2018 – First Year of Travel

2018 is the year Megan and I became travelers. We drove 4700 miles with our RV. We’ve had a combined 5 employers in 3 states. Since June we’ve driven over 15,000 miles including 4,700 pulling our 5th wheel trailer. We’ve visited 14 states and stayed at least 24 hours in 9 of them. Talk about a big year!

Before diving into the fun stuff, we want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us and help make this possible. We are so grateful to have strong friendships and close family relationships.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica was a honeymoon vacation! The country was beautiful, locals were accommodating, and the food was delicious. We are very lucky to have had this opportunity, as this really was a trip of a lifetime!

We were there for a week, split between the two major destinations of the Arenal Volcano, and city of Quepos. This was a trip of a lifetime, and Megan and I both highly suggest Costa Rica as an incredible (and affordable) travel destination. (We found our travel package through Tripmasters.com)

Gearing up!

November of 2017 Megan and I made it our goal to purchase an RV and leave our hometown in Denver, CO to travel and live in campgrounds. Megan would work as a travel nurse and I would find work in construction.

In June of 2018 we took home our first RV. We bought a 2018 Grand Design Reflection from Windish RV in Lakewood, CO. Days after we bought a truck to pull it. A used 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Duramax Diesel.

I have to say, this was a massive endeavor for us! This was our first RV purchase, which required a ton of shopping and research. In addition to all of this excitement, Megan was able to connect with an agency who’d eventually place her at her first travel assignment. June and July 2018 were probably the busiest months of our lives!

Blacksburg, VA

Megan’s first assignment was at Lewis Gale hospital in Salem, VA. We pulled the RV from Denver, CO to Blacksburg, VA. We stayed here for most of August 2018.

We camped alongside the New River, and a campground New River Junction. The area is stunningly beautiful, through we did get A LOT of rain. We still found time to mountain bike Poverty Creek, road bike local farm roads, hike to Cascade Falls, and paddle on the New River. The nearby Virginia Tech campus and downtown area provided a nearby town for shopping and other resources.

North Carolina & the Outer Banks

We took a drive (with the RV) to Virginia Beach around Labor Day, 2018. We had a reservation to camp, but the campground made a mistake and couldn’t take us in. So, we had to improvise which led us to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Despite the frustration of the reservation mix up, we really enjoyed the beauty of the OBX. We spent some relaxing time at Kitty Hawk beach, and relaxing at our waterfront campground. We also had the opportunity to visit First Landing State Park, where I did some exploring on my road & mountain bike.

I hope we get a chance to go back to this area some day. We both felt we could’ve done more, had we planned the location. Still, it’s a beautiful area where downtime should be encouraged.

Buchanan, VA

After a week in the Outer Banks, we moved our home to Middle Creek Campground, near Buchanan Virginia. We nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and a stones throw from the infamous Appalachian Trail. The area is as beautiful as it is remote, and we stayed for the fall season.

While here, we hiked some of the Appalachian Trail, mountain biked & paddled Carvins Cove, cycled the Blue Ridge Parkway (Peaks of Otter to Buena Vista), and boated around Smith Mountain Lake.

The greater area of Roanoke, VA is a fantastic place for outdoor enthusiasts. We were both surprised how much this area has to offer. The charm of the southeast is very much present and the people are very welcoming.

Shenandoah, NP

A short weekend trip before our final days in Virginia. We drove up and tent camped in the park simply to enjoy the fall colors and drive up the beautiful Skyline Drive.

We were treated to a bear scare our first morning, and a bear sighting later that day. Black bears are everywhere out there! Unlike most national parks we’ve visited, Shenandoah had some dog friendly (on a leash of course) hikes. It was a treat to hike with Bojack some of the area.

Lake Havasu City, AZ

We left Virginia to Lake Havasu at the beginning of November. Megan accepted a new assignment so we pulled the RV some 2,300 miles to spend winter in the desert!

In our first month here, we’ve paddled under the London Bridge, mountain biked SARA Park, and made a short day trip to Las Vegas. We have more time here in 2019 and we already love it!

On the trip out, we were able to see friends and family in Nashville, Fort Worth, and Phoenix. It was such a treat to see some familiar faces after our relative seclusion in Virginia. To help us bring in the New Year, Megan’s mom came out to visit which was also a wonderful time!

Welcome to 2019!

Megan and I look forward to continuing our travels in 2019. Here are some infographics showing our travel routes last year.

We are looking forward to continuing this amazing journey we have started. Follow our blog for more updates!

Happy New Year!

Bobby & Megan

Cross-Country Gratitude with Megitude!

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.

Nashville, TN

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 us20181104_183341 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!

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Bojack trying to sneak a burger!

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!

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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!

 

Phoenix, AZ

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

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Bojack scoping out our new digs

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!