In August we started our journey across the country to visit Cindy's brother and family in Washington. We saw and explored a lot of our beautiful country. Our time on the west coast was limited due to the fires and smoke, but we had a great time with family. Our time after leaving Washington was awesome and we will post a lot of what we saw and did in the coming weeks. On October 2, 2020 our road trip ended when we collided with a Black Angus cow on a Utah highway. Our truck was severely damaged, but we were not injured except for a few bruises and an airbag burn on my left arm. We are back in Georgia for now looking to get a new truck. I hope to start posting pictures and video from our great time in the Great Outdoors!
We sold our house of 26 years in August 2019 and had decided we would buy a travel trailer and explore our beautiful country. We knew we had to be home in November for our newest grandsons birth, so we decided to make a short trip to Colorado during part of August and most of September. We were home for our grandsons birth and the holiday season, but we needed to try out our new RTT rig on our F150. We spent 8 days at Big Bend National Park in Texas and came home to wait for warmer weather out west. In February we left for our destination called the Mojave Desert. We were able to see a lot of the desert and Joshua Tree, but the Covid-19 virus began to spread and California was one of the worst hit areas. We left quicker than we planned for Arizona and Utah. Temperatures were colder than we liked, but we were able to stay away from crowds and people interactions in big open country. We took every precaution starting in early March wearing gloves and mask when getting gas or food. Campgrounds were starting to close as were visitor centers for the parks. We hit Utah for the open public land camping, which worked out fine. We had supplies for weeks and places to park, but it just isn't the same when family back home is going through this pandemic and we were so far away. We like to go into town and get a pizza or hamburger from mom and pop restaurants which are shut down now to restrict social gatherings and the spread of the virus. We decided to head back home and wait this virus out closer to family. We are secure now and I have plenty of time to work with our video and pictures. Samples will be on our Facebook page with more details available on our website. We enjoy our friends following our page and website, and appreciate the likes and comments you share. Share with your friends to allow others to see more of our great and beautiful country that we know will survive and defeat this virus. Stay safe and wash your hands!
We made a quick trip to test our new truck and RTT set-up. We left the travel trailer and traveled quick and light hitting a hotel on the long drive out and then 7 nights in primitive campsites at Big Bend National Park in Texas. The truck did fantastic on road and off road. We drove the Old Ore Road that we missed last February and the camping sites were well away from other visitors. The weather was just right and we were able to explore many new areas and test our limitations. We added an annex to our tent set-up and it came in handy on two of the colder nights. Overlanding in a vehicle that supports all of your travel needs is very rewarding and we look forward to trips planned for western travels through New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and our destination, Washington. Coming soon to your Neck of the Woods, Come on, let's Explore NOW!
A lot of things happening during the holiday season including a new grandson that made our Thanksgiving so special. Camping in southern Alabama has been good for us as we prepare for Christmas and upgrade our equipment for our next journey. As with most people that travel, the weather is a big factor in choosing a place to visit. We are considering a short trip before Christmas to an area that doesn't get too cold at night. Watch for new post on Facebook and our New YouTube Channel coming soon.
Wishing everyone a Safe and Merry Christmas! Come on, let's Explore NOW!
We sold our house and closed on August 2, 2019. Our plans changed very quickly as we prepared to live on the road and travel the country. First, we couldn't get the travel trail we dreamed of having and bought a Surveyor 267RBSS. Next, we planned to pull our trailer with the Nissan Armada, but it was not strong enough to get the job done safely. We decided to get what we wanted with the HQ19 and found a good deal on a Ford F150 XLT FX4 truck. It is just what we wanted for our off-road adventures. After getting every loose end finalized in Valdosta, we hit the road heading towards cooler weather in Colorado. It was a quick drive out over 3 days, but we finally arrived and love the weather so far. It is a challenge learning the ropes living in a travel trailer and having everything you need, like water, electricity and a place to dump. Also, having good fast internet is hard to find here. We are in Pegosa Springs today and at the local library where wifi is fast. I hope to post some images to catch up to where we are now and later I will work on video. Come on, let's Explore NOW!
Here we are ready to hit the road, but we still have a house to sell. The weather is cold across the country and there aren't many places we could go on our maiden adventure. Over the past few years we started our exploration of the country by flying into Seattle and renting a vehicle. Our path took us to the Grays Harbor area to visit with Cindy's brother then on to Las Vegas on whatever path we chose to take. We stayed north the first trip and went through Washington, stopping at Mount St. Helens and on through Idaho to our first stop at Glacier National Park in northern Montana. It was awesome and because the Going to the Sun road was still closed, we had to drive around to see the east side. Next on our list was Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. At Moab, Utah we had a blast riding a Razor through the canyonland landscape and seeing Arches National Park. Next was Bryce Canyon, then Zion and finally the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The only scheduled room was in Las Vegas, where we flew home. I'll post pictures in our gallery as we continue to build and refine our travel images. (Summer 2010)