Lopez Island

This past weekend we explored Lopez Island. In the past month we have traveled to three of the San Juan Islands…Orcas, San Juan, and now Lopez. We enjoyed them all and would return to any of them. However, Lopez really stands out! Some of the nicest beaches we have seen in the area! Especially if you enjoy beach combing as much as we do…agates, shells, and sea glass!!

Since it is winter, Spencer Spit State Park was closed. We enjoyed Agate Beach County Park, Upright Channel State Park, and Odlin County Park. Odlin Park has some waterfront RV parking, too!

Introducing Travato

2018 Winnebago Travato 59K

Yes, we bought a Class B Camper Van! We are beyond thrilled and extremely thankful!

 

We bought it on Saturday and already went on our first adventure in it across five states! We flew into Ohio, landing in falling snow. Purchased it slightly used from a dear RV friend. Then drove through Kentucky to Tennessee where we visited some friends in Nashville. Then through Arkansas and arrived late last night in Texas.

Wings is still in the family! Our oldest daughter now owns Wings. We could not totally part with our first RV. We are grateful for the past two years of amazing adventures in Wings!

B-Class Camper Vans

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After a couple years of researching online and looking at the outside of them on the road and at various campsites, we actually spent some time the past two days looking at them up close. We also looked at one smaller C Class (for comparison purposes…laughs).

We liked the E-Trek features of certain Roadtrek models, they are like the ultimate boondocking B Class. And we love to boondock! We like the windows and open feeling of the Winnebago Travato.  Windows are important! We like the work station feature and the general appearance of the Airstream Interstate.  Then they showed us the Pleasure-Way Lexor!  We had not really considered a Pleasure-Way prior to today. Certainly a very nice B Class!  Ultimately any of them would work well!

If you own a B Class, we’d love to hear about your experiences…pros and cons, thoughts, and suggestions!

 

 

 

Florida

Washington to Florida…again in 2017!

In 2016 when we started our RV adventure we left Washington with a goal to get to Florida (actually the Florida Keys) by the end of the year and we did…just not all the travel happened in our RV. And here we are again finding ourselves in Florida…again not in our RV. But, hey…our goal is to experience the serendipity of life and travel…and it is all good…regardless of the how, why, and when…sometimes even the where.

If this year has taught us anything…and it has taught us a lot…it is this…

Love matters.
People matter.
The rest is just stuff.
Stuff does not matter.

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Enjoying spending time with family, friends, and the Atlantic Ocean!

Texas -> Arizona -> Texas -> Arizona

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When we left our RV (our home) and car in Washington a month ago, our hope was to get back to Washington before too long. However, that is not looking possible for the near future. So we are doing the limbo dance…actually, more like the Texas-Arizona shuffle, as we have been going back and forth between the two states.

Currently, Kimberly is in Arizona and Scott is in Texas. Thankfully, Scott is not the areas of Texas that have been so damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in those areas!!

Adjusting our expectations, it looks like it will be at least until the end of September before we are finished going through Scott’s mother’s estate and have the house ready to be put on the market. And the situation in Arizona is ever-changing. Kimberly’s grandmother is in Hospice and we had to recently put her in a care facility as the care got to be too much for Kimberly and her mother. We also need to take care of Kimberly’s grandmother’s house.We have all our possessions down to what fit in the RV and a small storage unit for mementos and special items…and now we have two households filled to the brim to deal with! Basically, we are dealing with two family estates. It is overwhelming. Not just the stuff (and there is plenty of that!), but the emotions and trying to be sensitive to the family members involved.

All this to say, our RV days have been put on hold. Our near future is uncertain. There will be more of the Texas-Arizona shuffle and then who knows?! We will probably winter in Arizona.

 

 

Back in Arizona

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We were in Texas for less than a week taking care of my late mother-in-law’s estate when my grandmother fell and took a turn for the worse. My grandmother is 104 and has been in and out of Hospice this year. We drove 15 hours straight from DFW to Phoenix. It has been a difficult week. We are thankful we have the flexibility to be here to help my mother and grandmother.