New River Junction – Blacksburg, VA

New River Junction (NRJ) was our home for 3 weeks.  Simply put, the place is beautiful.  NRJ is located in the mountains outside of Blacksburg, VA and sits on the banks of the New River.  NRJ offers camping, but is also locally known for renting tubes for floating down the river.  Located on the line between Montgomery and Giles county, the area is popular for outdoor enthusiasts.  During our time there, we went tubing, canoeing, mountain biking, road biking, and hiking.  This section of the Appalachian range sits about 2,000′ elevation, which is a far cry from the Rocky Mountains we’re used to.  This area is know as the “Blue Ridge Mountains”, which stretches from Georgia to Northern Virginia.  Despite the lower elevation mountains, this area was a welcome taste of home for both of us!

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New River and Blue Ridge Mountains from New River Junction

When we arrived, the area was experiencing lots of rain.  Our first night, we were scrambling around our maps because local news indicated tornados, hail, flooding, and a dam breach in the area.  Not something you want to hear when you’re parked next to a river!  We had very spotty WiFi and no cell service unless we took a 20 minute drive into Blacksburg, effectively taking us off the grid.

Once the rain cleared up and the river calmed down, we decided to rent a canoe for a day.  The river was majestic!  After one trip (approximately 1 mile) the NRJ bus picked us up and drove us back to camp.  Once we arrived, we decided to attempt another canoe trip, this time with Bojack!  He wasn’t as thrilled as we were… but we succeeded getting him on the canoe and completed our first family canoe trip!

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Bojack on the water

Obviously, the time we spent at NRJ was spent outside.  The biking and hiking (which will be touched on in later posts) was incredible.  I’m honestly surprised (and glad) the area isn’t commercialized.  I supposed we are used to the beauty of Vail, CO as an example, to include a large section of development to accommodate the many tourists and locals of the land.  At NRJ, we enjoyed the simple life and the natural beauty surrounding us.

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Bojack enjoying a nap on his favorite sofa (New River Junction)
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Getting outside between rain storms
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Enjoying a cold one – admiring the view
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Megan, Bojack, and I rescuing a lost dog (Butters) who ran away during a storm.

We cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed the three weeks spend in Blacksburg and New River Junction.  A special thanks Bernie, and the whole NRJ staff for accommodating us for so long.  We really had a great time, and your suggestions on nearby hiking and biking were fantastic!

With Love-

Bobby, Megan, & Bojack

Road Trip!

Megan and I hit the road on July 28th, 2018.  We’d been planning this day for a long time, and it was so exciting to finally hit the road!  It was bittersweet, however, driving away and leaving our friends, family, and former lives behind.  We enjoyed a huge party back home shortly before leaving, and our closest friends and family met us to wish us farewell the morning we hit the road.  It was hard to say goodbye.

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Should I become a trucker? I see the signs!

The first day, I did the majority of the driving.  We drove from our home in Highlands Ranch, CO, to a small town outside of Hays, KS.  The excitement of finally hitting the road clashed heavily with the boring landscape of eastern Colorado and western Kansas.  We arrived fairly late to our campground.  We were both so exhausted all we could do was unhitch and get some sleep!

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Bojack gets the spoils of KC BBQ

The next day, we made our way toward Danville, MO.  Megan did an amazing job planning our route keeping us at about 400 miles per day.  Today would be a little more exciting, going through Kansas City!  We didn’t have any stops planned (navigating through a city is extremely difficult with the trailer) but we knew we wanted some famous KC BBQ!  Unfortunately I forgot the name of the restaurant.  It was a small place and it catered to truckers… and therefor us!

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Lazy Day Campground – Danville, MO
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Someone turned this dead tree into chainsaw art!

We stayed the night at Lazy Days campground, near Danville, MO.  It was a very nice campground and the owners were very nice.  We both wished he had more time to explore the area, especially the nearby rivers!  However, Megan and I both wanted to prioritize a trip to Nashville.  So, the next day, we packed up and drove another 400 miles to Nashville!

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Safe Harbor Campground – Nashville
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Music City!

We planned two nights in Nashville, which awesome but not enough time to explore everything we wanted to explore.  To make the most of the full day we had, we decided to buy tickets on a hop on hop off tour bus!

Nashville dubs itself as “Music City” and it’s not hard to see why.  Not only is there a rich history of music (Elvis, Dolly Parton,  & Johnny Cash all recorded here), but the streets share successful and aspiring musicians alike.  “Musicians Row” is a neighborhood in Nashville seemingly dedicated to recording some of the biggest musical acts today.  Certainly an area I’d love to spend more time next time!

In addition to the overwhelming presence of music, Nashville boasts some incredible architecture and history.  We visited the store owned by TVs famed “American Pickers”, saw the Tennessee State Capitol,  and the campus of Vanderbilt University.

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$3 Drafts on Music Row… yes please!

Bobby’s Idlehour Tavern sits in Music Row, a stones throw from Taylor Swifts recording studio.  While we were there, they had $3 drafts and it was singer/ songwriter stage night.  My kind of place!  Especially with a name like that!  Sadly, the bartender informed us they’re being taken over by venture capitalists, and the bar will be shut down shortly.  Unfortunate, as this was the only dive on music row.  I somehow imagine having a beer here with the guitarist from the Zac Brown Band taking a break from the studio.  It was fun to have a couple of drinks and hear some fantastic live music.  Hopefully Nashville keeps this place alive!

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Bojack cooling off for the evening

Two nights in Nashville basically capped off our road trip.  It was time to make our way to our new home in Virginia and settle in before Megan starts work.  I would say we enjoyed every minute, but the truth is that much travel can be taxing.  We were both looking forward to slow things down and see what our next few months in Virginia will bring!

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining us!  Megan and I have finally set off in our RV, landing in campgrounds near Roanoke, VA through October.  The road leading us to our first assignment was much longer than just the miles.  We owe SO MANY THANKS to our friends, family, and all who’ve supported us get to the hardest part of this journey, the start!

Since purchasing our RV in June, we’ve camped in five different states, eight different campgrounds, and pulled the RV approximately 2000 miles.  So, lots of travel!  Pulling a large 5th wheel is slow and difficult, but certainly achievable.  Neither Megan or I have experience pulling a trailer, or how to operate a RV.  So we’ve really put ourselves through some serious training!  For those who are considering this type of life, I suggest a mind open to learning.  I’m sure I’ve made an idiot of myself more than once these past few weeks! That said, it really has been fun and our RV is very comfortable for us.

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THE RIG!  Taken at Bear Creek Campgound (Golden, CO)

Our family is Bobby (me), my wife Megan, and our dog Bojack.  We are from the southern suburbs of Denver, CO.  Megan and I  began planning how we’d start a life of travel around November, 2017.  Less than a year later, Megan got her first assignment as a travel nurse in Salem, VA!  We got busy financing a 5th wheel and truck (more on this in a future blog) and hit the road!  Our goal is to travel, write, and most of all, simply enjoy life!

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Going forward, Megan and I will post a monthly update to share with all, depicting some of the fun (and challenges) from the road.  In addition to a monthly newsletter, we hope to publish material that may be helpful to those new to, or interested in topics.  We sincerely hope you enjoy it along with us!

With Love,

The Wright Family

 

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton