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About Heather Gebbia

We are a family of 4 that have decided to simplify our life, sell our home and all of our possessions to live and travel around America in an RV.

Nebraska and Iowa

Nebraska and Iowa are 2 states we had not been to yet, so on our way to Michigan we decided to stop and visit something in each of those states.

First Nebraska. We chose Omaha because I heard that one of the best zoos in the country is located there. The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha did not disappoint! We really enjoyed our visit and feel it was definitely worth a stop in Omaha to go there. My favorite part was the aquarium.

We stayed at the KOA in between Lincoln and Omaha where we had a nice site right next to the mini golf course. Chris and the kids spent a lot of time out there.

Next we went to Clear Lake, Iowa where we visited the Buddy Holly plane crash site and museum. This was so interesting! Prior to going there I knew who Buddy Holly was only because my Dad is a big fan, but I didn’t really know much about his music. We learned a lot about him and Richie Valens who was on the plane with him when it crashed.

We started at the Surf Ballroom where there is a museum honoring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper. After performing for the last time at this ballroom in February 1959, they all died in a plane crash. That was “the day the music died”.

The Surf is a historical Rock and Roll landmark. Concerts are still performed there today, but they manage to maintain the 1950s nostalgia throughout the venue.

Next we went to the site where the plane crashed on a farm. Even after all these years people still come to pay their respects and honor the legacy these talented musicians left behind.

I was so fascinated by their tragic stories and I wanted to learn more. So that night we decided to watch La Bamba (Richie Valens’ story) and then the Buddy Holly Story the next night. I realize those are made for Hollywood movies, but I found them interesting nonetheless.

We stayed at Clear Lake State Park. It was very cold while we were there so we didn’t spend much time at the lake, but it looks like it is probably a popular place to be in the summer time.

Next we moved on to Wisconsin to have some fun at the Water Park Capital of the World.

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New Ski Adventures

After spending the prior 3 ski seasons in Breckenridge, Colorado we decided to try Park City, Utah this year instead. We stayed at Mountain Valley RV Resort in Heber City. The weather was a lot warmer than Breckenridge so we did not have nearly as much snow as I would have liked. The rest of my people however really liked the milder temps. I guess they’re just not as hard core snow fanatics like me. πŸ˜‰

Our good friends, the Schott family were in the area for our first month and we really enjoyed skiing with them as well as having regular game nights. They stayed in Salt Lake City and we enjoyed spending a day there with them at a climbing gym and eating Korean BBQ.

In my opinion, there is nothing more beautiful than snow covered mountains. We didn’t get a lot of snow this year, but when we did it was breathtaking!

We had Epic Passes again for this season which included 2 ski days each at Snowbasin in Utah and Sun Valley in Idaho. We celebrated our March birthdays with a mini vacation at each. I was so excited that it snowed during both of those trips!

While skiing at Snowbasin we stayed at a beautiful condo near Ogden Valley, Utah that had a private hot tub on the back deck with a gorgeous view.

Sun Valley was a little further away in Idaho, but definitely worth the trip. We stayed at the beautiful Sun Valley Lodge.

Well it seems I can’t really stay away from Breckenridge for the entire season, so we spent a couple of weeks there in April once the weather got too warm in Utah. We were so excited to have our good friends from Florida come out to visit us while we were at Breck.

They don’t ski, but Kim was always ready to hit the hot tubs with me when I came back for a lunch break.

It snowed just about the entire time we were there so the skiing was great and the view from our hotel room was fantastic!

We had dinner at this really cool pizzeria with little snow globes to sit in. They serve only plant based food which we were not sure we would like, but it was actually very good.

I know I’m in the minority here, but I just love winter! I love snow and cold weather and skiing; I think I could do this all year long. But unfortunately winter ends and it’s time to move on. We are planning to spend this summer exploring Michigan. I’m hoping to do a better job keeping up with blogging this year, especially since we’ll be going to some new places. Stay tuned…

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Seventh Nomadiversary

This month we celebrate 7 years on the road. I haven’t posted in a long time because we really haven’t done anything new or different. 2021 was almost a repeat of 2020, so I didn’t even include a Nomadiversary video like I usually do. Instead I thought I would just write a recap of how we spent the rest of 2021 after my last post about skiing.

