Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus

We probably won't win a grammy for this performance but it comes from the heart. Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus. We love you.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Home is where we park it.

Here's a video of our first 6 months on the road. I wouldn't trade this lifestyle for anything. I love my adventurous family.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Lundy vs Wild - Finding food in the Mojave Desert

As I've traveled across the country I've had to survive in some of the
toughest climates imaginable. Learn survival tips by watching Lundy vs

Lundy vs Wild - Finding water in the Mojave Desert

As I've traveled across the country I've had to survive in some of the
toughest climates imaginable. Learn survival tips by watching Lundy vs

Tour of our Home

We've been living on the road for nearly 8 months and are loving it. Here's a tour of our home. We were staying in the Mojave Desert at the time at a great little private spot and were completely alone.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Graphic Warning!!! Michigan squirrels infest WV!

The squirrels have run rampant and are taking over the state. I'm pretty sure they've migrated from Michigan because they ate my Buckeyes corn hole bag. The campground is flooded with these nut hoarding rodents.

This is an official call out to all campers heading to West Virginia. Anyone with a dog or gun bring it. This is a desperate situation and looks bleak but I'm confident we can rise to the challenge and eradicate this threat.

The image below is not for the faint of heart. Do NOT view the picture unless you are an adult and have a strong stomach. Be vigilant against this threat.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

UFC Fight Night Memorial Day!

Saturday May 29th will be UFC fight night at the OAC. The fight will be projected on the back of Chateau Lundy in the lower level of the campground down by the bathrooms. This is a great card featuring the long anticipated matchup between Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson the 2 coaches of last season's The Ultimate Fighter. Come on down and enjoy the fight.

Scary Matt Carey already has his game face on.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

LY Trip Report – Geezerfest and UFC style carnage!

First of all let me say what a perfect weekend it was overall. Air temps and water levels couldn’t have been better. It appears the campfire speedo dance I did earlier in the week paid off.
Friday started with 6 paddlers, The Pope, myself, Bob Arend in kayaks and Kathy S. Gwen English and Steve Flynn in the raft. Saturday Night was to be Geezer Appreciation Night and this had an adrenaline effect on our geezers. They came through the meat of Cucumber and all I can say is, if anyone ever tells you, you can’t cartwheel a raft they’re wrong. Our geezers proved it can be done. Check out Steve’s perfect form. Rumor is he wanted to take all the credit for the cartwheel and paddle stroked Gwen out of the boat. Gwen was sporting a nice black eye after this move and looked like a grizzled UFC warrior the rest of the weekend.

The Pope and I were lucky to have front row seats to witness the historical trick.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful and a good time was had by all.

Saturday’s paddle produced 18 hardy OACers ready for action. Pope, myself, Brittan, Will, Dottie, Steve, Jay, Matt, Bob, Pat, Honda Girl, Gwen in kayaks, Kathy, Jackie, Michelle and Steve in the raft, Brian and Sheila in the Shredder. Brittan kicked off the OAC swim match early with an epic swim through Entrance. Rumors were flying about Gwen’s Shiner. Steve denied butt stalking her out of the raft the day before and the new rumor was she copped a feel from Brian and got smacked down for her effort. With Geezer Appreciation Night just hours away it was hard to tell what really happened. Gwen was really feeling her oats and showed some style with a new move I like to call a tivo-boof. She goes to boof Frog’s Back and beaches up right on top of it. It was like pausing live tv. I was able to get out of my boat, use the bathroom and make a sandwich in time to get back in my boat, hit the play button and watch her finish the boof off the back side. It was a perfect boof other than taking 7 ½ minutes to complete.

Saturday night treated us to the first annual Geezer Appreciation Night banquet. Everyone brought their favorite dish and we pigged out OAC style. For whatever reason the geezers all brought a bean dish. We had more bean recipes than you could shake a geezer at. It made us all break out in song, Beans, Beans, the Geezer fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot…Once again a good time was had by all.

Sunday saw a decline and only the most hardy of OACers were up for another day of paddling. The geezers all on a bean hangover decided they had had all the action they could stand and went hiking instead. Something about the gas capacity of a kayak and the open air of the trail being better… I didn’t catch it all but something like that.

