Chief and Liberty Blog

Beginnings and endings

Joe and Ethan were heading back to Colorado for a couple months to spend the holidays with family and friends who are still there. There were so many things we had not yet seen or done around the area, so we crammed as much stuff as we could during these last few days. Went on … Continue reading Beginnings and endings

Golden Birthday

We celebrated Joe’s 17th birthday on the 17th. We don’t have much space for purchased items, and we’ve learned that we don’t NEED to buy things just because it’s a celebration, so we decided to take Joe on a little mini vacation. Before we left, Ethan’s grandmother decided to take care of Joe and Ethan’s … Continue reading Golden Birthday

Out-and-about Asheville

Our first week in Asheville was filled with food, so we decided we wanted to spend more time DOing things. At the little pond near our site there are several species of duck. The white ducks with cotton ball heads are our favorites. At the Oyster Bar, one of the locals recommended a website I’ve … Continue reading Out-and-about Asheville

Foraging for winter

We’ve been eating often lately. Like EVERY day. This post is filled with pics of us eating, sorry, but that’s what happened a lot this week. Luella’s Bar-B-Que is a cute little place in downtown Asheville I’d highly recommend. The chef/owners and employees were all super kind and chatty, but the food…oh man, the brisket … Continue reading Foraging for winter

Change of plans

“The only constant in life is change” – Heraclitus Earlier in the summer, Eric bumped the scar tissue on his ankle and it became a tiny hole. Over the past few months, that tiny hole has grown into two holes and is now one large hole. It’s boomerang shaped, about 1-1/2 inches in diameter, and … Continue reading Change of plans

It’s so hard to say goodbye

The day after getting set up, we attended a little orientation from the owner of what we could and couldn’t do and where things were around the property. We were told we can’t go on the resort really unless we were working, and if a guest of the cabins said hello or wanted to talk, … Continue reading It’s so hard to say goodbye

Chapter 2 – Heading East

Our next journey is a workamping experience. We’re planning to help renovate cabins, take care of farm chores, and assist with the Healing Springs guests as needed. Our journey out was a long and tiring one. It snowed, in the beginning of September, for our first two days on the road and then continued to … Continue reading Chapter 2 – Heading East

End of summer lake fun

As we rounded out our trip from the Northwest expedition, we made met up with my Dad and step-mom at Alcova Reservoir in Wyoming. There were fires all over the Western side of the country and it was tough to breathe and see. Didn’t stop us from having a great time though! Eric played “king … Continue reading End of summer lake fun

Heading South

After Bonners Ferry, we were on a mission to make it South to meet Tiffany’s Dad and Chrisma at a lake and then to the Denver metro area for Tiffany to work and us to switch out summer stuff for winter stuff. Our first stop was another fairgrounds in a place called Moscow, ID. It … Continue reading Heading South

Wedding Crashers

Eric here, humbly taking on the task of trying to write this part of the blog. I’ll do my best and please make fun of me if you need to! We decided to stay at the fairgrounds in Bonners Ferry, a little town very close to the border of Canada in Northern Idaho. Who would … Continue reading Wedding Crashers

Until we meet again

The bond we’ve created over these past couple of months with our children has been more momentous than I even hoped. The last day of our summer together, or as we’re calling it, Chapter 1, we sought out a nice little thrift store that had some of the most fun nostalgia I had seen. I … Continue reading Until we meet again

Let’s go chasing waterfalls

The temperature outside, in the shade, was 105 degrees. We thought we were so clever coming up north during the middle of the summer, but with a heat wave like this one, there wasn’t much escape. We got set up on some BLM land for a couple nights, just between the cities of Troy and … Continue reading Let’s go chasing waterfalls

Little irritants

Our next stop was another lake, McGregor Lake, but this time we had full hookups again. The campground hosts were very friendly, and we were across the street from a great little lodge/restaurant that many locals frequented. On one side of the campground was McGregor Lake, and on the other side was Little McGregor Lake. … Continue reading Little irritants

Be my cherry pie

The next location was a Bowman Orchards on Flathead Lake. It was harvest season, so the trees were stunning with the bright green leaves and red cherries. The location itself was a bit different than we had imagined, but the hosts were delightful, and the cherries were delicious. Eric and I are attempting to make … Continue reading Be my cherry pie

Rest and Relaxation-y

There was a local beer I tried, called Moose Drool, that I believe is absolutely delicious. We found out their brewery, Big Sky Brewing Company, is a Harvest Host in Missoula, MT. Excitedly, we made arrangements to go and stay a night there. We needed to run some errands, and on our way, we saw … Continue reading Rest and Relaxation-y

My Anaconda don’t…

Anaconda is the place where the largest free-standing brick building in the world, and is actually about 300’ higher than the Washington Monument. One of the people we ran across said it’s so big that the inside of the top of the tower is big enough for a truck to drive around. We attempted to … Continue reading My Anaconda don’t…

ah! Bob Saget!

We arrived at Farimont Hot Springs RV resort, a town located between Anaconda and Butte, MT, ready to check on the damage of our blow-out. Damage details: No power to the kitchen slide (no microwave, outlets or refrigerator), bumpy kitchen flooring with only one staple poking through the linoleum, and a bit of cosmetic damage … Continue reading ah! Bob Saget!

Yellowstone…the Finale

I caught a little bug (non-COVID) so we spent most of our last week in Yellowstone just hanging around camp and living. Once I started feeling better, we did our last few days of tourist sight-seeing in Yellowstone park. One awesome thing about this lifestyle is that I can sit with my computer and work … Continue reading Yellowstone…the Finale

“F” if for Flowers, Floats, Fourth Festivities and Fire

Enjoying more time in the gorgeous forest just outside Yellowstone; not sure we’ll ever tire of this neighborhood. Joe makes an almost daily round of taking pictures of flowers in the different light. The forest floor is literally carpeted in these beauties, such a great time of year to visit! We’ve held marshmallow roasting competitions, … Continue reading “F” if for Flowers, Floats, Fourth Festivities and Fire

Brown Chicken, What Now!?

I have now developed a fear of moving days. We needed to clean out our systems. Like REALLY…our home smelled like an outhouse and we couldn’t wait any longer. Honestly, we had done GREAT on our resource conservation. We went almost an entire week, with 6 people, using the resources we had without moving, dumping … Continue reading Brown Chicken, What Now!?

Yellowstone Part 1

Another gorgeous drive took us even further North near Henry’s Lake, a spot about 15 miles outside of the West entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Tanks were filled and we were thoroughly scrubbed and showered and ready to go off grid and boondock again. Eric navigated us to some BLM land and we landed a … Continue reading Yellowstone Part 1

Recharging our batteries

Sometimes a nice hot shower and the ease of plugging a phone charger into an outlet and having it charge without a generator is all a person really wants. That was us, we’re “a person”. After our first real off-grid living at Lake Hattie and Shumway Farms, we were ready for some modern convenience. The … Continue reading Recharging our batteries

Brown chicken brown cow

On our way to our next back yard, we went through Little America in Wyoming. I’d always wondered what it was exactly, and I’m sure since Covid-19 has changed the face of pretty much everything that we missed a lot, but it was like a really nice truck stop. They had some tourist items and … Continue reading Brown chicken brown cow

The band is back together

Lake Hattie helped us create some memories. Some good, some not as good. We learned that the rocket fireworks with the large wax wicks just blow up in your face when lit. We learned that this location is either VERY windy or clouded with swarming hungry mosquitoes. We’re learning how to co-habitate as one big … Continue reading The band is back together

It was a dark and stormy night…

Quite an eventful weekend in the books. We knew to expect some drama, but just knowing it’s coming doesn’t prepare a family completely. Friday was our leaving town day. Since I will be working remotely, and will be coming into the office occassionally, we’re trying to find boondocking spots to stay within an hour or … Continue reading It was a dark and stormy night…

Nightly good-bye BBQs

We’re hosting small family BBQs with close family and friends in our mini-groups this week. It’s been full of good times and makes this adventure feel bittersweet. We have an incredibly loving and fun family and will miss them terribly. Wading in the lake. Learning how to cast and fish. Making fire with only flint … Continue reading Nightly good-bye BBQs

Mom! I think I have ringworm!

Still having growing pains and adjustments to our new lifestyle as we wrap up our move. We’re still having a hard time getting over the bugs. As you may know, many bugs are drawn to light, so when the sun sets and someone opens a door – the little friends fly inside and start exploring. … Continue reading Mom! I think I have ringworm!

Danger noodles

Moth season has hit Colorado HARD this year and being in a camper seems to make them even more excited to be our friends. Jill and Ethan are not thrilled with the idea of any bugs coming near us. There has been a lot of screaming and running terrified from them and we’ve now named … Continue reading Danger noodles

Memorial Day and moving

We spent most of the day moving and sorting and organizing and getting rid of ancillary items as we could. But it was also Memorial Day, so we spent time talking with each other and the kids about what it all means. Eric is a really effective teacher. I knew that this day was for … Continue reading Memorial Day and moving

The multiple uses of a bus

This bus thing has really come in handy. Used it to move from one storage unit to another and Joe and Ethan were having more fun than they should being trapped with a bunch of stuff in the bus. Never mind all the blurry pictures of Ethan…he thrives on me NOT being able to get … Continue reading The multiple uses of a bus

Chief picking up Miss Liberty

We pull out of the RV Sales lot and hit our first curb. No damage, just a bit of adrenaline, phew. Less than 5 minutes later, we pull onto the highway and something flies off the trailer. We narrow down the possibilities and it’s confirmed once we arrive at the Walmart parking lot. The propane … Continue reading Chief picking up Miss Liberty

Meet Chief

I was inspired by somone in the RV community who pulls their rig with a converted bus. Out of curiousity, I got on the ole Google and searched away. Somehow down the rabbit hole I stumbled upon a government auction site. I registered, not thinking I was qualified to do so, and bid on a … Continue reading Meet Chief

What is Chief and Liberty?

Chief and Liberty are our vehicles, both literally and figuratively, for our new lifestyle of exploring everywhere we can drive with our family. Wherever we go, there we are! We are both thrilled and terrified of what we’re about to do, but our goal is to show our children that the world is filled with … Continue reading What is Chief and Liberty?

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Hello, there! We’re Eric and Tiffany!

When we met, we quickly realized our equal opposite in each other. Our dreams of travel, adventure and a lifestyle filled with great people and memories instead of stuff aligned. Daydreams turned to reality much sooner than we thought possible, and we are grateful every day to be blessed with this ability to live the life of our dreams!

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