One Year On The Road

It has been one year on July 12 that I started my fulltime RV’ing lifestyle.  I can’t believe it has been a whole year.  I took the time to go back through this year and show you some of the highlights of my adventure.

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July, 2010 – Inyokern, CA -  My very first campsite at the beginning of my adventure.  I was really a rookie back then.

July, 2010 – Sequoia National Park – Boondocking in Fish Creek Campsite in the Sequoias.

August, 2010 – Sisters, OR – Camping on the Metolius River outside of Sisters, OR.  What a fantastic spot.

August, 2010 – Crater Lake National Park.  Words cannot describe this beautiful place.

September, 2010 – Eugene, OR – Getting my solar panels installed.  My boondocking will be much quieter and more efficient from now on.

October, 2010 – Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – 10 fabulous days with other fun Lazy Daze owners.

October, 2010 – Palomas, Mexico – Central park.  Visited there after attending Escapees Chapter 21 Rally.

October, 2010 – Deming, NM – Rockhound State Park – This a rock hounds dream park.  Lots of different rocks.

November, 2010 – Socorro, NM – Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge – Visited there during the Festival of the Cranes event.

December, 2010 – January, 2011 – Death Valley, CA – A beautiful view of Death Valley during an annual Lazy Daze Rally.

January, 2011 – Quartzsite, AZ – Got together with a bunch of Lazy Daze owners during the Quartzsite RV Show.  It was a blast boondocking in the desert.  Lots of food, a campfire every night and the BIG TENT RV Show.

February, 2011 – Anza-Borrego, CA – Boondocking in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

February, 2011 – Niland, CA – Boondocking with the LOW’s (Loners On Wheels) at Slab City.  Everyone should go there at least once.

February/March, 2011 – Benson, AZ – The winter SW Lazy Daze Rally at Pato Blanco RV Resort.  Lots of great food and people.

March, 2011 – Picacho Peak, AZ – A civil war re-enactment at Picacho Peak State Park.  Event lasted all week-end with gun battles and actual tents and other equipment during that era..

March, 2011 – Douglas, AZ – Visiting with friends at Bell Starr’s Silverado Ranch.  Belle is wearing the pink hat.  We all helped Belle work on her ranch projects.  A MUST see.  She is quite a lady.

April, 2011 – Alamogordo, NM – White Sands National Monument.  Very surreal.

May, 2011 – Carlsbad, NM – Carlsbad Caverns.  A MUST see.

May, 2011 – Melvin, TX – I just had to visit there.

May, 2011 – San Antonio, TX – The Alamo in downtown San Antonio, TX.  Another MUST see.

May, 2010 – San Antonio, TX – The San Antonio River-walk.  A really neat and fun place.

May, 2011 – San Antonio, TX – The Tower of Americas.  The view from the top is spectacular.

May, 2011 – Luckenbach, TX.  I just had to visit here because of the song made famous by Willie Nelson and Waylan Jennings.

May, 2011 – Blanco, TX – My campsite in Blanco State Park.  How about that for a back yard?

June, 2011 – Fort Worth, TX.  The highlight of my year.  Being able to visit my family.  It was sooooo much fun.

July, 2011 – Karnack, TX –   Caddo Lake State Park.  I spent a week here and loved every minute.

It has been a wonderful year.  I have traveled 12,702 miles in 6 different states and 2 different countries.  I have attended 8 RV Rallies where I have met a lot of people, learned a lot about things I never knew anything about, and spent money upgrading my rig.

This year has been much better then I even anticipated.  I met a lot of great people who I continue to keep in touch with.  I am looking forward this next year to travel to places I have never seen before and meet more wonderful people.

sw lazy daze rally – benson, az

The SW Lazy Daze group held their rally in Benson, AZ from 2/28 – 3/4.  It was really fun getting together with all my Lazy Daze friends.  I knew many of them but some were folks I met for the first time.  We stayed at the Pato Blanco Lakes RV Park where we had full hook-ups and lots of cable TV channels.

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This is a great pic of the entire group taken by Gil.

This is where we met for “Happy Hour” and all our meals.

On Wed about 20 of us went to explore the Kartchner Caverns.  We took the tour of the Rotunda Room.  This is a living cave where the stalactites and the stalagmites are still forming.  It is owned and operated by the State of Arizona.  You can read more about the Kartchner Caverns here.  We were not allowed to take any pictures but pictures are available elsewhere.

After touring Kartchner Caverns I rode with Steve and Lisa and we toured parts of Benson.  This is a pic of an historical house.

The following day Steve, Lisa and I drove down to Bisbee, AZ which is an old mining town.  It was founded in the 1880′s when it used to be known as “Queen of the Copper Mines”.  This is a pic of the downtown area with all it’s old shops.

This next pic is of the historical museum of Bisbee.  I toured it and it was very informative of the area and especially the mining.

The next few pics are of the Bisbee downtown section.  It was a very quaint town with lots of interesting antique shops.

Back to the rally and people chatting around the food tables.

I enjoyed being with my many Lazy Daze friends.  Some I met at the Balloon Fiesta last Oct.  and others at the Death Valley GTG.  It was sure fun meeting up with everyone again and finding out all the neat places they had been and where they were going.  It gives me a long list of places to see and things to do.