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Rita Quinn

Rita is a gypsy soul. Raised in California by her hippy mom, she grew up with a love of adventure, music, art, alternative health, and strong sense of community. As a professional photographer the last 15 years, she had her own wedding and portrait studio in Austin, TX and is a Getty Images contributor. Her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and Vanity Fair. The last 10 years she has helped manage and mentor the SXSW festival official photography crew. She is thrilled to take her passion for travel, photography, and adventure on the road.

Visiting Ambergris Caye Belize

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It was a rainy day in Oct when we arrived from Houston to Belize City. This was my first time there. The locals jokingly call Ambergris Caye "Southern Texas" because apparently, we Texans visit frequently. The flight is only 2.5 hours and very affordable. Airport arrival in Belize City right on the tarmac while it was raining. As soon as we arrived, we were ushered to the official taxi stand and taken to the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi port. We bought our round trip ticket to Ambergris Caye, via Caye Caulker. It was about $68 BZ ($34 USD)...

Overlanding in Sedona, AZ

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When we went to the spring 2019 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, AZ we knew we wanted to also take our Jeep "Rubi" down into Sedona and do some off-roading. So when some of our RVer friends who were also at the expo suggested it, we were a huge YES! On the last day of the expo, we drove down with a group of much more experienced off-roaders (who we're lucky we get to call friends) and took to the trails. Even our two dogs AND two cats went off-roading with us. You'll see pics of Jack who seemed to...

Encore/Thousand Trails Review: Rose Bay Florida

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The Rose Bay RV campground in Port Orange Florida, part of the Encore/ Thousand Trails campgrounds, is about 10 minutes away from Daytona Beach. It's off a main road in a fairly nondescript area that is conveniently close to New Smyrna, to the south and the causeway that leads to Daytona Beach. Like many of the parks associated with Thousand Trails, this one is predominately filled with permanent dwellers in manufactured homes. (aka it's a trailer park.) The majority are well-maintained but there are a few dilapidated eye-sores intermingled throughout. It's not terrible though and seemed to be a very...

Yellowstone Grand Prismatic Spring Boardwalk

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Yesterday after off work (#digitalnomads), we drove Ruby, the VW bug, to Yellowstone to see the Grand Prismatic Spring Boardwalk at sunset. It's located at the Midway Geyser Basin, about a 45 minute drive from the West Yellowstone National Park entrance. It was both mine and Val's first time seeing it in person and we didn't know exactly what to expect. First, because it was after 8pm when we arrived, we were able to pull right into the parking lot and find plenty of free spots. So there's a great tip for you! Go during dinner time and you won't have...

Boondocking near West Yellowstone

When we decided to move from Grand Teton to the town of West Yellowstone it was because, as digital nomads, we typically need to be somewhat close to a populated area so we have data and phone service. We originally planned to dry camp at Baker Hole just 3 minutes north of West Yellowstone. We would have preferred to boondock in someplace FREE but we figured we needed to be near town for the internet so were willing to pay the affordable nightly rate of $16 to dry camp at this campground. And honestly, it was a very nice campground with...

The Guadalupe River in Canyon Lake Texas

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On our drive to and from our campground Mystic Quarry off FM306 here in Canyon Lake, we go right over the Guadalupe River. Sometimes we see fishermen, sometimes we see tubers, and sometimes, like the day we visited here, we see complete stillness. Making it a perfect place to just take a few deep breaths, hear the water flowing gently past you, and feel the breeze. Here's the view from the bridge where Val is standing in the image above. During the summer, this river is a sea of people with colorful tubes floating the day away down the Guadalupe River I've...

Texas Turkey Vulture Animal Totems

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The Texas Turkey Vulture is a huge bird in flight and considered to be a very sacred animal totem by the native Americans.  If you're not familiar with the term "totem" it's basically an animal that has specific "medicine" or teachings. And it's thought that if you see certain ones repeatedly or it simply captures your attention, it is delivering a message to you. Such as finding a little ladybug land on you or always seeing bees. I took this photo while walking around the Canyon Lake Dam in Texas. He literally swooped over my head and played on the...

Baja BBQ Shack {Canyon Lake Marina}

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This evening my husband and I took advantage of this gorgeous Texas hill country evening and drove over to the marina in Canyon Lake located just a few minutes from our RV campground. We discovered the Baja BBQ Shack, a casual dining cafe that overlooks the marina and lake. On this spring Wednesday night, the place wasn't busy at all, but still had some life so it felt like we found a hidden gem. But with all the available seating, I'm sure it gets much busier during the weekends and summer. The menu was basic with BBQ plates, some tex-mex...