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Chamizal National Memorial
National Parks

Chamizal National Memorial - History in El Paso

Thursday 20th December, 2018

For millennia, the Rio Grande river has meandered through El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, supporting thousands of people who lived by its shores. But its role in defining the boundary between the US and Mexico was the cause of a centuries-long border dispute. We visited Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso to learn more about how this dispute arose, and its largely peaceful resolution. [...]

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
National Parks

Guadalupe Mountains National Park: Stunning Hiking in Texas

Thursday 13th December, 2018

Built from a magnificent Permian fossil reef, the Guadalupe Mountains National Park hosts the 4 highest peaks in Texas and offers incredible hiking opportunities. Amongst the intrigues of the park are its unusual timezone, giant gypsum sand dunes and McKittrick Canyon - said to be the most beautiful trail in Texas. Intrigued? So were we - read on to learn more! [...]

Finished Anderson Connector
Mods

RV Electrical Upgrade: Part 3 – DC Charger & Truck 12V Socket

Sunday 2nd December, 2018

With the Battle Born Lithium batteries and Victron MultiPlus inverter installed in our trailer, we turn our attention to how we're going to charge the batteries whilst we're off-grid. Although we do plan to install solar panels, they rely on clear sunny skies. But what about the rest of the time? Can we charge our batteries from the truck? You bet we can! [...]

Parks Ranch Primitive Campground - BLM
Campground Reviews

Parks Ranch Campground, BLM - Carlsbad, NM

Wednesday 28th November, 2018

We were looking for somewhere to boondock near Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, and we stumbled upon some BLM land not too far away. What looked simple turned into a fun-filled and muddy journey to an epic boondocking spot! [...]

Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns
National Parks

Carlsbad Caverns National Park: World's Most Beautiful Cave?

Wednesday 28th November, 2018

Nestled in the southeastern corner of New Mexico, hidden inside the Guadalupe Mountains, is Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Although not the largest or deepest cave in the world, it's a strong contender for the most beautiful! We spent a week exploring everything that Carlsbad has to offer - and there's a lot to see and do! [...]

Destruction
Mods

RV Electrical Upgrade: Part 2 – Battle Born Lithium Batteries & Victron Inverter

Monday 19th November, 2018

In Part 2 of our series on upgrading the electrical system in our RV, we're going to be jumping straight in with the biggest components - the Battle Born Lithium batteries and a new Victron MultiPlus inverter / charger. We'll also be laying the groundwork needed for installing the remainder of the system later on in the series too. [...]

RV Electrical Upgrade
Mods

RV Electrical Upgrade: Part 1 - Introduction & Goals

Thursday 15th November, 2018

We knew long before we bought our RV that we would want to upgrade the electrical system. Most RVs are designed to be hooked up to shore power (or a generator) whilst being used, and the battery system is usually just to provide a bit of power during travel. As two self-confessed technophiles, living full-time in the RV and harboring aspirations of off-grid living, this wasn't going to work for us. [...]

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Adventures

Our Plan to Visit ALL the US National Park Units

Sunday 28th October, 2018

It's been nearly 4 months since we quit our jobs in San Francisco to set out on a journey to visit all the National Park Units in the US, and so far we haven't done any. Those aren't very good stats! But fear not, we have been busy and we have a plan! [...]

Sunset in Whitby
Adventures

Exploring the North York Moors National Park

Saturday 27th October, 2018

When I lived in England, I spent over 8 years in and around the North Yorkshire area. It's a beautiful part of England, with several National Parks within easy reach. One of these is the North York Moors National Park, and I was excited for the opportunity to take Diana there when we were back in the UK recently. [...]

Jacobite Steam Train on the Glenfinnan Viaduct
Adventures

Scotland Road Trip: 10 Day Itinerary

Thursday 25th October, 2018

Within our busy schedule for our trip to Europe, we had carved out 10 days to visit Scotland. Although I've been to Scotland several times before, it's been years since I last visited and Diana has never been. Scotland is a beautiful country and we were keen to see as much as we could in the short time available to us. Looking back, I think we ended up with the perfect itinerary. [...]

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Installing Magnetic Dry-Erase RV Fridge / Freezer Doors

Wednesday 17th October, 2018

In a small trailer like ours, everything must be multi-purpose. It was surprising to us therefore that the fridge and freezer doors should be made of heavy dark wood - sapping the light out of our small kitchen area and providing no utility! They had to go - and for under $27 we replaced them with magnetic dry-erase doors! [...]