Planning To Head West

It’s taken us long enough, but we’ve finally made up our minds (so far!) about where we are headed next.

As with much of full-time RVing, it’s subject to change and dependent on weather and our Florida neighbors and of course on our wonderful RV/home and how happy it is when it’s time to leave and travel across the U.S.

The Colorado Springs area has been one of our absolute favorites, although we spent less than a week in the area, and based on our research and what we know so far, it’s a top contender for a place to settle down, either part-time or all year. It’s also one of the more affordable parts of Colorado, a state we absolutely adore and full of TONS of favorite places worth of day and weekend trips. So we’ll be calling our favorite campground at the beginning of August to make a reservation. With limited campsites, we may or may not get an acceptable site, but we’ll give it our best shot!

In the event that our top choice campground isn’t available, we aren’t comfortable winging it for WiFi heading into the winter (see what I did there?), so we’ll instead make our winter home Las Cruces, NM, a community we love with great weather and some of our favorite places to eat and enjoy frozen custard.

Our plan will be to arrive on or around October 1 at our new destination, whichever community that may be, and we’ll be taking some time off of work to make the travel days even easier. Unlike some past travel days, we’re planning out our route very carefully, including anticipated stops for gas, to avoid extra exposure and stress due to COVID-19, and we plan to quarantine ourselves for two weeks when we reach our destination to avoid infecting anyone at our new destination.

We anticipate that we may choose a campground midway to flush our tanks and such, but otherwise we anticipate relying on Harvest Hosts as much as possible – it’s so fun to get goodies like wine and treats instead of paying for a campsite!

We’re so thankful for the flexibility that RVing allows us. Please send us all of your good thoughts and prayers and vibes for a safe and easy transition. Hoping our tires & overall RV are happy, that our car is too, and of course that we’ll all stay safe and healthy throughout our adventure.

Keep fighting for what’s right and staying safe during these challenging times, friends. Sending you hugs & thanks for reading!

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Happy New Year and Next Steps

Wow, it’s hard to believe 2019 is ending and 2020 is beginning! We have managed to fit so much into this year, it’s really been a banner year for us. So here are some of the highlights of where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished this year, with a few musings for the future.

We started the year off in New Mexico, and we actually spent almost six months there, with ample time in Tularosa/Alamogordo and Deming, where we threw down routes with a state park pass for hiking and history and trips to Tucson, AZ (the desert museum is always our favorite), El Paso, TX (free theater, yoga and flying out of the airport to NH), Las Cruces, NM (ukulele festival and of course all of the free museums and parks) and Silver City, NM (performing, good eats, amazing shops and ice cream). We also spent time in neighboring cities, including a few visits to Roswell to perform, explore and eat excellent ice cream. In May and June, we shifted north, basing ourselves south of Albuquerque mainly, with visits to ruins, time in Taos (the best chocolate ice cream ever!), Santa Fe art explorations for our anniversary and of course a full week falling in love with Albuquerque during the Senior Olympics. We performed a lot throughout New Mexico, with the anchor being at yoga studios, which meant meeting people and, for Jamie, lots of free yoga classes!

At the end of June, we headed north, dusting off our Harvest Hosts path rather than going the campground route, and fell in love with new parts of Colorado, including Pueblo, Old Colorado City in Colorado Springs and a variety of Denver suburbs, with an RV park bordering a huge park perfect for Jamie’s walks. While staying there, Jamie flew to Slovenia, and while Ross’ promised work fell through, he took advantage of the location to see more of the music and comedy scene in Denver and get further work done on his ukulele course. We also performed together in Denver at Your Mom’s House.

After Jamie returned, having said her goodbyes to her grandfather, it was a quick dash out of Colorado, with the next month spent exploring Boulder, CO (complete love and wonderful performing experience!) and a visit to Tillamook and the coast for a few days. We also stayed at a winery with hookups, washer dryer, an open schedule and the nicest people imaginable, and our Tillamook location was perfect for the beach and had absolutely amazing food and drink for purchase.

From Boulder we enjoyed the gorge as we headed north (oh, we also boondocked on the gorge, just amazing!) and spent wonderful time with family in the Eastern part of the state. They catsat for us while we spent almost a week in Seattle, having an absolutely incredible time with Jamie’s cousin, enjoying a Star Wars stage show, outstanding ice cream and our first pho in addition to a great performance. We also fell in love with Seattle, made easier with a gorgeous week of weather, and Ross bought a new game system. When we returned to Ross’ family, via some delicious ice cream, we had some RV trouble, and a generous gift made it easy to get back on the road quickly.

