Linda & Woody: pilots, beachcombers, RVers

Linda and Woody King are a couple who love adventure. They live on Clarks Hill Lake in South Carolina where they enjoy the peace of the water and fish regularly. A former welder at nuclear power plants, Woody is very handy, and Linda loves all arts, crafts, and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects. Together they built a house boat with a Casita Travel Trailer on top of it, as their hideaway from sun and a place to sleep. They are the talk of the lake when they travel in their house boat camper!

However, what was missing from their lake adventures were shells! Linda’s Uncle left her a collection of exotic shells that he and his cousin collected daily while working and living in the Middle East. Her Uncle collected 1,000s of shells along the Red Sea, and his cousin dived for exquisite treasures! Boxes of them were left in a storage unit, and Linda was given them upon her Uncle’s death.

She put many of the shells in glass cases in her home and used others in jewelry she made for family members to remember their Uncle. The shell collection fanned Linda and Woody’s desire to go shelling themselves. For that passion, Linda and Woody bought an RV, so they could head south, to Edisto Island State Campground—a favorite spot for beach shell combers.

For the past five years, Linda and Woody collect shells several times a year, while camping on Edisto Island. They know the tide cycles by heart and are not afraid of fog or bad weather. They drive a golf cart to the portion of the beach nicknamed “Shell Island” and patiently search through the mounds of shells washed out and in by the tides.

After they learned about the town of Edingsville Beach that was on an island beyond Edisto, Linda and Woody were not content merely collecting shells. They began collecting Edingsville Beach artifacts as well. Built in 1825, Edingsville Beach had 60 houses, but by 1866, there were only “41 houses, two church buildings, and a billiard saloon remaining.” In 1885, a hurricane and storm surge decimated most of the homes, with few remaining.

The remaining homes were in disrepair and also, slowly, went out to sea. Once Linda and Woody learned about the tragedy of Edingsville Beach, they, like many locals, began to collect pottery, bricks, and polished glass that continue to wash ashore from the vanished town. They share their finds with local people, and all the artifacts are honored.

Another use Linda has made of her shells is for pavers! She collects white shells, arranges them in clusters in her yard, packs them in with white pea gravel and voila: A shell path! Woody lovingly pointed out that Linda is on a grass killing mission! She and Woody also enjoy collecting pieces of turtle shells and fossilized bone. Linda and Woody are always on the lookout!

This adventurous couple’s hobbies don’t end there. They also have a passion for the air. Linda and Woody are both pilots and fly an Ultralight Paraglider for Two! There’s never a dull moment for this couple. Linda says, “We’ve been on an adventurous marriage together for twenty-one years! We’re ready for the next one!” Everyone is waiting to find out what the next Linda and Woody King adventure will be. They may have to take up scuba diving or mountain climbing to cover all of their bases!

Adventures with Jim and Red

Jim is no stranger to RV life. His YouTube channel, Adventures with Jim, “exploring the world and having fun (and beer) along the way” has 9.4k subscribers; his fan base has been following him since 2012. He has been a fulltime RVer since 2015, and he is now joined by his girlfriend, Angela, aka “Red,” of the beautiful, red ringlets!

Jim & Red

Like many RVers, Jim and Angela are full-timers to simplify their lives and live well at a low cost. In the 2008 recession, Jim lost his business, took a long hard look at what mattered to him, and reconfigured his life. “When you lose everything, it is upsetting at first, but you find out quickly what you don’t need. It’s hard to find adventure when you’re worried about paying a mortgage.”

He and Angela love to explore back alleys and never travel on big highways. They search for geodes, fossils, gold, and coins; wanderlusting is their joy! Connecting with people along the way is also important to them, and their “tribe” has been found boondocking and in Walmart parking lots. Angela joined Jim in the RV recently and recommends, “Taking your time to adjust to RV life; don’t rush into it. I moved out of my little house, and it was emotionally tough. I had to get ready for this change.”

Jim says that being organized is the key to good RV living and that you have to be flexible. He grew up with a dad who was in the Navy for 21 years, so he was used to moving around. He thinks that a good way to transition into RVing is to rent a storage space, put the things you think you need into it, and see what you need 6 months later. He was surprised to know that he needed very little.   

As for flexibility, Jim reminds all RVers that you always have to be ready for strange events to happen. He recounted a time in his RV when he and Red going over the mountains around Bluefield, Ohio. There were 50 miles per hour winds, and the wind tore part of his roof off of his RV. It was snowing, freezing, and his heater died on him and Red. He recounted the story, laughed, and said, “This is what it is: the adventure.”

Adventure is what you will get if you go to Jim’s YouTube channel or catch him and Red at a campground, Walmart parking lot, or boondocking. They will sit you down, Jim smoking one of his skinny, brown cigars, and Red chiming in now and then. The storytelling will be fun and the comradery worth your time.