😱 Oh no!! These last weeks have not been all 🌞 and 🌈! Don’t let last week’s video fool you (but do check it out), RVing full time has its challenges! Be sure to subscribe and hit the notification 🛎 to watch our Friday morning videos and to keep up with our journey!
We don't have all that many travel days since we stay for 3-6 months at each volunteer or seasonal job. However, one of the ways I destress at the end of a long drive in this big boat we call home is to go birding after we're set up for our overnight while on the road. No matter where we stay, I can find at least a few birds.
A non-birder might have looked at the dry desert scrub habitat we're in now and thought there would be nothing but the ravens by the pecan orchards. Even without water here, though, I knew desert birds would be around. .
This little weedy patch of cholla, prickly pear, and brush had quite a bit of activity: Pyrrhuloxia, Curve-billed Thrasher, Verdin, House Finches, and White-crowned Sparrows, with a Loggerhead Shrike perched overhead. A Northern Harrier cruised low over a grassy area nearby while a single Harris's Hawk perched on a power pole by an agricultural field. Hundreds of ravens, mostly the smaller Chihuahuan, were leaving the fields and pecan groves for overnight roosts. Eurasian Collared-doves and a couple of White-winged Doves were in the park. Black-throated Sparrows made an appearance and we spotted a couple of Canyon Towhees skulking about a wood pile. A single Cactus Wren, Arizona's state bird, was gleaning insects from the undercarriage of the vehicles in the RV park. .
You can bird anywhere. I've birded in cities, in parking lots, and even inside stores. Pay attention and you never know what you might see.
Yesterday we did a bit of hiking in Lake Livingston State Park. 🚶♀️🚶♀️
Turns out our car and RV registration is due at the end of the month, oops. So we decided to nix the desert plans (no Quartzite this year) and head back to TX to handle our grown-folk business. 👔
While we are here we checked out Escapees headquarters. If you don't know what Escapees is, it's a badass RV Membership Club that offers loads of services for full-time RVers. For example, mail. We have a permanent address with them and they receive all of our mail and ship it to us wherever we are in the country! 📫📬
It was pretty cool to finally see their facilities. Sort of 'putting a face to a name' kinda deal. 👓
If you want to learn more, Carrie wrote a blog post about Escapees and you can read it here ➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️ CampCaRVr.com @campcarvr
Another shot from my Flat Iron hike on Friday with Eric of @wheelhousejourney. This was a beautiful slide rock canyon section early on the trail. The peak poking out in the upper left of the frame is Flat Iron. There were incredible views to be seen both up and down the entire way! 🏔️
Hey my friends with small Workout spaces! I got these kids puzzle floor mats at the store! They work fantastic and put away in small spaces 🙌🏻👏🏻
I posted this photo nearly a year ago with some sort of well-intentioned caption about how I loved our kitchen but couldn't wait to redo the countertops soon. Well, we didn't get to the counters as quickly as we'd hoped, and, until yesterday, they looked exactly the same as they did in this photo. 😬😆 The only think I changed since last year is that I moved the herbs to the plant corner of our dashboard permanently, so that they receive enough light during the day. 🌿
If you've seen our story, you'll know that we're currently working to recover these counters. We're doing some sort of paint/epoxy chip process that we're super excited about. So go check out our story if you're interested in how we're redoing our counters, and keep your eyes peeled for some photos of the final product! 💪🏼🙌🏼 ~Sam #PhileasRemodel
On Friday, Eric of @wheelhousejourney, Max, and I did the Siphon Draw to Flat Iron trail in @superstitionwilderness. Naively, we were both expecting a two to three hour, moderately-challenging hike. 😂 Instead it took us around five hours to complete and turned out to be one of the most technical trails either of us had ever done. (The trail involves a significant amount of scrambling). This made the hike all the more fun for us as we both enjoy a good challenge. Max also had a blast channeling his inner mountain goat. He only needed a boost one time, and was otherwise leading the way. We overheard someone at the summit say "how'd a dog get up here?" When we finally returned to the trailhead he wasn't even tired. 🤣Border Collies, man... The photo is only one direction of the nearly 360° view. Needless to say, the view was well worth it! ✌🏼🏃🏻~Brendan
This week marks a milestone for us! During this week exactly a year ago, I quit my teaching job and we launched Follow Your Detour 💻! To celebrate, I created this little video slideshow of all the places we went over the past year 🗺. To say we are #blessed is an understatement 🙏.
As hard as it was to walk away from my dream job at the time (and as much as I miss those sweet kiddos!), I haven't looked back! I wake up so incredibly #grateful for this new life we have built every...single...day! 🙏
Thanks for everyone's support this first year of FYD and for always following along with our crazy #adventures ❤️ To watch the rest of this video, go to the link in our bio!
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New hairs and new counters have me feeling pretty happy today. 😬 And the 80° weather doesn't hurt either. ☀️🌵