Wednesday, September 27, 2023


What we learned about you last week (May 4-10)

By Emily Woodbury
It’s been a record 80 degrees in Seattle all week (OK, maybe 75 degrees some days, but still!) and us Seattleites are basking in it like lizards. If you’re one of the many people out there that think it rains all the time in Seattle, think again. Sure, our winters are gray and cloudy, but actually, Seattle is #6 on the rainiest cities list (beat out by Rochester, Buffalo, Portland, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh). I used to live in New York, where, when it rained…it poured…all day. I do not miss that (or the snow…or the summer humidity…or anything…). Anyways, enough weather talk (we’re too good of friends for that small talk, right?). Let’s get to business.

In last Saturday’s newsletter, we wanted to know how often you have “boondocked” on public lands for more than a week. Surprisingly, a whole 70 percent of you never have! Only 9 percent of you have boondocked on public lands for more than a week once or twice, and 12 percent of you have done it a few times, but probably not more than ten times. An adventurous 8 percent of you have stayed more than a week too many times to remember. Reader Tommy Molnar commented, “Luckily we live out west (northern NV) and heading off the road to a piece of desert is fairly normal for us. ‘Find a view. Park the house.’ That’s pretty much our motto.”

Well, that’s not humerus! According to Monday’s poll, 61 percent of you have broken a bone in your body. A fortunate 39 percent of you (myself included, knock on wood!) have not. Speaking of bones, did you see on the news yesterday that skeleton who dropped out of medical school? I felt terrible for him, but he didn’t have the stomach for it.

Tuesday’s poll asked: Did your parents give you an allowance as a child? It was almost a tie, but 51 percent of you answered no, no allowance, but 49 percent of you answered yes. One reader commented that they made money at the age of 15 by taking care of “35 horses and an elephant at the Kansas City zoo.”

Cha-ching! Turns out that most of you, 64 percent, carry two or three credit cards with you at all times. A portion of you, 20 percent, carry only one, but 12 percent of you carry four or five different cards. A tied 2 percent of you carry more than five, and another 2 percent of you don’t carry any. That’s all according to Wednesday’s poll, by the way.

Last but not least, on Thursday we asked you if you ever keep your RV’s roof vent(s) open while traveling. Looks like most of you, 58 percent, never do and 9 percent of you seldom do. A whole 20 percent of you keep your vents open often while traveling, and 14 percent of you sometimes do.

Okay, y’all. I’ll be gone next week (headed to Austin, TX – give me recommendations in the comments below!), so I’ll see you back here in two weeks. Don’t miss me too much, okay? Make sure you keep up with the polls in our Daily Tips newsletters throughout the week. As always, thanks for voting and thanks for reading.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.


  1. Enjoy Austin! The traffic is horrible but the food and music are great! Enjoy the food trucks, visit Trudy’s for deep fried avocado, Salt Lick and Franklin’s for BBQ. Take a ride out to hill country and then just relax and enjoy the people and the vibes. Have fun!

    • Thanks so much for the tips, Goldie! Both Franklin BBQ and Salt Lick are high on my list, so I’m excited to hear you mention them. Deep fried avocado sounds delicious, so I’m jotting down Trudy’s for a stop. Thank you! –Emily


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