I was barely a year old when I took my first road trip, from Winner, South Dakota to Los Angeles. I let my parents do the driving for that one, and though I now wear something other than just a diaper when I travel – it was hot, okay? – the love of the road remains.
After I finished grad school I decided it was time to fulfill a long-held dream: buy an RV and travel the country. (I also wanted to get really good at RV camping, but that’s a work in progress.)
I did the research and bought a Scamp, a 13’ wonder outfitted with a tiny bathroom and kitchen – perfectly sized for one smallish traveler and her smallish pup, Sam. I brought my Scamp home and christened her Sadie.
Road trip USA!
In addition to the discoveries and good times that come from traveling U.S. highways and back roads, I’m also on a mission to see every National Park. There are almost 400 of them – 400! – so I’ve got a ways to go. (That number includes big parks like Yosemite, plus smaller parks, historical sites, and monuments.)
After a few stops and starts with my RV camping lifestyle, I’m now fully committed – okay, obsessed – with making it a mostly full-time thing and sharing what I experience along the way: the beautiful landscapes, wacky roadside attractions, and spectacular diversity that are the United States.
Feel free to share anything you like on this site, but please credit me with a link. Thanks!
Deonne Kahler received her MFA in creative writing from Queens College, City University of New York, where she also taught creative writing and was editor-in-chief of literary journal Ozone Park. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and online. Before she turned to writing prose she was a singer-songwriter, with songs featured in movies and television.
When she’s not on the road, Deonne lives in Taos, New Mexico, and plots her next RV road trip adventure over margaritas and green chile stew. She also runs Journals and Notepads, to feed her obsession with paper products and help others do the same.