One year in a Casita

In the fall of 2017 we sold our house, bought a 17′ Casita Spirit Deluxe and hit the road for a year. Our setup was unique in that we paired the Casita with our Four Wheel Camper; the Casita serving as our living area and the truck camper our bedroom. The year concluded when Mark accepted a job opportunity in Idaho upon which we bought a house and sold the Casita. The following posts are stories from our Casita chapter of travel.

Returning to (and flying around) Cottonwood, AZ


We enjoyed our previous stay in Cottonwood so much that we decided to return and meet up with Mark’s parents who decided to drive out from Iowa to visit us.  We enjoyed a week of perfect weather, delectable food and more exploring around the area.  We called Dead Horse Ranch State Park home once again and enjoyed the park just as much, if not more than the last time.  While in Cottonwood...

Getting an adrenaline rush @ Picacho Peak State Park

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January somehow turned in to a month of far too much paid campground camping.  I think back in November, when I made the reservations, I was worried about us needing to have plans and having reservations is the best way to know you’ve got a spot waiting for you.  Problem is, the cost adds up and reservations kill the ability to be spontaneous.  But it’s all a learning curve. ...

Eating our way thru Bisbee, AZ


A few years ago I stumbled upon some photos of Bisbee, Arizona and ever since then I’ve wanted to visit this one-of-a-kind little town.  I admittedly know so little about Arizona for having grown up here and Bisbee looked to be unlike any town I’d ever seen in The Grand Canyon State.  Bisbee is not on your way to or from anywhere, unless you’re headed to Sonora, Mexico. ...

6 days of boondocking bliss in the Arizona wilderness


A few weeks back I wrote about the 10 elements to the perfect boondocking campsite.  At the end of that article I mentioned that we rarely find spots with all 10 items on our wish list.  Well, a few weeks back, we hit the boondocking lottery with this one.  It took some effort to find this place and when we arrived, we knew we wouldn’t want to leave any time soon.  Our spot was nestled up...

Safford, AZ BLM Camping


Safford wasn’t our next destination but it was an easy overnight stop to break up our drive.  The silence, wide open space and lack of neighbors was a welcome change from our week in Phoenix.  It was such a welcome change that we weren’t in a hurry to get back on the road the next day so we decided to enjoy it and stay one more night. Nothing but expansive views as far as the eye can...

Usery Mountain Regional Park: pretty but prickly


We kicked off the first week of 2018 at Usery Mountain Regional Park outside of Phoenix, AZ.  By the end of our six days there, we had a pretty long list of pros and cons regarding this campground.  While absolutely beautiful (see photos below), we’d found ourselves in one of the least-friendly dog areas we could be.  Never before have I seen so much cactus of so many different varieties. ...

Hello 2018: Boondocking outside Sedona, AZ


We were craving some privacy and wilderness so it was time to move on from Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood.  However, we weren’t ready to say goodbye to the area so we simply set out to nearby Coconino National Forest.  I have no doubt the Sedona/Cottonwood area is a popular camping destination year-round but I think the perfect weather and holiday week (it was the day after...

A look inside our Casita: Before & After photos

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When we bought our Casita travel trailer in September, we lucked out with a gently used 2012 that we bought from the original owner.  It was clean, well-cared for, and really didn’t need any repairs or cleaning.  While we could have left it aesthetically as-is, I wanted to make it feel more like home…since, after-all, it was going to be our new home.  In my mind though, I thought...

10 days at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, AZ


A few years ago we passed thru Cottonwood, AZ and I’ve been wanting to go back ever since.  In mid-December I was excited to finally be getting back there for a proper stay.  We didn’t have any solid plans and ended up staying 10 days at Dead Horse Ranch State Park just a couple of miles from Old Town Cottonwood.  With lows hovering around freezing, it was the perfect time to be at a...

One month in Lake Havasu City AKA Project time!


We had a full plate when we arrived in Lake Havasu City (my hometown) this year.  As any full-time RVer knows, when you have access to a place to do projects and receive packages, you take full advantage.  And that’s exactly what we did from the moment we arrived.  Thanks to the generosity of my dad, we were able to park at his equipment yard and work away.  Living in an...


We’re Mark & Michele, modern-day nomads perfecting the art of slow, full-time travel.  Our tiny home on wheels and slow-paced travel style allows us to minimize our expenses while maximizing our freedom.  May our unconventional way of life inspire you to design a life that you love.


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