My daughter is the subject of the third photo in the challenge. I captured this moment while camping at Taughannock State Park. I love how the sun shines so brightly above her and illuminates her hair and skin. It’s the embodiment of how I’ve always perceived my daughter – bright, sunny, warm.
This is my son. He goes through phases of dressing in wild get-ups for the sheer joy of making himself (and everyone around him) crack up. I captured this moment as I pulled into the garage after work and he greeted me at my door. It reminds me of a photo album cover from the 70’s. Maybe Frank Zappa?
My first photo is a shot of my loving, anxious dog, Hairy Barry, who I’ve written about in the Hairy Barry Chronicles. I captured The Hairy Dude as he took a break from watching the kids out the window of the RV and rested his adorable head on the table.
I am delighted introduce you to Glynis Valenti, who has graciously agreed to share this wonderful article as my very first Guest Post (it’s purely coincidence that I’m also mentioned in the article). Glynis has a way with words. Her writing, in combination with her photographs, work together to weave beautiful, introspective stories that invoke emotion, yearning and connection. This powerful combination is beautifully illustrated in the article below about Wanderlust, something that resonates with me, and I suspect will be meaningful to many of my fellow RVers. This article originally appeared in Times Leader on Sunday, March 15, 2015.
This is the first article in the “Hairy Barry Chronicles,” a series about RV Camping with a newly adopted, absolutely adorable, extremely lovable, anxious dog.
Hairy “Houdini” Barry is the sweetest, most cuddliest dog I have ever met about 85% of the time. It’s the 15% that we struggle with and it occurs almost exclusively when we camp. Here are Barry’s trifecta of not-so-good behaviors that make camping/RVing with him a bit, errr… challenging.
- He is a “Runner.”
- He has Separation Anxiety.
- He constantly barks at other dogs and wants to chase and pounce on all small furry things.
Almost three years ago, I got bit by the RV Travel bug. What began as a curiosity turned into a wonderful hobby and I now count myself as one of the many “RV Enthusiasts” in this big world. I never envisioned my newly discovered passion for RVs would lead me to another new hobby- Blogging. But as I began recording our RV adventures and musings, I started to see the advantages of creating a blog to chronicle these experiences and to connect with other RVers. My very first blog, www.cuontheroad.net was born.
There are so many things that I love about nature. I have always had an affinity for water. I love to look at it, sit by it, and if it’s warm and relatively clean, I love to swim in it. I am awed by the power of wind and fascinated by the constantly changing sky. I am an amateur photographer, and look upon my surroundings through my camera’s perspective, finding beauty in most every landscape. That being said, most people who know me wouldn’t peg me for a “Nature Girl.”
We live in Ohio and usually travel and camp in Bessie the RV regionally. When possible, we bring our car along, and it allows us to run errands, zoom all over the park and the city, etc. Our Niagara Falls/Finger Lakes journey was our first big trip in the RV and we decided that Bessie would serve as both our home and our mode of transportation as we visited the region. Afterall, we told ourselves, portability and flexibility was one of the main reasons we bought a Class C RV.
We are asked versions of this question regularly. Usually, it’s asked from a place of genuine curiosity. Every once in a while it’s asked sarcastically, and followed by the humming of “Dueling Banjos” (that creepy music from the movie “Deliverance”), or better yet, with an enthusiastic, “Shitter’s Full!” (an ode to Randy Quaid’s motorhome-driving character in the movie “Christmas Vacation”).
We decided we wanted an RV. But what kind? Since we were inexperienced with just about every aspect of RVing, we rolled up our sleeves and began our research. For months, we traveled to RV lots, read classifieds, visited State Parks all over Ohio, and watched YouTube endlessly. Finally, we had a sense of what we were looking for and narrowed down the myriad of RV options to a travel trailer or a motorhome. In the end, we chose a Class C motorhome. Here’s why…