The Big Trip!
Megan writing here! This year, not just on Thanksgiving, we celebrate the tremendous amount of gratitude we have for all we have experienced since beginning this journey. The month of November has been particularly wonderful after getting to see friends and family along the way on our second cross-country trip this year. It began from our 2-month stay at Middle Creek campground along the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Buchanan, VA, all the way to our destination in western Arizona at Lake Havasu. The 2,300 mile drive was filled with joyous moments with close friends and family.
We began our journey west driving for 8 hours to have a two night stay in the Music City of Nashville, TN at Safe Harbor RV resort along Percy Priest Lake. The next day, we rode our bikes on the Greenway and over the Cumberland River into downtown Nashville, hearing the intermittent crunch of the autumn leaves underneath us. So many people were also out enjoying the beautiful morning.
We stopped to have coffee at our halfway point in downtown at the Johnny Cash Museum and rode back to our RV–or, as we like to call it, the Cabasa (casa + caboose)! So, back at the Cabasa we met up with one of my close and long-term friends, who lives in Nashville and she took us to one of Nashville’s only breweries, the Bearded Iris. We enjoyed great conversation over a couple of tasty beers and made our way to Printer’s Alley in downtown Nashville, including Robert’s Western World, and Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar where we enjoyed listening and dancing to some live music.
Fort Worth, TX
The next day we headed out and began the long journey to Dallas/Fort Worth. The drive was extreme with lots of rain, and what later turned into tornados. Once that calmed, we hit a 2 hour traffic delay in Little Rock, which really added to our exhaustion. We made it to the eastern side of Dallas, where we parked for the night at a local Cracker Barrel. Our first boondocking experience!
The next day we settled in at Northlake Village RV Park and had a BBQ that evening with Bobbys sister, and their beautiful family. The night was filled with laughter and catching up, and we were grateful to spend time with them. The next day, we met up with Bobby’s mom who was also visiting, and attended our nephews little league baseball game. Finally, we wrapped up the evening at Uncle Julios Mexican for a margarita and some great food!
The next morning we hopped back in the truck, and made our way to El Paso, TX. We passed through west Texas, which seems to be in an oil boom. Finally, we got to Sunland Park & Casino, which offered a few RV spots with hook ups on the cheap. We stayed the night, and threw a few bucks in the slots while there. So much fun!
We stayed in Tempe, AZ just down the street from ASU for a night. We are so thankful for the opportunity to hang out with one of my former coworkers from Colorado. She took us to such a fun board game bar in Tempe called Snakes and Lattes where we had a blast playing new games with new friends! It was also cool to see the party seen in Tempe!
The next few nights, we stayed with close friends in Chandler. They were so hospitable and we enjoyed some time with them at the Desert Botanic Gardens where we also got to experience the chocolate and chili festival (so yum)! We hung out by the pool, went on a hike on South Mountain, watched some football, and tried some authentic New Mexican food. They also spoiled us with some yummy sushi for my birthday at Shimogamo. What a treat!
Lake Havasu City, AZ
We are incredibly grateful for our journey getting here, our new home, Lake Havasu City, AZ. We’ve adapted quickly to the culture here, which is very laid back and outdoorsy. We are so happy to be in mild temps this winter, and right on the water!
Because we’re so close to water, we treated ourselves to a new SUP (stand-up paddle board) and kayak to enjoy for our time here. They are both inflatable but they work great so far! They are both a great workout, too! Paddle Havasu!
All in all, it is very fitting that I am posting this blog on Thanksgiving, seeing that we have a lot in our lives to be grateful for. Every day Bobby and I give thanks for all that with which we have been blessed. Though we are sad we aren’t able to spend the day with friends or family back in Colorado, we are giving a shout out to having being graced with the presence of our friends and family along the way from our previous home in Virginia to our new home in Arizona. Shout out to my dear friend Debbie in Nashville, my sister-in-law Sarah, and her husband Chris, and their kids Caleb and Jenna, also my mother-in-law Trina, then to drive on and meet up with my former coworker from Craig Hospital, Melissa, and meet her some of her friends in Tempe, then to spend time with close friends in Phoenix with TK, Jeff, and Cricket! Now we are living the lake life and meeting new friends here! Happy Turkey Day everyone! May you all be filled with many blessings!