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What I Learned about RV Living in My 1st Year RVing Full-time as a Solo Female RVer // Mesa Verde NP

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In my 1st year of full time RV living, I learned so many things about myself as I traveled around North America as a solo female RVer. I talk about my life lessons as I wander around the Mesa Verde National Park and the cliff dwellings around the area. Can you believe it’s been one year already? Time seems to have flown by at lightening speed this last year. I packed in an abundance of traveling, activities, and lessons during this last year. In my first year of RVing around North America I learned: Living my best life I’m Happier I'm more social Experiencing world Transformational Love this RV life More adaptable Vulnerability Trust instincts Love minimalistic lifestyle Restored faith in humanity Overcame fears Slow down and enjoy the moments Appreciation & Gradtitude Flexible & spontaneous ★ My Favorite Gear & Equipment I Use (Amazon affiliate links) My main camera: https://amzn.to/2nuKZs7 Dash Cam/Action Cam: https://amzn.to/2KLndkI Second backup camera: https://amzn.to/2MIKjdy Best bendy flexible tripod: https://amzn.to/2P2D41U My phone wide angle lens: https://amzn.to/2vEd5FP Does it all phone mount, lights, microphone: https://amzn.to/2vC9cBr Favorite omnidirectional camera mic: https://amzn.to/2OWWYey Can't do without it cell booster: https://amzn.to/2vFAoiw My book for traveling: https://amzn.to/2OxDSe9 Season 2 Episode 2: Takes place in Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado area and Morefield Campground. Please subscribe to my channel and leave a comment below! You can always find more about about my adventures, where I am in my quest, and more that I don't have in the video at https://www.StoryChasing.com
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Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Please head on over to my blog https://www.StoryChasing.com where I share more about my travels, links to overnight parking/camping areas, costs for each area I stay in, update on my quest completion, and more on starting your own business, saving, finances, manifesting your dreams, and living a life you truly love. Create. Do. Live!
Exploring RV Dude (1 month ago)
Yep, rolling with the weather. I'm learning that. I'm in Las Vegas right now and we just had a crazy winter storm pass through that dumped a lot of snow in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. I had to push off two inches of snow off my solar panels this morning, in Las Vegas. :-)
Linda Selover (1 month ago)
I know this is a year ago - wondering what kind of van you chose? Did you buy one all set up or pay for a custom build? Do you have a video that gives a tour of your van? The first time that I traveled/lived in my van it was just an old Econolpne shell with no insulation, just foam and carpet on the bottom. The 2nd time was in my parent's Chevy camper van - but no running water or stove. Now I am looking for something relatively simple for my retirement travels. Thanks.
Tony Davis (1 month ago)
In the spring you may want to see the wild flowers in Death Valley
Ashley Stephenson (2 months ago)
i love the content and wanted to sign up for the free 4 module course. Went to the storychasing website and the link is dead. Anyone else having troubke or success? Thank you so much for your work.and sharing.your adventure with us!
Story Chasing (2 months ago)
Ashley I checked both the links and it seems to be working but obviously there is an issue that you experienced so I'm wondering where that is. Here's the link: https://storychasing.lpages.co/signup-free-mini-course/
Julie Preimesberger (2 months ago)
I love your videos! I like that not only do you share your beautiful destinations, you also share some very informative and educational things on RV life! Thank you! Can't wait to be on the road soon too! 😃
Kara Tulanko (2 months ago)
I have a question - I'm wanting to begin this nomad lifestyle - traveling and visiting national parks, etc. in a couple of years - working on getting debt free and waiting for my son to graduate. My question is this - while researching the national parks across the country - most of them say no pets on trails, some even say no pets in campgrounds. How do you travel with your companion to national parks? I'm worried that if I get a dog - I won't be able to hike/camp with him as much as I want to. I have enjoyed your videos and am trying to get caught up on them!!!!!
Pleased To Be Here (3 months ago)
New subscriber. I enjoyed the video and look forward, to seeing more. Kathy
Renee Copeland (3 months ago)
Wonderful videos. Thanks for sharing!
Victor Gomes (3 months ago)
Happy first bday!!!
