So I realized the other day that Paul and I have been on the road officially for 2 months. I can’t believe it’s been that long already! Time sure does fly. I think I like being in the RV more with each passing day. Yes, we’ve had a problem or two, but nothing catastrophic. The pros have far outweighed any cons. I look back through photos and realize how many new places I’ve seen and explored in only 2 months! Here are the pros & cons we’ve experienced so far followed by 15 fun places we’ve visited in 2 months on the road!
Fun, new places to explore and enjoy including restaurants, breweries, parks, museums, shopping, historic areas, etc.
Meeting new friends on the road. We are enjoying meeting new faces and people as we adventure. Funny enough dog parks in our RV parks have been a great place to meet like minded folks. We have also met up with new online friends and made friends with neighbors in RV parks.
Experiencing our first stay at a rest stop on a major interstate. I see this as a pro because it was an experience. Nothing terrible happened, but it was loud. We also ran into a person sitting at a picnic table in the dark at 5:30 am when we took the dogs out for a potty break. That was interesting, but all was safe with all 4 of us together. It’s all a learning experience and that’s why this is a pro.
Closing on our old home and feeling the freedom of the road.
Running out of propane when it’s only 20 degrees outside.
Getting warranty work completed on the RV. Requires lots of follow-up and phone calls. Still learning the ins and outs of getting RV repairs done. RV repair is not known for its ease of navigation.
Making Heather’s art fit into the toy hauler securely. We finally made it work so we still have room left over in our garage for Paul’s office and for our bikes when we are on the move. There is even room for safe passage when have the patio down.
Dealing with doggie issues as they adjust to life in the RV on the road. Still learning to deal with this, but mostly all is good. Suji has a new thundershirt which he seems to like.
Now for the best part….
The 15 fun places we have visited so far on our journey:
1. Picacho Peak State Park
We really enjoyed camping here and actually extended our original stay. It was beautiful, quiet and had a few hiking opportunities. We hiked 2 different trails in the park and climbed Picacho Peak. We also saw some beautiful desert sunrises here.
2. Catalina State Park
We really enjoyed this park. It was quiet and peaceful. There were road runners and other birds in or near our camp site every day. The trails were nice and there were several from which to choose ranging from easy to more challenging. We were close to town for exploring the city including attending the 4th ave street fair. We were lucky to choose a spot that gave us great views and was pretty secluded from other RVs. We had neighbors, but they weren’t too close and we could sit in our site without vehicles blocking our view.
3. Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest
I loved finding a group of these beautiful wild horses. I was fortunate to spend a couple of hours with them and enjoy their interactions. They were amazingly small or so I thought. I guess the desert is harsh and there is no need to be big.
4. Desert Botanic Gardens in Phoenix
These were beautiful and quite extensive. It was a great introduction to the desert flora. While not in bloom, we still enjoyed a free afternoon/evening (TIP: the garden is FREE the 1st Tuesday of each month) walking through these gardens.
5. Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix
An amazing place! Go here! I strongly recommend it. I had no idea what I was getting into when I went to visit this museum. It turned out to be a real gem! There are rooms filled with musical instruments from every country and every continent as well as rooms filled with famous singers and musicians in history. You learn about musical styles, instrument building companies and more! There’s even a hall for performances and a piano in the lobby for anyone to play. For the kids there is a room to play with all different instruments. They give everyone a headphone set with a guide so you can take your time and listen/learn whatever you choose. Really a great place to spend a day – maybe a rainy one or an extra hot one.
6. Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson
This places is filled with fauna of the desert as well as a cave system and desert plants. You get to stroll the desert and see all that it has to offer. Really a fun place to visit. Great for kids and adults alike. You’ll see bobcats, javelinas, mountain lions, hummingbirds, desert plants and more. Go and explore. Bring plenty of water!
7. Saguaro National Park
An awesome national park that is pretty remote. The road is dirt through the park, but there are lots of trails to explore and enjoy this desert gem. Pick one that suits your ability and enjoy! We enjoyed watching sunset from this park. There are beautiful mountain views with some amazing sky on fire.
8. Austin – the Trail of Lights
A fun evening out on the Austin Trail of Lights. It has holiday music, lights and delicious food truck food. It’s great for kids and adults alike. We enjoyed eating at the food trucks as part of the Austin holiday tradition.
9. graffiti wall in Austin
10. Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs, TX
We visited Hamilton Pool for a hike on Heather’s birthday in December. Although it was overcast, it was quite warm. We enjoyed the short hike to the pool and also did the trail to the river. We liked seeing the landscape change as you left the karst area of the pool and made it to the river. Hamilton Pool itself was amazing. The water was green and the falls were breathtaking. We loved that you could hike through the collapsed area and get a 360 degree view of it. We suggest you hit this place up early in the day as it gets very crowded. Once the parking area fills up, they will close the park. When we left midday, there was a line of cars waiting to get in.
11. Jacob’s Well in Wimberley, TX
A neat summer swimming hole. It’s actually an underwater cave system on the river. If you go in winter, there is no swimming. However, there is still plenty of hiking in the area and you can enjoy views of the river. I didn’t get any photos here because I simply enjoyed nature.
12. San Antonio – the Alamo, River Walk
Never a disappointment to see history and enjoy a stroll on the river walk. Pick your activity here from museums, shopping, dining, etc. You can also sit and people watch or take a boat tour on the river.
13. New Braunfels – Gruene historic district
We visited here when the holiday lights were still which was neat to see. This is an historic district that used to be cotton farms. They have kept up the buildings and turned them into shops and restaurants. Don’t miss viewing the river though. It is beautiful! There are some nice restaurants in town including the famous Grist Mill and Gruene River Grill both of which offer beautiful views of the river below.
14. Canyon Lake, Texas – Lake Canyon Park
We spent a week camping in an RV park on the lake. There were deer strolling through our park every day. We enjoyed a hike in Lake Canyon Park which turned out to be a little longer than we bargained for – 8.5 miles! The views of the lake were nice and the hike had areas of shade. A nice afternoon for sure and we would recommend. You can also boat and swim here in the warmer weather.
15. Jerome, AZ
A neat mountain town that has been kept alive with artist galleries, restaurants and shops. There is also an old mine area to explore with a working sawmill. Really a fun mountain town to explore and spend an afternoon. Shop, dine and enjoy! It’s a great day trip from the Phoenix area and you can add Prescott to the itinerary.
What have you seen on your travels? Anywhere you’d like to visit as you hit the road in your RV?