This day would prove to test the sheer mantastic grit of the OAC. It all started off pretty uneventful. Pope, myself, Matt Carey, Honda Girl and Dottie in kayaks, Brittan, Kathy, Jackie in the raft, Pat and Michelle in the Shredder. Everyone was paddling like a pro until we hit Dimple and chaos struck like lightning. After a successful splat off Dimple Rock I turned and watched in horror as Dottie and Scary Matt Carey got ended and began swimming. Honda Girl with a clean run ducks into an eddie to get a birds eye view of the carnage. The Pope cruises down the middle with ease thinking, “I’ll bet it sucks to be them.” I took off after Dottie cause she was closest to me. I’m floating backwards down the rapid offering helpful advice like “Lookout!” and “Watch that hole!” I tried to keep her mind occupied with things like, “Why didn’t you roll? Don’t you know it sucks to swim?” and “Is the water cold? It really looks cold.” This helpful advice was enough to get her into an eddie but caused me to break the #1 rule, don’t put yourself in danger helping someone else. I stayed with her 2 strokes too long. When I turned around I hit smack in the middle of the giant munchy hole above Swimmers. And I got worked. After 2 enders, 4 360’s and 3 dunks to the bottom of the river, the time equivalent of a Superbowl halftime show, the hole spits me out and I rolled up in time to slam sideways into the next hole. I came out of that one ok and managed to get to the end to help clean up the yard sale. Scary Matt Carey gave us all a good scare by tripping as he tried to empty the water from his boat. He landed on a bush and jammed a stick into his eye.

Maybe he was just jealous that Gwen was getting so much attention for looking like a UFC fighter and wanted to get in on the action. We were all quite worried about him as his eye swelled instantly shut. Pat offered to paddle his boat and let Matt ride in the raft. By the time we got to Bruner’s Run his eye was looking pretty bad and we were all mad at ourselves for not having a first aid kit. River Mom Kathy Sines saved the day by slamming into the last hole at Bruner’s and send Matt flying through the air where the current was able to flush out his eye. It’s that kind of quick thinking and caring that makes me proud to be part of the OAC. A good time was had by only a few on this day but overall it was a fantastic weekend.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Ok, who's the dead man who designed this camper without a water cap for the fresh water tank? Apparently the geniuses who designed the 2010 Sierra Treehouse thought it would be cool to design a model without this long tested, consumer approved feature. They opted instead to think it was cool to have to suck your water from a bucket using the water pump. Well let me tell ya, it ain't cool. It is pretty uncool. Of course once I figure out the logistics of it I may not hate it as much but right now I would rather be learning about cooler things like kayaking the Slippery Rock Gorge, or geocaching, or the effect cow farts have on the earth. I don't have time to be like Pa on Little House on the Prairie and run to the well every time I want a drink. Well, no worries Sierra geniuses, I'll figure it out.

Fulltime RVing is awesome!!!

Life is great! Its like Christmas every day. The week leading up to our departure was crazy from an emotional standpoint. The kids missing their friends, us missing ours, all the work, preparation, details, details, details...

Well now we've started and wow is it fun. Yeah, yeah, yeah its all still new and there will be challenges ahead I'm sure but our life is a vacation and I plan to take as much advantage of that as I can. God only gives us one life and I don't want to waste it. In a weird way I even look forward to the challenges. That's where growth takes place. Thank you God for the blessing that is my life!

Here are just a couple of the treats our new life has provided.

Mushroom hunting. (We did this at home right before leaving but I'm counting it cause it rocks.)

We spent our first night at Cabela's and became geocachers. The kids are completely hooked after finding their first treasure.

This nice easy geocache was enough to give us all the fever for this new sport. We were amazed to learn how many options and places there are all over the world. It's going to be a great teaching aid for the kids learning the history of certain geocaches and locations. Gotta love technology.

Now we're tucked away in the hills of Pennsylvania for a few days near McConnell's Mill State Park where Josh and I will be getting our kayaking needs met on Slippery Rock Creek. This is a beautiful Class III/IV creek with lots of fun technical moves and playspots. It's going to be a fun week!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Here we go! Fulltime RVing.