Story Chasing (3 months ago)
Victor Gomes Thank you!
Dee C (4 months ago)
I'm thinking of entering RV life full time.  I know my family will think Im crazy. I may tell them Im staying with a friend somewhere far away.  Just so I don't hear any shit from them.Can you give me any advise as how to start out, Ive been looking at Class B RV's but not sure if I can handle the tiny living.  Not sure if I should look at Class C? Kinda big.  I feel I need to make my first decision the right one because i'lll be using all the equity in the sale of my house so there really is not second chance to me.   Does joining rv clubs help out? do you guys travel together at times?  Do you feel safe? I have so many more questions.  But ill start here, hope to hear back from you.Jenn 54 and restless
Crystal Styers (5 months ago)
*weight
Crystal Styers (5 months ago)
You’re losing wait....wow, how, what are you doing?
Story Chasing (5 months ago)
Crystal Styers - Awww... so sweet of you. I'm eating a whole food plant based diet with some fish from time-to-time. Seems to suit me well. It's slow going but I enjoy it and the weight is coming off. I feel better and more healthy too.
Angela Gonzalez (5 months ago)
happy anniversary. name her BETH...b-best,e-ever,t-time,h-here...i love your realness..happy travels and adventure
Angela Gonzalez (5 months ago)
I like it.... happy travels
Story Chasing (5 months ago)
Angela Gonzalez - Thank you! I ended up naming her Attraversiamo after the same movie, Eat Pray Love, and shorteneded to Atti. lol
Tominftl ThomasP (5 months ago)
Would you buy the Aktiv again? Do you like the warranty?
Story Chasing (5 months ago)
Tominftl ThomasP I would definitely. I love it and the warranty is for 6 years which is better than many manufacturers out there. It's pretty solid.
CeNedra Lea Heldra (5 months ago)
Wow Wow thanks so much for sharing
Story Chasing (5 months ago)
CeNedra Lea Heldra You're so welcome! Glad you enjoyed.
Cate Mistruzzi (5 months ago)
I really love how you integrated your summary of your 1 year experience with some beautiful scenery of the place you were in. Very enjoyable, Robin! Thanks!
Story Chasing (5 months ago)
Cate Mistruzzi Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏 Thanks for that compliment too. Yeah, I didn't want to just sit in front of the camera and talk. lol
Tara Charney (5 months ago)
Enjoying your videos! As a nod to Liz and “Eat Pray Love” what about Attraversiamo?
Tara Charney (5 months ago)
Right after I posted I thought ah, this is an old video, she probably named it already! 😄 It makes sense to wait, see the personality, maybe an experience will guide the name. Even once you decide on an official name surely some nicknames will develop! Have a great day. ☀️
Story Chasing (5 months ago)
Thanks Tara! I like it. Hmmmm....Seriously considering that name. I feel like she's a rejected daughter since I haven't named her in the 5 months I've owned her. lol
Tara Charney (5 months ago)
Yes, crossing over to your new nomadic life! It is a long word, Atti is a good nickname. Italian in general is such a beautiful language. Keep up the good work!
Story Chasing (5 months ago)
Tara Charney omg!!! Okay seriously I was thinking of that because I'M IN LOVE WITH THAT WORD AND IT'S MEANING! So I nixed it because I thought it was too long, but it could be her formal name and call her Atti. lol. I feel so silly when I say Attraversiamo, because I'm American but I say it with that Italian accent where the word just rolls off your tongue. haha
Outdoor Recreation (6 months ago)
Amber, how do you still like the hymer? Would you buy it again? I'm starting my journey next year and looking the hymer due to its size. Is it practical and comfortable enough to live in full time?
Willow Isle (6 months ago)
Congrats on your First year!!! What kind of dog is Lilly? She is precious!
Story Chasing (6 months ago)
Thanks Rachel Smith. She's part whippet/chi.
Bonnie Bauer (6 months ago)
What states are the best to go to in the winter time
Story Chasing (6 months ago)
So far pretty much anything the south and as far south as you can get if you're in Texas, NM, or AZ. I stayed in the Southwest this last year and even in the desert at night it can get pretty chilly. I'll be discovering all the states east of Texas this coming year in the winter so I'll see how that works out.
mary claesson (6 months ago)
I really liked this video! Keep up the great videos.. very helpful for those of us who rv solo.
Mary n Norm Pyett (6 months ago)
My wife and I enjoy watching your travel both with your own unit and with your new class B. best wish Norm-n-Mary
***CDB**** (7 months ago)
Congratulations! You're a fast learner and we learn with you. Thanks for sharing your process, life lessons, etc. in an intelligent, succinct, well thought out manner. I just found your channel and saw a few other vids. They are a labor of love for sure. Happy trails to you! ;D
Story Chasing (7 months ago)
***CDB**** very kind words! Thank you. 😌
Steve Gasparutti (7 months ago)
Im totally fascinated by the Cliff top dwellings and the people who lived there and their history. Thank you so much for sharing your video with us.
Steve Gasparutti (7 months ago)
Story Chasing there is a great book called 'The First Americans' which tells the story about the cliff dwellers and the Pueblo indians the mound builders all the way back to the first tribes that entered the continant. Sadly cannot remember the author. But it was an amazing story
Story Chasing (7 months ago)
Steve Gasparutti - You're most welcome. Yeah something really draws me to the history as well. It's incredible to be there in that place and see how they lived and read their history. It's humbling for sure.
Sally Morris (8 months ago)
i know this is ramdom but first i noticed how natural your makeup looks, perfect colors . love following your story.
Story Chasing (7 months ago)
Sally Morris Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏 Yes over the years I wear less and less make-up. It almost just feels like too much on my skin these days. Thank you!
Isabelle L (8 months ago)
Such a great video. I just discovered you.
Story Chasing (7 months ago)
Isabelle L Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏
tinabeane (8 months ago)
Hi there!! :) New to your channel, found you from Becky over at IO. Hope to meet you out there one day. I'm heading out soon :) Wishing you all the best, Tina
Story Chasing (7 months ago)
tinabeane Thank you so much for watching😌🙏 ...ah yes Becky is amazing. I had such a great time visiting with her. Truly one of a kind lady. Hope to see you out on the road!
Tominftl ThomasP (8 months ago)
How do you level your van? Some places are very hilly and sloped. Any suggestions?
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
The great thing about the Hymer is that the fridge is electric and doesn't have an absorption method cooling fridge that works on gas and electric so now I don't have a requirement to level the van. The absorption cooling fridges can't be slanted more than 3% or it could break the cooling system and cause a potential hazard to you and the RV. So now I just try to get level where ever I'm at without level blocks. Most of the time it's pretty easy since the wheel base is shorter than the other RV and smaller unit so you don't feel as much slope. If it's too sloped than I usually will seek out a different place to stay, but have from time-to-time slept in a really sloped area, around 8-10% slope, and then I just make sure I sleep in a way I don't roll out of bed. It's hard to cook like that so I just move to a more level area to cook.
Standra Ivey Jones (8 months ago)
Love the Rv!
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Standra Ivey Jones Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏
Gloria Callahan (8 months ago)
Recently found your blog and am loving it. Your change to a class B and reasons resonate with me. I'm hoping to do the same. Question since you pup was used to a home and yard before was it hard for her to get used to the van, not having free access to the immediate area around the van? Without being on a leash? I'm worried about my pup and his getting used to it. He loves the car and traveling and is so good. But he also has full run of our yard when we get home. Also since she's small have you been worried about scorpions and snakes when in the dessert?
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
😀
Gloria Callahan (8 months ago)
Great, the Pleasure Way I'm looking at has the magnetic screen and Bacio does listen well but I'm not sure how he will act if something really tempting, (squirrel, chipmunk or another dog to play with) would come along. Which is why I asked. Thank you for your time and keep up the good videos, so brave to put it all out there. I do that with my art but it's not like what you do.
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Oopss I see. No she's really good about staying put and I always close the screen door so not to let bugs in too so it's a nice safety. I mean she could bust her way out if she was so inclined, but she's pretty mild mannered and hasn't figured that out. She sees the screen as an obstacle and just stops there. lol
Gloria Callahan (8 months ago)
Oh no I meant I was concerned about the pup not escaping or going out when you don't want her to.
