Our 2nd Year Nomadiversary!

This is our 2 year #nomadiversary! I put together a montage of our memories, but it is very hard to decide which photos to choose when there were so many great experiences. I selected one photo per month, roughly, but thought our travels warranted a brief narration as well. If you don’t yet travel full-time but have dreams of doing so, I hope this narration gives you a glimpse into how magnificent this lifestyle is.

2016

September - we had to move out of our house on Sept 15, but our rig wasn’t ready for us, so we had to go tent camping for a month. Started in the #Wallowas of OR. Our favorite spot there was this tiny 6-Spot campground in Whitman National Forest. We had our own private river swimming beach. The water was cold but still fun to jump in. Our pets loved it! We also visited Hell’s Canyon National Rec Area and took a tram to the top of the mountain. Did some river fishing (but caught no fish). Explored Joseph and Imnaha. Had butterflies visit us. One landed on my leg and hung out for a good 10 minutes before flying away.

October - had to spend some time in hotels because our rig still wasn’t ready. Once we got in it — on October 15 — we went to a great campground outside of #Portland called L L Stub Stewart. Hiked and explored. After that, we went to the coast of Washington near #Astoria and hiked and explored there. Saw the shipwreck and an amazing tall tower statue that you can climb to the top.

November - began to head eastward. Stopped in Farewell Bend State Park Campground. Avery swam at the beach and we put the patio of our toy hauler down for the first time for cocktails. Moved to Antelope Island (utah) #antelopeisland and was treated to an amazing surprise of a campground on the water. We saw our first #Bison of the trip up close and personal. We spent two weeks in #Moab exploring #Arches NP, #Canyonlands NP, and Dead Horse State Park #deadhorsestatepark. Then we traveled to Bluff, UT to use it as a launching pad around the four corners. Went to #NaturalBridges National Monument, #Hovenweep National Monument, and #MonumentValley.

December - we went to Page, AZ to be in close proximity to #AntelopeCanyon.

We went to both the lower and upper Antelope Canyons. We found the lower Antelope Canyon to be our favorite. Saw #HorseshoeBend. Realized how crowded it really is — it’s not the place that most photos of the solo person sitting at the edge makes it seem. It is lovely nonetheless. Just very crowded. Went to Kanab to explore #Escalante NP. Did lots of hikes there and saw slot canyons and hoodoos. Hiked around #Zion NP. Finally traveled to the Palm Springs area to visit family for the holidays.

2017

January - explored Palm Springs area then headed to the #SaltonSea. Everyone told us Salton Sea stinks, but when we were there it was lovely. A friend visited us while we were there which was super nice. Finally, went to #LakeMead and explored that area while another friend flew in to visit us. Saw #HooverDam and did the long “tunnel” hike. Did a hike to the Wave.

February - relocated to a campground in #Sedona that we were staying at for a month while 4 sets of friends and family visited us. Hiked a lot and ate great food. Did one of the off road Jeep rides. Went to #Tuzigoot National Monument twice. Visited #Prescott and Joseph. Saw lots of great #petroglyphs. Did a prickly pear margarita comparison to find the best one. Visited #MontezumaCastle National Monument and V Bar V Heritage Site. #vbarv

March - traveled again and toured #Saguaro NP, #KartchnerCaverns State Park, #WhiteSands National Monument, #PetrifiedForest NP, #GrandCanyon NP, and #CarlsbadCaverns. Met a delightful couple while #boondocking outside the #OrganMountains @go.withtheflowand.co. Returned to Page to entertain family and revisited Horseshoe Bend.

April - Went to my favorite NP: #BryceCanyon. Had an amazing boondocking spot in #DixieNationalForest. Spent all of April there because we loved it so much. Got some snow.

May - returned to Antelope Island and was greeted by hatching no-see-ums. We were swarmed by them and mosquitoes any time we were outside. Left a day early, very disappointed. Took a day trip to visit a couple we met on the road @amayzerr in Eden Utah. Really connected with them and plan to stay lifelong friends. Next we boondocked in Palisades Reservoir. The water level was low and there was sludge. But we stayed and used it as a spot to explore #GrandTeton NP. Went to #Yellowstone NP. Saw bears within the park, but also at our BoonDocking spot off Gallatin Gateway. Got some snow here too. I’d been studying for my ham radio license and passed the test when we were camped outside of #Missoula. Also decided to write a book. Became the book The New American Dream: Finding Lifestyle Freedom on the Road. Now available on Amazon.

June - traveled to #PriestLake to be greeted by mosquitoes and mice. Omar, our cat, got to catch many mice while we were there. We even had a mouse crawl out from the hood of our truck as we were traveling down the road at 65 mph. Left there and traveled to #Flathead Lake. Camped at #BigArm where we would become camp hosts a year later. Went to #Glacier NP. Entered Canada in BC on June 20th for our travels across #Canada. We hit all but one of the provinces. Friends flew into #Banff and we explored #LakeLouise, #Jasper, #Yoho and the surrounding areas with them. Took a gondola ride to the top of mountains.

July - spent more time in Jasper by ourselves. Moved to Bow Valley Provincial Park outside of #Canmore. We really liked this town and also discovered Spray Lake which was a real highlight. Moved north and stayed at a small private campground that we barely fit into but that was very sweet. Traveled through #Saskatchewan to Buffalo Pound PP which was a real surprise. We loved this Provincial Park. I think it was Omar’s all time favorite campground. He spent his entire day outside, every day. Visited #RidingMountain NP. Moved to a couple more campgrounds, eventually winding up in #Winnipeg which was another pleasant surprise. We really enjoyed that town. We even got to watch a basketball game at he #CanadaGames.

