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Jesse + Rachael | RV Travelers  🛣 traveling full-time in our fifth wheel RV 🍳 searching for the tastiest food 🍴& beer 🍻 📍 currently: Grand Canyon 🔜 Las Vegas #RVlife #FoodTravel

We made a HUGE MISTAKE. 💩
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We interrupt our photos of beautiful destinations to share what idiots we’ve been the past 24 hours.
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Last night we moved to a BLM site on a road in Grand Canyon National Park. It’s been raining & snowing all week, but we thought we found a relatively dry site. This site was a dream too, in a tranquil forest by the rim with incredible cell signal. Well, our truck sank into the mud right away. We were stuck.
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We spent two hours trying to get out without success. The next morning, we called @thegoodsamclub Roadside Assistance. That’s when our luck turned around.
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The Good Sam dispatcher was so nice. It was tough to find a towing company for a large vehicle + trailer in the middle of nowhere, but Jesse from AM/PM Towing arrived to rescue us. He was SO kind & reassuring and though it was a tough tow, he got us out with no damage to the truck or RV.
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The most astounding part? The tow would have cost us $1200. But it was COMPLETELY covered by Good Sam. If you’re an RVer & don’t have their platinum plan, it is an absolute MUST.
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We planned on boondocking all week, but now we had no site. Tired, we decided to try a first come first serve Grand Canyon campground. We pulled in, told the camp host our story. It was a holiday weekend, but she gave us the VERY last space for the night, a pavement pull through!
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We still need to figure out where we’re staying this week, but we can’t believe our luck. We should have a huge bill & a damaged rig. Instead, we experienced so much kindness. The Lord was looking out for us today!
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Anyway! That’s #RealRVLife for you. Hopefully the next adventure will be more fun.

Mooney is the most stunning of the Havasu Falls. It is located just past the far end of the campground. 💦
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To get to it, you have to climb down the canyon wall through a series of rudimentary steps, ladders, and chains (swipe to check it out). It takes about 5 minutes, but the path bottlenecks in the morning and you might wait an hour for everyone to carefully make their way down. It particularly backs up because it’s common for someone to freak out partway, and has to be coaxed and directed to the bottom.
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The climb in the afternoon is a bit scarier. The sun sinks behind the canyon and the mist of the falls makes the passage super slick. Jesse slipped on the way back up, unharmed only thanks to his grip on the chains. I didn’t know until we reached the top & could instantly tell from his expression that we weren’t going to be making any more trips to Mooney. 😂
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But it’s well worth it, because at the bottom is paradise!

Havasupai is a special place. You’re going to see photos of stunning waterfalls on our ‘gram this week, but it was important to post this pic from our trip first. That’s because we wanted to remind folks that it takes a lot of EFFORT visit Havasupai. 🥾🧗🏽‍♀️💪🏽
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It starts with refreshing your computer for hours on Feb 1st in hopes of getting a coveted permit.
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When your trip arrives, wake up at 2 AM, drive hours to the trailhead in nowhere AZ to start your hike at 5 AM.
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Now the fun begins. It’s a 20 mile round trip hike to the campground, while carrying a heavy backpack filled with everything needed for your trip. .
Your destination is in a canyon, which means your hike back includes steep switchbacks up the canyon wall.
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Prepare to sleep in a tent for 3 nights, eat dehydrated food for every meal, not shower, & use a public composting toilet.
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Finally, to see the falls, climb down a slippery canyon wall with the help of sketchy ladders and chains.
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Was it an incredible experience? YES! We had an amazing time! Yeah, you can cheat by taking a helicopter, sending your bags on a mule, or staying in a lodge. However, we wanted to share this because we some visitors were not prepared. Even if you don’t backpack in, Havasupai is a physical challenge. We met a few people who bailed & paid for a helicopter out less than 24 hours after arriving.
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If you’re prepared, no need to be intimidated - we are backpacking newbies & loved it! But we wanted to remind folks that this trip isn’t a glamorous Instagram photo op - it’s a fun challenge!

Full-time travel is super cool, but it’s not a full-time vacation. Monday - Friday you can find us here, working 50+ hours a week from our laptops. 💻
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Our friends at @eatseerv (who are awesome, & you should follow them if you aren’t already!), interviewed us about remote work for their blog. We shared the ins & outs of how we took our jobs on the road - & how maybe you can too! Check it out, link is in our bio.
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Holla below if you’re a fellow #DigitalNomad!
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http://eatseerv.com/make-money-and-travel-jesse-and-rachael/

The McKittrick Canyon side of @guadalupemountainsnps is unique because the stream flowing through the desert here is enough to create a microclimate with deciduous trees. 🌳 A rare sight in the miles of West Texas brown!
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Full disclosure, I love this photo but at this point in our day we had already hiked more than 10 miles. Jesse was hurtin’ a bit and over it a lot. But I can’t see the scowl on his face from this perspective. 😂
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Jesse is actually a champion hiker! We just got back from Havasupai this afternoon and conquered the 20 mile round trip hike & infamous switchbacks! Can’t wait to share our adventure there!

