3 Videos, 2 posts, and a few interesting observations about life on the road.

An inspirational life

We had planned to visit one of Meagan's friends, and a person who was an inspiration to all of us who had been diagnosed with stage 4 bile duct cancer.

We were in Michigan when we got the news that he died. Jeremiah Luce was an incredible soul who affected those he met in ways that will affect generations to come. I didn't know him well, but I was deeply saddened by the void he left. I wrote this post about living an inspirational life.

Read An Inspirational Life

Meagan wrote something you should read.

It's truthful and refreshing, and I'm proud of her for doing it.

She has never done this before, so if you read it and found it helpful, email her at m@hinson.co and let her know ok?

Read What would you do if you could not fail?

Stuff I've fallen behind on

So far we've seen a ton of amazing places, all of which I cannot wait to show you with the videos and photos we captured. But first, let's review where we've been with the videos we released last.

Mackinac Island

This place was a really fun time. We rode our bikes around the island and ended the day with a beautiful sunset. Check out the video and full post here.

After we left St. Ignace, we drove north to Lake Superior, and stayed in a placed called Pictured Rocks KOA in Munising. Our primary reason for staying there was the internet, which ended up to be good, but what didn't end up being good was that there was a flood warning and we had tons of rain, which meant our spot had 6 inches of standing water...so we chose to move.

A couple of days later, we took a cruise with Pictured Rocks Cruises to see the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from the water (I keep wanting to say ocean...because it feels like an ocean). I said while we were on the boat, "This is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.", and I still hold to that. The stuff we've seen so far has been really cool...but the colors of the pictured rocks were really something special.

You can watch the video below.

Some potentially surprising facts about life on the road:

Amazon used to be so easy, now it's not - Getting any kind of physical thing is difficult. Specifically, packages. We have to coordinate a lot, calling ahead to RV parks to see if it's ok if we have packages shipped there (that's not always ok). So, the next time you hop on Amazon and place an order, remember us.

Walmart is amazing - Seriously, Walmart is awesome. We've now been through 8 states and a bunch of different localities...and Walmart is the same in almost every place. It's so nice to know that you can go buy some cheap muck boots, or get great value water. Not only that, you can get almost anything you need. Also, I really like how cheap the hats are there. Due to my receding hairline, I've become a hat person.

It's still easy to forget the beauty around you - We live in a 30 ft travel trailer and have now been to 9 state and national parks, but we still forget that just outside our door is a beautiful world. It just goes to show that you can take anything for granted. We get caught up working and doing school...and the evening comes and we go outside for a few minutes and are reminded of the beauty around us.

A lot of beautiful places are not close to anything - Seriously. You know that little town in Cars (Radiator Springs I think it's called), that's real. And frequent. And everywhere out here. A ton of people that live out here are seemingly totally cool with driving an hour one-way to the grocery store. Which means if you live like we do, plan on over-spending for things like ketchup and toilet paper.

Never take your cell signal for granted - Because it's not that consistent everywhere. There are SO MANY LOGISTICS that we have to think through, but probably the biggest thing is cell service.

RV Park Wifi is a joke - And EVERYBODY KNOWS IT! BUT if you didn't have it, you'd be dead in the water. I'm using RV Wifi right now because EVEN with my cell booster, it gets me nothing more than the ability to make reliable phone calls (which is nice to be honest). For those of you who understand this kind of thing...at BEST you get about 1.5mb down, 0.3mbs up. But that's if everybody is sleeping and you have it to yourself (which is usually me in the morning). At night, and on the weekends, it tanks and is completely useless.

Fellow Travelers have been incredibly kind to us - We've generally found that people are at a disposition to be helpful and polite. We've met some of the kindest people in our travels. We've had people give us their name, number, and address and tell us that if we're in the area to stay with them and they'd show us around town. A couple named Woody and Donna Gatlin gave us a ton of useful information about full-time RV living. Just this week, we met a lady named Melenda who has a very similar travel  itinerary to us and was insistent that we have her number so we could reach out if we had any issues on the road in the next few weeks. Then there are wonderful souls like Tom Casper, who I met in the South Dakota Badlands and who sent me some awesome photos he took in the Badlands and gave me a couple tips on taking better photographs.

These folks are a blessing to our life, and we consider ourselves very lucky to be able to experience life where we run into people who talk to, and get to know their neighbors.

Just today we were invited to stay with a family we met who live in Santa Barbara, California. "When you come, we can have a Barbecue."

We're really enjoying our life right now. The stresses of work and life are still here, but we're together and it's really nice to enjoy this time we have. And oddly enough, we're not tired of each other yet.

We do miss our family and friends, and would love to hear what's going on in your world.

You can always reply to this email and let us know. Some of you do, and we really appreciate it!

Sincerely,

Joseph

In this update, I wanted to share these incredible photos by Tom Casper, from Wyoming. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Please do not use these photos without permission.

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