Roadtreking sunsets and an urge to hit the road

 Roadtreking sunsets and an urge to hit the road

Roadtrekers love to take photos. And while our styles, skills and the things we like to photograph may vary, one thing I bet all of us like to get are images of a sunset.

I’ve used these awkward days of spring before the warm weather travel season really gets underway to organize the thousands of photos I’ve taken over the past two years and 50,000 miles of roadtteking across North America.

sunsetThe photos could be better. But even my ineptitude is smoothed over by the awesome beauty of a sunset, whether on a beach in the mountains or a forest.

Seeing them all together like this reminds me of the sound of waves on a rocky beach, the smell of cedar and pine in the northwoods, the chirping of birds and the sound of cicadas as dusk falls. I can almost breathe in the fresh air. I feel my neck muscles relax and all the tension of another busy day let go.

I look forward to campfires and starry skies, early morning coffee outside the Roadtrek on a dew-covered picnic table, long walks amidst wildflowers and aspen, gazing at the majesty of the snow capped mountains and watching my dog, Tai, straining to hear sounds deep in the woods, his nose sampling scents I can't begin to comprehend.

It's time to hit the road.


Here’s a brief slideshow that hopefully will get you as excited as I am to once again get out there.

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland 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 at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • Makes me want to get out there, too. Where were all those photos taken? We want to go there!

  • Beautiful photos, beautiful words, Mike. What the photos didn’t convey your wonderful writing did. We are planning to purchase a Roadtrek later this summer than this story inspired us to move that date up and get out there!

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