Travels with Charley

A few months ago, my wife Rochelle and I decided that our Photography Obsession would be greatly enhanced with the addition of a new motorhome.  Long thought was given to the decision (I’m sure that sounds familiar to most of you) and compromises needed to be made.  Did we want to roll around the country in absolute comfort, bringing along half of our household inventory.? Or, did we want to be nimble and quick so we could capture those little bits of the day that seem to disappear before you can say “Stop right here!”.

SONY DSCI won’t bore you with the details.  After everything was considered, we decided the Roadtrek Agile fit our needs perfectly.  No longer than a big pickup truck, we could drive, maneuver and park like a car.  Perfect for those little turnouts on the side of the road.  But the Agile is also a fully equipped motorhome, so we didn’t have to forgo our much-beloved creature comforts.  And, if you’re reading this, you probably have, or soon will, come to the same conclusion.

The first thing we did, oddly enough, was give our new vehicle a name.  Charley.  The name had two inspirations.  The first came from my 90-year-plus old aunt.  She had named her walker “Charley”.  I don’t know where the name came from, but she appreciated how much that little walker did to get her around.  And she really dolled it up too, all the way to some handlebar streamers she might have stolen off of a child’s bike.   The second inspiration, as you probably guessed from the title, was from the Steinbeck novel, “Travels with Charley”, in which the author traveled the entire country in a camper with a dog named Charley.  I don’t feel bad about naming our motorhome.  In fact, Steinbeck named his too.  He called it Rocinante, after Don Quixote’s horse.

If you continue to read our blog, which I hope you will, you’ll find it is much, much more than a couple’s travelogue.  We’re going to talk, not only about where we’ve been and what we’ve seen, but about the wonderful combination of photography and the small-motorhome experience.   I think we have a lot to share, and when I say share, I really mean share.  Please feel free to ask questions, give feedback and add to the story.  Because you might very well be a RoadShooter too.

3 Responses

  1. This is so cool. I read it earlier today while my grandson was snuggled in my arms. I feel lucky to have spent the day with Charley. We managed to get a few good photos! Looking forward to following your adventures.

  2. Great site Kevin + Rochelle. I would love to see a post on how you plan and time a typical day of travel since there is quite an art to getting to the right spot at the right time with the good light early and late….and then planning filler in-between.

    1. Hi Trevis, The timing part is pretty tricky, especially trying to fit in dinner and sunsets. It does sound like a great idea for a post. Thanks.

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