I wrote this about the summer of 2003 that I spent in Alaska. It was truly an adventure of a lifetime and taught me a lot about myself in the process. My 78 year old mother joined me for the trip back down the Cassiar Highway and we both still cry in joy whenever we think about all the things we experienced on that trip. Click pic to read the article. This was my favorite trip, so I leave it up here at the top. 🙂
If someone had asked me if I’d like to stay at a campground with dune buggies or ATVs as neighbors, I probably would have declined. Just goes to show your first impression is not always right.
I wanted to see all 444 miles of this beautiful, historical parkway and catch the leaves changing colors at the same time. I took my time during the Fall of 2014 – published in October, 2015 issue. Click here for Malia’s Miles coverage of every mile.
I was so impressed with this RV park in Sevierville, TN for exploring Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! Published in the July 2015 issue. Click here for Malia’s Miles details about the campground.
My stop at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and attending the 7th Annual Music Fest is in the August 2012 issue. Click pic to read the article, published here with their permission. See more about one of my very favorite state parks on my newest site, Michigan Miles.
My article on RVing the Blue Ridge Parkway was a feature article published in the November, 2009 edition of MotorHome Magazine. Click pic to read the article, published here with their permission. Click here for Malia’s Miles coverage of every milepost.
One of the things I really enjoyed about my time in Savannah was having the chance to explore its beautiful downtown historic squares. Did you know that Savannah is named one of America’s most haunted cities? It was a lot of fun taking the “Ghosts and Gravestones” tour and going on a “Creepy Crawl” through the spooky streets. Click cover to read. More Malia’s Miles coverage.
I shared some of the benefits and adventures I’ve found in solo RVing in my motorhome and answered a question I’m often asked about how hard it is for a woman to get started traveling alone in this way: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
I received an email from a woman the other day saying she admired my “guts” in getting out there as a solo woman in a 36-foot RV and towing a car, to boot. I wrote that I had proven to myself that I could do it even though it didn’t happen in exactly the way I would have preferred. No use in even talking about my many unrealistic expectations.
Women: Don’t say you can’t drive a big rig. You can!
How can a little woman handle a big motor home? Sometimes bigger IS better!
My first RV rally experience
I’m happier than ever to be a member of such a fun group!
What’s a fulltime RVer anyway?
How much does a fulltime RVer have to travel in order to be called a fulltime RVer?
Life Lessons from Cemeteries
Spending time at cemeteries tells a lot about the people there and their history.
Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Following Your Dreams
The kind of question I am often asked about my fulltiming solo is “Aren’t you ever afraid?” My answer: “You betcha – the full on shaking-in-my-boots kind of afraid!” Just don’t think that has to stop you.
Sometimes cleanliness is next to foolishness.
Making Friends on the Road
The road doesn’t have to be a lonely place. RVers are some of the most friendly people on earth.
Don’t You Ever Get Lonely?
That’s a popular question from women who are considering going on the road with an RV on their own. Here’s what I feel about the difference between lonely and alone.
Internet connection is a must for me. Besides needing it for my work, it gives me easy ability to keep in touch with those I love. When I first started RVing in 2001, about the only option available was the excruciating dialup connections at RV park offices. In 2004 I opted for a Direcway satellite tripod system. I learned how to set it up alright, but it wasn’t always easy and I couldn’t just pull into a rest area on the road and check email. Since 2006, I’ve used a Verizon air card and have found that a whole lot easier to deal with at the same monthly price as for satellite.
Malia’s Note: Since so many of the options above are outdated, I was going to remove this, but got such a kick out of seeing what I used to have to go through to get internet access that is so easy now, I thought I’d leave it in as an amusing “history lesson.”