Do you have some questions before you Seize the Day? Well, we have some answers. Get in touch with us if your question isn’t listed.
Q: What is Camp Carpe Diem?
A: Camp Carpe Diem is place and a mindset where you can let go of your cell phones, computers, Zoom calls, job titles and professionalism to seek out what makes you grin, giggle and get giddy with excitement for all the things you enjoy or want to experience with people who have been there, done that.
Things like mountain biking, cooking, photography, beer tasting and brewery tours, jeeping, yoga and more.
Camp Carpe Diem is a place to connect with fellow RVers, travelers, nomads, entrepreneurs and on-the-road workers. It’s a place to come together to explore your interests, find your tribe and create a community of like-minded people where personal connections become more important than WIFI connections.
Q: Where is it?
A: Prepare yourself for a long weekend of fun in Montana’s Flathead Valley in Kalispell near Glacier National Park on September 28-October 1, 2023. You might want to come and play before and after the event, too.
Q: Where should I stay?
A: Many of the events will be held on site at the official CCD location at Rocky Mountain HI RV Park & Campground in Kalispell, Montana. You are welcome to stay wherever you’d like; but if you want ALL the community, book your stay at Rocky Mountain Hi.
To start your reservation, complete the check-in form, by clicking here. You’ll then need to follow up with a phone call to 800-968-5637 to complete the reservation process. Be sure to mention Camp Carpe Diem for the $50 discounted rate during CCD’s official dates Sept 28 – Oct 1.
Your hosts are in sites 69 and 70, but your rig size may dictate where you can reserve your campsite.
Don’t wait to book. Even though we are visiting during the off season, the campsite could sell out. You can still find other places to stay, but we know you’d rather be close to all the action.
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Q: What is on the agenda?
A: We are scheduling a variety of events led by people with experience in each topic, so that you can do exactly what you are meant to do at Camp Carpe Diem: explore your interests, find your tribe and build community and connections while enjoying yourself. In other words, seizing the day!
This is the 2022 agenda. 2023 Agenda coming soon.
- Meet at TVC campsite to depart or start events. Brewery purchases and meals are on your own dime, unless noted otherwise.
- As adults, you are responsible for your own safety. Please do not drive if under the influence. Please ask if you need transportation.
- If you would like to share photos on social media, please use #BrevardCCD2022 #livingastoutlife #stoutlife #tvc #thevirtualcampground #rvtramps #rvlife #digitalnomad #travelblogger #entrepreneur #fulltimetravel #fulltimerv #camperlife #vanlife
2022 Preliminary Agenda (more specifics & events to come)
Thursday – October 20
1 pm – 4 pm
Registration – Come check in and get your goody bag
2 pm – 4:30 pm
Choose your adventure:
Guided mountain biking (all skill levels) or brewery visit to Burning Blush Brewery
3 :30 pm – 4 pm
Photography, RV, or Travel 101 Q&A and overview
5:30 pm – 8 pm
Opening Social hosted by Oskar Blues Brewery
Welcome and introductions
Drink and appetizers included
Live music from The Dancing Fleas, high energy and described as being, “the cure for lethargy” (6 pm – 8 pm).
Continue hanging out at Oskar Blues (music goes until 8 and food truck onsite), or find dinner on your own
Campfire social (marshmallows included)
Friday – October 21
Flexx Fixx Fitness Session with Outside Nomad
8:00 am – 8:30 am
Registration for any latecomers
9 am – 9:30 am The Solar Panel Session – 101 solar session for rigs
9:30 am – 10:am Biking 101 mini session Q&A open for discussion
10:15 am Meet at Campsite 85 to plan and prepare to head to Asheville area
This is for all events: mountain biking, hiking, and just Asheville
We will plan carpool options as needed at this time.
Plan wisely as once leave, will not return to camp until evening
10:30 am – 2:00 Choose your adventure: guided mountain biking (all levels, no e-bikes) or hiking
2:30 pm – 4 pm
Lunch in Asheville – at S & W Market Food Hall & Taproom (at your own cost)
4 pm – 6 pm
Walking tour of Asheville: Pick your theme (let us know morning of if you didn’t tell us at registration) or free time. Themes are: 1) Architectural Photography Urban Walk; 2) South Slope Brewery Tour; and 3) Urban Hiking to include Shopping, Bookstores, Coffee, and more.
6 pm – 7:30 pm
Drum Circle music event in Asheville and/or dinner on your own
Campfire social – marshmallows included (bring your guitar if you have one)
Saturday – October 22
8 am – noon
Guided waterfall and photography hike
9 am – 12:30 pm
Choose your adventure:
Guided mountain biking (intermediate riders and above) with Outside Nomad or guided hike
Group lunch at Noblebräu Brewing (discounted lunch and free brewery tour) and brewery hopping in the neighborhood for those desiring more beer
Manicure Session sponsored by Happy Camper Nails and rig tours starting now and throughout the evening
Bring your goods to sell or exchange with others at the Picnic Market.
Bring your beer for the Beer Share Social.
Wear your CCD T-shirt.
5:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Beer Share Social and Meat Up Potluck sponsored by Happy Camper Nails
5:15 pm Beer Share Social begins
5:30 pm Group Picture
6:30 pm Meat Up Potluck Dinner – bring meat to grill and a dish to share (tablecloths provided by LITO Luxury in the Outdoors)
Campfire and S’mores-gasbord (all the fancy fixins included)
Sunday – October 23
10 am – 11 am
Coffee (sponsored by Black Bear Coffee Co.) and pastries meet up for all and goodbyes for those leaving
One last adventure:
Guided mountain bike, hike or other adventure for those staying. Or this would be a good day to visit Biltmore if you are interested, as you can spend a nearly full day touring the house, grounds and winery. (Reservations are required).
Group dinner possibly at Sierra Nevada (at your own cost)
Q: Who is hosting this?
A: Your camp guides for this exhilarating weekend are the owners of Living a Stout Life (Ken & April Pishna) and The Virtual Campground (Barry & Debra Benton), all of whom are full-time RVers with great experiences and varied interests to share, along with skills to teach you all you need to know to enjoy the activities that are Camp Carpe Diem.
Q: Will I be able to take part in all the activities?
A: The plan is to schedule them so you can participate in as many as you want. We do ask each attendee to judge for themselves if they are physically able to participate.
Q: Are there additional costs or fees?
A: All activities are included. The cost of any alcohol or food outside what we offer is on your own as is any transportation required to get to activities.
Q: Can I get a refund?
A: Refunds will be available if you cancel your participation at least 60 days prior to the event. From 59 to 30 days out, we can offer a 50% discount. Less than 30 days is non-refundable.
Q: Who will be leading us on these activities?
A: RVers are a talented group and we have a lot of great professionals who will be sharing their talents and skills. Barry Benton is a professional photographer who leads workshops for amateur photographers to share great places and give tips on capturing images. Debra Benton is a wellness aficionado and an expert in event management. April and Ken Pishna of Living a Stout Life wrote the book on beer tasting and host a podcast to share the stories of brewers. Jill & August Wheeler are mountain biking experts, fitness professionals, and have first aid expertise. They’ll be leading our mountain biking rides, amongst other things. In addition, we have wellness aficionados to lead yoga and stretching classes, cooks, outdoor educators, and more.