Why we began documenting our travels and started a YouTube Channel

When we first started traveling together in “The Turd” we began taking photos and videos mainly to keep family and friends updated via a group text and also to have a few snapshots for ourselves. But it didn’t take us more than the first day with Dale on our big trip when we decide to take as many photos and videos because we had a feeling this would be the trip of our lifetime.

From the camper needing repairs and little tweaks every few days to us experiencing a new place together to Jennie learning a new word on the road, trying a new food or popping yet another tooth. So many firsts for all of us and many things to document. So, when we arrived at the Grand Canyon (post to follow!) we had decided to start a YouTube channel when we are home and began documenting the remainder of the trip as best as we could.

From watching a lot of videos and subscribing to several camping/RV life channels we had gotten an idea of what to prepare ourselves for before we set off on that maiden voyage of “The Rolling Turd Seven”. So another reason we wanted to get started was to help others that might be looking to get into camping like we did.

Furthermore, there are so many people that may not have had the chance to go traveling to all the places we have been to and it may give some good ideas for things to do, things not to do and also some ideas for sights and places off the beaten path.

So, I will be posting more blog posts about our big 2017 trip, continuing with our visit at the Grand Canyon. And if you’d like to visit out YouTube channel you can do so HERE! Please subscribe, let us know what you think and what you’d like to see next. Thank you!

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Camping at the Allegany Mountain Resort at Rainbow Lake

In our first year of owning “The Turd” we didn’t get to do much family camping. But our very first trip was to a close destination that was quite memorable. It was early fall, the beginning of October 2016, and we got lucky as the leaves had started to turn already and that made for beautiful views and pictures.

Friends of ours are members of the resort and we stayed there with them. The park itself was very nice and clean, everyone was very friendly. We parked our rig next to our friends and started to set up for our very first weekend camping. Jennie was just 6 months old so I was a little nervous about how she would do. But she seemed to absolutely love it.

Thankfully the weather was cooperating and we all got to spend most of our time outside. Jennie enjoyed her first ever campfire with us, too. We walked around the resort with our friends and our dogs, taking in the views of the lake and colorful woods in the background. It was a camper’s (and photographer’s) dream! The change of leaves up here in New York is beautiful.

Lilith thinking about taking a dip…
Thankfully she decided against it!

The clouds moved out of the way and the sun came out and warmed us up nicely on our long walk, making the scenery even more enjoyable than it already was. I think the pups really loved that place, maybe even more than we did!

Our friends Joan and Art offered to watch Miss Jennie so Kevin and I could enjoy some time to ourselves. So we took a walk down to the lake from our campsite and rented some kayaks. It was my first time on a kayak and I really enjoyed it. Even though the lake is quite small, it was nice to explore it like that and get closer to some wildlife than we could have on foot. IT was very peaceful on the water and just what we needed.

If you’re looking for an “all inclusive” camping type of place this would sure be it. It was a nice way for us to get our feet wet and see if we liked camping. We fell instantly in love with it and since then have visited countless of places.

I’d recommend visiting the Allegany Mountains to any outdoor lover, especially when the leaves are turning!

Thank you for reading! Hopefully my little review will make you want to explore something new today.

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Traveling with a toddler… AND a mother-in-law!

Ah, road tripping. It can be a little exhausting. Wether you are traveling alone, or with a partner. It WILL be exhausting if you travel with a toddler, trust me on that one! But you can still make it a blast and less exhausting if you plan around your little one(s) routine and pack plenty of snacks and entertainment.

We were a mix of three very different personalities, driving for hours on end and then adding a fourth one, my dear mother-in-law! Some people may think that’s insane, to go on a month-long vacation with your husband’s mom… But, they had no idea!

First of all, let me start with the fact that I LOVE my mother-in-law! And I am not just saying this because she is going to read this (Hi Dale!) She is just the right kind of crazy to make it several weeks with us. Stuck together in nothing but a truck and a camper… A camper that unknowingly had started to fall apart on us while in storage. No way to escape. Unless you feel like hiking through the scorching hot Midwest all by yourself…

So, Dale was a big help with entertaining Jennie and also added plenty of comic relief. Wether intentionaly or not. And she certainly helped create memories that will last all of us for a lifetime! We documented our trip as much as we could, we did as many things together as physically possible and not once did I get into so much as a disagreement with her. She is a wonderful travel companion and I think one of the reasons we get along so well is that we see eye to eye in a lot of things. We all just really tried to have the time of our lives! And boy, did we ever!

Elk Selfie at the Grand Canyon! Guess this lady elk had the same idea as us of checking out the souvenir shops…

From hiking around the Grand Canyon together, to exploring Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, horseback riding at Yellowstone and moose spotting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. No opportunities to do something fun and/or crazy together were missed. And those are only a few of the places we have visited as a family. So much more was added to our list that summer, with no end in sight!

If I had to give any advice to someone that plans to take a vacation with their mother-in-law I’d tell them to make sure not criticize each other, to relax and to have a glass of wine together while complaining about the men in your life. Not really. My husband will be reading this, too 😉

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Well hello there!

Thanks for joining me and welcome to my blog about our life as a camping and outdoor living family. Follow me as I share our past and future adventures of camping our way through North America.

I am Marion, the wife and mom of our pack. I am responsible for our travel photography, packing food and snacks for everyone and entertaining the little one. You’ll almost never see me without photography equipment, snack packs and a toddler (and sometimes even a dog or two) attached to my hip. #Momlife

In 2012 I moved to the US from Germany and since then my husband and I, as well as the rest of our little tribe, have traveled as much as physically possible to explore this beautiful country together.

And in 2016 we purchased our first camper together. She was a 2003 Dutchmen travel trailer and we nicknamed her our “rolling turd”. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVED that “little” camper but there was almost daily maintenance or at least tweaking required. But hey, it sure never was boring when traveling with it!

We took a few short trips right after we bought our new home away from home and then, in June of 2017, set out for the trip of a lifetime! 7,500 miles throughout the states. My husband, our daughter, my dear mother-in-law, our (then) three Great Danes and myself. It was crazy, amazing, hilarious, sometimes a little nerve racking (we never knew what would need fixing next) but overall we had an awesome time and no one tried to kill each other!

So I will share with you the memories of that trip along with many other camping trips we have taken, some hacks, tips and ideas and also advice on camping/road tripping with a toddler and dogs.

Thanks for reading!

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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