tether Tools. They make temporary laptop stands for photographers in the field and use camera tripods for the base.

Honestly, I didn’t really like any of their actual tables, but I did notice that they sold this Aero LoPro-2 Bracket which would fit perfectly into a standard Arca style quick release plate receptor.

That’s where the lightbulb went off. We already had a heavy duty tripod with an Acrca mount. It could fold up tiny and fit in a drawer. I could take the same wood we made our shelf from, make it the exact size I needed, and mount the bracket to it.

Tether Tools Bracket Bracket Arca Plate Adapter

Instant standing table!

Standing Desk Straight On

This Standing Desk is Insanely Flexible

The coolest part is just how versatile this setup is.

There’s the basic setup. Keyboard and mouse on the standing desk and monitor on the wall. When in this position, the wireless AirPods let me listen to music or podcasts without worrying about a wire getting snagged on something.

Standing Desk Underneath

There’s the wrap around version. The arm is so flexible I can move it around the corner facing the other way if I want to give everyone more room up front.

Standing Desk Wrap Around

Notice that box on the back of the monitor? That's a Segate 4TB Hard Drive mounted with some Command velcro strips. This keeps it out of the way, but makes it easy to remove if we need to take it somewhere.

Here's what it looks like from the other angle.

Standing Desk Wrap Around Front

Then there’s the low power version. If we’re boondocking (off-grid) and need to save power, I’ll just set my laptop and mouse on the standing desk and shut off the monitor.

Standing Desk Laptop

If I feel like sitting, and our dinette hasn’t been converted to a table, I can make the tripod shorter and sit at the edge of the bed to work.

Portable Sitting Desk

In “Theatre Mode” we all pile on our bed up front and use the big monitor pulled out from the wall as a TV to watch movies, Netflix, or Hulu.

Pro Tip: make sure you have a robust traveling internet setup.

Kids Watching Movie

Hiding the Standing Desk Away

At the end of the day, my laptop, mouse, keyboard, and notebook all go back on the shelf over the trash can, the tripod gets put back in the drawer, and the table top sits discreetly in the corner out of the way.

Desk Put Away

Shopping List

Want to make your own tiny, portable standing workstation? Here's a handy list of everything we used.

Note: you can search Amazon for "tripod laptop stand," however, many of them either aren't tall enough to stand at or the table aren't wide enough to fit a laptop, mouse, phone, etc... Even worse, many have a lip to keep things from sliding off, but that could easily get in the way when resting your hand on the table to use the mouse or type on the keyboard.

For now I'm recommending you piece together your own, but if you find a solid tripod laptop stand that comes as one product let me know and I'll add it here.

For a more detailed look, check out our Airstream renovation tour where we show you full details about the standing desk and it's multiple functions!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/eating-whole-foods-while-traveling-full-time Eating Whole Foods While Traveling Full-Time 2019-03-26T11:00:00+00:00 2019-03-28T19:04:02+00:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/

It’s. A. Struggle!!

Honestly I thought it would be easier to eat healthy on the road. Little did I know that we would fall in love with camping off-grid in remote areas which usually results in a lack of decent grocery stores. I mean, finding out that the local grocery store is also a the hardware store is not something that even phases me now. At first it was shocking, but now I’m like… "Okay, that’s normal."

We’ve relied on granola bars for hiking and way too may processed foods to make it easier for us to spend less time in the kitchen and more time exploring. But that’s about to get flipped upside down. As of April first things are going to drastically change here in this Tiny Shiny Home.

My goal for April is to eat all real food. You heard me right! A long time ago, back in 2014 we did Whole30. I still remember how amazing I felt, but I also remember how incredibly hard it was for me. However, since we’ve been really good at intermittent fasting over the last year, I’m hoping that it won’t be as bad this time around.

Committing to something like this is huge for us. Especially when we’re in a different location each week or two. Finding a good grocery store is hard, food prep in a tiny space is maddening, but I’m determined.

I will make a meal plan each week and do my best to stick with it (something I'm not very good at). I’m hoping to share our journey both here on our blog as well as on our Instagram stories. I’ll be linking to recipes and sharing photos as well as what we thought of each meal. We have one kid who may struggle a bit so finding things that he’ll eat will be a challenge but I’m committed to making sure we have meals that all of us will like. Fingers crossed!

So, if you’d like to join us for the month of April in eating real food, we’d love to have you follow along! Comment below if you'll be joining us, and check out our stories on Instagram for meal ideas and how we'll be prepping food in such a tiny space! Use the hashtag #tinyshinyrealfood when you share your meals and we'll feature your post on our stories!

Since I already have a good idea of what I’ll make the first week, below you’ll find my grocery list and links to some recipes I’ll be trying the first week of April. Let's do this!

Meals

Grocery List

Somethings I need for these recipes I already have on hand. But here's what I'll be buying for the first week.

