Hanging Out in Utah

For the last month or so we’ve been hanging out in Utah, seeing grandparents and friends. We’ve gone to Lake Powell twice, mountain biked, seen cousins, spent lots of time on a trampoline, launched a book, and more.

Lil made aprons for her online store Seams Good and is working on a Halloween costume. I learned to golf and went a couple times with my grandpa. Lil and Dad also got a little sailboat to learn how to sail.

Cameron, Lil, and I.

We also spent a bunch of time hanging out with our cousins: bouncing on the trampoline, riding our bikes, visiting the neighbor’s miniature goats, etc. We actually took our cousin Cameron down to Wayne County with us in the RV because Lil had to deliver an apron to a friend who bought one off her store. Click to see her store. So we headed down for the weekend with Cameron and delivered the apron.

After we dropped off the apron we did a super cool, secret hike. You walk through the river that runs through the desert and slide down waterfalls as you go. I can’t tell you what the hike is called or where it is exactly because it’s amazing and almost no one goes there, so it’s not supposed to be on the internet.

On a lot of days, when we weren’t doing anything awesome, we would hang out at our grandparent’s house and Lil and I would watch our favorite shows on Netflix and bounce on the trampoline and go on bike rides and stuff like that.

Once I went on a Mountain Bike ride with my grandpa on a great  trail near his house. It was pretty easy for the most part but there was a huge gravelly downhill at the end. I got going pretty fast, and then because gravel is a jerk I got some speed wobbles and skidded down on my face instead of my bike, but that’s not the worst of it. My grandpa crashed into me and flipped over his handlebars. We’re both okay, but we did get some respectable roadrash.

Playing Uno

As you probably also know we launched our book, The Kid’s Guide to Life on The Road. And have been shamelessly promoting it for the last couple weeks. So click HERE to learn more. It has advice about RVing, Q&A from friends, and awesome stories about awesome things we’ve done.

We also went to the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival with some friends. The storytelling festival is pretty much just a big fairgrounds/garden on mount Timpanogos with lots of tents. People write stories and get up and tell them to crowds. There are scary stories at night and all kinds of stories during the day.

Alright, so that’s my summary of the last month or so. We’ve just been doing normal stuff mostly, but we’re headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, so expect some interesting content coming on TurtleTells.

Lake Powell

A little while ago ago we met up with our friends the Ragers, in Lake Powell. Lake Powell, in case you’ve never been, is the best place on earth. It’s canyon walls go up two to three hundred feet around you and the warm, clear water goes down hundreds of feet below you. It’s amazing. They bought down their RV and and boat and we went waterskiing and wakeboarding for a few days. As I said before it’s the best place in the world so we had a lot of fun. Lillian learned to trick-ski which you do on skis that are only about half the size of a normal ski. I learned to slalom ski and got to practice on a wakeboard.

A Bit of The Kid’s Guide Part 2

Okay, yesterday Lil wrote about The Kid’s Guide and added an excerpt that I wrote. Today It’s my turn, so let’s do it!

This is an excerpt of Lillian’s about what to do on driving days, so here you go!

As far as your hobbies and enjoyments go, travel life will be very similar, if not exactly the same. But then there’s driving time. If you don’t get car sick, you can read, play video games, draw, and really do just about anything you want. I do get car sick, so I usually don’t do anything. If you knit or crochet, that’s a great thing to do because you don’t have to look at it much. I like to play car games such as Zip and The Alphabet Game

It’s too bad Lil gets carsick because she can’t play video games or read books so we end up playing a lot of those travel games. The point however, is buy our book, The Kid’s Guide to Life on The Road.

A Bit of The Kid’s Guide

Hi everyone! Thank you all again for buying The Kid’s Guide to Life on the Road. We wanted to share a bit for those of you who haven’t bought it yet.  So here’s a taste of the comedic side of things that you’re going to get from Gordon:

Because of RVing I met all my distant cousins and ate a lot of fried chicken at the same time. If you’ve never had real southern fried chicken, you are missing out! But anyway, back to the point… If you travel you can meet family you never knew existed, or eat chicken you never thought could taste so good!

“What’s that? I’m not supposed to be writing about chicken? Oh, okay. Sorry.”

As everyone who knows him knows, Gordon has been making people laugh since he was a baby. He’s also a great writer. Put those two together, and you’ve got this gold! Buy The Kid’s Guide to Life on the Road to read the rest of his stuff, guaranteed to make you laugh.