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
She gets in and out very easily. There's the step also on the sliding door area so she does just fun. A good jumper and then she jumps right into her car seat. Thanks for the like the blog too!
Kim Hobbs (8 months ago)
Enjoyed your video but wish you used a stronger mic so I could hear you better
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Thank you.
Sarah J. (8 months ago)
Lovely Video
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Thank you and glad you liked it.
Standra Ivey Jones (8 months ago)
Great video, what an amazing, culturally rich country we live in!! Thanks for the education. What type of rv is your new rig, looks perfect for me😀
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Thanks Standra it's a Hymer Aktiv 2018 model.
ken jacobs (8 months ago)
LIZZY !!
Pamela Fitzpatrick (6 months ago)
Story Chasing. What name did you decide on for your Hymer?
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
lol...Lizzy! That seems to be a winner or Lil Liz. Or Liz Too.
Lauren (9 months ago)
I wd never do full time RV a a single female....I guess I watch too much forensic files
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
I'm not familiar with the show ( I don't watch TV that much), sorry, so while it may not be horror, anything to do with murders, kidnapping, etc things I just stay away from. :) My mind can be like yours and I'll dream about it or it puts negative scenarios in my head. lol
The Blonde Solution (8 months ago)
Story Chasing Well forensic files is not a horror movie but a true documentary tv show...has a very strong following...but i also dont watch horror movies...i don't want it showing up in my dreams!
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
That's why I don't watch horror movies. lol
Pamela (9 months ago)
So glad to have found you!!
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Pamela Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏
Star Oceans (9 months ago)
Well Happy Anniversary! You asked me to check back with you after commenting a year ago about some of your videos. I must admit they've grown greatly and professionally. They're much less harried, and more scenic/tourist incorporative...not just conversational. Your panning, music edits and balance paint a pleasant experience. Your voice has a flair for narrations. Although the desert has its beauty, I agree Seattle and Maine are much too beautiful for anyone to dismiss. You captured Maine graciously. Downsizing works well for your lifestyle. Most RVer channels confess that slowing the pace of travel seems to be the secret to truly enjoying the lifestyle. I look forward to watching more and how much life has to share on your journey. Happy travels. Be safe. 🙂
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
😄
Star Oceans (8 months ago)
Story Chasing Thank you, I'm honored. 🙂 Glad you were able to treat yourself to upgraded equipment. A worthy purchase! You are refreshing, and incorporating your wit and wisdoms will take you far. 👍😊 Look forward to your journeys…
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Well thank you so much. You'll always be a part of my memory with YouTube videos because you were the first person that wrote such an in depth comment to me on my "not so great" video shooting and editing lol. It still makes me laugh, but I love that we talked about it and you helped to see somethings I could improve upon. You'll be happy to know I bought a professional Blue Yeti microphone for my voice overs and did some more training on audio quality recently. My voiceovers sound like butter to my ears since making the switch.
Star Oceans (8 months ago)
Story Chasing Lol...you are witty and talented. Your voice is melodious. The interesting aspect in discovering all of the things and places you go will be what you discover about yourself. When I start this lifestyle after I retire in a few years, I would very much like to meet you. By then you will be quite proficient, have many remarkable stories and an amiable mentor! Be well. Safe and pleasurable travels. 🙂
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Hi Star! Thank you so much for your honest critique again and appreciate the feedback. I too am feeling like I'm getting better but always feel I can improve. I keep learning as I go. Thank you too on the narration comment. I didn't even try on that one skill. lol. Maybe I'm just a natural in that area. Funny I never liked my voice in audio. I'm my own worst critic. Looking forward to the next year too.
Rod Cain (9 months ago)
I watch a lot of these vids.my wife and I are preparing to spend a great part of our retirement on the road. very entertaining and informative.looking forward to meeting new people and places.nice job.
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Rod Cain Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏 Good luck to you all on the road as well.
