After a deep breath we reached a wiser decision: to step gently into the RV world rather than plunge in head first. We need experience with this type of vacation and lifestyle. We have to see how Bailey, the dog, will handle being inside a rolling box for long stretches of time. Frankly, we have to see how we will react to that same scenario. For the trip I just described our yearly travel budget would probably just pay for the gas. Also, I have to see how my dad will handle going several weeks without our visits and closeness.
|Nothing prettier than the Oregon coast|
So, what about RV trips? Betty has a commitment at church that will make it tough for her if we were gone for even a week at a time until Easter. That means for the first two or three months of the year we will probably restrict ourselves to a few 3 or 4 day jaunts. With most of the country too cold to visit, we will certainly make a trip to the Tucson area and maybe the wine country around Patagonia. Southern California is a possibility but that is a lot of driving for just a few days. More likely a place like Lake Havasu or Palm Springs would make sense for these excursions.
Several years ago I wrote a travel book about Arizona. I only printed a few copies for family members but I believe there is a market for it. After all this time I have to freshen many of the pictures and update the information. April is looking like the perfect time to spend two weeks traveling around the state and working on the book project.
By June the heat in Scottsdale is over 100 degrees every day so that means it is time to head north. We are thinking of a 2 week trip across Northern Arizona along Route 66 and then into parts of New Mexico. Betty has never been to Santa Fe or Albuquerque. I think we'd enjoy small towns like Las Vegas and Taos, too.
In August we are off to Hillsboro, Oregon to see blogging buddies Barbara and Earl Torris and Galen Pearl. Missing the hottest month of the year in Phoenix made this a no-brainer! Our youngest daughter will probably join us for a week or so. She is giving some thought to relocating to Portland. The weather and lifestyle fit her very well.
Come October we are heading west: two or three weeks in California. There are so many tremendous state parks in the southern and central part of the state that our toughest job will deciding which ones to pick. Meeting blogging friends from that part of the state, like Early Retiree Tamara, her husband, Mike, and Sonia and Duke Marsh would be lots of fun.
Add it up and we will be away from home almost three months this year, half of that in the RV. Assuming all goes well, the tentative goal for 2014 is four months of travel, all of it in R.T. and most of it in the Midwest and East.
Just like the rest of retirement, this schedule is simply a plan and open to adjustment. Except for August in Oregon we are open to add or subtract as needed. We have talked about a trip to San Antonio but nothing firm is on our plate.
So, this is where you can help. Where should we go that we might have overlooked? What trips of 7-14 days from the Phoenix area do you recommend? What are your plans for this year? Maybe you will be someplace that sounds perfect to us.
For those wanting to see a few pictures of the inside of R.T. here you are:
|Betty and Bailey enjoying a relaxing lunch|