Traveling Turtle Tuesday: The Kid’s Guide

Hey everyone!! Thank you so much for buying our book! Shelldon got it for free (it’s one of the purks of being  the TurtleTells Turtle). Here he is,  thinking about his favorite part.

“We made friends with them [RV Retirees], and it was really fun to do our homework up there and pretty much spend the whole time talking and not getting anything done. One lady grew up with Jimmy Buffet! We got to be the moderators for the many debates over whether Kentucky is a southern state of not.” (By the way, it isn’t.)


(Buy the book above.)


I don’t know if you still read the blog, Mr. S., but if you do I want you to know that we have many fond memories of you. Thanks for being great!


The Kid’s Guide is Out!

Okay! The Kid’s Guide to Life on The Road is out!

With 34 vibrant pages and lots of color pictures, this book is awesome! It’s full of stories and advice and all kinds of fun!!!! (That just called for multiple exclamation marks.)

The point is: We’ve had a lot of fun writing this book and can’t wait for you to read it, so click HERE to learn more!

When you buy the book you will get an email with a blue link, click on the link and it will download the book to your laptop, iPhone, iPad, tablet,etc.



To buy The Kid’s Guide to Life on the Road, click HERE.

Share your Favorite Travel Memories

I just wanted to remind you guys that we’ll be releasing our new book, The Kid’s Guide to Life on the Road, on Monday, September 14! We’re super excited to help you all achieve travel, but for now let’s reminisce about past travel experiences.

One of my favorites is the time we went to Acadia National Park in Maine. Of course, you could read about that here,  but there are a few stories I didn’t mention.

Has anyone seen the picture of Gordon falling off the world? We were hiking and he found this spike sticking out of the ground. Of course, being Gordon, he had to freak everyone out. What was really happening, if you haven’t figured it out, was that he was laying on the ground holding the spike. I was climbing down a huge slippery rock, and when I came up Gordon was just getting up. Mom said “Your brother just fell off the world.” It was hilarious.
FullSizeRender (5)

We were at the climax of the beehive, just Gordon and I. Mom and Dad were nearing the top, with their friend Bob. It was amazing to just stand and stare, but after a while we had to get going. There was this little trail going all the way down and it was super steep. We ran all the way and it was great: the wind blowing in my hair and on my face, my brother by my side. That shiny rock there, look at that! And all of a sudden I was falling, falling, falling. I had tripped on the rock! I twisted my knee up a bit and I couldn’t walk for a few minutes. It was bad, but we waited a minute and I was fine. The funny thing, though, was that a little group of people walked by right when I fell. They didn’t even say anything, but you know what they did do? They just whispered among themselves, “That must have hurt.”

Please share you favorite travel memories with us in the comments below!

Food in Different Places

Since we’ve traveled, we’ve discovered new restaurants and places to eat that we love. For example, we ate at Bojangles a lot when we were in the south because it’s delicious, less bad for you than a lot of fast food, and an awesome southern experience.

Eating Cherry Garcia (My favorite flavor!) at the Ben and Jerry’s factory in Vermont.

When we were in North Carolina, we ate at 12 Bones a few times. The place has two locations and is known as the best barbecue in Asheville. We’ve eaten seafood in Pikes Place Market in Seattle, surf and turf tacos at a street taco stand in San Diego, and chicken and waffles in Kentucky.

A little cafe in Little Italy in New York.
A little cafe in Little Italy in New York.

In Cape Cod we had lobster a few times, and I found out that even though I tried to eat it many times, I’m mildly allergic to lobster. So sad, right? At least it’l save me some money. IMG_2760 (1)

The point of saying this is that when you travel, you try new things that you wouldn’t have been able to at home, and sometimes it’s amazing, like Bojangles or 12 Bones! And sometimes you find that it’s even better than amazing, like Pikes Place! So if you want to read more about travel and experiences, make sure to buy our new book coming out soon: The Kid’s Guide to Life on the Road!

Read our Other Books

Before the Kid’s Guide comes out, get ahead on your TurtleTells shopping!

Into natural science? Try The Life of a Loggerhead, about adorable Terence the Sea Turtle, or A Brief Beach Book, where you can read the story of George, a hermit crab. These short stories about animals are sure to make you smile.

Looking for more games to play with your friends? Check out Games on the Go! These fun activities are in five categories: conversation games, car games, pool games, outside games, and ways to decide who’s It next. Try them out!

Tell us if you read these books! We love getting feedback from our fans.


What’s this featured image (The one at the top)? If you remember, it’s Shelldon reading Gordon’s turtle book in D.C.