Doug and I spend January and February on the road. We grab our dog, hop in our truck and get on the ferry. We travel via the Alaska Marine Highway to either Prince Rupert or Bellingham, drive to Anacortes and pick up our trailer and start our trip South. Our trip always begins with a weekend in the Portland/Vancouver area where we have a nice visit with Jendy, Paul and Peter and Ben, Amy, Tesla and AI.
We began this routine in 2007 with our our old standard Ford 150 and a little tiny trailer we purchased with our permanent fund money and our Sarah Palin money. When Sarah Palin was our governor, she gave everyone in the State of Alaska some money to help with the high cost of heating fuel in 2006. At the same time, the permanent fund payout was really high so we combined these funds and had enough to buy a little trailer. The Sarah Palin money helped us to mitigate the high cost of fuel. You don't need much heating fuel in the desert.
This year, 2015 was our 7th year to travel South in our trailer. We will have been out of Petersburg for one full year and two months at the end of this trip. The first year, everything was new, everything was a first. We spent two months figuring out how to navigate and drive the roads of the Pacific Coast and the Southwest; how to find RV parks, State Parks and National parks to stay in; how to operate and fix an RV; how to turn around in really small spaces; and many other things. In the following 5 years, purchased a new truck-automatic, we traded our trailer in for a larger model-twice, and we stayed in lots of places. We've found places we love and we try to return every year and we find new places every year. When we leave Petersburg, we have a general plan about what we want to do, and usually a few planned destinations, but most of our time is spent ending up somewhere. If you travel in an RV and would like some ideas about interesting places to go, you might find some here.
*Please note that I have linked each of the places listed below to their web pages on the individual page. If you click on the red words on the individual pages, you will be directed to the website.
If you want information about:
Morro Bay and the Central California Coast CLICK HERE
Carlsbad, California Marathon CLICK HERE
Lake Morena County Park in San Diego County CLICK HERE
Anza Borrego Desert State Park CLICK HERE
Bureau of Land Management Land (BLM Land) CLICK HERE
Buckeye, Arizona CLICK HERE
McDowell Mountain, Arizona CLICK HERE
Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona CLICK HERE
Kartchner Caverns State Park, Arizona CLICK HERE
Monterey, California CLICK HERE
San Diego, California CLICK HERE