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And I quote “There ain’t nuthin’ out there!” That's what we were told each time we asked about what to do in Alpine. We arrived in Alpine, Texas with only a few hours of daylight on a Monday expecting, well…"nuthin" (we spent most of our day in Marfa, TX). What we found instead was a little microcosm of awesomeness, and we've just barely scratched the surface! visit alpine texasWe parked the RV in the middle of town on the main highway, unhooked the Smart car and headed into the visitor center.

We've never really given much thought to those red handles on our RV bedroom window, yet, somehow we knew it’s the emergency exit window. And that’s it, that’s as far as our curiosity or knowledge went…until now.RV emergency exit windowFleetwood asked us to make a series of RV Quick Tips videos and one of them was How to use the Emergency Exit Window. At first we balked.

We’ve been to Taos, New Mexico a number of times and it seems we’re always finding new adventures around the area…some good and others not so good! Overall I would call the small town of Taos eclectic, odd, artsy, historic, and most of it with an eco-conscious style.  This year we visited Taos at the first of February and the town was pretty darn quiet. We were the only RV at the BLM campground (besides the camp host), some days it snowed and some days it was 80 degrees, when we would belly up to a bar we’d be amongst only a handful of locals…it felt like the entire town was our oyster waiting to be cracked! Since we were staying at the BLM with no internet connection we ended up going into town most every day to eat, drink and get a little work done. After paying for a few experiences that were not so great we decided to keep track and share our thoughts.

We love Wild Camping (aka Boondocking) but before our trip to Big Bend, we had never heard of backcountry RV camping in a national park. So naturally we had to check it out and this is the awesomeness of what we found: best camping big bend national park

Almost Free Camping

A measly $10 permit gets you up to 14 days of camping! I call this almost free because anything under $10 a day is cheap much less for two weeks! There are at least 3 areas that are RV friendly for camping: Hannold Draw, Government Spring (we stayed here), and Croton Spring (and here). However, generator use is strictly prohibited (this is where solar comes in handy).