Home on the road for RVers of lesser ability

WHO: We call ourselves ‘senior motorhome adventurers’ — a disabled woman and an amazing caregiver.

AJ Barrett still manages to teach web publishing and social media for the Southern Illinois School of Journalism, so this creative project helps her help her students. Bill Sims is a professional poker dealer. More about AJ and Bill.

WHY a motorhome?

Bill travels to deal professional poker tournaments like the World Series of Poker (WSOP) so an RV made sense for him. But the decision to travel in an enormous Class A motorhome was practically made for us by AJ’s rare and serious neurological condition. Read about her most difficult journey.

WHAT:

RVoyager

To boldly go…like Star Trek Voyager’s Captain Janeway and Lieutenant Paris lost in the Delta quadrant of the US West and wherever else we can venture in RVoyager, a 2005 Newmar Kountry Star.

A bolder mission

We started this website to share pics and travel stories during the 2020 pandemic stay-at-home. We realized that there are lots of websites out there with adventure travelers but maybe not so many that consider RVers with lesser abilities.

WHERE: Speaking of the Wild West

“Have vaccine in these guns, will travel.” During the months of stay-at-home, we created an ambitious schedule to visit National Parks, monuments, seashores, historic parks and whatever we can find near the borders of the lower 48. A loop that mostly avoids the heartland.

WHEN: 2021 spring departure

We will both have both vaccine jabs by mid-March… soon as we can after that, we aim to bring you fresh travel tales and pics. In the meanwhile, you can check previous adventures from the list below or from our handy navigation menu above.

HOW: If we learn a new how-to, we’ll share it

For instance, how to choose the right RV for you and your abilities. We attended RV shows and visited dealerships. We found ourselves overwhelmed. Check out our checklist guide (coming soon) with free downloads. We are not influencers, but we will make some recommendations based on our experiences and abilities (Products, coming soon).

OUR TRAVELS SO FAR…

WHY? Why did two nature lovers choose a motorhome lifestyle?

Two very strange problems answer this question: Chiari Malformation (CM) and Syringomyelia (SM). Otherwise we would happily cruise while making a smaller carbon footprint in a B or B+ camper van. I was diagnosed with two rare and serious neurological disorders in 2014. The first — chiari — causes the second. Basically my brain is … Continue reading WHY? Why did two nature lovers choose a motorhome lifestyle?

The best state park near Vegas: Valley of Fire offers eerie desert vistas and traces of native peoples

Oh the humanity. We’ve seen a bit of everything homo sapien. We hiked for ages to ponder on petroglyphs dating back thousands of years, yet caught a young couple carving graffiti in a rock wall along the trail on our way back. During another Valley of Fire outing, as we enjoyed a picnic, a couple … Continue reading The best state park near Vegas: Valley of Fire offers eerie desert vistas and traces of native peoples

How to have a blast in Vegas on the Fourth of July

Our first tip, tongue-in-cheek: make sure the fireworks actually happen on the Fourth. One year, I couldn’t believe I was able to book a reservation in a penthouse restaurant on the Fourth. Only to discover, the show would be on the 3rd. D’oh! Read on to see our pics and learn our opinion of the … Continue reading How to have a blast in Vegas on the Fourth of July

A short trip from Vegas to Tonopah leads through the ghost town of Goldfield and into its Santa Fe Saloon

We set modest goals when we depart. Takes awhile to get it all together. Never plan to leave early. Never plan to go far. So about a year ago, we pointed RVoyager in the direction of Tonopah. En route North and West into the desert away from Vegas, we eased onto the dirt streets of … Continue reading A short trip from Vegas to Tonopah leads through the ghost town of Goldfield and into its Santa Fe Saloon

Creosote plant with red rock cliff in background

Red Rock and roll: must-hike trails in the National Conservation Area nearest Las Vegas

Tired of bright lights and city sights around Las Vegas? Head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Starting with the first stop off the one-way drive, people scamper down as many as 26 hiking trails to see desert plants, wildlife, and geology… RVoyager ported a few nights at the North Las Vegas Elks Lodge … Continue reading Red Rock and roll: must-hike trails in the National Conservation Area nearest Las Vegas

When Marta Becket said she needed some space, she meant S P A C E and thus, the Amargosa Opera House

Imagine culture in the middle of nowhere. Sort of somewhere close to the brothel towns just outside Las Vegas and the first signs of life around the corner from Death Valley… The story of a Borax mining community goes awash against the colorful artistry of ballerina Marta Becket who revived a theater in need of … Continue reading When Marta Becket said she needed some space, she meant S P A C E and thus, the Amargosa Opera House

Introducing the 1300s: a mystery on which we obsess again while touring Casa Grande Ruins

In our travels to the Western U.S. we began to recognize a common thread weaving together abandoned sites. The occupation of sites ended close to or within one particular century… the 1300s. Gone. As if — POOF — people vanished, leaving only traces of their civilizations in the ruins of structures we visited…

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