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The things I like the most about my Roadtreking life

| Updated Mar 18, 2014

As we wait to set off on our next Roadtreking trip, I'm thinking about all the things I like about this new small motorhome lifestyle we have embraced.

    • Waking up to sunlight streaming around the edges of the shades of our Roadtrek and the smell of that first cup of coffee brewing as I start the day.
    • The first peek out the window at our surroundings. We boondock a lot so often, it's wildlife I see. I love to sip that coffee and quietly watch the world wake up.


  • The smell of bacon frying  as I start to make breakfast on the picnic table outside.
  • Taking Tai for his morning walk in a new campground or forest.
  • Walking with Jennifer, exploring our surroundings, hand-in-hand
  • Doing my morning blog work from a campchair next to the Roadtrek.
  • Watching the landscape which unfolds like a high definition movie on the other side of the windshield as we head to our next destination.
  • Changing our mind on route and stopping on a whim  to spend the night at a spot we didn't expect to find but looks inviting
  • Quiet, two-lane state or county roads, the “Blue Highways” that let us see the small towns and farms and wide open spaces far off the hurried interstates.
  • Finding a local “Mom and Pop” restaurant or market or local produce stand that lets us experience local and regional foods that aren't pre-packaged, frozen or microwaved.
  • Taking a nap in the middle of the day in our “look-at-the-sky” chairs outside the Roadtrek.
  • Meeting new people who share our live of travel and the outdoors. Everybody has a story. Everybody has something to teach us.
  • Watching a sunset from a new place.
  • Seeing the clouds pass by in a bright blue sky, with some birds way up high coasting on the thermals. Or seeing the stars in a jet black sky far from big city light pollution. This is why we call our tilt-back chairs “look-at-the-sky” chairs.
  • The smell of a campfire
  • Watching the fire sitting next to Jennifer, with Tai behind us with his back to the fire. Not saying a word, just being together, content, relaxed and listening to the wood crackle and burn as it turns into a bed of hot red embers
  • Hearing an owl late at night just before we drift off to sleep in our king sized bed atop the four inch mattress topper that makes it so comfortable.

There you go. That's my list. What would you add?

Mike Wendland

Published on 2014-03-18

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

13 Responses to “The things I like the most about my Roadtreking life”

April 21, 2015at9:12 am, Patti Burkett said:

I love having quality food on board (often bought locally) and getting to stop somewhere with a view and making our lunch and then enjoying the view and the pause in our day.

March 24, 2014at11:31 pm, Karl said:

Hi Mike:

Nice article. Thanks for sharing. I was intrigued by the 4″ mattress. What is the trade name, where can one purchase it and would it fit the SS Agile bedding arrangement?

March 24, 2014at1:08 pm, KathyB said:

Heading out this weekend to another State Park, never knew there were so many and looking forward to all those things you mentioned Mike. We try to go someplace each month and this trip will be to Sesquicentennial Park in South Carolina. Can’t wait.

March 24, 2014at2:11 pm, Maureen said:

Looking forward to hearing your experiences at this state park. I am gathering info on each state and province from this group so I can easily access it when I’m travelling. Have fun! Thx.

April 21, 2014at4:48 pm, KathyB said:

Guess I am a little slow. The park was great. We almost missed it as the entry was in a small commercial area. But as you pulled in you were in the tall SC Pines. It was well kept and had a public park with a nice pond. They were having an egg hunt that weekend. The volunteers were very nice and meet some very nice people from WI who were there for the winter. We will go again. If you have any specific questions, let me know.

March 23, 2014at1:31 pm, peggy said:

Hope I can afford this someday.

March 18, 2014at9:06 pm, Charles Plybon said:

Love to have one of these

March 18, 2014at7:56 pm, Maureen said:

Gosh…I can smell the fire, coffee and bacon and see some of those blue highways……guess the pioneer spirit stays strong. Thx Mike.

March 18, 2014at5:46 pm, Roger said:

How about when you look at your Roadtrek and realize how blessed you are that tomorrow will bring a whole new set of wondrous experiences just around the next bend in the road?

March 18, 2014at5:41 pm, campskunk said:

you really don’t know how big this continent is until you spend a few hundred nights out in various parts of it. there’s a story and a lesson around every corner, and you’ll learn it if you stop and listen. i’ve been fulltiming so long it’s starting to feel… normal. maybe it is 😉

March 18, 2014at5:04 pm, Kristen Cogswell said:

Lovely picture!

March 18, 2014at4:25 pm, Dean Upson said:

Sounds like you covered all the bases, Mike!

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