Getting Started in Havasu

Travel time has allowed us to really enjoy Lake Havasu before we begin work and continue to settle in.  Megan and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend our next 5 months here.

Outdoor Life

Mountain Biking – SARA Park

Of course we’d get things started with a mountain bike ride!  SARA park is about 5 miles from Havasu City, and is a great trail system.  It’s rugged, challenging, fun mountain biking.  

We’ve hit the park twice now, and look forward to continue exploring the trails.  SARA Park is also popular to hike, which will likely be a future endeavor while were here!

New Paddle Equipment!

The whole way to Virginia, we talked about how we’re going to get on the water.  Purchasing a Standup Paddle Board (SUP), Kayak, or Canoe were on our minds.  So when we got here, we decided to go for it!

We made the decision to go with a SUP (Atoll 11ft Inflatable) and a Kayak Advance Elements 10.5ft Inflatable.  We’ve had so much fun on the boards!  We can easily paddle to the London Bridge canal and enjoy the nearby beaches.  Megan and I have even circled the island, which is about a 3 hour tour (and workout!).

RV Life & Campgrounds

Lake Havasu City has many RV campgrounds, as well as BLM land very near the city.  We were very lucky to get a campsite very near the water!

Lake Have-a-brew or Have-a-few,  is also a very popular party destination.  People vacation from nearby metropolises such as Phoenix, Los Angles, and Las Vegas.  Vacationers are often unapologetic when it comes to their “It’s 5 O’clock somewhere” attitude.  We’ve enjoyed Mudshark Brewery cans on the SUP & Kayak a couple times because… life’s a beach!

SNOWBIRD /ˈsnōˌbərd/ – A northerner who moves to a warmer southern state in the winter.

Lake Havasu nearly doubles in population each winter, as it is a very popular snowbird  destination.  We’ve met many people in the campground who retire to the park each winter.  It’s really fun to meet so many travelers!  The population literally doubles here in the winter months. RV life is common here and the city has adapted well to meet demand. 

The Town & Culture

Lake Havasu City is growing, but still maintains a small town feel.  We’ve enjoyed some really nice community events, such as holiday lighting and an RV/ Boat show.  We plan on growing as well, and discovering more of what this town has to offer!

Next Chapter: 

Megan and I both started work! We have been getting oriented professionally for this assignment.  Megan is on a MedSurg & Tele nursing floor and I (Bobby) joined a framing crew, building additions to Modular homes at a nearby RV resort.

ALSO

VEGAS BABY!  It’s only a day trip, but it involves brunch at the Bellagio with Megan’s Grandmother!  I’m sure I’ll find my way to the blackjack table for a minute or two as well…

Thanks for reading!

Bobby & Megan

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