Then it was time to head back. We spent a great night at a brewery in Missoula (with okay beer but tasty seltzer and a great location), and Jamie and Ross went into the town and walked her old haunts, getting ice cream too of course. The next day, Jamie got a call that her grandfather had passed away and the funeral would be in four days. So it was time for quick decisions.

While Ross would take a more typical pace across the country, with a stop to see friends in Iowa, Jamie raced, loading up on a gluten-free bagel sandwich with lox in Missoula, MT before departing at noon Wednesday. She made it with minutes to spare to an 11 a.m. funeral on Saturday in New Hampshire! She also got some tasty ice cream and a nice walk in Wisconsin as well as tons of city driving experience along the way. Ross’ mom acted as her travel agent, booking motels as needed on her path.

Jamie was reunited with Ross and Squeak about a week later, and the fall was full of teaching artist work (ukulele for Ross, theater improvisation for Jamie), performing for yoga and at Amphora (so much delicious food and drink!), teaching, socializing and of course producing the musical Goblin Market at the Hatbox Theatre.

After a full fall, with amazing Hatchland soft serve and Sweetly Offbeat gluten-free cheesecakes, we spent a quiet Thanksgiving together before heading south. We spent time with Ross’ sister and husband and Jamie’s cousin and wife and new baby, visited an awesome cheap winery, had an incredible visit to Savannah where Ross declared we could move there based on the dessert cafe alone and then made it all the way to central Florida, where we are now, in time to visit Galaxy’s Edge, eat a cookie butter sundae and eat a s’mores sandwich, amongst other things, at Disney World before year’s end.

We’ve accomplished a lot this year. We’ve quadrupled our virtual income. We’ve seen tons of bucket list places and found several new places we’d consider moving to. We produced a show we are incredibly proud of.

We also hit a few snags along the way, as Jamie learned the importance of narrowing her focus as a VA and of putting excellent business management practices in place to make her as successful as she can be. Meanwhile, a ukulele course we’d hoped to finish in quarter one is still in process a year later. We’ve also had to let some of our projects, like this blog, slide sometimes to meet our deadlines. But we’ve learned a lot, grown a lot and truly accomplished a lot along the way.

Thank you to everyone who has taken lessons from us and hired us for work this year. Thank you for all of the generous gifts and for cheering us on along the way. We’ve passed the three year mark and while our path is still somewhat unclear, we are narrowing in on next steps as we prepare to settle somewhere, at least part-time, in the relatively near future.

As we gear up with ambitious plans for growth and fun in 2020, we thank you and wish you an incredible year. Happy New Year!

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Attending the Senior Olympics and Family in Albuquerque

We recently attended the Senior Olympics in Albuquerque as part of an epic week with family. It was an incredible gift (literally), staying in a nice hotel, spending time with family and getting to see Ross’ dad compete in the Senior Olympics!

Ross’ dad arrived on Tuesday, my birthday. After he checked in with Ross (while I switched all of our belongings with Ross’ dad because we’d been given the wrong rooms!), and after I got my free Starbucks birthday item, we all went out for a celebratory birthday dinner at El Cotorro. Craft tacos, my first ceviche and craft ice cream – perfect meal, right? We also got incredible margaritas – seriously, they might be my favorite I’ve had! Both the tacos and ice cream were outstanding, and this was our first glimpse at a neighborhood we are now seriously considering a move to in the future.Albuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

On Wednesday, Ross, Stephen (Ross’ dad) and I all took a trip to Sky City, the ancestral home of a Pueblo Indian tribe and now a museum and cultural center. It was one of those experiences that you’ll truly never forget. All of the people were warm and welcoming, and we learned so much about a culture we’d known so little about. Ross also got his first frybread (and a tasty stew) in the cafe here. Later that evening, we got to watch Stephen represent NH in the Parade of Athletes – very fun, though the sound was atrocious!Albuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Thursday was practice day for Stephen, was competing in bare bow, recurve archery. I got some work done during the day, taught a lesson and said hi to Ross’ mom Robin before all of met up with Ross’ aunt and uncle for dinner at Pueblo Harvest. Again, we had a stellar meal here, and they accommodated gluten-free really well. After we returned to El Cotorro for ice cream.Albuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Friday was the first of two days of competition for Stephen. Besides a break for me to go home and work for a client, we spent most of the day under a canopy on a blanket in the grass. After that, we went out to Restoration Pizza. Ross and I split an incredible salad and got a gluten-free pizza (and he shared with family too) and I think I got a hard cider and most of the family went with beer. (Later we grabbed frozen custard at Freddy’s.) Another delicious spot, thanks Ross for the recommendation!Albuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Saturday was the final day of the competition. Ross and I picked up a few food items to share and joined everyone for another day, followed by the awards ceremony for archery. Stephen placed fifth! We are so proud of all he’s accomplished in less than two years participating in the sport.