After leaving Breckenridge last April, we spent a week in Canon City, Colorado and visited the Royal Gorge Bridge Park.

Next we headed to Texas to spend some time with friends and family. First we stayed at Cedar Ridge Campground to visit the Graham family. We met them our first year on the road, but they are no longer traveling so we like to visit them anytime we’re in Texas. Ironically as I’m writing this we just left that same campground and another visit with the Grahams on our way back out west. But these pictures are from our visit with them last spring.

The Graham Family

We also like to visit my aunt and uncle in Nederland whenever we’re in Texas. Last spring we visited them after the Grahams, and just like seeing the Grahams this month on our way back out west, we also saw John and Patty again. I love when we can route our travels through areas where we can visit friends and family.

From there we headed to Meaher State Park in Mobile, Alabama where our good friends the Norstrems came to visit. This was our second visit to this state park. We love that there are so many sites backed up to the water, and the sunsets are amazing!

Next we moved on to Georgia for the summer. First we stayed at Victoria Campground for a couple of weeks and then moved to Hiawassee for a couple of months. We spent the entire summer there last year and liked it so much we decided to do it again. We enjoyed lots of visits with my parents and Cheryl & Chris while we were there, as well as visits from some good friends.

Tubing in Ellijay

We went ziplining at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia which was so much fun!

At the end of August we headed back to Florida. I know what you’re thinking, who in their right mind heads to Florida in the heat of the summer? πŸ™‚ We do because we had dentist and orthodontist appointments to take care of, plus the kids have birthdays in September and they wanted to go to their favorite place, Universal Orlando.

We headed to Fort Clinch State Park first, and Chris and I enjoyed lots of alone time because the kids like to go stay with their Mimi while we’re there.

Having a date night on the beach

We also got to spend time with some good friends while we were in Fernandina Beach, but unfortunately we must have been having so much fun we forgot to take pictures. πŸ˜‰

We bought season passes to Universal Orlando and went 4 times during the fall. When we used to get Disney passes we would stay at the Fort Wilderness campground, but since Universal doesn’t have a campground, we stayed in hotels each time.

Universal’s Portofino Bay Hotel

In September we stayed at Cabana Bay which I love because we can walk to Universal’s water park, Volcano Bay. In September when it is really hot outside, I prefer the water park over the theme parks, but we did both.

Later that month we stayed at Royal Pacific which we like because it comes with Universal’s Express Pass and we can walk to the theme parks. Jake turned 17 and Jesse turned 15 in September and we celebrated at the Toothsome Chocolate Factory at Universal’s City Walk.

For the other two trips to Universal in November and December we stayed at Hard Rock Hotel and Portofino Bay. Both of those also come with Universal’s Express Pass and are walking distance to the theme parks. I think our favorite is Hard Rock, but Portofino Bay is absolutely beautiful!

Hogwarts Castle
Inside Gringotts Bank
New Velocicoaster ride

My kids have turned into Harry Potter fans since we started going to Universal instead of Disney. The 2 Harry Potter lands (Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade) are so well done! The new Velocicoaster ride is awesome if you like roller coasters.

We spent a couple of weeks in October in the Keys. We started at my favorite Bahia Honda State Park where we had an incredible site backed up to the water.

Fat Cat enjoying the view from the back patio
The kids floating in the back yard
Amazing sunsets!

We spent a lot of time swimming and snorkeling with the Reyes family while we were in the Keys. In addition, we had a great time with them at Robbie’s in Islamorada feeding the tarpon.

Fun with the Reyes Family

We also stayed at John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo where Jake and I went kayaking through the mangroves and even had a manatee swim right underneath our kayak. We took a snorkel trip to a coral reef which was so beautiful. I don’t have any good pictures from snorkeling, so you’ll have to take my word for it that the coral reef was amazing!

Kayaking through the mangroves

We had a quick visit to Disney’s Fort Wilderness campground after the Keys. I love staying at that campground even when we don’t have Disney tickets. We were there in October and rented a golf cart so we could ride around the camping loops and look at all of the Halloween decorations. My favorite site was the one with all the Stormtroopers dressed up in Little Mermaid costumes.