August - back in Winnipeg, we discovered the #MuseumofHumanRights and spent a day there. The architecture was amazing and the learning content was vast. Moved to Aaron PP which we also loved. Took a day trip to #Pukaskwa NP which is stunning. Stayed at Rainbow Falls PP and had the most amazing campsite, with our own private beach. Pancake Bay PP was disappointing and we only stayed one night. Took some day trips while camping at Chutes PP. Moved to a campground near #Toronto. We didn’t care for this busy city. We did take a boat tour and did some other touristy things, but it was a bit of a disappointment to us. Took a day trip to #NiagaraFalls Canada which was an amazing site. #horseshoefalls

September - if we had known how much we’d like the capitol of Canada — #Ottawa — we would have made arrangements to stay longer. We loved the evening light show at the Parliament building. Enjoyed the free garden sculpture exhibit. We walked the entire city I believe. It was delightful. #Montreal was next. We preferred Old Montreal to the newer areas. Outside of #QuebecCity we went to a spectacular cathedral called Sainte Anne de Beaupre. There were life size sculptures of the stations of the cross which really moved me. I loved #QuebecCity itself. It had a very European feel. We next headed towards the Maritimes. Our first campsite was in #NewBrunswick at Murray Beach PP which we loved. We had a site with gorgeous views and the campground was just across the bridge from #PEI. We were in this area because someone we met in Manitoba said we had to come here. So we did! Our introduction to the area was by the camp host who gave us strict instructions on where to buy lobster, which kind to buy, and how to cook them. It was an amazing feast of the best lobster of my life. We headed over to PEI to attend the Shellfish Festival. We stayed a couple of nights in a hotel as a special treat. The festival was spectacular. They served 21 different types of raw #oysters (all you could eat) for one of the appetizers. Other apps were mussels cooked 4 ways, seafood chowder cooked 3 ways, and stuffed potatoes with lobster and cheese. The main course was a whole lobster and prime rib. They served Cesar’s (like our Bloody Mary’s) and dessert. We were beyond full when it ended. We had eaten over 70 oysters between the two of us. My book came out this month, too, which was very exciting. After this we traveled to #NovaScotia. We stayed at a couple of waterfront campgrounds. We did a photo shoot with our dog Avery on the #Halifax Boardwalk. We went to Lunenburg which was a very cool town. We saw a tidal change of about 70 feet in the #BayofFundy. Did a hike to a lighthouse. At the end of the month we left Canada and entered Maine.

October - our #Maine destination was #Acadia NP. This NP has ruggedly beautiful coastline views. Went to Bar Harbor. Left Maine for New Hampshire and then for #Vermont. We spent a bit of time in Vermont and hit “the colors” just one day after they had appeared in all their glory. Really breathtaking. We felt very lucky to have arrived at just the right moment. Explored Craftsbury, Burlington, Montpellier, and Stowe. Loved #LakeChamplain. After Vermont we headed to #Provincetown. This is a cute town and fortunately we missed the bulk of the tourists. Got to take a walk at Cape Cod National Seashore. Headed from there to #Foxborough, MA. Our “team” is the #Patriots and this is the Mecca. We stayed at a great campground near to the Gillette stadium called Normandy Farms. We highly recommend it. We spent a day at Patriots Hall. We ended this month entering New York. We camped at French Creek State Park.

November - we entered Virginia and went to #Shenandoah NP. Continued on to North Carolina. Here our destination was the Pisgah National Forest to be near #Asheville. We stayed here longer than planned because we wound up selling our truck and rig and traded it for a fifth wheel and stronger truck. We happened to love Asheville though so it was fine with us to have been there longer than planned.

December - we pressed on to Tennessee and explored #Nashville and #Memphis. Elvis’ #Graceland is a sight to see! After this we stopped in Arkansas and were pleasantly surprised by how cool #HotSprings NP is. We splurged and did the bath house experience for $33. Well worth the money! Got to Texas and stopped to hang out at Texas A&M where @jax733 went to college. Then we traveled to Bastrop State Park outside of Austin where we were going to hang out for about a month, visiting friends and family.

2018

January - once we left Bastrop we traveled towards Arizona as we had an appointment in Tucson for some warranty work to be done on our rig. We spent part of the time boondocking outside of Tucson in Las Cienegas Rec Area.

February - after leaving Tucson our destination was #JoshuaTree for some boondocking. My mom and her partner flew to visit us in the desert and I also took a day trip to say hi to my dad. We left there and quickly headed north, covering a lot of miles in just a few days, ending in Oregon. First outside of Eugene and then around the Portland area. We are from Portland so we used this time to reconnect with friends and do errands.

March - the reason we motored so quickly to PNW was because we had our first #workamping gig at Anderson Lake SP in Washington outside of Port Townsend. We were there for 6 weeks. It was a day use only park for hikers and anglers. Our tasks were to open and close the gate, trail maintenance, and helping the public. We were the only campers on site. It was a great experience.

April - continued our workamping gig.

May to September - we loved #BigArm SP on #FlatheadLake in #Montana last year when we stayed here so we decided to camp host here. It was a LOT of work, but we met some amazing people and had 9 sets of friends/family travel here to see us. We worked 3-4 days on and 3-4 days off. So every set of days we had off we were either busy with our new friends (other camp hosts) or with our long term friends and family who came to spend time with us. It was overall quite awesome, even though we had to work quite hard. We took some fabulous trips while here: #Glacier NP (of course), Ross Creek Cedars, the Kerr Dam, the #MuseumofAmerica, the #NationalBisonRange, #WildhorseIsland, #Fernie Canada (BC), and more.

Well, there it is. Two years in a nutshell. If you made it through this whole post the. I am impressed!

Happy travels to you, too!