Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018! When you camp in an area that doesn't have any WiFi service (or cable) the two pretty much merge together! ;-) So this "end of year blog" is a little late getting out...
Looking over our "goals" for 2017, which was pretty much to "complete our US map" and to take things a bit slower, spending more time during our travels, exploring...I think we were successful. We checked off our last state, which was Ohio! by thoroughly enjoying that state. We visited 6 cities/towns in Ohio, sampling their food (chili!), their attractions, and their beauty. We never guessed Ohio could be so much fun! We ended up spending 19 days there.
Another state we were able to enjoy and spend some time exploring this year was Colorado. In the past, it has only been for a few days, and only to visit our friends around the Denver area. This time they met us in Colorado Springs for a week, but we camped several weeks before and after throughout the state as well and really got a great sense of what a beautiful state it is. Having the opportunity to visit it in August was ideal for us, since their mountains are so high, most of the time one takes a chance of getting hit with snow or ice or road closures...but not so in August! Yea!
I was also able to knock off a long time item off my "bucket list" this year, and that was to walk into and photograph a slot canyon in Utah. What a wonderful experience that was! Oftentimes something you've wished for, for years, doesn't always live up to your expectations, but this time, it exceeded it. We ended up with a private tour because no one else had signed up for it that day, and the guide knowing my feelings, stayed longer, and took extra time showing me photo shots to take. It was the highlight of our summer and one I will never forget!
With all that, we still managed to be at the birth of my last grandson, to get in (very) quick trips back east with family, and then the fast trip back to the west for a friend's wedding (phew!). So no "vacation" out of the RV this year. A longer than usual family visit in Washington...then to Arizona to "dry out".
Looking over our stats, they aren't to much different than last year actually...
We stayed at 62 campgrounds, for a total of 295 nights
Total campground fees: $10,758.63
(That averages about $36.47 a night, which is a little less than last year...maybe because we didn't stay in California very long this time)
Mileage for the RV: 12,945
Mileage for the toad: 11,823
Gasoline for the RV: $4,800
Gasoline for the toad: $1,130
Maintenance & Repairs RV: 5,800(4 tires on toad, 6 tires on RV, generator exhaust, etc)
When you have a 10 year old RV, she needs a little TLC once a decade, then she's "good to go" again for awhile. Now that that is done, we can relax a bit and see what 2018 brings us!
...kicking back in sunny Arizona, Marie
If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip, you can at my
Flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/74905158@N04/