Isn’t this so cool?

Chris and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary at Fort Wilderness, and then went to the Reyes’ house the next day and celebrated again, after surviving a truck breakdown on the way there.

Camping at the Reyes’ house and toasting with our anniversary glasses

We’re so thankful for friends who have RV spots for us, and we’re also thankful to Keith for rescuing us when we were broken down on the way to their house.

Speaking of friends with RV spots, we spent many weeks off and on at the Norstrem family ranch from September through January. The Norstrems are our other family, not blood relatives, but just as special to us.

The roosters crow outside my bedroom window throughout the day, and I think it’s so funny when I’m on the phone with someone from work and they hear the roosters.

We went to a Tim Hawkins concert with the Norstrems which was so much fun. Tim Hawkins is hilarious! We also looked for gators at Okefenokee Swamp Park, but didn’t find any.

Celebrating Ken’s 50th Birthday

Finally, we spent Thanksgiving and Christmas in Charlotte with family.

Hanging out with Mom, Dad, Cheryl & Chris

As I write this I realize that even though much of this year was a repeat of the previous year, we still had a really great year and enjoyed lots of time with friends and family. There is a lot of craziness going on in the world and sometimes the future seems so uncertain. I don’t ever want to take for granted time with loved ones.

Thank you for reading. I hope everyone has a blessed, healthy and prosperous 2022!

Fat Cat turned 10 this year and we thought this was a funny picture with her tongue sticking out
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Not all Birds Fly South for the Winter

While most “normal” RVers choose to spend winters in warm states like Florida and Arizona, we prefer winters in the snow. So for the 3rd year in a row we headed out to Breckenridge, Colorado just after New Years and spent over 3 months enjoying snow, cold weather and skiing. By the way, it’s a little strange to be writing about winter in June, but whatever! I’m a little behind. πŸ˜‰

The reason we always head to Breckenridge is because we like to stay at Tiger Run RV Resort which is near four different ski areas that are included on the Epic Season Pass we get (Breck, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek). It’s nice to have some variety with the 4 ski areas when we’re staying for 3+ months. However, I’ve been looking into other ski areas for next year because Tiger Run significantly raised their monthly rates.

Moose in the site next to us at Tiger Run

Last year we rented a ski-in/ski-out condo to celebrate Chris’s 50th birthday. If you read my post from last year (Back to Breck), you might remember the ski mountains shut down just a few days later due to COVID. That was quite disappointing, but this year more than made up for the early end to last year’s ski season. This past February we rented the same condo and my sister and her husband came out to stay with us.

My brother-in-law Chris trying snowboarding

While they visited we tried out cross-country skiing for the first time. It was fun, but I still prefer downhill skiing.

Cheryl & Chris cross-country skiing
Cute igloo at the cross-country ski area

Whenever we ski at Keystone, we take the very scenic drive over Swan Mountain to get there. I’ve always wanted to stop and take pictures on the drive, but since we’re always heading to Keystone to ski, I would have ski boots on which are not comfortable for walking around and sightseeing. Since Chris is a photographer, I knew he and Cheryl would love to take this scenic drive and stop at the viewpoints. It turns out it’s called Sapphire Point and Cheryl already had it on her bucket list of places to see!

Sapphire Point

Speaking of Keystone, we spent many Friday evenings skiing there. Unfortunately they did not have other weeknights open for skiing this year. I love night skiing, but I did not enjoy it as much on Friday nights because it was so crowded. It seems like Friday nights are when the party crowd shows up for the weekend and they ski a little too recklessly for my comfort level. A snowboarder even crashed right into Jake one night, but thankfully neither one of them were hurt.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for having a good time! It’s just that I prefer to keep my limbs intact and not ski with people that may have had a little too much happy hour before hitting the slopes. πŸ˜‰

Breathtaking view of Keystone Village while night skiing

My favorite thing we did this year was to spend a few days at a ski-in/ski-out hotel at Vail for my birthday in March. It definitely redeemed the disappointing birthday I had last year when the ski resorts chose that day to shut down for the season. One thing that made the time in Vail especially fun was we got the most snow of the season while we were there. Skiing on fresh powder is the best!

