“This book was a great find for me, my husband and our two cats! Ironically, not knowing the writer at all before I stumbled upon this book, we lived in the same town. This book crossed off so many great points. If you are in the market to sell it all, buy an RV and travel, or like us just looking to buy an RV incorporate it into our traveling lifestyle with the possibility of it becoming full-time down the road this is a great read. In this book, Donna has given us so much to think about, what avenues and options that may be out there for us for the short-term/long haul. The check lists, omg those are the greatest! There is nothing worse than ruining your vacation over a thousand dollar mistake and these checklists are ways to help you to “try” not to do that…
And last and for the best part, Zeus, the cat. Yes people, cats… they are very great travel companions and trainable. Donna confirmed that our two who are leash and harness trained will be welcome on the open road and at campgrounds across the US. Phew… that’s all that we needed to know. So as Willie Nelson chimes in to the radio before we hit the road folks… ‘On the Road Again’ Safe travels and I sure do hope you enjoy this book as much as we did.
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My new book, Living the RV Lifestyle: Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road is a combination of practical advice on RV living as well as personal stories from life on the road, giving you an idea of what it’s really like to live the Full-time RV life.
The excerpt below is from Chapter 13 Hiking: Our Favorite Pastime about one of our favorite hikes in Washington state.
Skyline Trail in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State
Having visited Washington a few years ago, Jim and I had been to the Olympic NP on the coast, delighting in a mountain ridge hike, but we had missed the inland Mount Rainier NP. Driving from our campground in Silver Creek, Washington, we headed to Mount Rainier NP, anticipating more evergreen forests, and historical sights, but not expecting to be blown away by another spectacular hike.
Winding our way up to the Henry Jackson Visitors Center, we ventured outside to discover the trail head for the Skyline Trail. Looming above us, the peak of Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet, the highest mountain in the Cascade Mountain range, was shrouded in a ring of clouds. At first, the trail descended down, leading us towards the Myrtle Falls. We strolled by fields of wildflowers, admiring a summer day in the mountains. Gazing down at the falls, we contemplated going any further. It was mid-afternoon on a brilliant blue sky day with hours of daylight to go. I am so glad that we decided to continue the climb.
As we hiked higher and higher, the flowers grew more in abundance, and flowed down the hillsides in a rainbow of colors from the purple lupine to the magenta and scarlet paint brushes, from the pink monkeyflowers to the white lilies. With the high peaks above us still covered with the remnants of ancient glaciers, we were greeted with green vistas of fields and evergreens wherever we looked. The Tatoosh Mountain range glowed in the distance like a ribbon of fairy tale castles. Its rocky pinnacles didn’t seem real like a mirage of mountains.
Along the path, animals and birds greeted us. Stellar jays with their brilliant blue feathers and distinct voices swooped down from tree to tree. A solitary eagle circled over the cloud-covered peaks. A young doe ate her late afternoon lunch by the side of the trail. Furry marmots meandered through the fields of flowers, munching off the tops of flowers with a relish for their colorful salad.
At the height of summer in the mountains, rivers sprung from the slopes, and wound their way down through brilliantly colored mosses of green and gold. Wherever you looked, you could see rivers circling into pools of water, and then spilling over edges into waterfalls. In the distance, rain poured down on a hillside, and in the midst of a sun break, a rainbow broke through the clouds, spanning across the green hills. It made me wonder if there wasn’t truly a pot of gold beneath its colorful ribbons. On our drive back down leaving the Skyline Trail behind, I looked up, and through the clouds, Mount Rainier showed her weather-beaten face. It was the perfect ending to a day spent honoring that mountain.
Every time, I turned a corner on the Skyline Trail I wondered what miracle I was going to see next. It was one of the most magical hikes I’ve ever been on. Since it was a Sunday afternoon, there were quite a few families out on the trail, and groups of college students. All different nationalities and cultures walked along the trail. And everyone greeted each other with similar amazement at all the natural beauty that surrounded us. It made me hopeful that the national parks could have a higher purpose of bringing people together from diverse backgrounds in coexistence with a mutual love of nature. It could certainly be a starting point for Peace. If we could all stop and really see this planet Earth that we call home, knowing that it’s up to each one of us to take care of our planet, and in doing so, we would be taking care of all living beings including humankind. As John Lennon once sang, “Imagine.”
By Donna Fisher-Jackson, M.A. © 2017
Donna Fisher-Jackson, M.A., CHT is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Western Astrologer and Author who counsels clients through her business of Iris Holistic Counseling Services on the road at http://www.DonnaFisherJackson.com. She has published the self-help book, The Healing Path of the Romantic: Type Four of the Enneagram Personality Type System and a novel, Clara & Irving: A Love Story of Past Lives, based on the true story of a Romantic. And now her latest book, a travel adventure book, Living the RV Lifestyle: Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road. All of her books are available in a print and Kindle edition on Amazon.