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I love the holidays!  I love the twinkle lights, the music, the gift giving, and of course receiving lots of gifts (wink wink)!  Holiday shopping on the other hand typically leaves me saying far worse things than BA HUMBUG (insert choice words here)!  Don't get me wrong, the joy of giving that super awesome and perfectly appropriate (or inappropriate) gift leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside but the process of thinking, searching, bumping elbows and shopping carts just makes me want to poke my eyes out with candy canes.  And I have the sneaking suspicion I am not the only one who feels this way or who has impaled themselves with striped candy on occasion.singa santaSo, we have put together some of our favorite finds of 2013 to help you avoid such behavior.  As for me, I am just going to try and stay away from the candy canes.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “if only there were a place I could go anytime of the year, with fantastic hiking, snow skiing, snowboarding, and that’s famous for scaring the pants off of millions”?ME TOO; one town to do it all!  Ok, maybe not the last part, but I’ve always wished there were somewhere I could escape to whenever I wanted to get my snow bunny fix...that wasn't an international flight away.  And had I known this perfect little town actually exists, I would have made a B-Line to Mt. Hood, Oregon a long time ago!year round ski and snowboarding at Mt. HoodJust a short two hour drive from Portland is the only year round ski resort in North America!  Now, this isn’t just another resort town…Mt. Hood has a serious amount of Cascadian charm, creepy Hollywood history and a more than respectable adventure park.

Windy, we know we have been a little off and on again and we are really sorry about that.  We told you back in 2011 that we needed to downsize to an RV smaller than 30 feet, then we begged you to take us back.  We know we were a little indecisive but this time we are serious and we promise no take backs.  We are approaching 2014 and we have some major plans that unfortunately don't include you.  I know that may seem a little ungrateful but please don't take it personally, the time has come for us to move in another direction.  We all knew this relationship was temporary from the beginning and it's been a really great ride with a lot of great memories.camping at walmart

RV For Sale: 2011 Monaco Vesta 32 foot PBS Motorhome06/2014 - We're happy and sad to say our Windy sold early this month. We didn't get what we wanted for her but at least she has a new home with a nice German man who is excited to hit the road. He's considering keeping a blog so the story of our Windy can live on during his travels!We have listed our much loved Windy for Sale on RV Trader, you can get the VIN # and all the other details on the listing page: http://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2011-Monaco-Vesta-32PBS-111343867If you want to know why we are selling our beloved Windy, you can read all about it in our Dear Windy letter.monaco vesta for saleYou all know our Windy, she is a 2011 Monaco Vesta 32 foot PBS model (if you don't know her check out the Windy the RV Page for extra photos and videos).  She's 32,000 miles young and just hitting her stride.  She has been a fantastic coach and most definitely unlike any other coach on the road.

This Make Money and Travel series exists as a source of inspiration.  By sharing examples of real people around the world making money from anywhere and living the lifestyle they want, proves where there is a will, there is a way.Meet John & Peter.  They are known to most (and us) as the RV Geeks.  We first got to know these guys over some of their helpful DIY you tube videos and email chats.  Then a couple of months ago we had the pleasure of spending some time with them in their new home country of Canada.  While spending time with these guys they shared a lot of their back story with us and of course how they have managed to travel, make money and live the full time RV life for 10 years now.rv geeksBack in April of 2003 these two sold everything, bought an RV (even though neither of them had ever been in one) and hit the road full time. The original idea was to live off savings while they found a  new place to settle down.  After realizing that they've taken a liking to full-timing, they had to figure out how to earn a mobile living, something neither of them had ever done before. (sound familiar to any of you?)

Most Halloween parties are all about costumes, drinking, and mischief…and while we had our fair share of all three, this Halloween it was more about the location.jason as a zombieWe’re wild camping out in the Alabama Hills of California, where there’s hardly a soul to disturb (or is there?).  It’s a famous location for Hollywood filming (lots of westerns) and even home to the “scary” move Tremors.  (That’s right we are now one degree of separation closer to Kevin Bacon)