Meats

  • Chicken thighs - lots
  • Beef Strips
  • Ground Chicken
  • Ground Pork
  • Ground Beef
  • Flank Steak
  • Bacon (without sugar and bad stuff)
  • Applegate Turkey Lunchmeat

Produce

  • Avocados
  • Onions
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Small Red Potatoes
  • Cauliflower - 4
  • Bell Peppers
  • Limes
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Pineapple
  • Garlic
  • Jalapenos
  • Cilantro
  • Green Onions
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil Plant
  • Dill
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Red Cabbage
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Sprouts?
  • Pears
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries

Frozen

  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • mango

Cold Stuff

  • Butter - to make ghee
  • Eggs

Bottles/Canned Goods

  • Coconut Milk
  • New Primal Buffalo Sauce
  • Avocado Oil Mayo
  • Can of Green Chilies
  • 8oz Tomato Sauce
  • 6oz Tomato Paste
  • Pickles

Spices

  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Parsley
  • Pink Sea Salt
  • Dried Dill
  • Chipotle Chili Powder
  • Liquid Smoke

And there you have it! That looks like a lot of stuff! I'm sure our grocery budget will increase a bit, but we'll just dip into our 'eat out budget' since there won't be a whole lot of that going on!

This won't be easy. I'll likely want to punch strangers in the throat the first week, but I won't do it. I'll smile, I'll make delicious, real food and make each meal a celebration of health and happiness. So, who's with me?

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/why-do-we-love-to-boondock Why Do We Love to Boondock? 2019-03-13T05:00:00+00:00 2019-04-09T00:11:23+00:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/

Hello dear friends. If you’re reading this, chances are you know who we are and you know why we travel full-time. You probably know all our kids’ names and that we have a weird obsession with boba. And if you’re still reading this, you probably even know that we love to boondock. And if you’re new around here, that just means camping off-grid (usually on public lands designated for us nomads).

But I don’t think we’ve ever discussed WHY. Why do we prefer to live in the middle of nowhere without electric hookups, unlimited water, flushing toilets, and regular showers? The simple answer is FREEDOM!

From our very first boondocking adventure we knew that this was how we wanted to live. Incredible scenery right out our front door.

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Adventure is always just a few steps away.

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We enjoy the stillness, the solitude.

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We know this is not most peoples preferred way of living, but for us…it’s a little slice of heaven. There are no 6 page rules to sign at check-in, no reservation fees or extra kid tax, no neighbors so close that they can smell what I’m cooking for dinner.

Freedom.

Our first year of travel was stressful in so many ways. Towing a huge 5th wheel on interstates was torture let alone parking the dang thing. Campground fees were astronomical, and we essentially traded our fancy suburban life for a less fancy suburban life. We were still right next to 100s of other RVers, no space to call our own, and if our kids were having a good time (and heaven forbid, laughing loudly) they were occasionally scolded by grumps who didn’t want kids as neighbors. Not cool.

Boondocking allows us to choose our ‘neighborhood’. And it typically looks a lot like this.

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Or this.

Grand Tetons Mountains

Or this!

Yellowstone River

It's not only about the amazing locations though. Saving money is also a huge part of why we choose to boondock.

When we first simplified our lives, we chose to live with less so that Jonathan wouldn’t have to work 9-5. Having his own business for 13 years, he’s always been able to choose his hours. By having less expenses and a simple lifestyle, he's able to work less so that we can adventure more!

Freedom.

Less time working on client jobs means we’re able to spend more time investing in our own creative pursuits. We started creating more YouTube videos about our travels and we’re currently working on a course to help others who want to know the ends and outs of camping off-grid.

We spend a lot more time diving into hobbies like macrame, watercolor painting, reading, photography, and hiking.

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Not everyone can live off-grid, run their house off of the sun, create a nerdy internet setup, or renovate a 46 year old trailer!

However, most of us do have the ability to get outside, explore our own backyards, or take a trip somewhere new. Being nomadic just makes it easier for us to do what we should have been doing all those years stuck in a traditional home…explore!

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So...get the kids dressed, grab a backpack full of snacks and water and go outside! Take advantage of the time you have with each other and go adventure together and experience your own kind of freedom!

For more information about how we renovated our Airstream for life off the grid, check out our Airstream renovation tour below!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/short-visit-in-san-diego-ca San Diego, Torrey Pines, Cabrillo National Monument, and the Seal Tour 2019-02-27T05:00:00+00:00 2019-02-27T18:45:02+00:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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Oh, San Diego. It's was so nice to meet you!

After leaving Hollywood, CA we headed south and scored the best site at a little site at a place called Lake Jennings Campground. The campground itself was pretty run down which is a shame because it has so much potential, but the views were incredible!

Lake Jennings View

We opted for a dry campsite (no hookups) so that we would have an amazing view. All the other sites with utilities had very restricted views and cramped next to one another. I think we made the right decision.

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We came to San Diego to explore Torrey Pines and to find Sea Lions. And we managed to do both! Plus we saw that Cabrillo National Monument was there so you know we went to get another Junior Ranger Badge!

We want to give a special thanks to Old Town Trolley/SEAL Tours of San Diego for making it possible to see some Sea Lions!

Check out the short video above of some of the fun we had in San Diego!

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