17 Aug

Aurora Around America Ep. 8

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Aurora Around America

Into The Clouds

Our last week of a month stay in Pigeon Forge area of Tennessee. We used every minute possible. We stopped at the Island in Pigeon Forge, SevierAir Trampoline Park and hiked our longest toughness hike yet. We had a great week!!!

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08 Aug

Aurora Around America Ep. 7

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Aurora Around America

The Bear Days of Summer

Our third week of the Smoky Mountains brought some new adventures and we revisited previous failures. We discuss two great hikes Rhododendron and Chimney Tops. The kids swim in a rapid and have a blast. Aurora talks about keeping in touch with friends on the road and her letter writing clubs. We play around with our Gopro8 and have some fun in the pool. Finally there is a bear in the campground, and that provided some midday entertainment.

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01 Aug
Playing with the GoPro

Playing with the GoPro

  • by Garrett Tershel

We bought a new Gopro8 and we gave it to the kids and threw it in a pool.

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01 Aug

Aurora Around America Episode 6

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My Very Potter Birthday

We celebrate our daughter's birthday in Gatlinburg, TN. This is new for us to celebrate a birthday on the road because we are usually at home in Chicago. My daughter took the week looking for what to do, creating decorations, meal planning and it was a fun weekend. A very Potter weekend! Thanks to https://www.moonalunamusic.com for the birthday song!!!

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25 Jul

Great Smoky Mountains, It is probably going to Rain!

Aurora Around America Episode 5

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It is probably going to Rain!

The Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, TN will be our resting place for the next couple of weeks. On this week of Aurora Around America we discuss hiking the mountains, Alpine Hideaway Campground, a birthday, and the best way to find things to do in a new place.

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25 Jul

Great Smoky Mountains

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Twin Creeks Trail, Gatlinburg, TN

RvAmericanDream's review of the Twin Creeks Trail hike in Gatlinburg, TN. The Great Smoky Mountains Nation Park hike. This is a great beginners hike for kids or people that just want a quick enjoyable walk through the forest with some great highlights. As we state in the video head up to the science and nature center and start the hike from up there.

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19 Jul

Hiking, Horses & Hot Springs, Oh My!!

Hiking, Horses & Hot Springs, Oh My!!

On week 4 of Aurora Around America we discuss Hiking, Horses and Hot Springs. On our way east from TX to TN we stopped in Hot Springs, AR. We had never been, it was a good distance to break up the 1000 mile drive and there is a Chicago connection. We hoped it wasn't shut down because of COVID; It was more than we liked but less than it could have been. We had a birthday to celebrate, we were anxious to hike the mountains and happy to be back on the road and traveling again.

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10 Jul

Independence Day Closed

Independence Day Closed

We spent Independence Day 2020 in Texas, unfortunately it wasn't much of a celebration. We did find a fantastic village in Texas, Homestead Village in Waco. We cancelled all of our Texas plans and headed east into Arkansas, Hot Springs Arkansas. We have already started building memories in AR but we still have to report on Lake Whitney, Texas.

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03 Jul

Covid 3 1/2 Month Lockdown

Covid 3 1/2 Month Lockdown in Texas, Aurora Around America

This is a new video series called, Aurora Around America. We will be discussing our During the Covid Lockdown nomadic travelers had to find places to stay for extended periods of time. Many campgrounds closed but we were lucky enough to find a place that had lots of full-time people living at the campground. We met some fantastic people and found lot of ways to be productive with our time.

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03 May

Korjo Dream Color LED Strip Lights, 32'

We own a Coachman Apex 300BHS and we hated the solid blue LEDs that came factory installed. So we changed them. We found a set of KORJO Dream Color LED Strip Lights for about $50 on Amazon. This video will work for any 12v led light strip but we did like the Korjo 32' strip.

KORJO Dream Color LED Strip Lights

We own a Coachman Apex 300BHS and we hated the solid blue LEDs that came factory installed. So we changed them. We found a set of KORJO Dream Color LED Strip Lights for about $50 on Amazon. This video will work for any 12v led light strip but we did like the Korjo 32' strip.

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23 Apr
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23 Apr

Just a little backstory...

The Coachman Apex 300bhs comes with a small Coleman grill. After a couple of years it needed to be replaced. We purchased the Blackstone 17" Griddle. We love it and I wanted to store it in the same place my old grill was stored. But to do that I needed to do a bit of remodeling. In this video I discuss how I moved the two cabinet drawers over to make room for the new Blackstone. If you wish to jump right to the griddle mount it starts at the 4:40 mark.

I am sure there are better ways to mount the grill. I submit this as one option. I used as many existing pieces as possible while on lockdown during the COVID quarantine. I wish you luck and hope it inspires you to greatness.

  • 4:40 Griddle Mounting

Blackstone Griddle Meet Coachman Apex 300BHS

The Coachman Apex 300bhs comes with a small Coleman grill. After a couple of years it needed to be replaced. We purchased the Blackstone 17" Griddle. We love it and I wanted to store it in the same place my old grill was stored.

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