Skiing at Vail was awesome!

We stayed at Lion Square Lodge and really enjoyed the pool and hot tub after skiing.

The last time we went to Vail in 2019 we didn’t like it that much. That’s because we made the mistake of going on a Saturday on the last weekend they were open in April. It was hot, the snow was slushy and many trails were already closed for the season. In addition it was super crowded. This time we did Vail right and enjoyed it immensely!

We also enjoyed 2 more ski-in/ski-out hotels this winter. One was at Grand Timber Lodge where we got a good deal to stay for Easter.

Awesome view from our room at Grand Timber Lodge

The other one was Grand Colorado. Last year we had a Dream Vacation Week certificate for a week long stay there, but it was canceled due to COVID. Thankfully we were able to re-schedule it for this year and it was amazing!

The hot tubs at Grand Colorado were incredible, especially this infinity hot tub overlooking the ski lifts.

As you can see, we really enjoy staying right on the mountain. Tiger Run RV Resort is only a 10 minute drive from the Breckenridge ski area, but there is nothing like staying right on the mountain.

It really was a fabulous season, and such a blessing after the way last year turned out. I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures sledding at Carter Park and Frisco sledding park.

Carter Park
Frisco sledding park

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Sixth Nomadiversary

Today we celebrate 6 years since we moved out of our house in Florida to start traveling fulltime in an RV. I know I say this every year, but how in the world did 6 years fly by so fast?!

Like for everyone, 2020 wasn’t the best year, but it wasn’t all bad either. We started out skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado — my favorite place in the country! Our time there was cut short when the mountains closed down on my birthday of all days. After that we spent 6 weeks with great friends in St. Louis.

Our original plans for 2020 included spending the summer in Michigan and also visiting Cedar Point in Ohio. We ended up canceling all those plans, but hope to try that again another time. Instead, we headed to the Georgia Mountains for the summer and spent lots of time with family. Then we headed back to Florida for the remainder of the year (except for holidays with family in Charlotte).

In Florida we spent time in our hometown of Fernandina Beach with friends, and also enjoyed lots of time parked at the Norstrem family ranch. We spent Jesse’s 14th birthday at Universal Orlando and also took another trip there in December, and spent Jake’s 16th birthday in the Keys.

So I really can’t complain! In spite of all the craziness that 2020 was, we still had a really good year. I hope you did too.

For this year’s nomadiversary video, we did something different. It starts with a homemade video that we sang along to, and continues with a quick slideshow to the song Holiday Road from National Lampoon’s Vacation movie. It’s a funny video and we had a lot of fun making it. The credit goes to my brother-in-law for his awesome video work, and my sister for writing the Brady Bunch song that we sang. I hope it gives you some laughter! πŸ˜‰

If you would like to see our Nomadiversary videos from the first 5 years you can see them here:

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The Florida Keys

Happy New Year! I guess we’re all glad that 2020 is in the rearview mirror, right? Well before I move on to the new year I need to catch up on one last blog post about our time in the Keys.

The first time we visited the Florida Keys 2 years ago we loved it so much, we decided it was time to go back. Especially because we had a milestone birthday to celebrate. Jake turned 16 in September and we had a blast celebrating his birthday with Sebago Watersports on an All-Day Watersports Adventure.

On the Sebago Catamaran heading out to snorkel.
I could not believe just how blue that water was!

We were blessed with a perfectly beautiful day for this adventure which included snorkeling, jet skiing, banana boat rides and our favorite — parasailing.

Jake and I parasailing.
Jesse and Chris parasailing. The crew members were lots of fun!
Getting ready to snorkel.
Chris and Jesse on the jet ski.
Jake driving me on the jet ski. This was the first day he was old enough to drive it! He was pretty excited about that.

We all agreed that Jake’s 16th birthday celebration was one of the best days ever!

We stayed at 2 different state parks while in the Keys. The first one was Bahia Honda which was probably one of my favorite state parks we’ve ever stayed at. It might have something to do with the fact that our RV backed up to the water where we could swim and snorkel and watch amazing sunsets right outside our back door.

