Sunday, October 25, 2020

Summary of our stays for our first year RVing

Based on where we stayed since October 1, 2019 thru September 30, 2020, we spent a total of $3,524.78 on campgrounds for the year, ranging from full hook-ups to boondocking at a Walmart parking lot.  That is an average of $293.73 per month and $9.63 per day. 

We stayed 178 days moochdocking at family and friends, 75 days at Thousand Trails campgrounds, 34 at private campgrounds, 21 days at state campgrounds, 20 days at Passport America campgrounds, 14 days at a county campground, 10 days boondocking, 8 days at a KOA campground, plus 1 at a Good Sam’s campground and 1 at a Harvest Host, and 2 day stays at a CEO (army Corps Of Engineers) and 2 day stay at a National park.

We loved staying at state campgrounds and CEO campgrounds, but the Thousand Trails membership is budget friendly.  There were just a handful of campgrounds that we would never stay again.

If you would like a detailed list send us an email at, so I can email the PDF list to you.

Thank you and God bless.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Our Route & Mileage 2019 - 2020

In our first 8 months of full-time rving we traveled over 6,756 miles.         

From Buffalo, NY to Butte, MT to Moab, UT to Oklahoma City to Delray Beach, FL to Myrtle Beach, SC back to Buffalo.

Then we traveled back to Butte, MT from Buffalo so that was another 2,324 miles to finish up our first year of traveling.

Then back to Buffalo via Michigan for another 2,358 miles.

Total miles traveled, was just over 11,400 miles.  Wow!

Thank you and God bless.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Pros and Cons of having a Dog while Full-time RVing

We love Abby.  She is our fur-baby, but there are pros and cons of having a dog during our full-time RV life.

1.   Abby is our 7 AM alarm clock every morning.  This is a pro in that we are up at 7 AM every morning.  Con, we are up every morning at 7 AM.

2.   We walk Abby every morning and evening when traveling, so the pro is she helps us stay somewhat healthy.  The con is we have to walk Abby even if it is raining and muddy.

3.  Abby is a great travel companion, pro.  But we do have to stop more often for her to take breaks, con if you like to keep going, but not for us.  We are ready to stop when she is ready.

4.  Abby is a very healthy 13 year old springer spaniel, but a con is the expense of having a dog... annual vet check-ups, medication (heart worm protection, flea and tick prevention) and grooming (nail trimming).  Pro is she is worth it and still cheaper than kids.  Abby is priceless.

5.  Con - dog hair is everywhere.  No matter how much you clean it still seems to get everywhere.  Pro she is so soft to pet and so cute to look at.  Love her so much.

6.   The biggest and best pro is she has unconditional love for us.  Abby loves us on our good days and bad days.  Con, her life expectance is short about 14 to 16 years.  Not long enough for us or any pet parent.  God willing she has a few more years with us.

Thank you and God bless.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Medora, ND and Michigan

We stopped in Medora, ND for a couple days on our way from Montana to Buffalo, NY.  Mike, Abby and I took a ride through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park to see the Painted Hills and North Dakota Badlands.  While on our ride we saw bison, wild horses, a coyote and the beautiful landscape.  Medora is a small tourist town at the entrance to the park with shops and restaurants.  The park fee was $30 per vehicle, but we had the America the Beautiful pass so it was free.  We stayed at Buffalo Gap Campground, just 15 minutes from the park.  It was $20 a night but in my opinion that was too much for an unleveled site with no electric or hookups.  There was a dump station and potable water spigots throughout the campground.

Our route to Buffalo took us through Fargo North Dakota, Duluth Minnesota, Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and the west side of Michigan.  Michigan is a beautiful state and I look forward to going back.  The leaves where starting to change.  We drove over the Mackinaw Bridge and walked on the Warren Dunes.  I highly recommend Upper Michigan and the west side of the state to explore the beauty it has to offer.