After a long day, we refreshed at the hotel before going to Sixty-Six Acres for outstanding veggie appetizers and, for me, shrimp and grits! We had tasty desserts too. Amazing meal and drinks. I had Palomas. Such a treat!Albuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Sunday Robin has to leave, but Ross spent the day at the zoo with everyone else while I worked. I did manage a quick nature walk. They had a great visit, and after we all met up at a tasty Mexican restaurant for dinner, drinks and dessert.Albuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie AdventureAlbuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Monday it was just three of us remaining, so Ross hung out with Dad and I until late afternoon, when we all took a gondola ride to the top of Sandia Peak before Mexican at their restaurant on-site.

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Tuesday I took Stephen to the airport, packed us up and treated myself to Tia Blue’s for amazing blue corn waffles and Mexican veggies. After we checked out, Ross and I spent more time falling in love with Nob Hill, a sweet vintage-y hipster area in ABQ that we can’t get enough of. Finally I got more ice cream at El Cotorro and we headed home.

This may not have been a vacation for me, but it was the closest I’d had in a long time. We were so spoiled by family and truly loved getting to see everyone. Let’s do it again sometime!

Hope you enjoyed my diary of our week. Have an amazing week yourself!

Albuquerque, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

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A Guide to Salinas Pueblo National Monument

Mountainair, New Mexico is really on the map for two reasons – the Sunflower Festival, which is an annual event in late August, and the Salinas Pueblo National Monument. The monument is unique in that it actually consists of three different ruins sites in addition to the Visitor’s Center, which is located downtown.

Ross and I had originally hoped to visit all the sites in one day. That’s absolutely possible, but we’d recommend you begin very early (think 8 or 9 am) and pack a lunch (all sites have nice picnic areas). We got a later start, so we managed 3 of the 4 locations in a day before the heat got to us.

On a subsequent afternoon, I visited the remaining location.

These ruins are really quite incredible. Do consider paying a couple of dollars for a visitor’s guide – otherwise it’s free to visit. The descriptions of the different rooms will really mean more with the guide and enhance your understanding of the history.

All sites have restrooms and a visitor’s center (though that has limited hours), and theoretically they all have water as well, but at least one wasn’t operational when I was there, so be sure to pack your own water just in case. The sites are quite spread out, so you will probably need water for each site.

Visitor’s Center

The Visitor’s Center is very well done, with a great introductory video (less than twenty minutes I believe) as well as a beautiful exhibit with an overview of the three sites and a great gift shop. We highly recommend you start your visit here. There’s also a market with a deli and a restaurant downtown if you need a bite to eat, and it’s a beautiful little area with great galleries.

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Abo Ruins

There is a long, flat and beautiful (and hot!) walking trail around the cathedral and other ruins here. There are some more modern ruins in the mix too, from the late 19th century I believe.Salinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Quarai Mission

Here is where the Inquisition was stationed in the area – yikes, I know! The ruins are most intact here and the acoustics are amazing. There’s also a nice flat walking trail and what looked like a wonderful, though buggy, hiking trail for further exploration.Salinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Gran Quivera

This site seemed to be the center of commerce in the area. It’s an absolutely gorgeous walk, and I was really overcome with visions of what it used to be. The location is amazing, and it was once a three story village sometimes hosting thousands including their visitors! This was the only location without a full-time clergy on site.Salinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureSalinas Pueblo National Monument, Mountainair, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

I hope this inspires you to visit as well! It’s only about 90 minutes from Albuquerque, depending on which site you’re going to. Well worth a day of adventuring, and if you’d rather take your time, Turner Inn has very affordable and nice motel rooms with a kitchen or kitchenette of some sort. We can also recommend all the local food, but especially the restaurant in Willard if it’s open – outstanding, affordable and so knowledgeable about gluten-free, even offering a dedicated fryer.

Thanks for reading! Have you ever visited ruins before?

