Planning a Summer Trip

Now that we are back living in the RV full-time and life has returned to normal, we are in the process of planning a summer vacation so we can take the RV somewhere and have a little fun. We will be going to both WV and AL over a 10-day span. My in-laws always spend the 4th of July at their camp on the New River just outside Hinton, West Virginia, which is close to where my husband grew up. I made my first trip there in 2014. You can read all about that in a previous blog post. This will be the first time that we are taking our RV with us to WV as in previous times we stayed in a camper on his parents’ property. I prefer having my own stuff, especially my own bed and I want my dogs to be safe and they would not be if we stayed with the in-laws.

Our plan is to pull out on the 3rd of July and drive all the way to our destination. We are staying at Pipestem RV Park & Campgrounds. It’s right off Hwy 20, which is right off the interstate so the drive shouldn’t be too bad.  While there we hope to visit Barnwood Builders place that’s about 1 ½ hours away and visit one of the state parks that has a beautiful gristmill. We’ll stay for five nights before heading down to Alabama.

Back in 2015 when we were full-time traveling, we stayed at Honeycomb Campgrounds right on Lake Guntersville. You can read about that trip HERE.  We’ll only have 4 nights here and by the time the week is over we will probably wish we had a lot more days that we could stay here. I remember our last stay here so vividly. We were in our first few months of traveling full-time and was at an in between stage of trying to figure out what we wanted to do when out the blue one day we decided to go to this place. Our site was right on the water, #68. It was perfect. The sunsets and sunrises each morning and night were just beautiful. We were able to get in and out of our kayaks right at our site, which was great considering we had a new puppy at the time, and he loved going out on the water as much as we did. Unfortunately, we sold our kayaks several years back, but have since bought some paddle boats that hopefully will serve the same purpose. Personally I would rather have my kayak, but considering I don’t have money for that right now, I’ll settle for what the hubster bought and just be glad to be back on the water doing something I love…..fishing!

Hope all of you are planning some wonderful trips. Let me know where your headed or any good places you’ve already been to that we should add to our list for the future.

Happy Camping!

A Synopsis of our Summer Travel in an RV

A trip which started in June and ended in October included 120 days of traveling over 10k miles through 18 states. Our trip started and ended in Florida, which serves as our home base. 

The first 23 days of our journey included traveling through Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. We had both wanted to visit Duck Commander in West Monroe, LA, so off we went to see if we could meet any of the Robertson clan. The scariest part of this journey was the roads as they were the worse roads we have ever traveled on and some I hope we can avoid in the future.

Once we left Louisiana we headed back to Florida as we were supposed to meet the rest of the family at my parents to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday. Once we done that, we were headed out for the next 97 days traveling up to the New England states and back down the eastern coast.

Our state map shows all the states we have traveled through regardless if we spent an overnight or not. For us, if we spend a good part of the day sightseeing, then that’s good enough to add a state to the map.

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The other states we made it through were: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. Wow! Saying that out load is scary! I can’t believe we covered that many states in only 4 months. I know there is still so much to see in these states and hopefully we will go back one day and see more.

If you’ve been following my blog, you already know our trip was cut short due to a medical emergency, so we didn’t make it to DC and Maryland, nor the eastern coastline through Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and eastern parts of Florida. Hopefully we will finish that portion of the trip in the future.

Our total miles over the expansion of 120 days of traveling were 10,497; of which 5,074 were actual travel miles. The rest were all the miles we spent going on sightseeing adventures looking for waterfalls, covered bridges, lighthouses, Elk and so much more. You can read about all of our adventures in the archives.

Our average cost for camping fees were $29.09 per day for the entire 120 days based on how much we spent on campground fees as well as 4 months’ coverage for our Thousand Trails membership, which we pay monthly.

We learned a lot on this journey and hope to put that knowledge to use when we get through this medical crisis and get back on the road. In the meantime, I’ll spend some time working on my photography skills, reading, sewing, crocheting and knitting. Oh and a little fishing on the lake won’t hurt either as we found a nice quiet little spot on Lake Talquin to spend the next few months.