Yellowstone Park, aliens at #Roswell, deserted lake areas, vortexes in Sedona, #Carlsbad Caverns and more. These are just a few of the stops on our upcoming 2019 RV adventures. As full-time RVers, we’ve planned a full schedule that will take us across another nine states by the end of 2019.
We spent January and February in Florida volunteering at Lake Swan Camp in central Florida. From there we moved up to Atlanta to celebrate my daughter Caroline’s wedding.
Meet Caroline and Justin Russell.
After getting all our medical checkups back at home in Ohio, we headed to Memphis to see John’s mother—95 years.
We then went through a terrible windstorm in Arkansas, with up to 75 mph winds, losing an awning covering, vent covers, and a door piston that popped off when we opened the front door in the strong wind. Oh well…
We did repairs in Oklahoma before moving on to New Mexico. We spent about a week there. We boondocks at Conchas Dam State Park, an idyllic campground with crystal blue water and New Mexico-themed picnic shelters. We were right off of Route 66, so we were able to explore Tucumcari, NM.
We then moved on to Taos to see the art that makes it so special. Then there was Los Alamos to visit The Manhattan Project site. We also spent a lovely day at Bandelier National Monument (please see our blog about this great natural wonder).
Arizona was next on the agenda, and it held both wonderful and tragic memories.
We made a stop at Carlsbad Caverns. Then there was Roswell for its International UFO Museum, Sedona to connect with the spiritual vortex, a stop in Tucson, then Phoenix—to see our good friends Gary and Liz Barnes.
While in Phoenix, our beloved pet, Eli (an American Eskimo), had to be put to sleep because he had advanced cancer. He didn’t show signs of being sick until one week before his death on April 1.
X-rays revealed the severity of the problem and he was in too much pain to let him continue to suffer. We will spread his ashes in a few months when we find a place that feels right. He had one glorious year on the road with us where he was able to roam free on many occasions, and we had him for seven years before that. His sister, Angel, misses him almost as much as we do, but he will remain in our hearts. We truly appreciate all the words of condolences we received. It did help, so thank you.
We took a few days after Eli’s death to gather ourselves, then we headed to Lone Rock campground on the border between Arizona and Utah. The peace and quiet of the beach helped us deal with the loss of Eli.
From there we moved to Kodachrome Basin Campground for one day. They messed up our reservations, so we moved on. We always have a Plan B AND C, so we tried for a camping spot at Bryce Canyon National Park. Amazingly, there was a great one, with an unobstructed view of the park. My advice--go in April. We are now at a private campground near Capitol Reef National Park, where we will hopefully find more hiking paths.
We don’t have set plans after that. We must make our way north to Montana because we are workamping for six months at three hotels in West Yellowstone. We’ll be desk clerks, and in our time off, we plan to explore the area thoroughly and get in some fishing. I’ll be blogging each week about Yellowstone, so if you have any questions, just let me know and I’ll try to find you the answers. As a former travel writer, I’ll focus on things my readers want to know, such as what attractions are worth the time and money, where you should stay (either hotel or RV campgrounds), and what you should expect to see when you are inside Yellowstone Park. I’ll also recommend good times to visit and things to avoid.
After Yellowstone, we will come back through Idaho, then go to Nevada, Arizona, and California.
2020 will have us heading up the West Coast and up into Canada and Alaska. But that’s another story.
Stay tuned. We would love to hear from you. And don’t forget to like our Facebook page, It’s 70 Degrees Somewhere.