Tonight is our last night in our driveway. Tomorrow, bright and early around the crack of noon we'll be heading out to see the world. The parts we can drive to that is. It's been a crazy couple of weeks getting everything wrapped up, having the auction, last minute details, etc, etc, etc but now its here. I wonder how funny it would be to play a joke on Margie and tell her I've changed my mind? Hehehe. I live vicariously like that and may have to do that just to watch her head explode. Course in the end I will ultimately lose that one so I'll just picture it in my mind instead. The next 4 weeks will be cram packed with as much whitewater kayaking as my body will handle. My son Josh (10) is nicely developing his kayaking skills and will take a couple of trips with me. Getting my kids involved in kayaking creates paddling buddies for life and is a great way to spend time. After these 4 weeks, who knows? We haven't planned that far ahead. Our plan is to have no plan. We'll leave when we leave and get there when we get there.

Your safety boater in a world of class V rapids.

Monday, April 12, 2010

We have a date!!! Fulltime RVing starting May 3rd!

Yikes! It's really happening! The accountant in me shuffled the budget around until I was able to find a financial plan that worked. They say numbers don't lie but I was able to find some that do and we are now pulling the plug and leaving May 3rd. 1st stop, Farmington, PA. Never heard of it? I'm not surprised as there is very little there except kayaking. I'm going to kayak as much as possible for a few weeks then we're heading west. Might even throw Josh on a couple of rivers and see how he handles a kayak in whitewater. It'll be a good learning experience for him and some high quality entertainment for me watching him scream in terror. We need to be in CA in August and will more than likely take the entire time to get there. Look out world, here we come!

Token RV modification pic. Kayak and 5 bike rack.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More RV Modifications...

My love affair with Peg...

Pegboard that is. My wife thinks I have issues with pegboard and perhaps she's right. I can't get enough of it. It ranks right up there with the invention of football and duct tape. It's easy to install and creates tons of organized storage. She can scoff all she wants now, I'll have the last laugh when she needs an adjustable wrench, or rubber mallet, or screwdriver, or 12mm wrench, or...

And here is a pic of the mounted fishing rod holder,

And one of the 5 bike rack,

And once again I have to wait. Having the camper pimped out like I want it is just painful when all I can do is wait for the house to sell. My dream will have to remain in its holding pattern a little while longer.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Get ready, set...Modify!

Since the house hasn't sold yet, I can't really go. So I'm going to do the next best thing... Modify! While I still have my tools and my manhood has been beefed up with the acquisition of a mantastic truck and 5th wheel home, I've decided to take this time to tweak a few things to make life on the road a little more convenient. As any self respecting man would do, I've prioritized my modifications by order of importance. First, TV! If I'm to keep up with my favorite sports, both fantasy and reality, I need to be able to watch in style. First I ripped out the way too small TV that came with the camper and reinstalled it back in the kids room. (Don't judge me.) I replaced this with a 32" LCD HD TV with a full motion mount so I could lie either way on the couch and see perfectly. Sweet! I was so happy with this modification that I did the same thing in the bedroom. 32" was all the room I had or I would have gone bigger. The antenna brings in only a handful of HD channels so I'm bringing my Direct TV HD satellite along so I can have every channel I have here at home. Now with the man juices flowing nicely, I moved to the fishing gear. I made good use of the basement ceiling by installing rod holders. Margie asked why I need to fish with 5 poles and I told her because I don't have 6. It's beyond me why she can't understand this rationale.

Still to come...Peg board, bike rack, kayak storage, and more...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hey, let's sell our house and live in an RV. Um, OK.

What!? Back up a're doing what?

Yeah that's us. We're crazy like that. 2 scoops of spontaneous sprinkled with nuts.

