Sixteen states, 44 campgrounds, and over 8,000 towing miles later, here we are. Yesterday marked one year since we said good-bye to our so called normal life and hit the road. Somedays it’s shocking that it’s been a year already but others it feels like we’ve been doing this a long time, we’ve done more in this first year than some will ever do in their lifetime. It’s been quite an experience. As the insurance commercial says, “We’ve seen a thing or two.”
Do we have any regrets? Sure we do. We regret not doing it sooner. Yeah, there’s things we could have planned better and took more time figuring out but to us, that’s all part of the adventure.
Do we miss our house? You mean, the maintenance nightmare? No. Sure we miss things about it, like the washer and dryer, the dishwasher, the fenced in yard for the dogs and of course the beloved Tiki Bar, but those are just things. We loved our house and we made lots of lasting memories there but we felt trapped and were always wanting to be somewhere else, not having to deal with homeowner responsibilities.
Will we ever settle? Yes. I’m sure of that. This lifestyle isn’t always margaritas on the beach or hiking National Parks. It can be stressful and it can be exhausting. We do plan to slow things down, but we have no plans to stop traveling or living in an RV. There’s still too much to see and do but it’s time to focus on us, and getting back to… reality?? We’ve kind of lost track of time, literally and whether we like it or not there’s still responsibilities in this lifestyle. Sometime in the near future we’ll have to look for a source of income.
Twelve months in and if it all ended tomorrow we would forever be grateful for this opportunity to have done what so many only dream of. Fulfilling a dream that once seemed impossible is worth every single uncertainty we may have had. As for you, no matter what your dreams are, I leave you with this quote.
“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” ~Wayne Dyer
Just over two weeks ago we arrived in Panguitch, Utah. It was kind of by accident but just what we needed. After all the traveling and back to back National Park visits we were desperate for some down time. Salt Lake City was at the top of our list, unfortunately there were no extended stays available. The Hitch N Post Campground was the next nearest option. It’s a small campground in a small town. By small I mean No Walmart, No McDonalds, No Breweries and ONE tiny grocery store (not open on Sundays.) Surprisingly there is a Hospital and the world’s smallest liquor store, you know, the important stuff. We’ve finally had a chance to catch up on many things that had been neglected… all that stuff you thought we left behind, laundry, bills, groceries, cleaning (like the corn syrup explosion upon arrival)maintenance, travel plans, and job searching. Oh and rest, we got some much needed rest and the dogs are greatly appreciative of that!
So far we haven’t gotten too bored, I mean check this out… cows on the beach! How many times can you say you’ve seen that!?!?! Well, probably more than I have so it was quite a comical site to me.We are about ten minutes to Red Canyon and a half hour to Bryce Canyon National Park. So there’s that, and what a sight THAT is! Stay tuned for pictures from Bryce…
A two night stay in Pocatello, ID led us to this not so little gem of a Museum. Possibly the most entertaining museum visit ever. From the over 400 vacuums on display to the fun, quirky, creations made using cleaning supplies. It was so much more than expected. We even had the pleasure to meet the “man himself” Don Aslett, founder of the museum. Don, is a bit of a celebrity
publishing over 40 books and even appearing on Oprah! Still going strong at 83, and what a character! Oh and if you’re wondering the place was CLEAN!
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We thought we were so lucky to get a spot at a campground inside the park and with our National Parks Pass it was a bargain! We knew that our site didn’t have much to offer. No water, no sewer, no electricity. No Problem! We’ll fill up our tanks with water and use the generator for power. Except… before realizing it we passed the water filling station with no way to turn around. Ahh, we’ll get by with the little bit of water left in the tank (It’s only 4 nights.)
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Day five, our final day at Yellowstone and it did not disappoint! We left the campground at 6:30 a.m. to make the two hour drive to see Old Faithful. We got a close parking spot and a front row seat. It was quite a sight to see.
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Day four, we chose not to venture too far into the park, instead we went to the town where we’re staying to check out the local shops. Gardiner, MT Continue reading “Yellowstone – Day 4”
Day three started early in hopes of capturing good light for taking photos and avoiding the crowds. The temps were cool in the morning but the sun quickly warmed things up. Most of the day was spent capturing waterfalls along the Yellowstone River.
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Day two took us to Mammoth Hot Springs. I don’t have the words to describe this place, it’s kind of amazing! I overheard several tourists saying, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” As for myself, the only thing close I can compare it to are ice formations along Lake Michigan after a miserably cold winter. But it’s not ice, or snow, it’s rock, it’s steaming hot, and the whole thing was completely surreal.
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