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My Perspective after our first workamping job…

I was working the booth at Pactola Lake Campground this past Labor Day weekend. It was a warm Saturday afternoon.  It was slow and I was bored. I cracked a pine needle and sniffed its wonderful smell.  My first thoughts… Continue Reading →

Camping at Pactola Lake, SD

So you want the scoop on camping at Pactola? I feel like somewhat of an expert on this subject because I have been a camp host at Pactola Lake Campground for the past four months. So let me give you… Continue Reading →

Bike riding the Mickelson trail, Dumont to Hill City, SD

All summer I’ve wanted to bike a section of the 109 mile long Mickelson trail. Why not when you’re spending the whole summer in the Black Hills of South Dakota! I did some research and decided that the section from… Continue Reading →

Workamping the National Forest

We now have two months under our belts of workamping at Pactola Reservoir in the Black Hills National Forest, SD.  I know you want to know all about it!  What’s it like?  What do you do?  Is it fun? Is… Continue Reading →

Bank bonuses – Read the fine print

Free Money!  Who wouldn’t like to have access to that!  Surprisingly, many banks give out free bonus money if you open a checking or savings account with them and meet their terms.  These terms could be: living in certain states,… Continue Reading →

Changing lanes….to Full Time Rving

  We’ve sold our business and home. We’ve either sold or stored all our belongings.  Now we are living full time in our 35ft fifth wheel with our two cats.  Our plan: travel the country (slowly) while picking up temporary… Continue Reading →

How to use points at two All-inclusives in Montego Bay Jamaica

I had the great opportunity of going to Montego Bay Jamaica and splitting a week between two all inclusive resorts, both on award points.  After writing individual reviews, I had friends asking…“how can I do that?”  If you’re interested in staying… Continue Reading →

Review:  Hyatt Zilara, adult only all inclusive resort, Montego Bay Jamaica

Formerly the Ritz Carlton, this property is now actually two five star Hyatt all-inclusive resorts, the family friendly Ziva and the adult only Zilara.  We spent three nights on the adult only Zilara side which comprises 234 guest rooms including swim… Continue Reading →

Review:  Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica – all inclusive

Located just 10 minutes from the Montego Bay’s Sangster Intl  Airport is the three star Holiday Inn Resort.  There are 8 different hotel room buildings housing 518 guestrooms featuring standard rooms up to one bedroom suites and kids suites.  There… Continue Reading →

What it’s like when traveling from a small airport

I live in a rural area.  Our town population is around 8000.  The closest bigger town is only 23000 people and over an hour away.  We are lucky to have a small airport literally two miles from where I live…. Continue Reading →

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