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Canyonlands National Park

To say that Canyonlands National Park in Utah is huge is a massive understatement. It would take days to visit only the highlights. The park covers 337,598 acres and is divided into three separate areas, Island in the Sky, The Maze, and The Needles. On our short visit in September we only had time for the Island in the Sky district, which was the section closest to Moab. With more time and a 4WD vehicle, it would be a blast to explore the rest of the park. 

Full Time RV Living When the Wind Blows

A palm tree sways in high winds - Full Time RV Living.
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." ~ William Arthur Ward

In a sticks and bricks home when the wind blows you may feel a draft and hear it howling past a corner. You'll likely close the windows on the windward side to keep the dust from blowing in and papers from blowing off your desk. But in an RV when the wind blows, you rock side-to-side while your slide toppers flap loudly above your head. You might say it's a moving experience -one to move away from - and we agree if truly foul weather is on the way. Otherwise, some common sense preparation goes a long way. When you're full time RV living, you may as well count on having to endure some high winds and severe weather now and then.

My Favorite RV Appliance: The Instant Pot 7 in 1

Meal preparation begins with the Instant Pot 7 1.

One of my favorite things about our RV lifestyle is that while we travel to truly gorgeous or interesting parts of the country, we can eat tasty, home-cooked meals. It’s fun to eat out on occasion, but by-and-large, we like my cooking and I like to cook. My sticks and bricks kitchen had a 6-quart crock pot, small and large pressure cookers, yogurt maker, and enough pots and pans to cook for a small army. But in an RV, I’ve learned to use kitchen appliances that can do double duty. For instance, our microwave is also our convection oven. In July, I added an Instant Pot® to our arsenal, and oh my, it’s quickly become my favorite way to cook! It takes the place of several appliances.

Moab and Arches National Park

Hikers underneath an arch in Moab Utah Arches National Park.

The drive into Moab, Utah and Arches National Park features an abrupt and spectacular change of scenery from plains to colorful cliffs and canyons. Moab, itself, is rustic and eclectic, not quite the typical tourist trap. It sports several restaurants, bars, lodging, stores featuring local artists, and places to rent or buy a bike, ATV, jeep, or kayak. Outdoor patios were full to capacity on each of our drives through town, all of them with misters and fans to keep patrons cool.

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