About Us

It is not down in any map; true places never are.

– Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Moby Goes to the South Fork of the Boise River
South Fork of the Boise River

Moby is a Sportsmobile 4×4 camping van.     

Learn more about Sportsmobiles at http://www.sportsmobile.com/.

Janene teaches writing at the community college when she’s not on a trail or a river.

Larry is a retired high school environmental science teacher who loves most things outdoors.

Glacier National Park

When we’re not at home in Boise, Idaho, we’re out driving around North America in Moby, the Great White Van.

2-Winds trail ready
Wind River Range, Wyoming

Moby is a 2010 Ford E-350 Sportsmobile 4WD van with all the bells and whistles. Whatever you do, don’t call Moby an RV. It goes where no RV would even consider trying.

Big Step
Big step up

Before Moby, we camped in Larry’s 1956 Chevy, his daily driver for 40-some years.

Chevy life
Olympic National Park

The Chevy was great, but Moby has all the comforts of home.

Spacious living

The downside is the gas bill. In addition to having extra large tires, Moby has an extra large gas tank. 46 gallons to be exact. Before Moby, I was not aware that most gas pumps shut off automatically when you hit $100 on a credit card.

4.1 Harper gs fillup
Climate warmer

Boise winters generally are not that bad. Not that cold, not that much snow. But our first winter, while we were living full-time in Moby, was one of the snowiest and coldest in 20 years. No problem! We camped on our daughter’s curb and used Moby’s forced air propane furnace and an extension cord to the garage electricity. Toasty warm!


Our grandkids think Moby is way cooler than a boring old house. They love hanging out in Moby’s upstairs “penthouse”.


Below is a sampler of some places Moby has taken us.

Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park
Birch Creek, Idaho
Birch Creek, Idaho
Wyoming highway
Wind River Range, Wyoming
Ford ford
A Ford at a ford
Sawtooth view
Idaho Sawtooths
Southern Bighorns
Southern Bighorns, Wyoming
Powder River breaks
Powder River Breaks, Wyoming
Treasure Valley view
Boise’s Treasure Valley
Malheur homestead
Malheur, Oregon, homestead
Hells Canyon
Hells Canyon
Juntura Hot Springs
Many, many, hot springs

We usually don’t camp around others. No RV parks, no campgrounds, no neighbors. With one exception: Walmart parking lots. They’re not wilderness, but when you’re traveling from A to B, and need a place to sleep, they’re not that bad. They’re free, have a bathroom open 24 hours a day, and there’s a McDonalds inside where you can get discount senior coffee in the morning. Such a deal.

Walmart RV Park
Walmart RV Park in Fresno, CA

This T-shirt captures our Moby lifestyle. (Thanks, Debra!)


Home is where you park it.

Indeed . . . We might have a house, but ultimately, for us, Moby is home.

Maybe we’ll park near you soon.

16 thoughts

  1. I came across your blog while doing an internet search on chukar in Southern Oregon. I truly enjoyed the reading and I appreciate your sensibility and sense of humor. If you’re in Bend and need recommendations on what to do (or what to avoid), drop us an email.

    1. Hi Karen– The secret is that we both taught in Kazakhstan for two years where we made good money and had all expenses paid by the school. We saved enough during those years to buy the van. It was a very lucky financial break.

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