Our Texas Road Trip Begins

What?! It’s September!  Where did the summer go?

Last time on whereRVgoing.com, I shared about picking up our new trailer and beginning our trek around Texas.  Then I disappeared for awhile.  🙂  I am still here and still writing, but with the added benefit of no distractions.  It is hard for me to write on the road.  My family and I get out and do a lot.  By the time I get home to the camper in the evenings and make dinner, bath the kids and get them to bed, I am exhausted.  I want to relax and spend some time with my sweet husband.

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So here I am, back home in Seattle after six weeks in Texas and over a week at La Push, Washington.  I can’t believe we spent seven weeks in the RV this summer.  That means we only spent three weeks of the kid’s summer vacation in our house.  So awesome!  But now, the kids are back in school and I have plenty of time to rehash our summer and share our memories.  Here goes… [Read more…]

And the Winner is……….

US!!

We did it!!  We found our travel trailer and could not be happier with our purchase.  It all started when we drove to Texas to find our new RV…..

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Back in May, we were talking to three dealers in the Pacific Northwest: Clear Creek RV Center, Blade RV, and Dennis Dillon RV.  Blade RV and Dennis Dillon were eager to earn our business.  We chose not to go with Blade because ordering from the factory was the only option and we didn’t want to cut into our summer plans waiting for our RV to arrive.  At Dennis Dillon RV, the trailer they had in stock did not have the right color scheme inside, so we marked them off.  But my biggest disappointment was Clear Creek RV Center in Silverdale, Washington.  They had the exact unit we wanted and in stock.  But after days of going back and forth on the price, Clear Creek would not negotiate with us.  The salesman kept trying to get us to visit the dealership to discuss price.  They even told us that we could only buy from them because if we ever needed to get warranty work done, they said, you HAVE to take it back to the dealership you purchase from.  Which I know is a big, fat lie.  People all over the country buy RVs from dealerships nationwide.  So they lost out.  And the unit is still on their lot. [Read more…]

First Ever RV Adventure – Anacortes/Chelan/Sun Lakes

I have been doing a lot of reminiscing lately….lots of time on my hands while recovering from my ACL replacement surgery!  And while going to physical therapy and exercising at home, I have been thinking about all our past RV adventures.  It’s one of the things that motivates me to get better so we can get back on the road.

The first time my family ever RVed was in April of 2008.  We really wanted a road trip around Washington and we thought RVing would be better than being cooped up in hotel rooms.  So, we rented a Class C RV at a local dealer and made some pretty fantastic memories.

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We packed WAY too much stuff!  We were only going for three nights.  But it is not [Read more…]

Wrap Up and Mountain Home, Idaho – RV Road Trip: Six States in Three Weeks Series

It finally happened.  Our last stop on our three week trip.  Nooooo!!  It was hard to face the fact that our family adventure was almost over.  Just one last day of driving.  Five-hundred thirty miles to go and then it was back to reality.  Kids back to school.  My husband back to work.  And me back to being a stay-at-home mom.  And that was…good.  My family and I are very blessed and very thankful.  That is one of the many things I learned from our vacation.

Family Arches

So as I began writing about this adventure, I titled one of my posts, The RV Road Trip that Changed My Life.  It’s true.  This experience was life changing in so many ways.  One of the most important lessons was about stuff.  I did NOT miss one single thing from home.  I learned that all I needed was my family (and friends!  Of course we missed y’all).  But really, all the things I have sitting back at home, or all the things on my mental wish list, are completely insignificant.  That is a good feeling. [Read more…]

Moab, Utah – RV Road Trip: Six States in Three Weeks Series

My first impression of Moab was personal.  I fell in love immediately.  Maybe it is the stark contrast between our lush, green forests of the Pacific Northwest compared to the red rock and blue skies of Moab.  But whatever it is, Moab is a truly unique and beautiful landscape.  And after one visit you will be hooked too.

I started visiting a few years ago.  Every year, I would actually fly to Salt Lake City and drive down to meet my dad.  My dad and his friends would drive from Texas and Florida in their class A coaches pulling their toys and jeeps used to explore the 4×4 trails.  But this past April, my family and I made Moab one of our last stops on our three week trip.

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We stayed six nights at my favorite RV campground, Portal RV Resort.  I love the location.  It is right near town on the main road through Moab and it is set off the road so you don’t get any highway noise.  This resort is very nice, clean and well maintained with all the amenities you want.  I have never stayed at any other place in Moab, but why would I?  This place has [Read more…]

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