Beginners Series

How Do You Do Adventure?

Dennis And Chris In Kayaks


As I was writing up a ride to put on the website recently, it got me wondering how everyone does adventure. I mean like what do people do while out RVing for fun. Our articles always seem to focus on workamping and supporting the full-time RV lifestyle so I thought it would be fun to change gears a bit.

The Start of A Series

After all, even though most people who are out here full time and not retired or semi-retired have to work, aren’t we also out here to have some fun? What about those who are not full time and RV on their vacations? I thought it would be fun to take a look at the adventure side of RVing.

I will share what we have done, are doing, and are planning on doing. Feel free to add some of your own adventures down below in the comment section.

On The Causeway

Let’s start with our personal favorite. Anyone who knows me knows I love to ride my motorcycle. We will on any given day pack a lunch and head out. Half of the time we have no particular destination in mind. We ride until we have had enough for the day and then just hit home on the GPS. Sometimes we go out to put cool rides together for this site. If you love motorcycles, check out our motorcycle section of this website. We have also started a “Ride With Us” page for anyone who is nearby and would like to go on one of our rides. Be sure to check out that page for more info.

Sometimes we look up scenic roads in the area and try them out and other times we will pick an area to RV in just for the riding potential. Such is the case with us in about 5 weeks. Since we are workamping starting the end of April we decided to leave Florida a little early and do some riding in the Blue Ridge mountains. It’s absolutely beautiful there. That’s the reason why we booked 10 days in Tennessee. I love being mobile!!!

What Should I Get?

When it comes to motorcycles, there are many different brands and types/styles of motorcycles that are sold here in the USA. Anything from mini bikes all the way up to Touring bikes. I have had most type bikes at one point or another in my life but now we enjoy riding around on my old touring bike. We like comfort. There is no feeling in the world like being out on 2 wheels. If you don’t ride and wonder what the big deal is, there is also a great movie that sums it all up. It’s called Why We Ride and you can rent or buy it from Amazon. Be sure to check out our article on getting started with motorcycles.

Half The Fun Is The Search

Once you know the type of motorcycle you want, you will then have to research the numerous brands. It is best if you visit dealerships and look at anything you’re interested in as sometimes pictures don’t tell the whole story. If you have any kind of motorcycle shows that come to your area, it would be to your advantage to attend. They are great ways to see all the manufacturers and models out there and talk to the people that ride them.

Man Overboard!!!

What about kayaking or canoeing? It had been a while since I had last kayaked and Chris had never tried it before. We decided to rent some kayaks last year while we were in Florida. I started out in the water instead of in the kayak…lol. Oops, sorry no pictures of that because I was to busy hitting the water but it was hilarious. I got the hang of it after a while and it was a blast. We went out on the Crystal River and actually were able to see manatees up close. Check out our article on Kayaking the Crystal River.

Dennis And Chris In Kayaks

We love the water and this is something we are considering purchasing in the future. We have been doing lots of research and are excited about our potential future kayaking adventures. The one thing I ask myself about the time we went kayaking is, why didn’t I bring the Go-Pro?

Sun Dolphin Kayak
Sun Dolphin Aruba Sit-In Kayak (10-Feet)

Above and below are a couple of different types of Kayaks including an inflatable type. The inflatable type is great if you are limited on storage. They are available on Amazon with free shipping.

Inflatable kayak
Intex Explorer Inflatable 2 Person Kayak

Be sure to check out our article on how to get started in kayaking.

What About Canoes?

Canoeing is similar to kayaking. It is a fun way to get out on the water. As with kayaking, your biggest challenge as an RVer would be how to transport it from location to location. If you have a toy-hauler you’re all set. If not, you will need to get creative. I have definitely seen it done by many RVer’s. Check out our article on how to get started canoeing.

Back On Two Wheels

Getting out of the water and back on 2 wheels, what about bicycling? It’s like motorcycling without the motor…lol. I see an extreme amount of RV’ers taking bicycles on their adventures. It’s something both young and old can do. You can stay within the campground limits or explore the local area.
No specials licenses are needed, you are out in the fresh air, and they are great exercise!!! Most people are extremely familiar with bicycles already and many have ridden them since they were a kid. It’s almost a no-brainer that it would be a perfect fit for RV’ing!!!

With my last RV, I used to camp every year in Lake George which is upstate New York. I used to stay at a large RV park and the bikes were a very handy way to get around the park. There were also numerous bike trails outside the park which lead through the scenic woods and brought you right into the town of Lake George!!!

Lanes and Trails and Paths Oh My!!!

More and more locations especially scenic locations are putting in designated bike trails so you can ride scenically and not be mixed in with auto traffic. Lots of places have specially marked bike lanes and more and more are being added. Besides, a bicycle is a great exercise and also great for the environment!!!

