|Our first week in a storage lot - free with FHU's thanks to good friends.|
We've done things differently than we thought we would in that we've only dry camped a couple times, and found we're quite comfortable in RV parks. Those too-close-to-neighbors-often-like-a-parking-lot places we thought were horrible have turned out to be just fine for how we travel. Our outdoor time is spent away from home so we don't really care if we have large space around us. We seldom even have our chairs set out, and can count on one hand the number of times we've eaten outside when it's just the two of us. I'm sure this is blasphemy to many, but it works for us. Of course those happy hours and pot luck meals with friends are grand fun outside!
|January 2016 gathering at Catalina State Park - Wrights, Banks, Lowes and Ponds.|
We've had some windier-than-is-comfortable-to-drive days, and twice found ourselves on icy roads. Otherwise we've successfully navigated around bad weather on our moving days. A tornado touched down 1/2 mile from us in Arlington, Texas, both Hurricanes Florence and Michael (2018) caught up with us after they downgraded to tropical storms, and I had to evacuate the motorhome from a major fire in Valencia, California. Otherwise we've been successful in our original goal to be guided by the seasons.
|The Rye Fire came within yards of the campground, way too close!|
|Knowing the smartest place to be during set-up and breakdown.|
We've been to the east coast twice, experiencing wonderful places we'd only heard about. The west is still home, and for us holds the most breath-taking natural beauty. Although we've traveled mostly different routes, we have yet to visit the "middle" states of Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. A summer in Alaska is still in our future as well.
|The East is filled with wonderful early American history. Mt Vernon was smaller than we expected.|
|The sun first rises in the United States - Cadillac Mountain, Maine |
The fog made it magical and ethereal, and a wonderfully unique moment.
|In the shadow of the full solar eclipse - Albany, Oregon|
Bad photo, incredible life experience. When the stars came out and the temperature dropped 10 degrees, it was a humbling 90 second education on the power of the universe.
|Times Square - NYC, New York |
This city surprised me in so many ways, but mostly how much I was affected by the energy of its hum. I could have hung out here for hours and just absorbed it.
|Powerful waves - La Push, Washington |
We see a lot of beaches, love watching the surf. These waves were so huge, rising several feet before their violent crash. They were mesmerizing.
|Gardens at Manzanar Japanese Internment Camp - Inyo County, California |
The whole place is moving, and the remains of the beautiful gardens tell a story of the tenacity of a people able to find and create beauty in the worst of times.
|Wild ponies - Chincoteague Island, Virginia |
Realizing a little girl's dream of meeting the heroes of her childhood stories.
|Civil Rights Museum - Memphis, Tennessee |
Visiting just after the 2016 presidential election was depressing. I felt like I needed to apologize to all who had fought and died to slow the spread of hate across this county. Still, it's so well done.
|Honoring the directions - Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona|
Along the gorgeous Hwy 89A is a rest area with missing and faded signs on a concrete medicine wheel recognizing the four directions. Ancient story tellers speak in whispers here.
|Wolf sighting - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming|
We've seen all the big animals in the wild except moose, but this was the biggest wow for me of them all. (I've confirmed it wasn't a coyote)
43 states, visited 94 people from high school away from our annual reunion, 43,700 miles in the motorhome, and 19 NFL stadiums are just a few of our "stats".
|Visiting high school pals Peggy and Michelle in Roundup, Montana|
We miss our grandsons, and our sons. More each time we leave from visiting them. We look forward to their joining us for fun times on the road.
|A rare capture of the family together (Travis and Emily were on their honeymoon).|
And yes, we are continuing our travels, to add more amazing experiences that fill our hearts and expand our minds.
Many thanks to all of you who've come along for the ride, you've made it even better!