Lettie’s Life (9 months ago)
Awe, Happy Anniversary! I took a different “route” and bought a cabin in the woods but all in all slowing down and becoming one with nature is the ticket! Binged some of your videos and they are so well put together, creative and filled with info. You are a beautiful girl! Good luck to you! Be free! ❤️
Lettie’s Life (8 months ago)
Story Chasing awe Amber, I’m going to have to say a good year and a 1/2, probably so long because I can’t be there all the time! I go back an forth from my suburban housewife life to my cabin, solitude woman 🙈 I think wherever you go there you are BUT NATURE is the Answer....the Connection to peace. Keep trusting your instincts and letting nature takes its course ☺️ Much Love! ❤️
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Lettie’s Life Thanks for watching! Love that idea of the cabin in the woods. How long did it take you to finally slow down?
Marieline Juillard (9 months ago)
happy 1st anniversary on the road !!! love your rv !! happy to hear from you 😊😘!!!
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Thank you Marieline!
Christine Ramos (9 months ago)
Happy Anniversary!! I’ve so enjoyed following along on your adventures!!! So awesome 😎
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Christine Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏
Lisa Edson (9 months ago)
Slowing down is such a great thing. Now I notice how people get their grocery cart and start running around the store to shop as fast as they can and I watch them and think, Ha, I used to do that too, but now I shop leisurely.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
LOL Lisa! I do the same thing, except its the people on the roads that are driving so fast and then get upset at me for driving slower (because I'm in an RV). It makes me filled with even more gratitude.
InternetAnimal (9 months ago)
Great videos! If you don't mind me asking what do you do for a living?
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
InternetAnimal - I currently manage an accounting department for a private equity firm and also have some side businesses, like this one as well as coaching/consulting.
Tracy (9 months ago)
Great video! It’s nice to hear what you’ve learned over the past year. I’ve heard from other full home RVers that slowing down was something they needed to do. I think it would be nice to spend more time in one place. I look forward to watching your new journeys! Thanks for continuing to share them with us!!
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Thanks Tracy. Yeah it's surprising actually that it's difficult to slow down. I've been in the business world for so many years and moving so fast that I think it rewired my DNA. LOL. I'm working on unraveling that though. hahaha
RHS Tools (9 months ago)
Did you get the Hymer Aktiv 2.0? How do you sleep in the back, on the twin bed or do you make the full queen bed up? Any thoughts on the Cassette toilet? Thanks
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
I got the Hymer Aktiv 1.0 (well just the the non number one. I don't think they call it 1.0), but it's 19'7" long instead of 20'7" long (the 2.0). More to come on the other questions in the Q&A video. :)
LovingAtlanta (9 months ago)
👍😍I love your website & the way it’s set up. I think if I keep clicking (through your website & watching videos) I might find the answers to these questions I have 🤪😁...but I thought I’d ask anyway. Perhaps you are planning to cover this info in future videos or maybe it’s already on your website. I’m still exploring your website & still working my way through all of your videos. Do you use WordPress? Or do you have another format you use? Who do you use for your web hosting? Are you happy with your web hosting provider? What recording gear do you use for your YT videos? What tele working / remote access equipment do you use on the road to ensure that you always have a connection / mobile access? Asking because I’m looking to do the same as you working on the road. Thank you for sharing your knowledge & journey. 💞
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
You bet.
LovingAtlanta (9 months ago)
+ Story Chasing - 👍Okay, thank you. 💞
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
😁 You are right, it's coming up in some videos soon. Glad you're loving it. I feel like it's always a work in progress for sure. I do use Wordpress though for the site. Some of the gear I use is at the bottom of each post so hopefully that will tide you over until I can get the videos together! Great questions lady! 😁
LovingAtlanta (9 months ago)
👍Yum 😋 that sandwich looks delicious. I like the idea of a chickpea sandwich. 😍I’m going to explore that recipe. Thanks for sharing .💞
Basil Bourque (2 months ago)
FYI, smashed chickpea is the basis of Hummus, adding tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. Quite nutritious, and easy. Either soak and cook dried chickpeas or buy canned as it sounds like she did in the video — clever idea for quick but healthy road food. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummus
Jami Good (4 months ago)
That bread does look amazing, too! :-)
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
😁 You're welcome.
