After spending a few months back home in Colorado working on the Alpaca Ranch and taking every opportunity to catch up with our dearly beloved family and friends, the RoadRamblers launched again! Heading North to escape the encroaching heat of the Summer and slowly make our way across this country’s stunning and historic Mid-West.
This time my youngest son, Chase was available to spend the remainder of his Summer break traveling with us as well as our newest member of the Rambler family Zen, a kitten that we had rescued one night from under a crawl space while visiting my oldest Son Collin. Though Chase has had experience adventuring with us in the past, it was definitely all new territory for our baby Zen who, to our surprise, proved to be a natural at road-life and we were very happy to have both along to share in the making of these fine memories!
We created a short video montage of one of our favorite stops along the way as we crossed into the beautiful Black Hills and then dropping down into the stark majestic landscape of the Dakota Badlands. In hopes to share it with you. So, please enjoy!
Believe it or not, my beloved family, friends, and followers today marks our 25th day of life on the road as full-timers. Though I had dreamed of making daily inspirational blog posts in conjunction with full-length award-winning video posts to our Youtube channel, I believe it would be grossly understated to say that reality made its early and staunch debut totally realigning my ambitious expectations to the task.
But after 3,500 beautiful, adventure-filled miles I find myself situated in a very quaint small town city park in the middle of North Dakota overlooking their beautifully manicured golf course while majestic beams of light pour out a glorious sunset filtering through the vast array of Elms, Oaks, and Pines across the open field. I am happy to report that not only am I able to finally write a post but am able to also declare that we are most certainly still alive and kick’n. In fact, I might even be tempted to say that much has happened in these last few weeks to inspire and breathe new energy into the very core of my being. To tear away the flesh of old hardened patterns and routines leaving me beautifully vulnerable and seemingly more awake. As every day poses an abundant supply of the new and unfamiliar with ever streaming opportunity’s to challenge you mentally, physically and emotionally, but reward you with the churning fresh perspective that fills your heart with wholesome homegrown accomplishments and inspiration.
As a team, the four of us, Nicole, Christian, Chase and I have not only had to overcome the obvious flarings and volatility of our new micro enhanced environment and strenuous continuity but I believe it is fair to say that we have each been found by our own personal internal demons for which we have been able to become more acutely acquainted and have made definite strides toward positive inclusivity of the party as a whole.
This first small but very significant portion of our journey has been packed full of all the makings of a beautifully illustrated and action-packed adventure film. Whereas we have been taken to some incredibly fascinating nooks and crannies of our Nations precious mid-west. To see vast collections of great beauty both natural and those by the hands of great men, women, and children who have left their mark upon us in only the most majestic and individual way that they could. Though I would love to share them all here with this post, I am afraid that it would be a great disservice as I feel that the quality would only get lost in the quantity of trying such a task. I can only promise to commit to bringing forth the many stories in smaller portions and throughout many future posts to come.
I will end for now by summarizing with this simple observation from the first 25 days of our big adventure together, that it has become truth to me, where once there was only a suspicion, that there is a great big beautiful world out there alive and amazing beyond what simple words can convey. Mostly, of people filled with their own dreams and creativity expressing their hearts in a most extraordinary display of love compassion and devotion. It is an experience fueled by great wonder for which I am completely and eternally grateful to witness and be granted the opportunity to maintain.
– Craig R.
Welcome! You have, in one way or another, landed on the Blog site for Craig & Nicole aka the RV Road Ramblers. We have put together this portal to openly share our travels and experiences while living full-time in our 40′ Keystone Montana 5th wheel RV.
We finally initiated and began putting our dream into motion around April of 2015 when Nicole started the downsizing process by selling the majority of her possessions including her beautiful home and dream car and moving into my comparatively tiny duplex.
In October we were able to make the next great transitional leap by purchasing our future home, the Keystone Montana fifth wheel, one ton Chevy dually and moved in full time where we currently reside waiting to clear a few medical hurdles, tie up all the little loose ends and to add a few items to our rig to hopefully enable us to be refreshingly free to wander.
Although, we are anxious to have everything in order and to begin posting regular updates to this blog. We are still in the process of creating all the facets that will ultimately make up the whole of this Portal and tying them all together in one place. In other words – we are still under construction.
Our hope and dream is that, when completed, we will have presence on YouTube with a video version of our posts along with Instagram, Facebook and Pintrest accounts. We are also currently in the process of putting together an online store with Etsy called Zero to Zen where we will be offering items for sale to help provide an outlet for artistic expression and hopefully generate a modest source of income to help finance our life dream.
So, please be patient with us as we work to bring these things together in the very near future. We will be issuing updates as to our progress as we go along, which you can be notified of, if you should choose to follow us simply by selecting “follow” on this page. Otherwise, we hope that you will bookmark us and be sure to check back often.