Monday, March 3, 2014

Three Years Full Timing, A Review - New Orleans, LA…

our new motorhome 2-2010
imageToday is March 3rd and it was this day three years ago we left our home of over 30 years to hit the road in our first ever owned RV. We sold everything we owned with the exception of the few items our kids claimed and whatever we could fit into our RV. We hadn’t even sold our house yet as we drove off to the east without a care in the world…It does seem a little crazy when you think about it...
Our first year found us traveling all along the eastern USA where followed our daughter's last year of college fastpitch softball. After softball and her graduation we ended up seeing every state on the eastern shore and spent our first winter down in Florida exploring the Keys enjoying all of Florida’s grandeur. Yes we had a wonderful first year!
Our second year was our western tour as we went out and explored every coastal western state from the Wineries of Washington State to the beauty of Oregon and the diversity that California had to offer. Winter took us to Arizona and Texas. By the end of our second year we had visited over half of the USA.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in MichiganThis past year was different in that we didn’t visit states along the ocean during the spring and summer. Funny that we started out our third year in the same place we started our first one as we were in our original home town of College Station, Texas. We may have moved from there but we still love to visit it and see our old friends as we move east to west or west to east across our great country.
From Texas we headed east where we stayed at Betty’s RV Park,a real treat and a place we plan to revisit very soon. A short visit in the Big Easy (where we are now) and then we went to the Camp Freightliner class in Gaffney, SC. The class was fantastic and reinforced much of what we had learned yet it also offered us some new valuable tips and insights.
We stayed a month during spring in North Carolina a state we have grown to enjoy and where we are also able to visit our daughter who resides there. As spring gripped control of the weather we headed north and visited with a great friend we met during our first year on the road where I once again stopped by to help him hay his farm in Virginia.
John and Sharon Xmas 2013From Virginia we made our way north to our first stop in Canada where we checked off a bucket list item for us, Niagara Falls. We visited with more friends from the road in Toronto, Canada and then headed west into Michigan where we visited with Sharon’s cousin and his wife.
This began what we call our Great Lakes tour  where we wanted to dip our toes in each of the Great Lakes. We had many memorable highlights on this trip but Wisconsin stood out as the real star as we really enjoyed our stays in Ashland, Green Bay and Madison. Next we cut through the nation's mid section and visited more RV friends in Illinois as well as some old softball friends in Indiana. The highlight here was visiting small Midwestern towns and one of our friends graciously taking us for a flight in is airplane.
Lovers Lane SP FL 053Finally we ended up wintering in the same location (but a different park) as we did the first year in Bonita Springs Florida. After a few months wintering where it was much warmer than most of the rest of the USA we made our way back north along the Emerald Coast of Florida and eventually to where we are now, in New Orleans.
The beautiful sights as well as the fun we have had visiting the many new and old friends along the way makes us glad in retrospect that we dared to shed our things to trade them in for these priceless experiences the past three years.
The facts… 6820.8 miles across 17 states and one Canadian Province. Another very successful year. I will post a follow up blog to this one with more financial details.









21 comments:

  1. You certainly haven't let any grass grow under your tires. You seem very happy with your decision and your life. It is wonderful to be so free.

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  2. Nice three year wrap up. What's in store next?

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    1. only mother nature knows... we plan to visit friends and family in Texas before heading west where we plan to visit the mountain states

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  3. Happy Anniversary. You two sure have had a wonderful three years living the good life.

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  4. Congratulations! And even better... it sounds like the fun is just getting started. Wishing you the best!

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  5. Travelin it Smoothly......in your Allegro! Way to travel. Loved your wrap up of the last three years . We too, had a fast pitch softball college player payer. What's next?

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  6. Glad you liked Wisconsin so much! But you sure wouldn't like it right now...ewwww!

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  7. Fun stuff- can't wait to here the Mardi Gras report !

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  8. Congratulations on your third anniversary! Life on wheels sounds like a perfect fit for the two of you! May your 4th year be even better than the first 3!

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  9. Congratulations! It sure is a wonderful life isn't it!

    That first paragraph could have been taken from our story. It was exactly how we started! We will be four years out come June. It has been such a fantastic time. We don't see an end any time in the future.

    Hope your year four brings you many new adventures and much joy! Maybe we'll meet up down the road. We will be heading west come May.

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  10. You packed a lot of travel into your first three years! It is great finding little gems along the way and Betty's is one of them.

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  11. Wow three years already, amazing how time flies, we were so close when you guys hit the road.

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  12. It is certainly fun reliving the travels. Enjoy your time in the west. We are really interested in hearing about Mardi Gras.

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  13. Congratulations! Since our next route is thru the midsection I will refer to your stories.
    Cant wait to hear about your Mardi Gras experience.
    _MonaLiza

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  14. Love the photo in the Santa Hat, Congrats on hitting the 3 year mark. Another month and we will celebrate 4, its a great life isn't it.

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  15. Congratulations on three years on the road. We will hit that benchmark this August. It is so liberating to trade in things for experiences, isn't it?

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  17. Congratulations on three great years on the road.

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  18. Happy Anniversary! Good 3 year review. About 4 and a half years ago we did the same crazy things and sit here today loving it.

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