Mike Wendland

Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, kayaking, video editing, and all things dealing with technology and the outdoors. See and subscribe to his RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube, where he has hundreds of RV and travel related videos. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations.

The Ultimate Predator: The Upper Peninsula Mosquito

I  started to write this last night from deep in the woods of the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It was going to be such a perfect night. So we thought. From our USDA campspite at Robbin's Pond, there was probably not another human around for miles. Judging by the lack of tire […]Read More

The Bighorn Medicine Wheel

On top of the Bighorn Range in Wyoming is Medicine Mountain, desolate and nearly 10,000 feet high and only reachable during the warm summer months. And on top of it lies a mysterious and ancient Native American Medicine wheel that precisely predicts certain astronomical events. This is not a casual walk. It is 1 1/2 miles […]Read More

The battle of the bugs in Michigan’s UP

I have a serious bone to pick with whoever calls Michigan’s Upper Peninsula a paradise. Not this trip. This RV adventure was a battle of the bugs. And while it looks pretty out the window of the motorcoach, venture outside and you are fair game for swarms of insects that see you as smorgasbord. The […]Read More

Happy Campers at Hog Island Point

Like there’s more to a book than the cover, there’s more to a name than you might think. Such it is with the Hog Island Point State Forest Campground  in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We tried this ingloriously named little campground on the Fourth of July weekend, when most campgrounds are filled to capacity. Not this […]Read More

How We Roll in our RV: Healthy eating while boondocking

In this edition of How We Roll, Jennifer and I answer a reader questions about preparing healthy meals while we're out in the wilderness somewhere boondocking. Our Roadtrek eTrek has solar power, lots of batteries and is meant – with its massive 6,000 watt inverter – to allow us to be off the commercial grid […]Read More

Expediters are RVers… sort of

I was sure they were RVers. White haired, grandma and grandpa types, driving a Sprinter van – the platform of choice these days for Class B RVs. They were waiting at the Sprinter dealer for service, right next to me. I was there for an oil change before heading out west. “Are you guys RV'er?, […]Read More

A Day in the Life of a Roadtrek

On June 22, 2013 – at sunset local time from coast to coast, across the U.S., into Canada, as far north as Alaska – 19 different Roadtrek owners took a photo of their Roadtrek. Some were parked at campgrounds. Others in their driveway. Some drove to a special setting near their hometowns. I was at […]Read More

An RV Trip to Devils Tower

If you thought you saw Devils Tower in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, you haven't seen Devils Tower. It's much more impressive, even without the Hollywood special effects aliens. We made our RV trip Devils Tower National Monument from Gillette, WY, about 55 miles away. It's a great drive through lush and […]Read More

Photos: What it’s like at a big RV Rally

RV rallys can be small or spectacularly huge. The 88th Annual Family Motor Coach Association Reunion and RV Showcase in Gillette WY in June, 2013 was one of the big ones. There were more than 2,300 coaches, 5,000-plus RVers and several hundred other vendors, dealers and exhibitors. Gillette's massive 1,100 acre CAM-PLEX exhibition center was […]Read More

An RV boom town in a Western Boom Town

Gillette, Wyoming is a certified American boom town. It's 30,000 residents have grown by a whopping 48% in the past decade as this western city has become the nation's self-declared “energy capital of America,” thanks to its vast quantities of  coal, oil and coal bed methane gas. But today, it just grew by thousands more as […]Read More

A South Dakota bugout

Last night in Iowa, I was complaining abut the gnats. Tonight in South Dakota, it's the Frankenbugs. The bugs have only gotten bigger as we've moved west Honestly, I dont know what they are. Way bigger than a gnat. Some are beetles, or what we used to call June bugs. But there are so many […]Read More

Dag nab dem gnats

I could kick myself. If I wasn't so busy swatting gnats, I would. Come to think of it, Jennifer will probably do the kicking herself. That's because I forgot to set the GPS to “avoid toll roads.” After spending $13.20 on tolls driving the Illinois tollway, US 88, from Chicago to the Iowa line, that's […]Read More

Laura: The Mystical Morel Mushroom

Call it the great morel mushroom hunt! After a few days in Rexburg, Idaho and dealing with my very sick pooch at a local vet, are now in Salmon, ID, staying at a stunning little RV park right on the Salmon River, located in the Lemhi Range in the Sawtooth Mountain Region.  This is prime […]Read More

Adding Points of Interest to your GPS

RVers love their GPS units. Can you imagine traveling without one? But do you know that many of today's most popular units can be customized to show the special places you are most interested in?  Called POIs – short for Points of Interest – there are so many lists of them available now that downloading them to […]Read More

KOA rebranding of campgrounds underway

Kampgrounds Of America's rebranding of its campgrounds based on their features and amenities has kicked off with the Billings, Montana KOA Campground, which officially becomes the Billings KOA Holiday Campground. The change is the beginning of a new brand structure for the 51-year-old iconic North American camping company.Three new brand segments will better identify the specific offerings of KOA's […]Read More

Pet Dangers: Ticks and Snakes

With more and more RVers heading to the great outdoors this time of year, it's time to sound two warnings. Depending on where you are, it's now either snake season or tick season. For some parts of the U.S., it's both. Both creatures post particular problems with pets. And humans, too, if they get bit. […]Read More