When we sold our house and moved on the road, one thing that many of our friends and family worried about was that we would get lonely and miss having a community to call our own. Not only has that been proven wrong, but our community keeps getting larger and larger. Our time so far here in Maine has allowed us to form new friendships with some wonderful people. Betsy and Nancy (RV-A-GOGO) are camp hosting here in Bar Harbor this summer and are helping us make the most of our month here. Just a few nights ago, they hosted a lobster cookout for us and for Amanda and Tim (Watsons Wander). We had never met Betsy and Nancy in person and we had only met Amanda and Tim once for a few hours at a noisy bar in Colorado, and already we feel like we have known them for years.
Now that we are going to do shorter, more real time blogging I think I should get a phone app. Hope it is easier than the computer. Update: Just published and updated this from my phone! Hooray!
OK, so we have again fallen behind on our tales and are once again rethinking the format. After a couple of years we think it is time we abandon the chronological capturing of sequential stops on our journey in favor of a more informal “blog as we feel like it” type of format. Regardless I know we want the blog to be real time and this is not.
I hate to not finish things we start and since I have a whole bunch of pictures from New Mexico, our season two bookend will be a photojournal of the Spring end of our ventures after leaving Arizona. After a bunch of time in RV parks in the west coast all winter we were thrilled to be back in the state of New Mexico. This time we tried out a State Park called Elephant Butte out in the middle of nowhere. But then again, in the middle of nowhere with 50 amps and water is just where you want to be sometimes.
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.
Although we are well into our second winter on the road I hate to admit that we have not done much boondocking at this point. For those not familiar with the term, boondocking is a slang term for dry camping or camping without hook-ups. Continue reading
The real reason we were in Twentynine Palms in February was to visit Joshua Tree National Park. It was Robin’s birthday weekend and although we have had some pretty nice dog walking we had not done any real hiking in a while and she was looking to get out. Continue reading
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
Years ago we decided that a nice week long vacation is a good way to spend a big birthday like say 40. When Robin turned 40 we did a week completely off work at an all inclusive in Mexico where we lounged on the beach or by the pool, snorkeled, learned to scuba dive, and took full advantage of the all inclusive resort food and drink privileges. Continue reading
After Chowchilla, we made our way back north near my brother and sister in law’s place and back to the Pleasanton, Alameda County Fairgrounds where we enjoyed a civilized and traditional holiday with family. Continue reading