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

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