2015 had a lot of miles in store for Mike and I. We started the year off in California with our dearest friends. Mike went to Argentina to visit family while I got solar panels installed on our rig. We hiked three major national parks, slept in 19 different states, and we’ve now visited every state west of the Mississippi.
Oh yeah, and we saw the extreme northwest and southwest points of the continental United States! There are a ton of great photos, but here are the highlights that we posted to Instagram.
Northwest: US/Canada Border
Southwest: US/Mexico Border
Last Year’s Travel Route
I’m tired just looking at it! When you meet other full-time RVers, you find there are a lot of different travel styles. It turns out that our travel style is very “go with the flow” and we often take huge detours to satisfy immediate curiosities. This kind of mindset helped us avoid a lot of bad weather, entire states that were on fire, and see some really cool parts of the country. So it’s worked well for us and I don’t see it changing. After all, wherever we go, we’re already home!
Best Campgrounds Of 2015
- Lower Pines, Yosemite NP
Yosemite Valley, CA — Best National Park
This dry-camping campground can be strict with their generator rules, but you shouldn’t be in your RV anyway—it’s Yosemite! Located in the middle of the action, Lower Pines has great on-foot access to some of the best hiking trails you can get in the National Park.
- Clinton State Park
Lawrence, KS — Best State Park
We have a really strange love for Lawrence, KS and this park helped us love it more. It’s close to town, the staff was really friendly, they have an archery range, miles of safe places to run, and a lot of sunny space to make dry camping with solar as easy as it gets.
- Sparks Marina RV Park
Sparks, NV — Best Independent Campground
Not our usual preference, but this park is a little oasis of A-OK located just outside of Reno. Their grounds are well-maintained and come with three fenced dog runs, level sites, and fake grass that you will be really thankful for after seeing nothing but desert brown for a really long time. They also have a clubhouse and, hands-down, the nicest laundry room we’ve seen to date.
- Sweetwater Regional Park
Bonita, CA — Best County Park
Full-hookups, gorgeous weather, lots of space to exercise, and it’s conveniently close to San Diego—what more can you ask for in a county park? My favorite part about this park is that the beautifully landscaped sites are laid out in a way that you don’t feel like you’re looking into your neighbor’s rig.
- Lions Park
Vermillion, SD — Best Free Camping
When you travel through Middle America, you’ll find a lot of small towns that offer a free place to camp. Lion’s Park was the nicest one that we encountered. The town of Vermillion offers a couple of nights of free camping with water and electric hookups in their well-lit county park. Grocery stores are within walking distance. The park even provides a free dump station.
Other Notable Campgrounds:
- South Beach, Olympic NP
Kalaloch, WA — Awesome Oceanside Camping
- Clackamette RV Park
Oregon City, OR — Gorgeous Riverside Camping, Convenient To Portland
- Walnut Creek Lake & Recreation Area
Papillion, NE — Valerie’s Favorite Running Path, Convenient To Omaha
Best Hikes Of 2015
Okay, Now In With The News!
We have a new website! (You’ve been on it, in case you didn’t notice.) I spent the last few months working over our site with a sturdy whip to get all sorts of great things in place. We have an actual logo now! After much discussion and many changes, we worked out a lovely combination of technology, industry, and gypsy life to work as a representation of our life on the road. The new website also features a snazzy locator bubble so you can tell (generally) where we are in the country.
Our travel plans for 2016 are expected to take us around the Gulf of Mexico, up the East Coast, and into New England. If 2016 is anything like 2015, that will also mean some more crazy detours (and definitely some more breweries!) Also, we have a few projects we’re finishing up and expect to launch in 2016—so stay tuned for that!
I ride eternal, shiny and chrome.