René M. Agredano
If youâ€™ve never gone on a roadside glacier RV trip, now is the time to do it. You donâ€™t need a ton of vacation time and you don’t even have to travel far from the U.S border. Three of North Americaâ€™s best roadside glacier viewpoints are closer than you think.
It’s Time for a Roadside Glacier RV Trip
Visit a drive-up glacier on your next summer vacation! Image: LiveWorkDream.com
Western North American glaciers are shrinking four times faster than just ten years ago, according to a December 2018 study released in Geophysical Research Letters, a publication of the American Geophysical Union. â€œAnthropogenic warming is expected to drive continued mass loss from alpine glaciers throughout the remainder of this century,â€� the study says.
In other words, take a roadside glacier RV trip now before itâ€™s too late. Here are three glaciers you can visit, even on a short vacation.
Your First Stop: The Athabasca Glacier, Banff National Park
The Athabasca Glacier near Jasper. Image: LiveWorkDream.com
Drive 9 hours north from Great Falls, Montana and youâ€™ll get an up close look at the Athabasca Glacier. It’s the largest surviving icefield in the Canadian Rockies and you’ll agree it’s a majestic site. Presently the walk-up glacier is about 3.7 mi long and estimated to be 90â€“300 metres (300â€“980 ft) thick.
Camp across from Athabasca Glacier. Image: LiveWorkDream.com
Located about 60 miles south of the town of Jasper and midway between Jasper and Banff National Parks, the Athabasca Glacier is also the most visited ice field in North America. Thousands of tourists head to this Columbia Icefields attraction to experience the massive glacier that melts at a rate of about 16 feet (5 meters) a year.
If You Go:
For a nominal charge you can dry camp across the highway, at the Columbia Icefields Visitor Centre parking lot. Located just a mile or so from
If you think campground neighbors look different these days, you’re not imagining it. The 2019 RVer census survey by Escapees RV Club spotlights fascinating changes in recreational vehicle ownership and lifestyle.
Why Wait for Retirement? Younger Nomads Reflected in 2019 RVer Census Survey
Grandma and grandpa, move over. Today’s RVers are getting younger and more diverse than ever.Â The annual RV Census conducted by Escapees RV Club reflects the shifting look of modern RVers.
Of 7800 survey respondents, 43% are under 65, the usual age of retirement
25% work while on the road, with 58% of them working remotely at least part-time
3% travel with their children
2% travel with a same-sex companion
“Considering how many RVers began traveling in their 40s-50s, itâ€™s no surprise that this same age group is on the rise among todayâ€™s RVing community,” writes Escapees RV Club.
“Though larger industry research indicates this age group represents a smaller percentage of all RVers, data also shows that their numbers are climbing. It is refreshing to see growth in this demographic as it is young RVers who will continue to sustain this lifestyle as the older generations hang up their keys.”
Infographic by Escapees RV Club
This Escapees RV Club census is a closer look at the habits of today’s recreational vehicle owners. It is one way in which club leaders can actively fight for the rights of all RVers. Ongoing advocacy efforts include overnight parking law challenges, changing state residency requirements, health insurance access and more.
“This census is one way that we ensure we are considering the needs and goals of all RVers as we undertake those challenges,” say authors of the report.
The club ran the 2019 RVer Census Survey between November 30, 2018 to April 12, 2019. It was open to the RV community at large, although most survey respondents were Escapees RV Club members.
Never go cross-country RVing without your bicycle. Take time to pedal or walk the middle of the US, where Midwest campgrounds near great biking and walking trails make excellent stop-overs. Pedal into rolling hills, wind along river trails or tour expansive farmland for a day or a week. The middle of the USA has more to offer than many people think.
Pedal, Walk or Run the Middle States
The Katy Trail, Missouri. Image Source: Wikipedia.
The Midwest is ground zero for many of the countryâ€™s most beloved Rails-to-Trails projects. Youâ€™re almost always close to one when driving across country. During summer consider charting a meandering course through Nebraska, Missouri and Minnesota. These states have three of the best.
As mentioned in this short list of great western campgrounds near biking and walking trails, traillink.com is a great website to begin your Midwest RV trip planning. It’s managed by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit overseeing a nationwide network of trails. Their site can help you plan short and long trips to these Midwest campgrounds near great biking and walking trails.
Three Midwest Campgrounds Near Great Biking and Walking Trails
Minnesota: The Paul Bunyan State Trail
If golfing in Northern Minnesota isnâ€™t your thing, but walking, running or bicycling is, get on the Paul Bunyan State Trail. It runs for an astonishing 119 miles north to south, making it one of the longest paved trails in the U.S.
Explore the former Burlington Northern Railroad line for a scenic ride through Minnesotaâ€™s best wilderness. From the boreal forests, to meadows, wetlands, lakes and rivers teeming with wildlife, the Lakes Regionâ€™s rich terrain and wilderness will call you back again and again.
If You Go:
Start your adventure at the north trailhead in Bemidji or in the south at the town of Baxter. Both are great, friendly towns with plenty of RV camping near
When your home flies down the highway at 65 miles-per-hour, things are bound to shift inside. After twelve years as a full-time nomad picking up the pieces on an almost daily basis, Iâ€™ve discovered a few lightbulb moment RV housekeeping tips for better travels. Follow along and you can prevent or fix some of the more common domestic hassles in your RV too.
RV Housekeeping Tips for Good Times on the Road
As the traveler responsible for the inside of our RV, itâ€™s my job to deal with the results of interior RV calamities. From spoiled food in the refrigerator, to objects flying out of cabinets, and closet clothes landing on the floor, it wasn’t unusual to deal with all three in one day. But over time Iâ€™ve discovered better ways to prevent these RV domestic disasters. My three best RV housekeeping tips acquired after twelve years on the road are so simple, I can’t believe it took me this long to think of them.
Tip #1: Keep closet hangars facing forward.
There’s nothing to buy to keep closets neat.
The only wardrobe closet in our fifth wheel trailer is in the rear and far from the axles. Iâ€™ve never ridden in back when the rig is moving, but Iâ€™m guessing there is a lot of bounce back there. That’s because each time we stop and I look inside that closet, all of our jackets are laying on the floor.
I tried using baby bungee cords to keep hangars from jumping out of the rack, but they were a major hassle. Someone suggested placing a tension bar in front of the hangers, but before I ran out to buy one, I learned one of the most â€œDuh!â€� RV housekeeping tips ever: keep all hangars facing forward, and they wonâ€™t fall out.
It worked! If thereâ€™s a physics