Sunday, January 10, 2016

A YEAR on the Road!

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe it's already been a year since we pulled out of the driveway in Alabama headed for Florida to start our journey on the road.  One year later, we're on the opposite side of the country in Yuma, Arizona.

Historic Yuma,  Arizona

Yuma Desert Landscape

Yuma Desert Agriculture

Since that day, we've put 5,367 miles on the Rambler, traveled through 14 states, camped in 32 different places, and put up 36 blog posts.  Our stays ranged from three - one (1) night stays to 61 nights in Bushnell, Florida. We had at least a one month stay in 7 locations, in 4 different states.  Our general rule has been to drive 200 miles or less between destinations and then stay at least a week exploring the area.

The Teddy Bear Cactus

So far living on the road has been everything we could have hoped for and more.  We definitely made a great choice when we decided the Holiday Rambler Admiral (aka Rambler) would be our home on wheels.

Yahoo Ramblers
Home on Wheels

It has performed nearly flawlessly.  We see plenty of really nice RV's out there, but we're more than happy with the Rambler.  And it's really no problem living in less than 300 square feet of space.  It's actually much simpler living with what you need to survive without all that clutter from the stuff you've acquired over the years.  Three hundred square feet may not be much to live in, but our 'yard' has been spectacular most every place we've been.  Usually after we've set up somewhere new, I'll say "same house, different view".  And Loretta says "our million dollar view" - when appropriate.

One of our Western
"Million Dollar Views"

Full time living in an RV is definitely not uncommon, as we have met many folks that are doing it and some have been for 10-20 years!  And it's been affordable, too.  We've lived quite comfortably on the budget we set before the trip:)

We've made some new friends along the way that we'll get together with again further down the road and I'm sure there's more new friends ahead.  We've had a lot of fun this year doing the things we love to do while seeing and experiencing this beautiful country of ours.

The Tetons


Antelope Island



Ken's Lake Hidden Falls

Mesa Falls

Yes, we are 'Living the Dream'.

The Yahoo Ramblers

So, what lies ahead?

It's Pacific Time for the Yahoo Ramblers in 2016!  California, Oregon, and Washington are where our traveling experiences will be.  We'll probably be here in southwest Arizona until early spring before we start traveling north.  Just like last year, we'll put our journey together as we go.  You know, no real plan.  Just a 'general idea'. If it's half as fun as last year, its going to be fantastic!

Looking Ahead!


  1. Congratulations on your first year travel anniversary! Your collection of photos is wonderful -- so fun to see some of your "million dollar views." May there be many more glorious adventures in store for you in this coming year!

    1. Thanks, Chickadee!!! We are SO looking forward to another great year!

    2. HK! Happy New Year to you and Loretta. I love following the blog and photos and you both have certainly given me a lot of great travel ideas. Hope this finds you well. Best, Beth

    3. Thanks Beth! We're glad you're following along and enjoying the ride. Stay tuned because we're just going to keep on trucking!

  2. Congrats on your one-year of full-timing. It is an adventure and you sure packed a lot into your first year. Great pelican photo!

  3. Thanks, and welcome
    Thanks, livelaughrv! We have really enjoyed our first year on the road and are planning our next adventures for 2016!