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Moving to Our Summer Palace

After finishing our spring adventure on the Appalachian Trail, daughter and I are in the process of moving to our summer palace. It’s located in hilly country at a family-oriented campgrounds an hour and a half from our home. We will have plenty of scope for outdoor adventures with walking trails, a creek to play in, a swimming lake, and plenty of time to socialize with other campers. We will live there full time, with a trip back to town midweek for appointments, friends, and shopping. Dog and Guinea Pig will live there as well. Hubby will join us on the weekends.

rv camping

What? You don’t consider an RV to be a palace?! After backpacking for 5 weeks, it certainly feels like one to us…

Unlike a shelter along the AT, our RV has four walls, windows, and a door that closes. Plus, the RV has 3 rooms and 400sf of living space compared to one “room” of approx 100 sf shared with 4-6 other hikers.

RV palace

AT shelter

We have soft beds (rather than throwing our sleeping bags on a hard wood platform).

RV comfy beds

AT shelter sleeping space

We have a comfy couch and a full kitchen (much fancier than sitting at a picnic table to boil water to rehydrate a meal).

RV couch and kitchen

AT backpacker kitchen

There is running water, including a flushable toilet and a shower! (Almost double the size of an AT privy, and much nicer than peeing in the woods!)

RV bathroom

AT privy

And our patio has chairs with backs on them (see post about this comfort HERE) which facilitate conversation, reading or lounging. Plus these comfy chairs are easily moved to sit around our fire pit.

RV patio

Picnic table

Now you understand: we really WILL be living in a “palace” this summer!

(PS–don’t worry, I will soon return to posting stories about our backpacking adventures…)

(For another story about wandering, click HERE.)


  1. Fun to see your “palace” – and I understand why you call it that!!! May you feel like “Royalty” being there!
    Love you! Sharon

    • jecolorfulheart

      June 7, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Awww thanks! And if I ever find the servants’ quarters, I will hire workers to make a fabulous garden like the one at “your” palatial estate!

  2. Julie Crabtree

    June 7, 2016 at 1:47 am

    That sounds like a fun summer! Happy for you. xoxo

  3. Robert Holmes

    June 7, 2016 at 3:53 am

    We LOVE living in a fifth wheel, tho have never been in one place very long. Have a great summer!


    • jecolorfulheart

      June 7, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      We enjoyed wandering the West in a 5th wheel 8 years ago…but staying in one place is a new experience for us as well!

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