Today is our SIX MONTH road-iversary! 🛣
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I purchased this art from @foxandwildpaperco for the RV because we love The Hobbit and this quote perfectly sums up full-time travel:
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
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When we left we had no idea what this lifestyle would be like & just hoped it would work. It’s not always easy. For every day of epic exploring, there’s a day of packing up & driving. For every ocean-front campsite, there’s a night sleeping in a parking lot next to the highway. For every new destination, there’s a constant juggle and changing plan to meet our work and family commitments. For every pretty renovation photo, there is mess, frustration, and repairs.
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Despite the challenges, we LOVE RV life more than we ever imagined. We’re so thankful life took us in this direction & can’t believe we have this opportunity. Looking forward to wherever we will be swept off to next.

It’s been awhile since we put the “taste” in The Taste For Adventure! 🍺🍕🥨🍖🧀 Our recent destinations have been more about natural wonders than top notch eats, but we’ve still been finding some good road food!
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In Carlsbad, NM we found solace at @guadmntnbrewing. While there weren’t particular standouts, this spot solidly hit every mark of a good brewery/restaurant. Good beer, amazing pretzels with beer cheese, tasty New Mexico green Chile chicken pizza, & stellar service. We were boondocking, so we were so thankful for a space to spread out and enjoy beer while we charged electronics and did some serious travel planning. No joke, we had a full surge protector with us. 😂 One of those RV life moments where we felt a little homeless & frustrated, so we are very grateful to Guadalupe Mountain Brewing!
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We also met up with our RV neighbors at Red Chimney BBQ. After months of premium Texas BBQ, Red Chimney fell a bit short in comparison, but if you go we recommend the chop mix and mac & cheese!
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Since we do more cooking while we’re in remote places, would you guys be interested in photos & recipes of our home-cooked meals?

We didn’t know much about @guadalupemountainsnps except that it’s home to the highest peak in Texas and good hiking. ⛰ Its beauty exceeded our expectations!
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The first trail we tackled was Devil’s Hall, a 3.6 mi out and back, mostly over the rocks of a dry riverbed. We were surprised to find these amazingly formed canyon walls near the end of the trail. We were even more surprised by our first ever rattlesnake encounter! 🐍😬 Although we didn’t get very close, he made his presence known! We will definitely be keeping our snake bite kit in our packs going forward! Have you had any scary wildlife encounters while hiking?

Hit our boondocking record to date in Carlsbad, NM: 8 days! 🚫💡💧💩
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For our non-RV friends: boondocking is camping with no electricity, water, or sewer hookups. The benefit is you can usually camp for FREE! This spot, Choosa Campground right by Carlsbad Caverns, is just a giant gravel parking lot, but with lovely views. Full review on @campendium
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To be honest, dry camping that long made us pretty stressed and cranky. Our rig really isn’t set up for it, and keeping our laptops charged for work was a major challenge. But we learned a lot, and we’re updating our solar and battery set up for next time. Do you prefer boondocking or hookups?
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The biggest plus was the neighbors! We had a great time hanging out with @boundingaround & @rvtofreedom when we finished our work and adventures every day. Two super cool full-time couples - give them a follow! We love meeting new people on the road.
#campendium #freecampsites

We stopped by Carlsbad Caverns at the end of a travel day, so we had to consolidate our visit to beat closing time. We still hiked in and out of the cavern’s natural entrance and toured the big room - all in about two hours!
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The neatest part of the experience was accidental. We got to the trail only one minute before they stopped allowing people to hike back up for the day (after that you have to exit via the elevator). As a result we were the last visitors on the trail. We were completely alone for the 80 story hike to the top. It was incredible to navigate this underworld with just the sound of dripping water, our footsteps, and our breath (which kept getting louder because that elevation was no joke!)
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A very neat National Park that makes you realize how minuscule you are among formations created by millions of years of sulfuric acid and dripping water.

Ever since our overnight backpacking trip, Jesse has become obsessed with camp cooking! 🍳🔥
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For this trip we tried out @goodtogofoods (from Maine!) & we loved it. We bought several more to take on our next adventure.
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Jesse really wants to experiment with making our own backpacking food, particularly dehydrated meals! Has anyone tried this?
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Rachael has been on a hunt for good canned wine ever since we hit the road (wine bottles are a pain in the RV). Most are too sweet or low quality for me, but @simplerwines is one of the best ones I’ve found so far! If you have fav canned or boxed wine (especially drier reds) let us know!

Jesse is SOLO this week! 🙋🏻‍♂️
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This photo is from the stunning Closed Canyon Trail at @bigbendranchsp, but Jesse is currently holding down the fort in the fifth wheel in Las Cruces, NM while Rachael is in Boston for work.
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We have lots of photos to catch up on from TX & NM, but Jesse has promised to do an IG stories takeover. He says I’m not ready for “all the engagement that’s about to happen.” 😂 So give him some support this week!

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