The Most Underrated City Ever – Dayton

I know, I know. You hear “Dayton, Ohio” and you’re like… what? Who cares.

But let me tell you. You should care. After almost 4 years of travel this is the most underrated city we have EVER visited!

I don’t even know where to start. The beautiful artwork and murals? The awesome craft beer, breweries and restaurants? The fountains? The bike paths and parks?? Cutesy neighborhoods??

Since we’ve been in Dayton there has been a HUGE Celtic festival. There’s a German festival going on right now. I have biked the neatest, cross-town bike paths, seen fantastic fountains and imbibed at the most unique and coolest bars and restaurants ever!

Today we biked with a group around Dayton and stopped at R- Taco. It’s a small taco joint that also sells margaritas and beer. In my book that gets a rating of #1!! Order single tacos or a dozen. Choice is yours. Inside and outside seating. Granted, they have locations in OH as well as TX, NM, NE, MN, CO and IA. But it’s still a great location in a great neighborhood!

We also stopped at another bar… or should I even call it a bar? Proto Buildbar serves beer and cider but also….. has 3-D printers, soldering tools and other delightful nerdy things you can rent!!!! This is such a unique concept I can hardly wrap my head around it! AND they have a life-size giant claw game!!!!

Having run, biked, walked and driven through town, you see all sorts of murals painted on walls of buildings. I have never seen so much artwork in a town! Even the graffiti! It’s like all the graffiti artists got together and agreed they would respect each other’s art, not paint over each other and provide a unique artistic angle to their artwork. It’s beautiful!

We only came to the Dayton area because we made friends months ago who lived here. But we have not been disappointed. I’m sure the winters aren’t fantastic – I mean, it does snow here. And I’ve heard when the river floods, it FLOODS. But hey, that’s river life in most places, especially in the midwest.

About an hour north of Cincinnati, Dayton should be on your list of places to visit. Dayton has a minor league baseball team and summer festivals are sure to keep you busy. This town is a hidden gem!

A Great Way to RV – Elks Lodges

About two years ago Mike and I joined the Elks lodge in Phoenix, AZ. We kept seeing lodges pop up on one of our overnight camping apps but every entry included “Must be a member to park”.  The costs were minimal, usually anywhere from $10-25/night! Some are dry camping, some have electric hook up and some even have little RV parks!

We get a lot of jokes about us being so “young”  to be Elks from people who are not Elks. Yes, the average age of an Elk member tends to be on the grayer side – but this is only because most lodges have had a difficult time recruiting “younger blood”. This is by no means an “old person” club.  It’s a social/philanthropic organization that does a lot for kids and military (active and retired).

The great parking options was the original reason we joined the Elks. However it has become so much of a family for us! We can pull into an Elks, go inside, sit at the bar and just meet the neatest people! We always feel welcome and have some great experiences. Some lodges are large with lots of amenities.  Our Phoenix lodge has a pool, 2 racquetball courts and a small gym! (And showers!!) Although we have to dry camp in the parking lot. But we don’t mind especially with the showers so close. They also are large enough to have dinner every night. So if I’m feeling lazy I can feed the 2 of us at the Phoenix Elks lodge at the Friday night steak fry for $8-$12 each!!! The whole meal with sides and everything!! (salad, bread, potatoes or something similar!) You can’t beat that!!!

Did I mention it’s inexpensive food and drinks?!?!?!  There aren’t many bars anymore where you can get a pint of Bud Light for $2 or less!

I really encourage you to look into your local lodge and see if it’s a fit for you, whether you RV or not.

Meeting Fellow Travelers

I haven’t posted in forever. However, after a fantastic convo with Elise, an dental student starting at U of L (Louisville) in August, I feel the need to make a post.

What a great time talking about traveling, people of the US, etc. over craft beer!

I thoroughly enjoy talking with people who also share the love of exploring. Elise, if you read this, never stop exploring!!! And share your adventures with everyone! We can all try and encourage adventure and travel! Cheers!!

Need to Buy Stock in Tires

Welp! When you’re driving a huge fifth wheel camper on the interstate and there is something in the road (scattered across a few lanes) your only real choice is to hit it. Swerving and/or slamming on brakes are NOT options.

And so we ran over a big twisted sheet of what appeared to be corrugated metal.

And now we’re waiting for roadside assistance to replace a flat camper tire.


EDIT: we got lucky! The Ram is a fricken beast! (Little crack in the under bumper). The belly cover under the camper saved us from getting a rip in any of our tanks. (Cuz no one wants literal crap leaking all over the roads) and lastly, an outter bin – that we dont even use – got a slash. Speaking of slashes….. the far back trailer tire got the worst of it.

Nothing in Nebraska… or is there??

There’s nothing in Nebraska, am I right?


We had been in Colorado for a little over a week and decided to head eat, then north to be able to mark off a few more states on our US sticker map. First stop, Nebraska.

We weren’t expecting a whole lot. We found a city park in Bayard, NE with hook ups that’s FREE for the first 2 nights! The little town has less than 2,000 people. And it was great to find this little gem of a village.

Last night we after we arrived we went for a run through town and noticed lots of extreme tree damage but mostly newly removed huge trees! This morning we found out a tornado ripped through town last Monday!

This morning we headed out to hike at the Scottsbluff National Monument. The typography on this area is amazing! It’s plateaus of sandstone!!! 

You can to the top of the bluffs and they have little paved trails and lots of educational displays. Both the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Trail went through this area.

Granted, it is mostly farmland out here but we love to see neat geological formations on our travels. 

A Little Encouragement

This weekend I happened to find out the full Ironman was being held in Boulder, CO not far from where we’re parked. I absolutely wanted to take a peek at that race!

The FULL Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim followed by  112 mile bicycle ride and topped off with a full marathon (26.2 miles). In case there is any misunderstanding – they do all these things, in this order AT ONCE! (Not, say, iver a weekend.) These athletes are the top of the top! And I’m just talking about the amateurs.  Pros race too, of course.

Since we’ve been full timing we have found it difficult to keep a consistent workout schedule.  This is a big deal since we’ve both always been athletic.  We put on weight, lost some and then put some back on. Ugh! But we’re back to a downward trend and watching the Ironman have me the push I needed to realign my priorities.

I dont aspire to do an Ironman or even a half Ironman. But I do want to do more triathlons! 

Utah is gorgeous…. but I’m sure you knew that.

We are still in Utah and it is unbelievably pretty. I have seen so many houses with beautiful rose bushes blooming – and I don’t even care much for roses! The mountains go without saying. The weather has been wonderful too, although it is starting to get a bit hot!

Its so easy to get a bike ride in with a great trail system in Bountiful, UT. 

Of course there is hiking, easy to hard. But beware of trail reviews that say “easy and great for kids”! We took the dogs to a trail with this description and it was STEEP!!!! With some areas having drop offs on the edges! Scary for us, crazy for the dogs… I don’t know what kids were being referenced in the review!!!

Also, this is my first attempt at a blog post from my phone.  If I can get this to work I might start blogging more often!

Where we capture our shenanigans as we work and play, traveling the US, living out of our camper!

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