About Us

Ingrid…..

Black Hills South DakotaThat’s me.  I was exposed to camping and RVing at a young age.  Wanting to travel regularly, I became a Flight Attendant, which led to marrying a Pilot.  Go figure!  Although the aviation lifestyle was great, it was not conducive to starting a family.  I quit aviation, became a Realtor, worked for a couple of Home Builders, and eventually I started my own company in Home Building.  Oh, add in a couple of kids just for fun!

After years of running a business and raising children, it was time for a break, time for a change, time to travel and explore…..time to hit the road in an RV.

Al…..

Al grew up in a small farm town in Illinois and travel was something he dreamt about.  After college, he became a Naval Officer and Aviator.  This was an exciting adventure well beyond those small town dreams.

The Navy took him all over the country and world.  He decided to leave the military and go into Commercial Aviation where he fell in love with a Flight Attendant ten years his junior.  Years later, Al left aviation, joined Ingrid in the business and is now retired…… kind of.

Brittany SpanielOur Brittany Spaniel was a constant source of joy and entertainment for almost 15 years.  We continue to miss his companionship and unconditional love.  He was one of a kind and will always hold a special place in our hearts

After numerous moves….. From Illinois to Nevada to Colorado, Al and I decided Colorado was a great place to raise the kids and start our own business.

Son              Daughter

In the late 1990’s, I became a Licensed General Contractor and started a business in Home Building.  It wasn’t long, Al left flying, obtained a General Contractors license and joined me fulltime in the business.  The business turned into a very successful, award-winning, and rewarding venture.

Alas today….. Two grown children, semi-retired, and more time to play, sounds like the perfect opportunity to hit the road in the 5th wheel.  In June of 2013, we moved into our RV full-time and home is now where we park it.

We both embrace this new adventure of RVing and can’t wait to see what awaits around the next bend in this new chapter in life! Lake Powell
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191 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Wonderful About-page. Thank You. Very seldom, I see people who have worked for an airline. I worked for our national airline Finnair nearly 40 years. It was fantastic time I my life. I am grateful for these years which my company offered to me.

    My story About me.

    All the best to You both.

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  3. Hi Ingrid and Al, how lovely to find your blog and meet you both here. As a fellow adventurer and lover of all things in the great outdoors I can totally relate to your blog. Look forward to reading more about your adventures and travels. Cheers from Australia

  4. Hi Ingrid! It sounds like you and I have a lot in common lol. I was a big travel girl most of my life and once I married (later in life to someone 21 years my senior), we began renovating homes and moving a lot, with us doing the bulk of the work. I see we also share the same passion for the desert. I can’t wait to get back there in just over 2 weeks! Lovely to meet you and I’m now following your blog. 🙂

    • I love this little blogosphere world. I’ve met some of the most interesting people. We’ll be heading to TX for the month of January, but will be back in Phx for most of February and March. If you’re in the area, let me know and we’ll meet for coffee or drinks. If not, feel free to email me if you’re looking for ideas regarding AZ. It’s cold here in Phoenix this week but will hopefully start warming up by the time you get to the desert. It snowed in Sedona yesterday!!!

      • Thanks Ingrid! I’d love to meet up. Surely, I’ll have some questions when I get there. I’ve been following the weather, as I have a few author friends that live there too. Apparently it hailed in Phoenix last night? And Sedona is always colder. I love it there and will have to dress warm. I know it’s not too warm in Phoenix now, although last week you had unseasonably warm days I hear. It’s the desert! But typically, Jan/Feb would I need a heavy duty winter coat?

  5. Hi Ingrid, Nice to find your blog. We are planning on purchasing our 5th wheel early in 2016 and traveling off and on in CO while we get the bugs worked out and then going on 1-3 month excursions as the mood strikes us. It took awhile to narrow down the field to our short list of rvs. Btw, Al looks familiar. Were you builders in the Springs? I was active as a Realtor here from 2003-2011. Left RMP that year and just doing referrals for friends and past clients anymore. We were just on a road trip with a stop in Tucson last month. Love the desert there! Look forward to following your blog.