Let me address what you're thinking, why? The simple answer is, because we can. We both work from home and homeschool our children so the real question is, why not?
Let's break down society's norm shall we? Get a job, buy a house, put your kids in soccer, run around like a chicken with its head cut off, blah, blah, blah. This used to be my life (and I apologize if it's yours). Get up at 6AM, head to a job working for someone else, and spend all day away from the people most dear to me, my family. After working hard all day, I would come home looking forward to a little bit of relaxation that always eluded me. By the time I got out of the car, one of the kids were already late for one of their too many activities. By the time the day's activities were wrapped up, I barely had energy left to take a shower and go to bed, only to get up and do it all over again.
Who said life had to be that way? Why do we feel weird to step out of society's norm? Why do we live our lives to please others? Life is short and should be enjoyed. The way you want to enjoy it, not the way society says you should. If living in the rat race is what you want, then live it up. Only do it on your terms.
Adventure is what I wanted. When I'm old and my only goal for the day is to go to McDonald's for breakfast and come home to watch Matlock, I want to be able to smile at the many memories I'll have of living, truly living life. I'll never wish I would have worked a little longer or climbed a little higher up the corporate ladder.
Of course with this decision came the realization that only 5% would get what we're doing and why, while the other 95% would think we've lost it. (Remember the whole living to please others thing?) Well-meaning friends and family would ask questions like, "Aren't you afraid you're going to be too cooped up in there?" "Won't you get tired of traveling all the time?" "Your kids won't have a stable home"... polite ways of saying we were acting irresponsibly.
Stepping out of this box has been the most freeing thing I've ever done and now I'm anticipating the adventure of a lifetime. The whole family is excited and enjoying the purging and packing process. We have so many places we want to see, learn about, and explore, that it's hard to choose where to start. But it doesn't matter, as we won't need an agenda. We're just ready to hit the road!
As I'm writing this post we have two things left to do, sell the house and auction our belongings. As soon as those are finished, we'll see you soon on the road!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Meet The Lundys

Hi, my name is Allen Lundy and I love God, my family and adventure, prioritized in that order. I love spending time outdoors and am an avid whitewater kayaker. The next hobby I plan to get serious about is backpacking. I'm a soon to be full time RVer and plan to spend a good bit of time in the back country.

I'm married to a beautiful and very awesome woman, Margie, who supports all my hobbies and is my personal photographer. She's very serious about her job. The fact that I risk my life means little to her in terms of capturing the "perfect shot." "Do it again, do it again" she'll shout from behind her well protected tripod. It all works out in the end with my adventures captured to perfection.

I'm also the father to 3 amazing adventurous kids, Josh, Lizzy and Matt. All 3 act and want to be like me and while I'm flattered, I'm not sure that's a good thing.

Josh (10) is very passionate about life. This kid can get excited about watching the grass grow. While it is sometimes hard to contain his passion you can be sure he'll be a blast to be around on any adventure. He lives life to the fullest and reminds me to do the same. Josh is the "fun guy" at any party. I love being around him because he is a constant reminder that life is short and is meant to be enjoyed.

Lizzy (10) is a sweet, gentle, lovable and beautiful little girl with just enough of a tomboy edge to give a best of both worlds relationship. She's all girl one minute and ready to go backpacking, hiking or kayaking the next. Soft and girly, yet ready to wrestle. Growing up with 2 brothers has given her the perfect amount of toughness that is balanced with the perfect amount of femininity. Hearing her laugh is one of the things I live for.

Matt (7) is, hhmm, what can I say about Matt? This boy cannot be described with a few sentences. He has a completely rotten and ornery shell with the kindest, most giving heart you will ever find. This kid is constantly getting into all sorts of mischief, testing every boundary before melting your heart with sweet, genuine innocence. He's the most giving person I've ever met. And the most rotten. There's very little middle ground with Matt, I either want to strangle him or hug him and it's usually a pretty even balance. :)

Margie is the family anchor. She keeps us all grounded and reasonably safe. She selflessly ensures all our needs are met. With the passion for adventure in this family we're always going off half prepared in our excitement only to find she's taken care of everything we've forgotten. I hate to think of what I'd do without her. She is the sane version of me. She realizes when I'm putting adventure ahead of safety and reins me and more importantly the kids back in. She does this with a healthy balance of encouragement and support.

That's us in a nutshell. Overall we're a pretty laid back family that makes friends quickly and enjoys staying active. We're blessed to be able to work from home and homeschool our kids. This lifestyle lends itself perfectly to living full time in our RV on the road. We are looking forward to meeting other people with similar values, goals and interests. We hope to get to know you if we don't already.