Hello from the Love Shack!

Here is a full list of our blog posts, in chronological order from the beginning. Enjoy!

Aug. 20, 2014 Hello, World! It’s the Mitch and Val Roadshow Tour!

The problems we encountered upon taking delivery of the Love Shack in Florida and driving her home, and the beginning of the adventure. It’s gettin’ real!


Aug. 26, 2014 Feeling “High in Utah” and Coming “Home to Nevada

Our first stop on the “tour,”Park City, Utah, is high in elevation and a cute place to shop and eat.

Sept. 9, 2014 24 Hours in the Life of a Rock Star

What a day in the life of a full-time RVer looks like in the first year, and a day in the life of real rock stars, our friends who tour and play with Howard Jones.


Sept. 19, 2014 FAQs

Questions we get frequently, such as, “Does Val drive the RV?” But of course! Woman power!



Sept. 21, 2014 We Did What They Said Never to Do: Buy a New RV

We had some very specific wants and needs from a floor plan, and it was hard to find. So we knew the Love Shack was our girl at first glimpse online.

Torn skirt

Oct. 11, 2014 The Trouble With the Love Shack

New RV? You’ve got trouble! Newbies get twice the pain! Is it worth it?




Oct. 20, 2014 Travel Blog: Life Lessons from Silverton, CO, and the Million Dollar Highway

Maneuvering twists and turns on one of the most scenic roads in the U.S. and some life lessons.


Nov. 9, 2014 And Now a Word From Mitch: This Is Not My Beautiful House!!!

Oy vey. We have more problems than we bargained for…but are having a blast anyway.


Dec. 4, 2014 The Most Famous Rock ‘N Roll Residence in the World

A visit to Elvis’ Graceland is a surprisingly awesome experience for two people who were Elvis-agnostic.

Homosassa Springs

Homosassa Springs State Park, Florida

Dec. 11, 2014 The Trouble With Manatees

Just when you think your troubles are behind you…it’s a different kind of trouble! The adventurous kind!

Oh dear.

Dec. 12, 2014 Busking and Breaking Down…

Oh my…at least we aren’t alone! A blog post that finds us keeping things in perspective.

Bluewater Key

The idyllic Bluewater Key RV Resort: a private dock and thatched-roof living area all to yourself.


Dec. 18, 2014  Mitch’s Interim Report Card & the Best of RV Life, Part I

The best of the best Part I, including a luxury RV park extraordinaire in the Keys, capping off the end of 2014 and our new adventurous life!

Jan. 3, 2015 More From Mitch: Interim Report Card & Best of RV Life (so far), Part II

We grade our trip so far and find much to be lauded, Part II.

Jan. 10, 2015 Travel Article We Can Relate to: Raising Rippers

Driving the Beast — and yes, this time she is definitely a Beast — cross country with our college-aged kids, we wonder, will this breakdown make them never want to visit us (and her) again?

Feb. 19, 2015 Busting the Myths of Mardi Gras

Everything you think you know about Mardi Gras — busted. Think again. But do enjoy those beads!


Mar. 2, 2015 Ten Reasons Why Death Valley is to Die For

A day-trip to one of the most remote regions of the U.S. within one of the most beautiful National Parks in the country.


East Mitten at Sunset, Monument Valley, AZ. Oct. 2014.

East Mitten at Sunset, Monument Valley, AZ. Oct. 2014.

Mar. 13, 2015 What Do Marmalade and a Clockwork Have in Common?

Everything is so… orange…and how spectacular it is! A gallery of all things orange and beautiful.




Mar. 17, 2015 The Beauty of Walls

Inspired by a Daily Photo Challenge,  we compiled a collection of the scenic walls we’ve seen on our trip so far.

Mar. 26, 2015 Austin Is a Gas!

We attended South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, and noticed that vintage neon is a common sight that helps keep things weird in the Texas capitol.

Mar. 27, 2015 On Procrastination in Writing: The Work-Life Balance

We travel constantly, but we are not retired! For a writer, work takes constant discipline. And just the right amount of procrastination.


Fashion was smashin’: Metallic body art was everywhere at Coachella 2015.

Apr. 29, 2015 Comparing Music and Arts Festivals: Coachella Versus South By Southwest

Which one of these music festivals is better? Which would we go back to?


May 8, 2015 Where Would You Live if You Could Live Anywhere?

This is the million-dollar question! We have narrowed down the choices in our own personal quest to find a location to maybe settle someday.


Jun. 6, 2015 The Perfect One-Day Plan for San Francisco

Our time in San Francisco was short, but luckily, Val knows just what to see if you only have one day.

Jun. 19, 2015 Where Are YOU Today? (From Mt. Saint Helens)

A quick roll call of our readers’ locations.

