Distracted driving is deadly driving

By Russ and Tiña De Maris April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. Is the situation of such serious concern that it needs its own month? Consider: Every day across the U.S. about nine people die in traffic incidents related to distracted driving – that’s pushing 10 percent of the total auto incident death toll. Yep, about as serious as a... Read More

Don’t let snakes frighten you out of RV country

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Boondocking – traveling out away in the “boonies” and away from traditional campgrounds and hookups – has its own variety of knowledge base. Recently an RVer who contemplated trying boondocking inquired of other RVers, “What about snakes?” It’s not uncommon to be a bit fearful of snakes, and when you get out away from... Read More

Nevada Highway 93 boondock jewel: Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge

By Russ and Tiña De Maris There are plenty of long and lonely stretches of road Out West. Traveling north out of Las Vegas on the 2-lane blacktop of US-93, things get pretty scary for an RVer. The voices on our tape dramas begin to loll one into a (dangerous) trance-like state. Oh, it’s time to be off the road and resting... Read More

Prescription refills on the road: The good, the bad and the ugly

By Russ and Tiña De Maris We once ran a video tip showing how easy it is to get drug prescription refills while traveling. The upshot of the video was to simply carry your pill bottles with you, and when you get close, take them to a pharmacy wherever you are and ask the local pharmacist to have the prescription... Read More

Park Service responds to public backlash on proposed fee hikes

By Russ and Tiña De Maris It may be a case of “The people speak, and the government listens.” Earlier today, April 12, the National Park Service issued a news release regarding its proposed fee changes. When the Department of the Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, suggested that many parks should increase their entry fees to $75 per car, he apparently... Read More

Wanted! Live campground hosts in Idaho

The U.S. Forest Service in Idaho is looking for more than just a few good folks. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests need volunteer campground hosts. There are multiple openings available. Volunteer campground hosts are front-line representatives of the USDA Forest Service. Typical duties include informing visitors of recreational opportunities, answering questions from visitors, monitoring campground sites for fee compliance, recording... Read More

Heading “Out West”? Don’t miss these BLM gems!

Russ and Tiña De Maris The Weather Channel once published a photo-heavy feature called, “Most Amazing Hidden Gems in Every State.” Included in the lot were four “gems” under the watch-care of the Bureau of Land Management, all of them Out West. California: Black Sands Beach (Humbolt County) Here’s an amazing “off the beaten track” feature you’ll want to visit.... Read More

Fulltime RVing – Plan ahead for “hanging up the keys”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Fulltime RVing is great, with so many places to explore, people to meet, things to learn. Sadly, the clock continues to run during the adventure, and eventually you may need to “hang up the fulltime keys.” So how do you leave the fulltime lifestyle and return to a non-nomadic life? You might think this... Read More

Fact Check: Open your tailgate for better fuel economy?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris We recently got a “news item” from a Wyoming Dodge pickup dealer marked with the headline: “Removing a truck’s tailgate can boost fuel efficiency.” The balance of this news story was a set of instructions on how to remove the tailgate, and advice on not leaving the tailgate loose inside the pickup bed. Is... Read More

RV Mods: Carry your water hose on this spare tire bracket

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re like us, you sometimes find yourself a little short of space. Our rig doesn’t have “basement storage,” and what little space is accessible from outside the rig is at a premium. After doing a little head-scratching, we came up with a way to store our water hose outside the rig – on... Read More