The boys floating behind our campsite on tubes we bought for sledding last winter in Colorado. Unfortunately one windy night they blew away and we imagine they are now somewhere in Cuba. πŸ˜‰
Check out that backyard! I also took up gardening this year with my traveling Tower Garden.

My high school friend Shannan lives in Key West, and we got to spend some time with her and her husband David a few times while we were in the Keys. We had so much fun with them!

You know when you haven’t seen someone in like 30 years, and you just don’t know what it’s going to be like? I mean, will it be awkward, will we have anything to talk about? Does anyone else worry about stuff like that? No, just me?

Well, I needn’t have worried! It was like no time had passed, and Chris and I really enjoyed hanging out with them so much that we plan to go back and see them again later this year.

Sunset Grill with David and Shannan.
Sunset at the aptly named Sunset Grill.

After 2 blissful weeks at Bahia Honda we moved to Curry Hammock State Park. State parks in the Keys are so hard to get into! Even trying to reserve 11 months in advance when the spots become available to reserve is so difficult because many others are online at the same time trying to get the same spot. There have been many mornings when Chris & I have been on 2 devices just before 8am to try to reserve a spot, only to be disappointed because someone else was a quicker clicker than we were. Persistence pays off though because that’s how we eventually got the Bahia Honda site. People do frequently cancel however, so that’s how we later got a spot at Curry Hammock.

We couldn’t walk out the door and into the water from this site, but at least we had a water view!
We were also graced with the presence of a couple of iguanas at our campsite. Can you see them?

A Fulltime Family that we met our first year on the road (the Reyes family) met up with us at Curry Hammock. Michele took this beautiful picture of our RV with a rainbow in the background. Michele and I had lots of fun snorkeling together.

Heading to the beach with Asher and Journey.
The boys playing ball at Curry Hammock.
The Reyes fishing.

I’ll leave you with this cute picture of Chris and Fat Cat that I took one night sitting outside on our back deck. She always looks so grumpy! πŸ˜‰

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20th Wedding Anniversary

Today Chris & I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. I made this video to highlight the last 20 years. I don’t think either of us imagined 20 years ago that we would eventually be homeschooling our 2 kids and living in an RV for over 5 years. What an adventure this has been! Here’s to many more years of living, laughing, loving and adventuring!

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Summer in the Georgia Mountains

It sure has been a long time since I posted anything here, I guess I just haven’t felt motivated to post anything lately. Strange year we’re having, right?

We had originally planned to spend the summer exploring the Great Lakes around Michigan. We decided to cancel all of that, and got a site for the summer in Hiawassee, GA instead. With all the craziness going on in the country we thought it would be better to just stay in one place and not travel for awhile. The North Georgia mountains were perfect because it was close to family and not too hot in the summer.

We started out at a campground in Blue Ridge, GA just for Memorial Day weekend, and then moved on to Bald Mountain Camping Resort in Hiawassee where we stayed for 3 months.

Hanging out with family by the creek at our site in Blue Ridge. Notice a Fat Cat in the background?
Exploring the town of Blue Ridge, Georgia.

This was home for the summer in Hiawassee. Most of the time we had neighbors around us, but the day we moved there we had the whole section to ourselves.

Bald Mountain Camping Resort was a wonderful place to spend the summer. We enjoyed many visits from my parents and sister and brother-in-law. There were lots of fun activities at the campground to do like mini-golf, pedal boats, basketball, and a pool. Here are some pictures around the beautiful park.

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I took a picture of this shed/garage across the street from our site and played with some photo settings on my phone. I thought it looked really pretty.

Cheryl and Chris pedal boating.

I loved having so much time with my sister this summer! She came and stayed with us several times, and we just have so much fun being silly together. We might drive others around us crazy with our silliness, but we sure have fun together. At night before bed, we watched Brady Bunch episodes with the kids. Cheryl & I would sing the theme song to the Brady Bunch at the top of our lungs as each episode started. I know the boys thought we were crazy, lol! πŸ™‚

We went kayaking on nearby Lake Chatuge a few times. The mountain views around the lake are gorgeous!

