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From The Editor
When I was a kid, for every school vacation my parents would pack my sisters and me into our old Ford Falcon with the Jayco Songbird hitched up to the bumper. We’d drive into the desert, or take coastal roads to remote rainforests. We would eat lunch
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An Afternoon In Gruene
As I pulled off the I-35 in New Braunfels, Texas, I could see the glinting point of an old silver water tower. Bold, black letters on the tank, whose steel legs disappeared beneath a canopy of twisting cypress trees, spelled out the word “GRUENE.” It
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Late Night Gas Stations, Explained
You’re tired. More tired than you’ve been in days, with the exhaustion burrowed deep within you. And you’re dirty. There’s a line of grayed grime lingering beneath your fingernails; your face itches. You’ve been driving for too long. Where the bright
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GONE ON A WHIM A Photo Essay
It was late October; a gentle, early-season snow was falling outside our window when my girlfriend, Alyssa, and I made the split decision to head to the Sierras. Fall had come to pass quickly here in Canada, and we weren’t quite ready to let it go. W
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The Scoop On Rooftop Tents
Rooftop tents (RTTs) have exploded in popularity recently, with more models available every year. They provide a happy medium between a ground tent and an RV, and they create a comfortable sleeping space anywhere that your vehicle can go. There are t
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ONE SWEET BEE-GARDEN Beauty and Solitude at the San Joaquin River Gorge
The dog knows first. She takes my trail shoe (always the left one) and carries it around the house until I put on and lace the right one. Then she returns the left shoe—slightly damp—and waits. Cadence is 10 years old, but believes, like any good Lab
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Home Is Not A House
After a long stretch on Oklahoma’s I-40, we backtracked west from Okemah, hopped on Highway 48 towards Bristow, and merged onto the I-44 heading into Missouri. I had started the day feeling strong, driving the RV with a renewed sense of purpose. My w
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(DON’T BE) WITHOUT A PADDLE Watercraft Essentials And Places To Use Them
In 2004, Paramount Pictures released a lousy buddy comedy, Without a Paddle. In it, three estranged friends (greenhorn adventurers, all of them) canoe into the Oregon wilderness in search of D.B. Cooper’s long-lost treasure. On their journey, they fi
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Rediscovering The Civil War In The Age Of Covid
The coronavirus made tourism tricky—even lethal. Museums and other indoor attractions shuttered. Flying seemed risky. Like many Americans, I quickly contracted a debilitating travel bug. How could I cure a crippling case of wanderlust yet avoid contr
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Rova Recommends
Starting a new hobby can be daunting—it can often feel like everyone knows more than you and there’s simply too much to learn. If you’re new to backpacking and outdoor adventure, The First 40 Miles podcast will help you feel at home among your fellow
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THE BIG SMOKY VALLEY Nevada’s Most Underrated Destination
Southern Nevada has Vegas and Northern Nevada has Tahoe, but there’s nothing like a road trip through Central Nevada. The road in question? Nevada State Route 376. This route takes travelers on a high-desert journey through the Big Smoky Valley, wher
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Why The Road?
Our love of national parks started early in our relationship, with trips to Joshua Tree, Glacier, and Yellowstone. Hooked instantly, we decided not to wait until retirement to start exploring. So, with lots of planning and plenty of fear, we took the
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Keys To Survival
Ernest Hemingway found solace and drink in Key West. For more than a decade, the novelist famously made his home in the southernmost place in the US. There, in a cramped writing studio in a carriage house, he wrote several short stories, as well as h
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Picture This...
Big Sur. You can’t quite distinguish between the sound of the waves hitting the shore and that of the wind whipping around you. In the distance, the rich green of the rolling hills seems to blend into the blue depths of the ocean, and spring has deli
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Ode To The Stick Shift
“Why do you want to drive a stick?” I’ve lost count how many times that question has been aimed at me. My usual response is, “I like to control my driving, to feel the dialogue between my feet and hand. Hell, I can glide to a stop and start up again
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INTIMATE STRANGERS Lifelines During a Pandemic-era Solo American Road Trip
The “Intimate Stranger” concept has long occupied a compartment in my mind. This idea originated while I was living in New York City. What I came to know as “Intimate Strangers” included people, or places—and even, at times, concepts—that helped me t
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ODDITIES AND NATURAL PHENOMENA In Wisconsin’s Driftless Area
There is nowhere like southwestern Wisconsin when it comes to wonder. After miles of flat farmland, rivers carve through a suddenly rocky landscape, dense with forests. While glacial movement scraped most of the Midwest flat, the Driftless Area remai
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Walking: More Than Just A Stroll
Seven million years ago, give or take, the Hominidae (great apes) began walking upright, tottering around on their two back feet. Somewhere around that time, the first human beings appeared—likely as the apes began to walk as a habit, rather than spo
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Rova In Your Words
Seeing the April/May 2021 issue of ROVA in my clear plastic workplace mailbox has been the brightest ray of sunshine I’ve experienced today. I’m an avid night-sky photographer and the photo essay titled “Good Places to Die” by Mike Mercer caught me q
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Frog Legs
All my life, I’ve been anxious about things I can’t control. When I embarked on my first cross-country road trip the summer before my senior year of college, I worried about a plethora of things—extreme weather conditions, engine trouble, hitchhikers
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Gear Up!
Nothing beats the high you get after a good workout—whether it’s hiking up a mountain, pedaling along a trail, or scaling a cliff face—but we could all do without the aching muscles that follow. Recovery is important after any kind of workout, and l
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Love On Lined Asphalt The Art Of Single #vanlife
Jenny Leveille had a date. It wasn’t a rare occasion—she’d been on plenty since moving into her camper van nearly two years ago—but this guy was a helicopter paramedic and an avid kayaker, so she was excited, nonetheless. “I was dressed to go on a da
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New Year’s Resolutions For Travelers
I remember my last New Year’s Eve with crystal clarity. I was at a friend’s house. Everyone was outside drinking on the porch, huddled together in one unit. It was freezing cold, but none of us seemed to mind. We were all warmed up by the alcohol and
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Highway To Home
The horizon burned with the intensity you only feel on Big Days—capital B, capital D. Brazen sunlight gilded the tops of the tallest trees, but the houses lining my parents’ street were still in shades of predawn blue. I stood outside their house, on
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TOO FAR GONE A photo essay
It’s three o’clock in the morning. My pillow is frozen to the side of the camper. Moonlight pours through the vent above the bed, illuminating slow puffs of frozen breath that rise like small clouds above our heads. “Damn it, the propane is out…” I t
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From The Editor
How strange; I seem to have misplaced 2020. Not to worry—it seems winter is here, and, because I'm a weirdo, it's my favorite time of year. I love the snow, and all that goes along with it. Giant coats, woolly scarves, stomping through the snowy wood
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Alaska At Last
We had finally made it to Anchor Point, Alaska. Fat raindrops hammered on the roof of our rented SUV, the mist clouded our view of the volcanic peaks opposite and the faded sign read, “North America’s Most Westerly Highway Point.” Our well-thumbed co
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Getting Just Lost Enough In The San Rafael Swell
One by one, I watch our group descend the yellow lifeline. Brenda, my girlfriend, is the last one to disappear into the void between the umber rocks. There’s a sudden silence. I look around at the weird oblong towers and a feeling of being totally en
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