Travel inspiration for you – from our RV and sailboat!

Mark and Emily Fagan with sailboat Groovy

With our floating home, Groovy

Do you dream of hitting the road in an RV, or sailing off over the horizon in a boat? We’ve been there…and we’re doing that. Read on, and escape with us!!

 

We are Mark and Emily Fagan, avid travelers and adventurers. We left our old, conventional lifestyle behind in 2007, and have been touring by RV and sailboat ever since.

RV boondocking in Flaming Gorge Utah

A rainbow over our rig in Flaming Gorge, Utah

Fifth wheel trailer boondocked in Sun Valley

“Boondocked” in Sun Valley, Idaho

This website is both a photo-journal for sharing our adventures and our way of passing on the things we have learned about the unusual RVing and cruising lifestyles.

Anchored out in Agua Verde, Sea of Cortez

The anchorage in Agua Verde, Sea of Cortez

Hunter 44DS cruising sailboat Groovy

Groovy in the Sea of Cortez

Our goal is to inspire you to get out and go — or at least to lift your spirits for a few moments with a fun travel tale or two from the road.

If you are planning to go RVing or cruising, there are many pages devoted to all things RV and sailing.

Our story in a nutshell

We began this life evolution in May, 2007, in a 27′ travel trailer. We criss-crossed the US for a year and then upgraded to a 36′ fifth wheel.

RV lifestyle views from Flaming Gorge Utah

Taking in the views at Flaming Gorge, Utah

In January, 2010, we took our travels to the sea

 

Red Canyon cover shot with RV

Red Canyon, Utah

For the next 3.5 years, we cruised our 44′ sailboat Groovy up and down the entire Pacific coast of Mexico.

We sailed from the US border to the Guatemala border, and visited almost every Mexican port, including the Sea of Cortez.

Photography is central to our traveling lifestyle

Taking pics from the deck of our boat

In January, 2014, after two brief RV journeys during the summers of 2011 and 2012 (when we left our boat in Mexico for hurricane season), we said goodbye to our beautiful sailboat Groovy for the last time, and returned to the RV lifestyle full-time.

Sailboat in Santiago Sunrise Mexico

Sunrise in Santiago Bay, Mexico

 

During our travels, we have discovered and nurtured a deep love of photography and writing.

Published Works

We have published over 50 feature articles in the major RVing and Sailing magazines, we’ve created a video guide series for cruising Mexico. Many of our photos have appeared on magazine covers.

Mark photographs Arizona with tripod

Photography has become our passion

Our special lifestyle has caught the attention of media outlets and industry leaders, and both we and our moveable homes have been profiled by the likes of Highways Magazine, Scientific American, Latitude 38 and Kyocera Solar Power.

Winter RVing Arizona Sunset

A classic Arizona sunset

River Reflection at Rio Verde

Rio Verde in Arizona

Hummingbird at our RV bird feeder

A hummingbird visits us in our rig

Living Off the Grid – How to RV & Cruise Frugally

Throughout our travels we have lived almost entirely off the grid.

In our RV life we like to “boondock,” that is, camp independently on America’s gorgeous public lands, away from campgrounds and RV parks.

Fifth wheel RV at sunrise

Fire lights the sky over our trailer in the Arizona desert

In our sailing life we “anchored out” in bays and coves rather than staying in marinas.

To date, we have spent over 1,400 nights boondocking and over 750 nights living aboard at anchor!

These unique lifestyles have taught us a lot about how to live simply and frugally, without “hookups” to power or water.

Bryce Canyon rock pinnacles

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Mark at Natural Bridges National Monument Utah in our RV travels

Natural Bridges, Utah

Temple of Inscriptions Palenque was a highlight of our sailing cruise

We visited Mayan ruins in Palenque, Mexico, during our cruise

Navigating this Website

There is a ton of info here for RVers, sailors and armchair travelers too. To get yourself oriented, please check out these links:

RVers Start Here! Cruisers Start Here!

Below are our most recent posts. Our “Travel Stories” are a travelogue of illustrated adventure tales, and our “Other Posts” include announcements, tips, and insights into this crazy life on the road.

Travel Stories:

Other Posts:

For more, see: Latest Posts… (also found in the menu at the top of page)

Our Most Popular Post:

    RVers Mark and Emily at Colorado National Monument

    Colorado National Monument

    Where did we get the name for this blog?

    We are perpetually wandering off the well-worn paths of other travelers.

    So, years ago, when a friend sent me a heartfelt email referencing Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken after he read my post about why we are pursuing this travel dream, it seemed the poet’s sentiments matched the theme we wanted to express.

    The final lines of that famous poem, written so long ago, ring true for us today:

    Two roads diverged in a wood
    And I took the one less traveled by
    And that has made all the difference.

    Have a look around, enjoy our blog, feel free to SUBSCRIBE and happy travels!!

    – Emily and Mark

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