One day we went to Helen, GA with Chris & Cheryl to go tubing down the Chattahoochee River. Doesn’t that make you want to sing along with the Alan Jackson song? πŸ™‚

After tubing we stopped for ice cream. Jesse still loves to wear his ice cream, lol! πŸ™‚

Do you notice anything different about Jesse? He got braces while we were in Georgia! You might wonder how someone who lives on the road gets braces. We started his treatment at Smile Doctors in Colorado last winter. Smile Doctors has offices all over the country, so we got an appointment in Georgia to continue treatment. During the summer he was able to get his braces and adjustments taken care of there. I cannot recommend Smile Doctors highly enough! They have been excellent to work with, and have been so flexible in working with us to keep up with his treatment no matter where are.

One time while my parents visited we went to Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. We could see the lookout tower from our campground.

Brasstown Bald lookout tower
View from Brasstown Bald.
My cute parents.

While my parents visited, the boys got to play lots of golf which they loved!

One time I went along with Chris and the boys to watch them play golf, and I got to be a caddy. That was fun, and the views from the golf course were beautiful.

Watching the boys in action.

Another fun place to go in Hiawassee is the inflatable water park, Splash Island. The first time we took the boys Chris & I just watched. We realized it looked like so much fun, so next time we played on the water park with them. It was so much fun, but wow! I had no idea how out of shape I was until I did that. That is hard work, and I was so sore for the next few days!

We really enjoyed our summer in Hiawassee so much! We actually liked the area enough that we considered settling down and buying a house there. I went to look at a few houses with Cheryl & Chris, but every time I brought it up at home, the kids said they definitely do NOT want to get a house. They love living in an RV and traveling, and had no desire to settle into a house. I was actually surprised; I thought since we were not traveling at the time, they might like to have a house with more space.

Well, I can honestly say I’m glad they would prefer to stay in an RV because I prefer that as well. It’s weird, you would think we’d want more space, especially if we’re not traveling as much, but I really like our tiny home. I also really love traveling and want to get back to it.

We loved spending summer in Georgia with so many visits from family, and spending time in an area that just seemed so normal in the midst of a country in chaos.

We left Georgia at the end of August because we had some appointments we needed to get back to Florida for. Since then we’ve been enjoying some time with friends in Florida as well as celebrating the kid’s birthdays at Universal Studios and the Keys. I’ll write about those later. Until then, I hope you are staying safe and healthy.

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Back to Breck

If you have been following along for awhile, you might remember that we spent last winter (2019) skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado. We loved it so much we returned for another ski season this year.

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We had a another fabulous season until it abruptly ended due to COVID-19. We are living in very strange times these days, right? I haven’t posted anything lately, and it has been hard to even motivate myself to post this because it’s difficult to see these pictures and not feel sad about how much things have changed in our world since then.

After spending the holidays with family back east, we headed out to Colorado to get back to one of our favorite places. Thankfully we had 2 good months of skiing before everything shut down.

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Home Sweet Home

In addition to Breckenridge we skied at Keystone and Beaver Creek. Arapahoe Basin was no longer included on our Epic Passes so we didn’t go there, and we had intended to ski at Vail but never made it there before everything closed.

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We found our “bear cave” from last year, which we now think we should call a “beer cave” due to all the beer cans we saw in there. πŸ™‚

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Our first day back to skiing we had to take it easy and get used to it again, but it didn’t take long at all for these boys to get back to doing what they do best, the double-black diamond trails. They even talked me into doing The Windows once. Trust me, once was enough!

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Chris did the Needles Eye with them, but I refused. Later they told me I made the right choice. πŸ˜‰

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At Beaver Creek the kids’ favorite run is 4 Get About It. We did that one a few times this year. I keep trying to tell them “forget about it, I’m not doing that!”, but they won’t take no for an answer. Somehow I manage to keep up with them. πŸ˜‰

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4 Get About It

One day at Beaver Creek Chris had a bad fall just after we took this picture.

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Hmm, maybe we shouldn’t be going down trails for “Experts Only”?

Chris was out of commission for a couple of weeks due to his injury, so the boys and I had to ski without him while he recovered.

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In February we had some epic amounts of snow! Check out all that powder!

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One day Chris & Jake tried to take Fat Cat for a sleigh ride at the campground. She wasn’t amused.

