Who is the Fireside Traveler?

My name is Mara Lisauskas. Growing up my parents were both English teachers which gave our family the opportunity to see the great outdoors during the summer months.  We camped all over the Midwest and eastern portions of the United States and Canada. We saw Shakespeare plays in Canada (where my brother broke his nose) […]

We finally tow our T@B camper / travel trailer!

  We finally get everything to where we are comfortable to tow a trailer for the first time.  I wish it was on some grand adventure, but it was just about 35 miles to our home from the campground in Monroe, WA.  We did stop a couple of times to make sure nothing was being […]

No Sway! Why we installed an RV Sway Bar.

We may have all seen the images of travel trailers or just trailers being towed on the highway, losing control into a roll over crash. Some can be attributed to weight distribution or poor loading of the trailer. Some others can be attributed to driving way too fast for conditions.  A few can be attributed […]

Our Little Teardrop Camper – T@B

Here it is the big reveal! We found this great 2014 T@B camper/travel trailer.  We totally fell in love with its cuteness and versatility.  It is lightweight (about 1600 lbs) to tow but still has all of the amenities of a full-size RV. We have a kitchen, hot water, propane stove, air conditioning, and even […]

Driving Next to the Pacific – Moclips, WA

This was my birthday trip out to the Washington coast!  Links to locations are in the notes below the video. -Mara

Tulip Time – Skagit Valley – Washington

After the wettest winter on record in the Pacific Northwest,  these little beauties are a very welcome sight!  What does it mean?  Spring is on its way!  Warmer temperatures and less rain…Actually, I welcome all of that rain.  It makes this area into the beauty that it really is.  If you have never visited Western Washington, […]

Free Camping near Route 66 – Elk City, Oklahoma

  This is a two-part series while exploring Elk City, Oklahoma this summer.  Great free camping right off of I-40 in Oklahoma!  So many roadside attractions to see along the entire length of Route 66.  It is a great summer road trip idea… especially in your RV! Please check out the new videos and subscribe directly […]

Tracing History – Natchez Trace Pkwy

It was hot and humid late August in Tennessee.  We stopped in Nashville to stock up at Costco since we were going to be out in the country right off of the Natchez Trace Parkway.  I love pulling up the RV right into the large Costco lot shopping and putting the groceries right into the […]

Exploring Mammoth Cave National Park KY

After a failed attempt work camping at Amazon in Campbellsville, KY in August 2016. (I hurt my foot and decided to leave – longish story but not that interesting)  We moved to the closest Thousand Trails campground and that happened to be this one to regroup and decide where our RVing adventures would lead us […]

RV Living – How to make a heated Water Hose

The temperatures in Western Washington have been really cold.  We decided it was time to start thinking about making a heated hose to prevent frozen pipes in our RV.  We had problems last year in Albuquerque when the hose bib itself froze and we luckily had enough in our fresh water tank until that unfroze […]