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Leaving Las Vegas, New Mexico

During our recent visits to Santa Fe and Taos we stayed in Las Vegas, New Mexico. During our stay, we played music at the KOA and dodged a lot of thunderstorms and high winds.

In the midst of lots of work, we made time for a bit of exploring, and I’m glad we did. Here are three places we can recommend in Las Vegas (the first one, not the famous one):

Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge – I enjoyed the lovely almost loop/easy walk for learning about wildlife and admiring it. There are some nice lookout spots and a bigger hike too. A gorgeous spot I definitely recommend! Plus, it’s free.

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Las Vegas Museum – I look forward to returning here for the Rough Rider exhibits. Looks super cool!

Storrie Lake State Park – Super beautiful. An affordable escape. Don’t miss at least a drive by.Storrie Lake, Las Vegas, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureStorrie Lake, Las Vegas, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureStorrie Lake, Las Vegas, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day!

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Leaving New Mexico

I have so much to catch you all up on…

But suffice to say that we’ve left our campground and are now on our way to Colorado.

In the last few weeks, we’ve watched the Senior Olympics, eaten far too much delicious food and fallen in love with a new city.

We are hot and tired and happy and blessed.

More to follow; but here are a few photos to tide you over. Have an amazing week, and thanks for reading!

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A Tea Party for My Birthday

Ross and I celebrated my birthday early with tea at St. James Tea Room in Albuquerque, NM. We enjoyed an absolutely incredible experience during our visit.

They do monthly themes, and for the month of June, Alice in Wonderland is their theme. This means they had absolutely stunning details throughout our intimate room and in the whole building to enjoy.

We took advantage of the opportunity to dress up, and I was in heaven with their gluten-free menu, which perfectly duplicates their original. Gluten-free croissants, flatbreads, cookies and scones – sign me up!

The tea comes in three courses with the food and each flavor was delicious. I went herbal; Ross went traditional.

Here are some photos from our amazing day!

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Making the Most of Santa Fe, New Mexico

We recently spent about a week and a half in the Santa Fe area. We were mainly parked in Las Vegas, New Mexico, which is less than an hour’s drive to Santa Fe. Though our schedule didn’t allow a ton of free time (we had multiple gigs in Taos as well as three campground concerts in Las Vegas), we can highly recommend a couple of stops that we absolutely loved in Santa Fe.

We met up with a full-time RVer friend and her husband – we’d never met them in person before, so it was really exciting to connect! Turns out we got along really well, enjoying their sense of humor and all of us enjoying the incredible meal at Jambo Cafe, an African-Caribbean restaurant in town.Jambo Cafe, Santa Fe, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureJambo Cafe, Santa Fe, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureJambo Cafe, Santa Fe, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

They hit the road a few months ahead of us and are now on the hunt for a place to live in the Southwest. It was fun to hear about their house-hunting, their business ventures and their travel across the country. Perhaps most surprising for me was hearing how challenging they find it to work when the other person is driving the RV – it makes me feel like we aren’t missing out as much driving side by side.

Their menu offered fabulous vegetarian and gluten-free options, including a couple of desserts. We all really enjoyed it, and we look forward to connecting again when our paths cross. Best of luck to you both in your search!

Later in the week, we returned to Santa Fe for a day. Destination: Meow Wolf!

Meow Wolf is an absolutely immersive art installation with a level of detail that we’ve never experienced before. You enter The House of Eternal Return and it’s very much a choose-your-own adventure as you wander at will. If you pay attention, you’ll slowly be able to piece together the mystery of a family living there, using documents, TV and other video footage, art, photos and much more.

And if you aren’t paying that much attention, it’s still an incredible spectacle.Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

We got in line a bit before our ticket time of 12:00 p.m. (after sharing some awesome gluten-free tacos from the food truck outside) and we weren’t leaving the gift shop until about 6:15 p.m. It was an absolutely astounding experience, perfect to mark our five year wedding anniversary, and we picked up a few items to read and enhance the experience at the gift shop, which we’ve since been pouring over.Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

We don’t want to give it all away, but suffice to say, it’s one of our favorite things that we’ve ever experienced together. I was so immersed that I went without food or water the entire time we were there!

Here are some more photos of our time together.

Ooh, and one more thing – we both had our first tarot card readings! They were free. The theme of mine was needing to let go of some things to allow the change and success that’s coming in, and to know that networking is good, but not everyone has useful or helpful advice. Ross was told to follow his passion and that’s where the money will be. Fun stuff, and just luck of the draw that we stumbled into it.