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We love going to Keystone during the week for night skiing. The weekends are pretty crowded at Breck, but we’re usually working during the week so we have to just deal with the weekend crowds. Going skiing after work at night during the week is so much fun!

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Last year we celebrated my 50th birthday at a ski-in/ski-out resort at the base of one of the ski areas at Breck, which was definitely one of my best birthdays ever. We decided to do the same thing again this year for Chris’s 50th. Yes, he’s younger than me, lol! Our birthdays are 3 days apart so we are the same age for 3 days until I become the “older woman” again.

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View from the balcony of our vacation rental

For this year’s birthday celebration we got an amazing VRBO at the base of Peak 8.

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But that is not even the best part! My parents came out to spend the week with us, along with some of the Picariello family (life-long friends). My parents hadn’t skied in 12 years, and we were so super excited to show them and the Picariellos around Breckenridge.

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Meeting up with Mom and Dad at Breckenridge Station

Jake and Jesse showed Gramma and Grampa around town while we got everyone’s luggage moved into the condo. Then the boys brought the Grands for a ride up the gondola to get to the condo.

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Looking at these pictures reminds me of just how super excited we were for this vacation week, not giving much thought to the invisible enemy that was out there, about to change the world as we knew it.

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An epic day skiing with Mom and Dad and the Picariellos

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Grampa, Chris, Jesse & Jake

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My parents… still skiing in their 70s!

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We talked Lauren into trying Devil’s Crotch. I won’t go into details about how that went. Hint, hint… it wasn’t pretty, lol!

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We did much better on Imperial.

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Some of the gang enjoying the hot tub after skiing

Well, all good things must come to an end, right? The night before my birthday we found out that all the ski mountains had to close immediately due to coronavirus. I can’t even describe just how disappointed we were!

However, I am thankful that we at least had a few good days of skiing before that happened. We got to ski on Chris’s birthday, and the Picariellos got all of their skiing in before the closures. In fact, we had just dropped off some of the Picariellos at their shuttle to go back to the airport when we got the news.

My parents were still with us for a few more days, and we had planned to ski some more, but that was not meant to be. We made the best of it and used the empty ski mountain as a sledding hill.

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Sledding instead of skiing on my birthday

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Sitting on the chair lift, wishing it wasn’t closed

After Mom and Dad went home, the only thing left to do in Breckenridge was sledding, so we did that a few more times.

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Sledding with the Schott family, our good friends and next door neighbors for the season

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Eventually even the sledding hills closed, so it was time for us to go. The RV park in Breck is not cheap and it just wasn’t worth spending the money to stay there any longer when everything was closed.

So we headed to my friend Rachel’s campground in St. Louis to hunker down and wait things out. We had plans to spend the summer in Michigan, and St. Louis was close enough to continue on with those plans if things re-opened. However it doesn’t look like that will be a good place to go this year.

Anyway, I’ll leave you with some pictures I took at our RV park in Breckenridge before we left. It’s so beautiful there!

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I’m not gonna lie, it was really hard to leave this winter wonderland. We all love skiing and playing in the snow so much, it was so disappointing when it ended early.

I hope and pray that you are all staying safe & healthy. Let’s hope we can all get back to adventuring and exploring soon!

 

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Fifth Nomadiversary

When we decided to sell our house and most of our belongings to hit the road and see the country, I had no idea we would still be doing this 5 years later. At the time we thought we would do this for a year or two, but we quickly realized there is way too much awesomeness to see in this beautiful country to only travel for 2 years.

Now, 5 years later, we’re still going strong with no end date in sight. I can’t even describe how blessed I feel to be able to live this amazing life with the people I love most in this world. Making memories instead of accumulating stuff has become my life goal.

Each year has been great. Well, maybe the Heartland disaster year wasn’t that great, but our 5th year really was the best so far. It almost seems like we were making up for the not-quite-so-great year before that.

So on this 5th anniversary of the day we moved out of our house and into an RV, I am excited to share with you this video of the highlights of our 5th year on the road. The song “My House” by Kacey Musgraves is just perfect!

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Green = 2015; Red = 2016; Blue = 2017; Purple = 2018; Black = 2019

If you would like to see our Nomadiversary videos from the first 4 years you can see them here:

Thank you for coming along with us on this journey.

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