LovingAtlanta (9 months ago)
👍👍Yay! 🎉Congratulations 🎉on your 1 year anniversary. So happy for & proud of you. You’re such an inspiration. I loved watching this video. I’ve been bouncing around your channel watching all of your videos so I can get caught up. Thanks for sharing your journey. 🤗💞🤗
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
LOL . Nice! thanks for watching and it warms my heart that you 1) are taking your valuable time to watch, 2) you find inspiration, 3) provide feedback. I love hearing it ❤️
Vatsek (9 months ago)
It feels like you are running away from something, what is it?
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
😄
LovingAtlanta (8 months ago)
+ ZeebNinja - 👍I agree because I’m NOT a yes person. People should feel free to express themselves but not troll. I think Vatsek and I had a very healthy exchange. 💞
ZeebNinja (8 months ago)
Jesus, people have the right to comment..good and not so good...stop with the trolling bull..just because a comment isn't ' oh..we love you..we think you are great'
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
+Vatsek I'm not running from anything at all but curious as to what you saw/heard that made you think that. Maybe I need to clarify something more. It's more like I'm running TO something. That's why my channel and blog is called StoryChasing. I'm seeking out moments of joy, adventure, love, beauty, LIFE which is what I was lacking for so many years. I've been working all my life and in the last 10 years, more hours for my job then I cared for. Consequently I sacrificed myself, my happiness, and truly going out and experiencing the world. I woke up one day and decided to change all that. I didn't want to die one day without fulfilling my dreams and I like to live my life without regrets. So this last year I feel like has giving me my life back and allowed me to really balance out my work and personal life. It feels good and I'm so incredibly happy.
LovingAtlanta (9 months ago)
+ Jay G. - You, me, her, we, all of us get to decide how to spend our time & life. No regrets, just choices. Do what makes you happy. 💞
Linda Rose (9 months ago)
Happy Nomadiversary!
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Thank you Linda! 😀
Teresa Kumar (9 months ago)
I have arthritis and I want to travel some before it gets bad. Explore somewhat. I am 53.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Good for you Teresa for doing even despite the arthritis. Do certain climates feel better than others?
Teresa Kumar (9 months ago)
I have arthritis and I want to travel some before it gets bad. Explore somewhat.
Teresa Kumar (8 months ago)
No
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Teresa Kumar I hope you get out there despite the arthritis. Maybe you'll feel better as you travel or experience a certain region that makes your body less inflamed from the arthritis. Have you researched any areas like that you could travel to that might be more beneficial for your health?
Petra Olsen (9 months ago)
So proud of you!! Looking forward to year # 2.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Thank you Petra! 😀
Anita Hendrix (9 months ago)
Interested in your RV. Tour of it cost etc. Did you trade in you class c??
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Hi Anita - You're in luck - I already did a camper van tour in the episode before this one! You can watch in now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3Td4GGlHtw
Tela Lewis (9 months ago)
Thanks for having the courage to share your story. I really enjoy your honest approach and watching you hone in on the things that make a big difference for you really gives me things to think about. The new RV (Lil' Liz?) is outstanding and seems like a cozy home for you and Lily! Reflecting on what you have learned helps us see what the future may hold. Good luck to you and you have a loyal viewer here!
A Girl, Her Dog, And RV (6 months ago)
I like Lil'Liz!
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
😁
Tracy (9 months ago)
I love it too!!
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
😀
Tela Lewis (9 months ago)
Story Chasing I love it!
C_Lucky Grow (9 months ago)
There’s nothing like being on an open road with many destinations before you, I’m loving van life and are wanting to do this too
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
totally fun for sure! Are you on the road now or are you looking to get into this lifestyle?
Kat Justice (9 months ago)
Oh, forgot to mention, I would get seat covers for those white upholstered seats.. Keep them clean in case of resale value..
