Honest Simplicity

my winding road to a simpler life

Category: On the Road

Savoring this Simple Sweet Morning…


A snapshot of my Monday morning: September 25

With cold drizzle draping Golden, Colorado….I am willingly absorbed in a book…cradling my coffee cup, which resists keeping hot…listening to Island Songs…lovely haunting music, playing like syrup through my headphones….I savor it…I savor it all…

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Charleston, SC

The Fire Museum in Charleston is worth visiting.  It is full of history, but it also makes learning fire safety interesting for all ages.

We traveled back to the 1670s at Historic Charles Towne Landing, where English settlers first established what would become the Carolina colony.    There is a visitor’s center with a museum,  a history trail with replica 17th century buildings and a trading vessel, a zoo with colonial-era animals, and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Staying Grounded on the Move



We’ve been packing up and moving every couple of weeks.  This quick pace makes for exciting travel and gives us the opportunity to explore fantastic new sites, but it can become disorienting.  Honestly, I hadn’t any forethought about this potential side-effect of nomadic living.  I was gobbling up new experiences without any cognizance of needing to stay connected along the way.  Who focuses on planting roots while purposely f Read the rest of this entry »

Beautiful Savannah, Georgia


Our two weeks spent in Savannah, Georgia flew by!  I quickly fell in love with the historic architecture, art districts, bountiful live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, numerous museums, and the many city parks offering up a contemplative pause.  The city is very pedestrian friendly.  I enjoyed the hours spent walking around downtown, but if exploring the historic district on foot doesn’t appeal to you, the trolley tours are a great option.   Read the rest of this entry »

Shingle Creek – Kissimmee

While in Kissimmee, amongst the endless traffic and tourism, I sought out a place of tranquility and nature to keep me grounded.  Both the Shingle Creek Regional Park and the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek offered such an escape from the city’s hectic pace as well as opportunities for education.

Shingle Creek Regional Park – Historic Steffee Homestead location:

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Goodbye Gulf Shores, Alabama


We spent a wonderful two months at Luxury RV Resort in the town of Gulf Shores, Alabama but we have since moved on to Florida.  The RV park was quiet, clean, staffed with great people, and easily accommodated large rigs like ours.  The only downside I could Read the rest of this entry »

Pensacola Naval Base and Lighthouse


If you are near Pensacola, you should make time to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum (the largest in the world).  It is free, but you’ll need your ID to get inside.  You can spend the day viewing the many restored military aircraft, walk down the street of a 1940s town, try out the flight simulators, and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Nature Study on the Gulf

The kids and I ventured down to the beach this morning with sketchbooks and pencils for a bit of nature study.  My son drew a clump of seaweed (with a fly on it), my daughter sketched seashells, and I did quick studies of the sea birds.  Keeping a nature study notebook (an idea gleaned from the wisdom of Charlotte Mason) is such a delight.  I love watching my children quietly observe the natural world around them and record their findings in their notebooks.

Gulf Coast Zoo and the Beach

While staying in Gulf Shores, Alabama, we’ve visited the little Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo more than a few times.  It is conveniently located only blocks away from our RV park and the kids enjoy feeding the animals (you can purchase food for $2 per cup to feed certain Read the rest of this entry »

Barber Marina


Our friends, Kip and Brian, took the kids and me to the Barber Marina today, a favorite destination of theirs.  The road to the marina offered a quiet drive through stretches of Read the rest of this entry »

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