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Supporting Our Blog

We are so thankful for your support of our blog and our careers! You can help by doing any or all of the following:

  • Purchase one of Ross’ albums!
  • Become a patron of our work!
  • Make purchases via our Amazon website links. There is no additional cost to you, and a portion of the proceeds can support our travels. Begin your Amazon search here.
  • Make other purchases using our affiliate links. Capital One 360 is one everyone can take advantage of to save money! Signing up with Dosh is a great way for everyone with a smartphone to support us, and we also have options for aspiring virtual assistants as well as occasional and full-time RVers to save money.
  • Listen to, subscribe and review our theater comedy podcast, Finishing The Season!
  • Subscribe to our blog, as well as perhaps InSearchOfAScoop.com, and recommend our work to your friends and family.
  • Take music or theater lessons (group or private) from us, either in person or via Skype at TinyVillageMusic.com.

Why Harvest Hosts Is The Best

If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay in your RV, you can save big bucks at a Walmart or gas station. You can find some land in the middle of nowhere. But if you want an experience that is both affordable and extremely unique, I highly recommend a Harvest Hosts membership. Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

I invested in a Harvest Hosts membership for my husband and I last December, but it wasn’t until recently that we had occasion to use it. After spending several months in Deming, New Mexico, we made a reservation to drive just down the road to a local winery. Checking in was easy, and we were encouraged to park wherever we liked. We were treated to gorgeous views and found a bit of shade near a tree for the RV.

Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

At around 5:30 pm, we headed inside, ready for a wine tasting. The wine was delicious, as was the platter of food I ordered – with two varieties of cheese, olives, grapes, salami and chocolate disks, it was extremely tasty and also gluten-free. It was fun pairing the food and wine, and when the tasting was complete, we indulged a bit further by purchasing a (cheap) bottle of wine for later. Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Harvest Hosts locations are happy to give you a place to make in exchange for your business while you are there, and this was a fantastic first experience. Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

The next day, we had a long drive ahead of. We made it to the Santa Fe area for our stay at an alpaca farm! When our hosts said the shop would be closed the next morning for shearing, we changed our plans a bit, so that we could make our purchase that evening. We were warmly invited to mingle with the dogs and alpacas, and after an early dinner, we enjoyed a full tour of the farm followed by a chance to shop for alpaca products.

Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

We purchased two hats (one would have been a fair trade, but we couldn’t resist!) and were happy to support a local business. The sunset was gorgeous, and the next day, I had a lovely walk around the neighborhood before we hit the road. Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

I love that with Harvest Hosts, you can purchase nice things or experiences instead of paying for a campsite often super close to your neighbors. I also love that Harvest Hosts makes travel days fun – something neat to look forward to at day’s end. And finally, my favorite part about a Harvest Hosts membership is that you can stay for up to twenty four hours. So if you’re late risers like we are, or you have a long day of travel and want to rest after or explore the town, you can! The only condition is that you arrive during their business hours. Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

To put that into perspective, we had to arrive by 5 pm at our alpaca farm stay. That means we could have gone out to eat and enjoyed the town almost all day the next day if we wanted to. Isn’t that awesome?

Though this two night stint was a blast, I am really excited to take advantage of our membership later this summer when we are touring the Pacific Northwest. As long as you’re self-contained, why not enjoy a farm or a museum rather than a truck stop? I think it will also make for much more memorable experiences than a gas station or another Walmart parking lot.Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

I’m a big fan of Harvest Hosts. If you haven’t tried it out yet, please consider a membership. My links here are affiliate links, so you’ll contribute a bit toward our travels when you purchase through our link.

Have you tried Harvest Hosts?

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Supporting Our Blog

We are so thankful for your support of our blog and our careers! You can help by doing any or all of the following:

  • Purchase one of Ross’ albums!
  • Become a patron of our work!
  • Make purchases via our Amazon website links. There is no additional cost to you, and a portion of the proceeds can support our travels. Begin your Amazon search here.
  • Make other purchases using our affiliate links. Capital One 360 is one everyone can take advantage of to save money! Signing up with Dosh is a great way for everyone with a smartphone to support us, and we also have options for aspiring virtual assistants as well as occasional and full-time RVers to save money.
  • Listen to, subscribe and review our theater comedy podcast, Finishing The Season!
  • Subscribe to our blog, as well as perhaps InSearchOfAScoop.com, and recommend our work to your friends and family.
  • Take music or theater lessons (group or private) from us, either in person or via Skype at TinyVillageMusic.com.