Lee and a curious calico crisscross the country in a RV, living simply and sustainably.

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What it’s Like to Work for Yellowstone Association

Note: This is a personal blog post and in no way represents the opinions, interests, or intentions of Yellowstone Association. This is solely my opinion which may change at any time.

Last winter I applied to work at Yellowstone Association (YA), the non-profit organization that contributes to education, preservation and research at Yellowstone National Park. A friend who is a NPS Ranger gave me a great recommendation after I’d already applied online, and I was thrilled to get an interview and subsequent job offer. (more…)

Escapees CARE Center – Livingston, TX

While I’ve long volunteered on various boards, environmental cleanup crews, and local libraries; enjoying the satisfaction that comes with giving back or paying it forward; this was my first time volunteering for an independent living center. That it was a workcamping situation, trading for 3 meals a day and a full hook-up site (less electric bill) made it an extra good deal. And that Excapees CARE Center benefits fellow RVers in an independent living setting made it priceless! (more…)

Campground Review – Tennessee Hills Campground, Manchester, TN

One of the six area campgrounds under contract with Amazon, Tennessee Hills Campground in Manchester, TN was a delightful surprise after moving out of Music City Campground. Nestled high on a hill, surrounded with colorful autumn leaves, it was just the spot for both quietude and community. I parked here from mid-October until just after Christmas.

The campground was built by the present owner’s step-father in the early sixties. Water is supplied via a clear flowing creek. There was a swimming pool (covered for the season), playground, and shelter where everyone was invited to share in potluck meals and BBQ’s. (more…)

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum & Home, Mansfield, MO


A few books were hanging out on my wish list to buy through Amazon.com, and the annotated autobiography “Pioneer Girl” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Pamela Hill Smith, remained there for several months. At first, not enough copies were available to meet the demand, and then I waited for the price to come down from $39.95, or to buy a used copy. So when I stumbled across the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum & Home in Mansfield, MO while driving my RV towards the east, the bookstore was my first stop. (more…)

Golden, CO, a Gold Mine of a Town

Spent a week at Chief Hosa Campground in Golden, CO, and fell fast and hard for this gold mine of a town. There were so many things to do in this historic small town, but stumbling upon the Five Star Baking Gluten Free Company just off of Washington Street was an unexpected treat. (more…)

Salida, CO – Laughing Ladies

This was my second trip to Salida, CO to visit soul friends, Marla & Grover. Marla headed west 10 years ago, ate lunch at Laughing Ladies Restaurant, and fell in love with this mining town with 14ers in the background. She and Grover built a home outside of town, and invited me to park Gypsy there for a couple of days. What a view! I told Marla the only thing missing from my RV was a bathtub, (more…)

Caring Community Cafés

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My friends are the best people I know. Not because they’re friends of mine, but because I SO admire and respect the way they walk their talk and do for the less fortunate in their communities. On a recent visit back to Tennessee (more…)

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