Basil Bourque (2 months ago)
Yes, Hymer using White as the sole color for the seats seems a poor choice for an outdoorsy rig named “Activ”. Otherwise the vehicle is so cleverly designed.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
I was going to cover but I'm not sure what the material is but interestingly it wipes off really well! I was nervous about that too being the clean freak that I am. ❤️
Kat Justice (9 months ago)
Yes, south west is windy due to flat land, not many trees, mountains, more desert, I know, I lived in Odessa Tx for 7 yrs but loved the dry heat and never breaking a sweat but dusty due to being dry. I live in Georgia now and hate the humidity and hot sweltering summers.. Happy you are living the dream and getting over your fears!
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Oh good grief! Odessa Texas??? I lived in Midland as a kid so I know what you mean. Oh that humidity is just awful Kat when it's so hot. Sometimes I like the humidity as my skin isn't so dry, but I'm up in Seattle now and it's humid and too warm. I'm sticky now! Ugh!
Kirsten Cooiman (9 months ago)
Thanks for sharing your story! It inspires me to go travel myself :)
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
+Charlie the Tuna - LOL! Right!?!
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Is it? I've wanted to potentially ship my RV to Europe one day and explore. What do you think the obstacles are?
Kirsten Cooiman (9 months ago)
True :) But personally I prefer nature to castles ;)
Charlie the Tuna (9 months ago)
But you got all the castles.
Kirsten Cooiman (9 months ago)
Story Chasing thanks! I live in Europe and I must say that I am jealous not living in North America ;) Nature is stunning and I think rving is a bit easier there :)
David murling (9 months ago)
Name your camper van Spirit because it helps you follow your dreams.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
It's all coming out soon David. 😁
David murling (9 months ago)
Story Chasing you're very welcome. I would like to do what you're doing someday.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Oh..Nice David! Love that idea! 😀
Eye Wonder (9 months ago)
Happy Nomadiversary! Love your videos! Looks like you are adjusting well to the smaller space. Would love to see some more of your vegan recipes. 👍🥗
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
😀 Thanks! Oh yes, I have some more vegan options coming up soon too. Are you also vegan?
Tygerlady99 (9 months ago)
Again, I love your cute little van! It's great that you can go your own way and chase your dreams...slowly. I would do it in a heartbeat if I could.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Thank you! I hope you can one day as well. 😀
Susan F (9 months ago)
Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! You've had quite a year! Yea! 2400+ subscribers!
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
lol Susan! I know it's growing fast isn't it? And you were one of the first ones on here! Thank you so much for your support! 😀❤️ It truly means so much to me.
Paula Jackson (9 months ago)
Congratulations!! Living life! some of the best times are planned plans gone wrong. Lol... have you been to the cliff dwellings in Walnut Canyon National Monument in Flagstaff, AZ? Safe travels.😎
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
You're so right Paula. I haven't been there yet to Walnut Canyon. Possibly this next year though. I hear it's pretty incredible.
Karen Richards (9 months ago)
Congratulations....and it's not wrong to call the new RV 'Liz Too'! (pun)
Basil Bourque (2 months ago)
Or “Gil” or “Gilly”. http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Gilly
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
hahah Karen. Love it! ❤️
Joanne Bouchard (9 months ago)
Great advice! I really need to learn to slow down, relax and be flexible. I've gone camping a few times now with our Class C and we absolutely love it. I could see myself doing it full time once I'm retired, or at least becoming a snowbird.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
It's definitely difficult to slow down for some reason. I've been going for so many years in business at a fast pace. I'll get there one day. You'll get there Joanne and glad you're loving that Class C.
Lisa Untethered (9 months ago)
I’m in Xscapers too as a solo woman!! Will you be at the OR Convergence in Aug?
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Hey Lisa! I will be there in Oregon for sure. I think we actually met in Q this last year. Didn't you come from the East coast all the way to Q? I think I met you at Carole and Scott's camp one day. Don't you love that group?
