Three years?! Some days it is hard to believe we’ve been living in an RV for that long, and some days, it feels like much longer. Those latter days are what prompt me to keep writing and recording our adventures, keeping a record of all that we’ve seen and done. I often look back at my own blog to reminisce, but I especially enjoy assembling the “highlight reel” for the yearly retrospective that keeps everything in perspective.
Our travel years do not correspond with the calendar year, rather they run from September to September. My parents have faithfully tracked our wanderings since the beginning, our 9/2020 thru 9/2021 shown in blue on the big map which occupies a section of wall in the dining area of their Ohio home. Though we don’t track total miles, you can see that our third year covered a lot of asphalt.
Now, on to the numbers we do track!
Our biggest expenses were, as expected, campground fees and food.
We visited five National Parks,
one National Seashore, two National Lakeshores, one National Preserve, and two National Wildlife Refuges.
We stayed in six state forests, three Corps of Engineer camps, eleven state parks, three National Forests, seven commercial parks, three county parks, and one recreation area. We boondocked, moochdocked, stayed at a service facility, and a volunteer site once each.
We logged over 400 miles on formal trails. That is our lowest yearly total so far — on foot.
I don’t normally track bicycle miles, but we biked more this past travel year than others, so I went back and added up what I had noted, which wasn’t all of it, and still came up with 150+ miles. No wonder I traded out bike seats a few times.
We also did a fair bit of swimming, the highlights being the crystalline Florida warm springs.
We ate out (ordered to-go, pick-up, drive-thru, whatever) at least 17 times. That’s a LOT for us, even though it fell far short of our twice-a-month allowance.
We saw some gator and ate some gator.
We suffered through and swerved around tropical storms, tornadoes, prescribed burns, and snow.
We got to spend time with many friends, some long-time, some new, all treasured.
And unequivocally cherished time with family.
Now it’s time for us to get a move on once again. This year we’re working our way back to the lower left corner of the country again for winter. We’ll be exploring some new places, re-exploring some familiar places, and reconnecting with more friends/family along the way.
See you on down the road, Faithful Readers!