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For many Americans, summer is the time to hit the road in an RV, taking time off work to see the country from the relative comfort of a home on wheels.

But for some free-spirited adventurers, summer never has to end as the RV becomes a mobile office, taking advantage of the growing ubiquity of wireless Internet access.

Jim Nelson and René Agredano work on laptops in their RV.

Jim Nelson and René Agredano work on laptops in their RV.

Jim Nelson and René Agredano are examples of this new breed of telecommuters who are at home on the road.

It’s a far different lifestyle than cubicle culture of the traditional office setting, Nelson said in an interview from their favorite guest ranch in Lake City, Colo.

When asked why they choose to work out of a recreational vehicle or camper, many professionals cite the freedom that comes with a mobile lifestyle.

Nelson made the choice years ago after suffering through a two-hour daily commute in the San Francisco Bay area, when he was a marketing manager for a hardware company.

“It just beats your soul,” Nelson said. “Now I can commute by choice. I can move somewhere if I want to if it’s prettier. It’s not the grindstone.”

In 2007, Nelson and Agredano sold their graphics business, their Eureka, Calif., home and most of their belongings and hit the road full-time in a 24-foot, fifth-wheel trailer. Equipped with gadgets including a satellite dish for Internet access, solar panels and a pair of laptops, they have a virtual office that travels with them. Nelson, 45, works remotely as a graphic designer, while his wife of 15 years, 43-year-old Agredano, works as a freelance writer and jewelry maker.

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Kate and Tim CrowleyA Bluffton (Sun City) S.C. couple hopes to remove an item off their bucket list after this summer.

Tim and Kate Crowley are taking a summer RV trip through the Western United States, touring state parks and taking side trips along the way.

“This trip was part of the bucket list,” Tim Crowley said.

The Crowleys have also set up a blog journal of their travels as well, posting pictures and writing about the sights they have seen along the way. They said they got the idea for the blog from a friend.

“One of our friends had come out West a couple of years ago and did a blog,” Kate Crowley said. “We decided to do it just before we left.”

They said they have had 150 viewings of the blog. Family and friends also have been following them and comment on their adventures.

The Crowley’s said the trip has been fantastic and they have seen many amazing places.

“The photos on the blog do not do justice to the landscapes that we have seen,” Tim Crowley said.

They have visited such places as Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon.

“Every place is totally different,” Kate Crowley said. “From the different geographical elements of the rocks, to the lakes and rivers, its all so unique.”

The Crowleys left home May 10 and plan to return around Oct. 1. They said they are planning to take an RV trip to Alaska next year.

“It’s going to be a long trip, but it will be well worth it,” Kate Crowley said.


To follow the Crowleys on their travels, visit their blog at

Redwood National and State Parks California entry signThis week’s National Park Getaway travels to California’s northwest coast to soak in this splendor of towering trees and majestic overlooks.

Redwood National and State Parks preserve the largest remaining contiguous section of ancient coast redwood forest, including some of the world’s tallest and oldest trees. The park’s primeval forests, prairies, rivers, coastline, and woodlands are cooperatively managed by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

The human footprint in this park dates back more than 4,500 years. The Tolowa, Yurok, Chilula and Hupa peoples continue to rely on the park for spiritual, cultural, physical and economic sustenance. The park’s landscape holds remnants of its past logging, ranching, fishing and military history.

At Redwood, you can hike among the giants, relax in fields of wildflowers and explore the beaches of the Pacific coast. You’ll get a clear view by reading this week’s National Park Getaway article at

The four developed campground …three in the redwood forest and one on the coast… provide unparalleled camping opportunities for families and groups traveling with RVs (utility hookups not available). Sites may also be available for hikers and bicyclists (see campground-specific info. below).

A few sites at the campgrounds may be available on a first-come, first-served basis for one night only but reservations are accepted and strongly recommended for camping at the Jedediah Smith, Mill Creek, and Elk Prairie campgrounds between May 25th and September 3rd. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance online at ReserveAmerica or by calling 1-800-444-7275.

Reservations are not accepted for Gold Bluffs Beach Campground-all sites are available a first-come, first-served basis, only.

All campgrounds are operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Discounts are not available for America the Beautiful Senior/Access Pass holders. Click here for more information about California State Park passes.

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