Three plus years of full timing....what have we learned
|Zion National Park, Utah, December 2010|
|Harris Hawk at Sonoran Desert Museum, Tuscon Feb. 2011|
When we left Cedar Rapids it began our 4th year of living and traveling in our RV. The last three years have flown by and we are still not ready to go back to a sticks and bricks life. We have traveled a lot of the western US but even with time out there all three years there are so many places we have yet to discover. This year will be our first going south and east, all new places for me and many new ones for John. I think one of the things that I learn every time we find somewhere new is how beautiful this country is. If you slow down and take the time you will find amazing things everywhere. I think the thing I appreciate the most about this lifestyle is that freedom to take it slow.
|BLM land near Quartzite, AZ in January 2011|
|Putah Creek, Winters CA in Jan.2013|
|Crater Lake, Oregon, fall 2012|
|Diamond Lake, Oregon, fall 2012|
When we first took off we were excited to see new places and we moved along at a pretty good pace. We traveled 4-6 hours a day and maybe stayed 2-3 days at a time. It didn’t take long until we found that driving 3-4 hours was preferable and staying longer was more enjoyable. I think now our normal stays are a week at a time and at least once in the winter we will stay put for 2-3 months. Like most full timers we like to do most of our site seeing and travel in the off seasons of spring and fall when it is a little quieter and more relaxed. We have found ourselves on occasion, like a family commitment, traveling much faster and it certainly makes the trips less enjoyable.
|Elephant Butte Reservoir, Elephant Butte NM, Spring 2012|
|Elephant Butte, South Monticello campground, Spring 2012|
|Heceta Head Lighthouse, spring 2013|
|Death Valley, California January 2011|
|Grand Canyon, Arizona, spring 2012|
|Lake Pend O'rellie, Idaho September 2012|
|Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, Fall 2012|
|Patricks Point California Spring 2013|
|Canyon Creek Park in California from a trail on Lake Berryessa|
|Harris Beach Oregon, February 2013|
Crater Lake in Oregon is another place that needs to be seen to be believed. There are photos of how blue the water is but seeing that it is as blue as that is just surreal. Speaking of Oregon, I think so far it is my favorite state. It has an amazing coastline, beautiful mountains and forests so what’s not to like? Heceta Head Lighthouse will forever remain etched in our memories. There are so many more places it’s hard to put them all in this post. It would go on for a very long time. So instead I am putting in my favorite photos from these last 3 years. I hope your travels, whether in an RV, a car, a plane, however you travel gives you as many special memories and that you see the beauty everywhere you go.