Jul. 9, 2015 What Happened to Mitch’s Face? A Series of Unfortunate Events

You have to read the post to fully understand why Mitch is banned from anymore helmeted motorized activities for awhile.


Jul. 24, 2015 Close Encounters of the Wildlife Kind

We experienced some absolutely astounding wildlife the summer of 2015 and we were very busy obtaining video and pictures of them to share!


Aug. 27, 2015 What’s the BEST THING We’ve Seen or Done in One Year of Full-Time RVing the US?

This is the number one question we’ve received after completing one year on the road…here’s our well-deliberated response.


Sept. 16, 2015 When Good Dreams Come True

This is the story of one of Val’s dreams come true in New Orleans, and then some.


Nov. 11, 2015 Wholesale Warranties — Who Are They?

Announcing our first cross-marketing affiliate!


RV service issues

Nov. 12, 2015 How NOT To Break In Your New Motorhome

Buying a new motorcoach? Read this first. Or if you already have, read this. Misery loves company.


Totem Pole Monument Valley

Nov. 30, 2015 Our Favorite Photos From One Year of Full-time RVing

What do you get whenOur Favorite Photos From One Year of Full-time RVing you travel full-time around the US for 12+ months? 10,000 pictures and video totaling 60 GB of files! Here are a few of our favorites representing where we’ve been.



Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC

Dec. 10, 2016  Why is Charleston So Charming?

Why is Charleston, South Carolina, consistently voted the “Best City in America?” again and again? We went in search of the answer.




The Love Shack sitting pretty at a waterfront site at the Sugarloaf Key /Key West KOA

Dec. 25, 2015  Key West: The Good Life for RVers

The Florida Keys are chock full of great places to camp or RV! Now that we’ve “slept around” the lower Keys for seven weeks, here’s our comparison of several awesome places to stay!





Feb. 2, 2016 Ten “Key Take Aways” From Key West

We love Key West and we have a lot to share about it: what it’s like, what to expect, and what to do there. So here are our ten “key take-aways” from Key West, including #1: It’s warm but still gets cold.



Mar. 19, 2016 What Type of RV Should You Choose?Mercedes-Marco-Polo-Camper-1

If you’re thinking about buying an RV, or changing to a different type of RV, here’s a little helpful information.




Apr. 3, 2016 Motorcoaches Versus Fifth Wheels

2014 Trilogy

The 2014 Dynamax Trilogy Fifth Wheel 3800 RL

RV dreaming? Here are the pros and cons of motorhomes versus fifth wheels: the two most popular choices of full-time and frequent RVers. Which would you choose?




Apr. 28, 2016 Big Bend: The Most Amazing National Park You’ve Never Heard Of


Dugout Wells, Big Bend National Park,

Much like Death Valley, Big Bend National Park in the southwestern elbow of Texas is the most amazing national park most people have never heard of, much less been to.  It was one of the biggest national parks left on our list to visit in the RV, and one of the hardest to get to!



Jun. 6, 2016  Fun With Cactus

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Funny saguaro cacti in Tucson, AZ

Doesn’t everyone take 100 pictures of cactus while visiting the southwest? Well, we did. ‘Cuz it’s amazingly gorgeous, especially when it’s blooming. Our visits to Tucson and Big Bend National Park were full of fun with bloomin’ cacti.




Aug. 31, 2016  Royal Swings and Other Things in Colorado Springs


Zip-lining across Royal Gorge

We were lucky to be able to spend ten days in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is just long enough to fall in love with Garden of the Gods, Pike’s Peak, and Manitou Springs. And capture a video of us (well, Valerie) screaming on the Royal Swing at Royal Gorge.




Sept. 21, 2016  Making New Friends on the Road: Why We Love RVLove


Julie and Marc Bennett of RVLove

When you live on the road, new friends are just as golden as old friends. Here’s a bit about our new friends, RVLove, and boy, do we have a lot in common!





Jan. 10, 2017  Two (+Plus) Years On the Road With Mitch and Val: The Video

It took us almost 2.5 years to make our “brand video” for youtube, but finally, here it is! Mitch’s son Greg needed a project for his film class, and we wanted a video to inspire future RV travelers! It sums up who we are and all about our adventures. Hope you LOVE it!


About Us: Runnin’ Down the Dream  The “Mitch and Val Roadshow” has visited 42 U.S. states in the first year of travel. Here’s more about who we are.

Where Are We Now? (Page) Find out where our RV is today! We post our itinerary so you can follow along.

Wholesale Warranties — Announcing our First Cross-Marketing Affiliate  and why you should get an extended warranty on an RV or travel trailer after the first year!