Once again, you will deal with the issue of storage. How are you going to get them from location to location? A lot of people RV with kids and that means not just one bike but multiple bikes. Chances are your RV has no more room especially if you are traveling with your new motorcycle and kayaks…lol. Don’t forget to check out our article on how to get started bicycling.

What The Heck Is A Folding Bike?

As we wander around the campgrounds, like we love to do, we are starting to notice that more and more people are riding bicycles. Since some of the RV set-ups we have seen are rather small we wonder where they are putting these bicycles during travel. What we have found is that they are using something called folding bikes. You just fold them up and pack them away. Easy peasy. Now you not only can you take your bikes with you, but you will also have extra room for more smores supplies!!! It’s perfect for RVers.

Columba Folding Bike
Columba 26″ Folding Bike on Amazon w/4 Star Rating is Just One Example of A Quality Folding Bike

As with anything else that is fun there is a lot to research before you run out and buy one. Make sure you always check the comments and reviews on anything you buy.  I found a great example of a 4 star rated folding bike on Amazon for just a little over $200.

Columba All Folded Up
All Folded Up And Ready To Be Transported To It’s New Adventure!!!

 

Geocaching/Hiking

The last two things I want to talk about here kind of go together. Geocaching and hiking. If you don’t know what Geocaching is, I can help you out with that one. I have written an article on that subject. You can check out my article on Geocaching to learn more about that. You won’t be sorry. It is so much fun.

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As far as hiking is concerned, we do mostly easy to moderate day hike trails. We generally pack a standard backpack with things like bug spray, first aid kit, snacks, water, candies (for low blood sugar issues) and lots of camera gear. Be sure to check out our article on day hikes for beginners.

Another Find

Most times when we are doing our day hikes, we will open the Geocaching app to see if there are any caches nearby. If you are in Florida, the Florida State Parks System is a big participator in Geocaching so you are almost always guaranteed to find them in Florida State Parks. We have started a page to track all our finds as a fun way for us to remember them and also as a way for people to see the different kinds and styles of caching.

If you’re interested in our finds you can check out our page, “Our Adventures With Geocaching“. Geocaching and hiking are great inexpensive ways to get great exercise and have some fun.

Full-Time/Part-Time Get Out There & Have Some Fun!!!

So those are some fun ways to adventure while you are RVing. It doesn’t matter if you are full time or part-time the idea is to have fun and get out there with nature.

I am going to be starting a blog series called “How To Get Started In”. I will be covering topics like motorcycling, kayaking and canoeing, hiking, and bicycling to name a few. The series is set to start next week or the following week.

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8 thoughts on “How Do You Do Adventure?

  1. Just when I am planning out our family vacation, I come across your website! What awesome information on so many things we want to try. I have been trying to talk my wife into getting one of those Kayaks for a while now, so I will defiantly show her this webpage. Thank you for making it all so easy!
    Clay

    1. Clay- Kayaks are so much fun. It’s a great family activity. They are both relaxing and great exercise. Many years ago I went Kayaking with my son in Canada. It was one of those cruise excursions. We got a quick 10-minute lesson on how to do it, went into the water and paddled around an island, and wound up back on the beach for a BBQ. There were some kind of seals (maybe sea otters, really not sure what they were) popping up in the water around us. It was a day I will never forget. When we recently did Crystal River, it reminded me of just how much fun it is. One piece of advice, don’t lean too far to one side if you go to grab something out of your pocket or you will be swimming with the manatees…lol…lol.

      Dennis

  2. I love adventure and being outdoors enjoying what nature has to offer. I am always up to new ideas on how i can have more of this. Your article articulates this so well, i never tried a motorcycle, i always fear them but you give me courage to try it out and one day i will.

    1. Anita- There is nothing like outdoor adventures!!! I have been riding some type of motorcycle since a very young age. I have found that people who try it either love it or hate it. There seems to be no in between. I think there is no better feeling like riding either up in the mountains or along a body of water. I call it my wind therapy.

      Dennis

  3. Hi Dennis,

    Great article!

    My family and I are going on a week trip, and we didn’t know what activities to do. You have provided so many great suggestions that I can’t wait to try them all:) One of my biggest dreams is to ride a motorcycle, and this trip will be an opportunity for me to realize my dream.

    Thank you very much for this excellent post!

    1. Daniella- I am glad you are going to have some great adventures on your week-long trip. Be careful if you try riding a motorcycle, it’s very addicting!!! You might find yourself enrolling in a safety course and heading to a dealership when you get home!!!…lol.

      Dennis

  4. I really enjoyed this post. I just told Charlie we was going to start looking for treasures. Great exercise

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