The Trailmanor as Art :: Living full-time in an RV


Well, we made it safely back to the lower 48, despite being thwarted in our attempt to re-enter the US by an early-closing border station! A few hours of sleep in the RV right beside the Canadian station, and we were the 3rd vehicle into the US the next morning.

We had a nice time with my friend Valerie McIntyre, whose photography business is thriving in some really incredible ways, and really enjoyed getting to know her husband Lance and son Neil. About 2 years ago, Tim helped Valerie and Neil understand more about how the college admissions process works; after getting to know Neil a bit more, Tim suggested he attend Willamette University in Oregon, and Neil has just finished his freshman year there, was on the Dean’s List both semesters, and is loving it!

We stayed at the Spruce River RV Park just outside Evergreen, Montana, and it was one of the most lovely spots we have stayed in thus far. It was right by the river, and shady with lots of green grass. Beautiful!

Our stay in Sheridan, Wyoming, the next night was a lot less lovely, but also cost a lot less (zero): the Walmart Supercenter parking lot! We were in good company, with about 20 other RVs of various sizes and types also camping there overnight. The best part was that we were able to get a replacement part for our door, which had a minor break discovered while we were setting up…nothing like just walking into the store to get a replacement part. 🙂

We made it back to sunny Colorado (emphasis on SUN, glorious SUN–we had really missed it!) on the evening of the 18th, after enjoying a quick stop at Glendo State Park in Wyoming earlier that afternoon. We decided to check out the newest KOA campground in Colorado, up in Central City. It was gorgeous, and definitely the most luxurious and cared-for KOA campground we’ve ever stayed at (and we’ve stayed at quite a few, both during the last 8 weeks and also during our 8-month roadtrip back in 2006).

Since our return to Colorado, I have had some client meetings and a photo shoot in Denver, we have traveled south to Colorado Springs for the weekend as Tim teaches an intensive class (Fri through Sun), and have really enjoyed the most amazing location for our RV thus far! We are at the Cheyenne Mountain State Park, and the campground is phenomenal! I think we actually have the best site in the entire campground (#7 if you’re interested), and are sad to be leaving it tomorrow.

We are heading up to Denver to stay at the Chatfield State Park for the next 4-5 nights, then moving to the Cherry Creek State Park until the night of September 9th, when we’ll be back here in Site #7 at the Cheyenne Mountain State Park (woo-hoo!) while Tim teaches another intensive class.

After that we intend to head to the upper Midwest, and are still working to nail down the details of where we’ll be, and when. Our 15th wedding anniversary takes place on September 16th, and we are looking for fun ideas for places to spend a few days celebrating in Minnesota. Have any ideas for us? We had hoped to spend this milestone anniversary in Europe, but that seems unlikely at this point.

In addition to spending some time with my family (we’ll be spending time with Tim’s family over the holidays and also early next spring), we are also interested in spending some time with some long-time friends who still live in the area, so if you’re reading this and are interested in getting together, either comment or email us…we’d love to have a BBQ or something by a lake and hang out with you!

Ok, guess that’s it. Sorry that our recent posts have been so factual and update-oriented (and probably quite boring)! We are still figuring out how to manage working with setting up/taking down the RV every few days. My business is about to experience a major growth spurt, starting this coming week, but eventually we will have this under control and be more able to think about and share philosophical writings. 🙂

I rented a lens for a photo shoot on Friday, and have kept it over the weekend, and this afternoon I decided that I was going to photograph Chase with it (it’s a 14mm or fisheye lens) and try to make some goofy shots of him. Then I realized that art can be found in the details, and began noticing some of the interesting details of the Trailmanor. Hence the name of the blog post…hope you enjoy!

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08.22.2010 - 10:29 pm

Bill Rice I enjoyed the article and photos.

08.22.2010 - 10:33 pm

Tim Dad,

Why are you up?! Thanks for the comments…I will give you a call in the coming days to catch-up! We are now in the Denver area at Chatfield State Park (


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