    • Thanks for stopping by and we too love the desert… ‘in the winter’. We started off with the 1-4 month excursions for a couple of years before going full-time. We lived in the Springs in the late 90’s and finally moved to Pueblo West in the early 2000’s after commuting for several years. We never built in El Paso County sticking to Pueblo County exclusively. Small world sometimes 🙂

      • Hi. It’s been a busy past month with holidays and a new grandson, so sorry I didn’t respond sooner. Yes, winter in the desert is so beautiful. I also love the beach and have to get away from being landlocked at least once a year. We can’t imagine anything better than Colorado in the summer though. I only sold real estate in El Paso and Teller counties. Have lived in the Springs for 28 years, but like you we are eager for the next phase and spending time in places we haven’t had much time for before now. Taking our own bed along will be so much nicer than airports and hotels. The idea of changing our view whenever we want is incredibly appealing. Have a great 2016.

    • Thank you Xavier. Unfortunately, I don’t do the award thing anymore, but thank you for thinking of me. The awards are a great way to share other blogs and get your blog noticed.

  6. Hi Ingrid. I’m glad to know of your blog! It appears I have a bit in common with you and your husband besides a Spaniel (English Springer)…I flew KC-130s for the Marine Corps in late 80s/early 90s, so have some naval aviator in my blood. I left the Marine Corps and aviation behind but saw a fair amount of the world that way. I look forward to reading your blog and viewing your photos!

    • Small world. I also noticed you spent time in southeast CO. We did much of our work in Pueblo West and a little in Trinidad. I enjoy your view on photography and look forward to following your blog as well.

  7. Hi Ingrid – thank you for following our adventures in sailing and photography. We appreciate your interest and share your live for nature. You have some wonderful images here. Chris

  8. Just stumbled across your blog. Love your photos and vivid descriptions. I too am a fulltimer – coming up on my first anniversary. Our mohos in Europe tend to be rather smaller than yours – something to do with narrower roads, tight bends and more traffic! Travel safe. Maggie

    • I spent a summer in Germany and remember those small roads well. I too shoot with a Panasonic but a bridge camera FZ-200. I’ll be sure and check out your blog. Thanks for stopping by and safe travels to you as well 🙂

  9. It sounds like you and Al live an amazing life. My lady and I are in our mid-late 20s and are avid travelers, often discussing how we intend to go about it in our later/retirement years. Our thoughts always tend to lean towards your RV style method (at least during the North American summer) and your blog is further inspiration for such an incredible endeavour! Can’t wait to read more about your adventures!

    • Thanks for stopping by. The RV lifestyle is an awesome way to travel. There’s a sense of freedom that’s very liberating. Hopefully you won’t have to wait until retirement to enjoy it. We part-timed and vacationed with a tent first in our twenties and thirties. So many beautiful places to explore, just waiting for you 🙂

  10. Hi, thank you for the follow on my new blog, not sure how far I’ll go with it. One thing I learned (I liked that post of yours) after years doing the Red Road Diaries is that it can become a job. But the best part, as you mentioned, were the many unmet friends I made, worldwide. We had fun on the journey. I am following your blog hoping it does not make me miss the red roads too much. Happy trails.

  11. It sounds as if your life is quite an adventure. I can’t imagine being so brave as you two evidently are to just pick up and go when the mood strikes. I’m most envious of all the sites you must see along the way.

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog Ingrid. Your photos are stunning and I love your style. Keep on writing & rv’ing and I’ll look forward to meeting you down the road!

  13. Ingrid, thank you so much for the follow today! I am intrigued by your travels. Friends of ours are on a similar adventure, taking a year to travel the countryside (Canada) & into the States. Their plans changed a wee bit due to the unexpected birth of their first grandchild! After returning home for a few months, they are heading back out on the road at the end of January!

    I look forward to reading about your journey!

