National Park Classes

If you are looking to learn more about the National Parks when you visit, you may want to attend one of the Association or Institute classes. I was scrolling through some of the new classes and hikes today and they look amazing! Here are links to The Yellowstone Association, The Yosemite Conservancy, The Glacier Institute, The Zion Association, and The Grand Canyon Association. Check out their classes and talks and let me know about any other park classes you see. Craig and I are going to be keeping an eye on their job pages as well. I would love to work in one of the park bookstores or as a guide.

 

 

Seasons

As spring is trying to get going here in Massachusetts, I have been thinking about how soon we will be able to “follow the weather.” Thankfully, our winter was pretty mild and we did not have a lot of snow. Especially compared to 2014’s crazy snow storms. This spring has been cold, windy and wet. The trees just started to bud and bloom a few weeks ago. Many are still not out with a month until summer! Maine and New Hampshire had snow the other day.

I do not like winter and love the sun and heat. I find myself saying-“just one more winter here” and “we have to enjoy this fall since we may not be back here in a while.” I do like the summers and fall in Massachusetts, but dislike the winters and springs. Even summer is really not warm enough for me here. We get about two very warm weeks in the 90’s. I am so excited to be able to move our home around!

We have still been clearing out clothing, books, knick knacks and selling and donating them. Some shelves are finally emptying out. We have about four boxes of things we will store at Craig’s parents until we find a place we would like to buy land. Some photo albums and photos (we rarely print anything anymore, but these are pre-digital.) A few books that were signed for us or we really like and a few scrapbooks. I would not be crushed if they had to go too, but it would be nice to keep a few memories in print form.

This is all we are keeping in storage!

This is all we are keeping in storage!

 

Empty shelves

Empty shelves

There are a few things we would like to try and see around here before next October. We have been meaning to go to The Boston Harbor Islands (NRA) for a while now. We would also like to get the Boston stamps for our National Park Passport. Maybe the Cape Cod National Seashore ones we missed as well. We would not mind going back to Acadia NP and Minute Man NHP one more time. Stay tuned for a Boston Harbor Islands post soon!

Going Minimalist 

These were all full last week-getting there!


After moving our stuff to Florida and back to Massachusetts, we got rid of a lot on our last move. We went from a big 2 bedroom house with a huge yard to a small loft that Craig can walk to work from. We knew we wanted to full time RV soon and then build or buy a small cabin.

Now that we are going on the road, we are trying to get rid of even more things. I have been selling Disney collectibles we got when we worked in Florida, purses, prints and more. Craig brings in kitchen items, cookbooks and knick knacks to work every week to see if anyone will use them. We have donated clothing and are giving away furniture. We will sell and give away our bigger furniture next summer. 

Things to donate


It is so nice to see shelves empty and clear. We still have a lot to go through, but every day more goes out the door. We have been really good about not buying anything new unless it is an item we really need. We will probably “shop” for camping gear on Craigslist before we go on the road. Otherwise we need very little. 

Soon all the shelves will be empty


I did get a new atlas this past weekend and it is great to see our planned routes on paper. 


We have been pretty minimalist for a while now, but we are loving getting rid of so many things. I wish we did it sooner, but we enjoyed our stuff while we had it. Now we can spend any extra on experiences!