Joan's RV Adventures (9 months ago)
Happy 1 year Anniversary and 1,000 subs! Would like to hear more about why you changed RV's and the differences.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
❤️ thank you! Joan were you able to watch the van tour video? It has more information that you're asking. Also I'll be coming out with a Q&A video soon to help answer everyones recent questions: https://youtu.be/U3Td4GGlHtw
Cheryl Anderson (9 months ago)
Had been there @ Mesa Verde many years ago, but only saw the dwellings from a distance. One of my traveling companions was fierce about having enough time to spend & Las Vegas, which didn't interest me AT ALL, plus he was terrified of encountering rattle snakes, on the entire trip out west, so had no interest in checking out the cliff dwellings.The lines were long & it was a very hot day, so that ended that discussion. I have seen pics of the dwellings many times, but appreciated your zoomed in views. Seeing the burnt trees surrounding those dwellings, for miles around got me thinking about a likely scenario that could've forced them to leave the cliff dwellings. If the same thing happened when people lived there, which it likely could have, that would've forced them to move away, since it would've killed off the entire ecosystem that supported the wildlife near by, which they needed to feed themselves. The nearby water sources could've been significantly evaporated & filled with ash as well.There also would've been the persistent odor of rotting carcasses of animals as these fires usually cover many square miles, with many animals & people possibly unable to escape to safety. I noticed the new, dark streaks on the stone facade, & it figures that the rain from the land overhead transported lots of ash from the burnt out vegetation, which dripped down, every time it rained.
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Cheryl Anderson even from a distance those dwellings are pretty great aren't they? Glad you got to experience it and hopefully you didn't encounter any rattle snakes. I'm not fond of those either but so far we haven't come upon one.
Streamin N Dreamin (9 months ago)
Congratulations! I am about to embark on the journey in September. Thanks for the vids. Have a great time in Sun Valley. Try and catch the free Sun Valley Symphony in August, if you are up there (beginning of the month). Take Lily on the Chocolate Gulch hike-just outside of Ketchum. Hope to meet you on the road!
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Oh nice. September is right around the corner! Where to first? Thanks for the info on the Sun Valley area too. Loved that place!❤️
Cheryl Anderson (9 months ago)
Your new camper van looks amazing. Enjoyed this vid. & happy for you that you're feeling good about your decision to try a nomadic life. I'm still observing & wondering if I could hack it. There's a lot to weigh, but would love to try it for a while.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Thank you Cheryl! I do love it and glad I made the decision. Have you considered renting an RV or even going on a road trip in your car to see how you would like it? That might really help too.
Ohio Lady (9 months ago)
Will you be going to RTR in Quartzsite Arizona in January
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
We do +Tela Lewis.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
+Penni Creager - Yes I'll be in that area around that time most likely. I went to the Xscapers convergence this last year instead.
Ohio Lady (9 months ago)
Tela Lewis I don't know it is Bob Wells put it on
Tela Lewis (9 months ago)
Don't the Xscapers have their own meetup in Quartzsite around that time?
Deb Clements (9 months ago)
I so appreciate your videos! I’m quite a bit older than you and am planning on retiring in January. This fall I will start looking for a used Class B. I was torn between a small Class C or Class B - I would like to hear your reasons for downsizing if you’d care to share. You inspire me!
A Girl, Her Dog, And RV (6 months ago)
I just started living in my Class C in June and I think it's too small for me. Mainly because I kept having guests! I am social so i love having guests but it makes me wish for those large multi slide 5th wheels. But the other side is, I don't make enough money yet to travel and pay for monthly RV parks (for example) so I go back to wanting a Class B so I can stealth camp and park easier in friends' driveways. Just my two cents worth. But I"m highly considering doing a trade in on my Class C. Hope this helps someone.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
+Deb Clements - Thank you. There's so many reasons I downsized. I named some of these in the van tour video if you were able to watch that one https://youtu.be/U3Td4GGlHtw and some peppered through out other videos. I'll be putting together and Q&A video here soon that will be comprehensive and share so much more about this. Thank you!
Charlie the Tuna (9 months ago)
I am doing the same thing, I am finding used class b's very expensive. I am looking at all options right now. I am semi retired now almost ready to hit the road. Maybe 1 year out.
James Catanese (9 months ago)
congrat on 1 yr be safe
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
❤️ Thank you!
Tominftl ThomasP (9 months ago)
Takes a lot of courage to do this by yourself. You’re a strong woman.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Thank you. ❤️
Colette & Ron Adcock (9 months ago)
Finally!! Glad to hear from you again!! ❣️
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
LOL ❤️

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