We celebrated one year full-time RVing on June 2nd. After spending one year living in our RV we have learned some great lessons. You’ll hear from me as well as my hubby Ed’s perspective, always fun to learn from the male perspective!
We drove away…
from our “sticks and bricks” house in Georgetown Texas on June 2, 2017. Our first stop was Durango Colorado where we use to live and still have special friends there. As we traveled during the summer months we drove 7,000 miles and visited ten states!!!
Lesson #1 ….
that was too many miles and too many states! We ended up spending five months in Arizona “lot sitting” about an hour north of Phoenix in Wickenburg AZ. Parking the rig and exploring the area and enjoying the mild winter weather was something we really enjoyed.
it cost more than we thought. This is the case since we drove so many miles last year. We have a diesel pick-up and get 9 miles to the gallon. This is one reason we are driving less miles this year as the price of diesel is averaging $3 a gallon. The other expense that we really have to watch for are the cost of RV parks. They average $35 a night but if we find some that take one of our club cards we can get it down to $30. Still, 10 nights out of a month and we have spent $300. During the summer months we “boondock” as much as possible in the National Forest and on BLM land. We re-fill the rig with water with a small electric pump we run with our generator and the generator re-charges our batteries as well. Truly “living off the grid!”
Last Year Boondocking in Wyoming
Musings from Ed……
You meet some very interesting and special people on the road. Two years ago at a campground in Colorado we meet an amazing couple, Ken and Rita, from Odessa Texas. They are retired college professors in their 80’s who have been RVing since the 60’s! Ken and Rita were an engaging and fun couple to be around, not to mention an inspiration. They had many stories to tell of their adventures on the road.
While we were in a BLM campground…
on the Eastern slopes of the Sierra’s below Mt. Whitney last year, we took a drive up to the Whitney portal. This is the trail head for the John Muir trail that runs from Mt. Whitney to Yosemite National park, 210 miles long. While in the base camp store we met a father and his 10 yr. old son from Australia. They had just completed the John Muir trail in twenty days, averaging ten miles a day with climbs up to 14,000 feet. We were so impressed with the friendliness of both of them and especially the maturity of the ten year old. They were disappointed the cafe was closed for the season because they were hankering for a hamburger. We offered them a ride down to Lone Pine on Hwy. 395 which they gladly accepted, and dropped them off at a restaurant with hamburgers! They were catching a bus to Los Angeles the next morning and taking a flight back to Australia. We have often regretted that we didn’t get their contact information because they had more hikes planned.
Troy and his 10 year old son
After being around Ken, Rita…
and Troy and his son, it has been easier for me to get out of my “loner” mentality. This year in Sedalia MO there was another couple from No. Carolina that made you feel like you had been best friends for years. I’ve come to realize that striking up a conversation with a fellow RVer or a brief acquaintance can lead to some fun stories and great connections. I’ve found that people who RV, or are out enjoying this great country, are open, friendly, and willing to help if needed. These experiences have caused me to open my heart and share experiences with others on the road.
We head out for Colorado…
on June 17th and we can’t wait to see beautiful scenery, meet some more amazing fellow RVers and share our stories with all of you!
See you down the road…
Ed and Chris
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