    • Thanks for stopping by Lynn. Be sure and let me know if your friends start a blog. Our plans are forever changing. That’s the fun and adventure of living the RV lifestyle…. flexibility. Happy New Year!

  14. Hi folks! J & C here just starting our own adventure. Looking forward to retiring – or at least semi-retiring in about a year and a half. We may do some house renovation along the way. Looking forward to readying about your adventures! Glad I found you.

    http://www.rvbuiltfortwo.com

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  16. Hi! We are big fans of your blog, and we nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. You may have been nominated before, and of course you don’t have to do a response post, but we wanted to take the time to acknowledge your wonderful blog. We found you as we just purchased a 1974 Minnie Winnie and are restoring it, and we are working to make it self sufficient with solar power, house batteries, etc. When the kids are grown, we hope to live a mobile life as well. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your travels! We have learned a lot from you.

    http://dorianshand.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/i-have-a-lovely-blog-the-lovely-blog-award/

    XO, Dorian and her Mama

    • Although I don’t do the award thing anymore, thank you for thinking of my blog and following along. I’m very excited for your adventure with your own RV. It’s a wonderful thing to do with children…. start’m young. We did and my kids have some of the fondest memories. Happy travels 🙂

      • The awards are work, and after this one, I think I will just write a note of thanks on the blog, too. 🙂 I understand! We just wanted to recognize you as we love your blog and will keep on reading.

        As for the RV, we are going to have a grand time updating it, making it self sufficient, and traveling with the kids. I hope that they all love travel as adults. 🙂 Happy travels to you as well.

  17. I have to say, you sure live the good life. I tried it for two years in a – hum, sort of rv – I called it my minivan-camper. It was the best time of my life. I’m back living the stationary or should I say ordinary life. But as wonderful as it was, nothing can pull me away from my new adventure – Kai. He was definitely worth parking my mini-camper. I look forward to the time he’s old enough to enjoy the freedom of the road with Gamma, well at least his summers. I look forward to your stories and photos of your journey of freedom.

    • Sounds like you have the perfect reason to remain in one location…. family. We slow our travels down when we’re near one of our kids. Thanks for stopping by and commenting

  18. HI Ingrid – your blog is great! Donald & I are also traveling in our RV, currently hosting at an Oregon State Park (just arrived for hosting duties yesterday). Thanks for dropping by winecoastersblog – we just left the Willamette Valley after a few tough days of wine tasting and touring. are you currently on the road?

    • This summer we’re traveling around our home state of Colorado and currently parked in Denver visiting our daughter. It’ll be AZ and TX this winter. Sounds rough having to taste all those wines 🙂

  19. Thanks for the recent visit to, and follow of, my blog. It led me here and I’ve enjoyed reading your recent entries (covering some familiar spots in Utah and Colorado). Great stuff and I look forward to more!

  20. Excited to have found your blog. We are leaving on our own giant road trip in a month (in a pickup truck, though, not an actual RV) and are enjoying reading about life on the road.

  21. We haven’t done the RV thing yet, but it’s definitely something we want to try sometime. It seems like a perfect way to explore big countries like the US, Canada and Australia. Look forward to learning more about it. 🙂

  22. Your blog is both a lovely read and an incredibly rich resource for people to use so thank you. I’m trying to plan a special trip with my family to the US (we live in Wales) hiring and RV and exploring Utah thru to California. Your posts and links are just what I was looking for thank you 🙂

  23. Hi! You guys have a great blog! I was wondering if you had an Email I could contact you at? Our RV Dealership has put together a list of the top 50 RV blogs and yours has been chosen! I’d like to communicate with you more about this!

  24. Thank you for following The Badger and the Whooping Crane. I’m happy, happy, happy, to have discovered your blog. And am very happy that you’ve discovered whooping cranes on your latest adventure! They’re pretty neat, aren’t they?

