Our New Camper – 2015 Jayco SLX 19XUD

For the past few months, I’ve been casually researching the possibility of buying a travel trailer. My thoughts were, a trailer coupled with the N.A.R.V. would provide enough sleeping space for possibly up to six people; which would be great for some of our normal trips like Florida Springs and snowboarding. My initial thoughts were to get a smaller used trailer that would accommodate just the family of four. And up until this past winter, it was always my goal to get a four season camper, so that we could use it for snowboarding. Last year, we went to a RV show and had a look at the Starcraft AR-ONE hybrids. While I was aware of what a hybrid was, I never really considered it until then. Considering that this past ski season, we tent camped in the Boone area in 20-30 degree weather, the requirement of a four season …keep reading …

2015-02: Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, Georgia

Jennifer and I wanted to get away for the president’s day weekend.  Normally, this is a snowboarding weekend, but we decided to make it a little getaway.  We were not really sure where to go, as the weather was not ideal, so we thought we’d try a couple nights in the cold camping in NARV at Skidaway Island State Park, near Savannah. We drove up Thursday morning, checked into the campground, then headed out to dinner at Sweet Spice Restaurant, which was highly recommended on Yelp.  After dinner we headed downtown to partake in a midnight ghost walking tour of Savannah with Blue Orb.  The tour was quite interesting, as it focused more on the history and facts, rather than just telling ghost stories. Friday we signed up for a trolley tour of the city, to get our bearings on what was where.  It was one of the hop on/hop …keep reading …

2015-01: Grandfather Campground, Banner Elk, North Carolina

We headed north from Rockledge on Saturday at about 5AM, arriving in Boone at 3:30.  We stopped by FirstTrax to pickup a rental for Donavin and they had exactly ONE board left.  Everyone, everywhere was sold out…not a good sign. Sunday morning, we woke up at 7AM and started on breakfast; burritos.  Made some spam for the boys to taste, because they never had it before.  We cleaned up then headed up to Beech Mountain Resort.  While Donavin was taking lessons, Brandon, Trevor and I did a few laps on the Oz run.  When Donavin met back up with us, he headed right up on the greens and blues and did great. Due to the crowds, we headed back to the campground to make an early dinner.  When we arrived, it was DESTROYED.  Apparently winds picked up our tent, with everything inside and tossed it around the campground.  A neighboring …keep reading …

2014 Reading Challenge & My Favorite Books of the Year

So this is officially my third year of taking the Goodreads.com personal reading challenge.  The challenge is to set a goal to read a set number of books over the course of the year.  This year my goal was 48 books, which was 12 less than 2013.  During 2013, I felt like I was always in a race to finish books, and I was always leery of starting too large of a book.  This year, I’ve decided to slow down and enjoy the books I’ve selected. I finished up all of the John Green books this year as well as tackled some classics that I’ve had on my list for quite a while.  As a whole, there was nothing that WOW’d me like “The Book Thief” and “The Dog Stars” did last year, but there were some notables. Favorite Book of the Year Room – Emma Donoghue What a story.  …keep reading …