It has been a while since our last blog (well over a year!) and an eventful and non-eventful stretch it has been. We have been stationary for about 15 or 16 months and since this is a travel blog, we didn’t feel overly compelled to keep it up. For those that don’t follow our Facebook site, we had to make a slight change to the end of the 2016 snowbird journey. We were dealing with multiple pet issues including 16 and 17 year old cats with health in general decline. Having pets on the road is tricky but having geriatric pets and having to make five trips to five different vets in five cities in about six months was more than tricky, and as tough on us as it is on the cats. In addition, our old man dog Hank, now 14.5 years old, was having more and more mobility issues including a blown CCL (knee ligament) suffered while hiking in Flagstaff in spring of 2016.
We spent the last week boondocking outside of Grand Canyon National Park. We found a great free site about five miles from the entrance. The site was a little tight but we squeezed in and enjoyed a few glorious half days exploring the Grand Canyon and some pretty decent remote camping during an otherwise typical work week with questionable weather. We did however have great weather during a couple of trips in the park for some hiking and exploring. We did one with the dogs on the South Rim Trail and then a second hike down the South Kaibab Trail into the canyon a ways.
Although as I write, we again find ourselves immersed in a 72+ hour tropical depression, it is hard to complain considering our surroundings for the week.
We are going to let you in on a little travel secret today here at Livebreathemove.com. The absolute best time to go to the beach on the Atlantic is in the weeks immediately following Labor Day weekend. The weather is still good, the water is warm and the hoards of people and kids are back to wherever it is all these hoards of people go after Labor Day. Even rules such as whether or not dogs are allowed on the beach often change in our favor right about this time.
After New York, we had to decide if we wanted to take the inland route south and visit Baltimore and Washington DC or if we wanted to hug the coast and bum around the beach for a few weeks. Since we spent a months worth of eating out money in a weekend in New York and because we have both already visited Baltimore and DC, we decided to check out some beaches that were new to us. We stared in Tom’s River, Near the famous Jersey Shore. The warm water small crowds and big surf were a fun challenge for swimming.
After leaving our blissful night of boondocking in Quartzite, we somewhat begrudgingly headed to our next reservation site at the Desert Trails RV Park in Tucson. We had attempted to get into the nearby state parks but once again, we were not quite set up for the no hookup sites available with short notice. This was another age restricted park that, for the first time, did not require special permission for us.
After stop two of our “staycation” in Chula Vista, we were ready to get back to reality and some more affordable accommodations but we had no idea where we wanted to go. We loved the weather we had in Palm Springs and we were kicking ourselves for not making a trip up to Joshua Tree National Park while we were so close. At the same time, Palm Springs is far from the place you want to go to save money after being on vacation for a month and unfortunately, our rig is not really compatible with the camping available inside Joshua Tree National Park. A couple we met on the road recommended an RV park in Twentynine Palms which is near the national park where Robin determined she wanted to spend her birthday weekend. Continue reading
In the last blog I discussed how, instead of spending money on a week long vacation, we decided to do a month long snowbird style “staycation” and increase our spending for the month by approximately what a week long vacation would have cost us. After our golf week in Palm Springs we decided to take up residency at the Chula Vista RV Park for three weeks. Continue reading
So we have fallen a little behind on the blog. Been a busy work winter and unlike last year, our weather has been great. That means less down time inside writing blogs and more time playing on the beach and golf courses. With weather hammering our friends and family in the Midwest and Northeast, we thought it might be a good time to get caught up on the blog in a photo journalistic way.
After leaving the San Fran suburbs in early November, we were ready for some beach time and an out of the way park in Pescadero, California did the trick for a week. Continue reading
After Glenwood we continued west to another RV Resort in Moab, Utah. We sadly exited Colorado for the year, but we looked forward to exploring a neighboring state that neither one of us had much experience with. Continue reading
We are back on the road. After the always exciting extraction of our home from the top of the mountain 9300 feet up, we started with a quick few nights at the beautiful Glenwood Canyon RV Resort . This was a great but pricey park just off of I-70 in a scenic mountain location just outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Continue reading