  25. Sounds wonderful, living the great life! Congrats on your accomplishments…
    We’re enjoying some longer trips on the motorcycles for now, but life in an RV in a few years intrigues me 🙂

  26. You’re living the dream!! This is something we definitely want to do some day! There’s something so personal about the RV experience and there’s an endless supply of beauty to be seen in the US.
    Loving you blog!
    ~Andrea

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  28. My husband and I are in the process of becoming full-timers and I enjoy reading about your adventures and decisions. We lived in Denver for many years (where I built houses and owned a construction business between 2003-2008) and have been living in Indianapolis for the last few. We expect to start traveling in a couple weeks so we’re in the final stages of preparation. A family wedding in Colorado is one of our destinations for June. Our new blog is http://www.havebuswilltravel.com.

    • Wow…those were the good years of building. I will definitely check out your blog and follow the journey. Who knows, we may even run into each other…..sounds like we have a lot in common 🙂

  29. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m really enjoying going through yours, I’m going to dive in deeper when I have time. Look forward to your future adventures too!

    • I too look forward to following your adventure. We will be listing our home soon and going full-time. Who’d a thought purgeing could be so liberating?

  30. Hi Ingrid. Loving your blog, as well as your other followers. I took time to read “about us” and found much in common with you. I grew up in the western burbs of Chicago. Moved around the country a bit. Raised two children. Also, a scrapbooker for about 25 yrs., before it had a name. Living in Florida and Wisconsin now, in our vacationlands. Hubby, Dave, is still working, but getting closer to retiring. I follow many RVer’s blogs, learning about the lifestyle. We too, hope to hit the road and explore this beautiful country someday. We are going to keep one of the houses and RV for long periods of time throughout the year. It seems that’s what you do, since you wrote in this post you are heading home and pictures of “Welcome to CO” were in your post. Thanks for sharing your road trips with all of us 🙂

    • Wow, its always fun to come across like minded bloggers. Since you don’t have your gravatar linked, I wasn’t able to find your blog. Please share your blog address – I’d love to follow. You never know…..we may be in WI or FL at the same time and need to share scapbook ideas 🙂 Oh, what wester burb of Chicago? Me….Bartlett…. then later hubby and I Hinsdale

  31. Hi. Paint Your Landscape mentioned your blog and I’ve seen it mentioned on some other friends’ blogs, so I’m checking you out. LOL. Good intro…now off to read your blog.

    TravelBug-Susan.blogspot.com

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  33. Greetings from far away Australia,
    Sounds like your life has been quite an adventure Ingrid. The funny thing is that I’m engaged to a flight attendant and she’s actually German. Keep up the great work. Wishing you a special Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  34. Ingrid you may have too many followers for this one but I just love reading your blog to much not to nominate you.I have nominated you for the Liebster award check out my post with all the rules and information! I just love what you are doing here!

    • Wow, thank you. I’ve been working on an award post and will be nominanting you as well. How funny. I would have already posted it two days ago, but my internet keeps cutting off 😦 Thank you for the compliment and nomination!

  35. Thanks for the follow! I’m amazed how much we are alike, oh my! I was raised in Illinois and our family dog was a Brittany. Before my back issues my husband and I were big time backpackers, now we are into geocaching instead. Husband is a history buff and daughter a world history teacher. I’ve never been much for cooking so we have always just gone out to eat, everyday. Now I don’t work and have been forced to learn…. it’s ok! Take care and I’m looking forward to reading your blog. amy elizabeth

  36. Ingrid,
    I am newbie to blogging, only been doing it for 3 months. How come so many really interesting, non-standard-living people blog? I think I know the answer, because bloggers can write and do other creative things. I have never interacted with such an internationally diverse group of talented people online. I look forward to following your blog.
    Yours in blogging,
    Cindy

    • I’ve been bloggin less than a year myself and am having fun with it. Where else can one encounter such diverse people? Look forward to following your posts as well.

  37. Ingrid, I finally got to responding to your blog nomination 🙂 Thanks again!! I have also awarded you the Sunshine Blog Award..partially because we are in CO and it seems it should go hand in hand hehe 🙂 Congrats!

