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Out here again

So, We are doing it again. We decided that we didn’t want to spend the winter on the mountain this year. Things have changed a little since we arrived in the RV in 2015, unfortunately we have no pets now, but we have a human child. As much as traveling the country with a cat and dog seemed strange, traveling with a one year old baby seems even more crazy. We’ve been thinking about this trip for a long time. We plan on doing it a little more efficiently this time, staying with friends and camping more on public lands and state parks. The theory is that since we would have paid for flights to SF, Georgia, and Florida for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. That we would save that money and put it directly in the gas tank. We’ve tried to get the RV ready for the road in the last month...

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Texas, Round 2

When we got back into Texas it was like a different world from when we left. They had been getting rain about 4 times a week for 3 months and everything was so green. What was dusty western scrub brush was lush grassland. It was an AMAZING sight. It really was a stark difference from the extreme drought in southern California. It set the scene for a great visit in Texas

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Meadview, Arizona

Meadview is a tiny town near the west rim of the grand canyon. If you can imagine the town from the movie Tremors and the people from that movie. It’s exactly this. No trees taller than a cactus. On the map it looks like there’s a lot of roads, but in reality you can just see forever with little homesteads dotting the landscape. I don’t know why (or how) anyone lives out here. But I kind of loved it. We took SO MANY PICTURES! We decided that we needed a real vacation so we took off on Thursday and really just enjoyed looking at the views.

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San Francisco California

Looking back at all these pictures and places I realize that there really is a lot to do in the San Francisco area. We stayed here for almost 2 months, I had a two week trip back to Virginia and we spent Christmas in Tahoe. But this was home for most of that time. The cost of living is very high here, but it may be worth it with all the activities and events to go to. We have been doing a post for every city we stayed in, but this is really stretching that concept to the max. I’ll try to remember all the places that we visited, it was a blast!

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Boise, Idaho

We only stayed in Boise one night, just like we did in Albuquerque, but we forced ourselves go out and see the city. Because when is the next time we are going to purposely travel to Idaho? It was about a 6 hour drive from Salt Lake City, the drive wasn’t as nice as others in we had seen on the trip, it was less majestic desert and more functional farmland. We stayed in an RV park over by the airport, it was an older park, so it was small with almost no amenities. But the people were friendly and the bathrooms were clean. Which is becoming my most important request of any park we stay at. I don’t mind showering in a public restroom, the shower in the RV is just too small and the water isn’t hot enough for me.

We drove downtown and saw what the city was all about...

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Dallas, Texas

We actually stayed in Arlington, about 6 miles from Cowboys Stadium. But if they get to be the Dallas Cowboys, then this post is called Dallas, Tx.

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Stone Mountain, Georgia

When I think of Stone Mountain Georgia I think of two things. 1. Laser Show – because come on, Lasers and Patriotic music. 2. Kenneth Parcell is from there on the show 30 rock.

So when my sisters asked me where we were going to stay, there was only one choice. I want to watch lasers and drink the finest ‘Hill people milk’ that I can get my hands on.

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Asheville, NC – extended

Asheville is one of our favorite places, so we knew that it was going to be one of our first stops on the tour. We were stressed out from the drive through Virginia and it was great to have a good RV park to set up for the first days of working on the road.

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Asheville NC

We just left Asheville NC on Thursday.  It was a great visit,  but it’s all a blur.  We’re trying to remember all the food we ate,  breweries we went to,  and adventures we had there.  I’ll post a longer story sometime later.

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Day One Travel Update

Even though we are having a little trouble with the new owners of the house arguing about the renters deposit we have to put that stuff behind us and get on the road. We clearly should have planned more time to get the RV ready for the road. But that’s how we procrastinate (I mean planned). We had to just put our things in any cabinet available to get them out of the way for the trip.

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