    Click on the link http://GOO.GL/CLXOV or visit my blog to find out the details

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  39. Thanks for stopping by Keeping up with Carol and as soon as I saw the title of your blog, I hit “follow’ automatically! We LOVE to camp, but had to get rid of our (KEYSTONE LAREDO!!!) 5th wheel a few years ago. We hope to buy one another one in the next few years. We just moved to CO from FL a couple months ago and I am starting up my f/t photography business. I too HATE the kitchen! lol We’re in Northern, CO. Which part are you in?

    • Welcome, we too really like our Laredo. You will not be at a loss for places to photograph. I commented a couple ideas on your blog and I have tons more. Starting a new business is exciting and I look forward to your updates. I have a post coming up on my favorite mall…Park Meadows, Flat Irons is pretty nice as well.

    • Well at least I can say it hasn’t been a dull life. Love your sense of humor and look forward to following your blog. Thanks for stopping 🙂

  40. Hello again Ingrid and Al!

    This is Rachel from RVC Outdoor Destinations; I contacted you through your blog about a week and a half ago to see if you would be interested in coming to stay at one of our RV properties.

    I just wanted to let you know that the offer still stands, and we’d love to have you come out and visit one of our destinations when you’re closer to the East Coast. We just love the business we’re building and are super excited to share it with other travelers (we think they’ll like it just as much as we do!).

    If you are at all interested in our offer check out our website at http://www.rvcoutdoors.com and send me a quick e-mail at rohara@rvcoutdoors.com to let me know what you think. I hope you both are well and I can’t wait to hear back from you. 🙂

    Happy travels,

    Rachel O’Hara
    RVC Outdoor Destinations
    429 N. Main Street, Suite 100
    Memphis, TN 38103

  41. I can’t believe I haven’t commented on your blog before now. I really enjoy it and need to ask Al, where did you grow up in Illinois? I was raised in a very small town in Illinois (about 800 residents) called South Wilmington, about 25 miles south of Joliet. We have been full-timing for about a year and are busy playing catch-up after spending many years in corporate America (managed mortgage companies for homebuilders for many a year), not taking vacations, yada, yada, yada. I’m sure you get the picture. We are amazed at the beauty here in this country. And Ingrid, I love to cook so we seem to have something in common. I look forward to following your adventures.

    • Small world sometimes. Al grew up in Sandwich. As newlyweds we lived in Hindsdale. Completed our last custom build and closing down the company and figuring out the full-time thing. Thank goodness you left the mortgage business. What a mess. I’ll refrain from ranting. We’ll be in AZ this winter and want to check out Borrego Springs, CA, as well. Perhaps we’ll run into each other. Because of your blog, we checked out Canyon and Saguaro Lakes. Enjoying your posts and photos….our bucket list continues to grow!

  42. Just left Denver, CO. after 22 years….commuted weekly between Denver and Austin for the past 2 years..sold EVERYTHING after our kids got off on their own to do what you are enjoying on weekends FULL TIME…only into week #4 of 52 week chapter 🙂 ..our story is at:
    http://flipflopvector.blogspot.com/

    Maybe we will run in to you all down the road….will be in CO. to see friends/family in June..

    Home is where we park it…

    DAVE

    • We’re about a year away from full-timing. Still have some obligations. Thanks for your post on Texas vs SD. We’ve been debating which state. Keep us posted when you’re in CO.

  43. Hello, this Kathryn from Camping World. Love your blog, you have done a great job. Hope to see after you get back to Colorado Springs and get you that new RV 🙂

      • Hello Ingrid! My name is Eugin from Wholesale Warranties. You guys are so difficult to get a hold of! I sent you guys an email regarding our Summer Photo Contest. You guys sent in the photo just above and won first place!!
        As promised, I have a gift card for you as well as a 7 year Happy Camper Membership waiting for you. I just need a little bit of information from you but instead of chatting on here, email me at eugin@wholesalewarranties.com.
        I hope to hear from you soon and congratulations!

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