Texas to South Carolina…

“Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.” ~Unknown

Over nine months ago we drove to South Carolina from South Padre Island, Texas, dragging our massive travel trailer behind us. You can in fact drive from one planet to another or so it might seem from destination to destination. I love the newness of it all. We are not full-time RV travelers but move from location to location and find jobs along the way. Six month stays were always the planned timeframe for each location so needless to say I have “hitch itch” as RVers like to say. I have failed on this blog with updates but before we begin a new adventure I feel like I should share our journey here.

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A Year in Review: Our First Year on the Road as Full-Time Campers

Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity. ~Gilda Radner

 

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As I sit outside our camper in Cross Hill, South Carolina, I reflect back on where this year has taken us and try to envision what the next year might hold. Living in a camper was a wistful thought of how I wanted to spend my days after we retired. That tiny seed was planted and took off like a weed and in a mere six months we bought a camper. We kept the camper stored for three months before we parked it in Asheville, North Carolina and began the slow transition from living in our house to the RV lifestyle. Even after being fully moved in we stayed at our jobs and enjoyed living in the camper until the time was right. On August 23, 2015 we hooked up and rolled out on our maiden voyage.

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Journey to the Water

It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things. ~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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The last stop of a trip always brings excitement of what new life awaits us. Trying to enjoy the moment, torn with not wanting vacation to end, but anticipation on getting settled in. We stayed at Lake Corpus Christi State Park a beautiful park not far off the road , great pull through sites and close to the lake. Shortly after setting up, the deer arrived and thankfully these deer weren’t as camera-shy as the last few we encountered. We saw deer stroll through our campsite in Waco and saw multiple deer in Austin but the lighting and or distance just never made for a post worthy photo. One day I will break down and upgrade my equipment so I don’t have to make this excuse in the future. The first female emerged and then three more followed, I was so busy watching them exit the brush and run across the field that I almost missed the male, wow what a sight! Continue reading

Strolling the River Walk in San Antonio

There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it. ~Judith McNaught

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We arrived to our campground without any story to tell except we enjoy these short trips and we made it down the very steep mountain in Austin. Happy to know the brakes work well and the truck seems to be fine after the short check engine light issue that the dealership couldn’t find a reason why it had come on. We don’t normally do too much after a travel but when we arrived we learned the river walk was being drained so if we were to even catch it with water, we needed to get a move on. Good news, the bus picked up right in front of the campground so there was no need to drive, find parking or try to navigate a new city.
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Adventures in Austin

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.
And all plans, safeguards, policies and coercion are fruitless.
We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. John Steinbeck

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“Okay babe, we are headed to Austin, TX, so how do we get there?” Jamie is in charge of driving and I’m co-pilot. What would we do without directions obtained as easy as just picking up our cell phones? My Dad is a retired truck driver and I remember him always mapping out his trips the night before I have no clue how he managed. Granted I still look at a map before we head out but I leave the majority of the planning to my GPS. Continue reading

Wandering Through Waco

 

Oh I, I want to be with you everywhere. Fleetwood Mac

Jamie enjoying warm weather in Waco.

When we moved to Texas we had committed to a four-month job with Amazon with no idea where we were headed next but that’s the life of a traveler. We have places on our bucket list but since we didn’t win the lottery and are not wealthy people we go where the money is. I swore when we started this process that we would always have jobs lined up before we moved, it was a good plan, just one we decided not to follow. One of our fellow campground friends had spent a bit of time in South Padre Island, Texas and planned to return after our time at Amazon. He spent nights talking about warm winter weather, the beach, and a decently priced camp ground. So with nowhere to go we said why not go to the beach and enjoy warm weather for the winter.


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In Search of Treasure

Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles. Thomas Browne

We headed to Crater of Diamonds State Park in search of diamonds to fuel our gypsy lifestyle. It was a good plan, kind of like playing the lottery, but the digging, sifting, and searching was a lot more entertaining. We decided to spend two nights enjoying the park on our way to Texas and spending the days searching for diamonds. We had a great time but man was it hot. Our first night we had a great experience meeting up with fellow travelers, Kenny and Laura, from RVilliage. Kenny was even so gracious to let me test out his scooter. When we arrived we discovered our site was already occupied by a black window and her millions of soon to be babies. We quickly had them evicted and went on to enjoy our day. The second day we bought some steaks to grill and built a nice fire. The campsite was top notch including privacy, a grill and fire pit. Continue reading

“Walking in Memphis”

I was walking in Memphis, walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale. Marc Cohn

Arriving in Memphis we were slap worn out. Days of traveling, our first time on the road, and schedules to keep meeting up with the family. We had planned on staying one night and then moving on to our planned adventures. Well… the great part of not making reservations is being able to change your whole game plan. We ended up staying three nights to get rested up and see all the sites we discovered after being in Memphis. Yes, we missed our planned stops but this is not going to be our only chance out and about.

We stayed at Graceland RV park where they had Elvis playing 24/7. One night turned into three nights spent watching movies, eating barbecue, exploring the town, and planing out our new route to Texas. We were tired and hungry when we arrived so discovering that Marlowe’s would pick you up for free in a pink limousine was a no brainer. We shared a rack of ribs and we enjoyed the food so much we grabbed lunch there another day. We also stumbled upon some great Cajun fried fish in a gas station of all places. Continue reading

Farm Country

Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds, exhilarate the spirit, and restore the tone of languid nature. William Cowper

Driving through the western part of Kentucky could be summed up by “hey look more soy beans”, okay so there was also some corn. The landscape was gorgeous farm country. We added Kentucky to our travel plans last minute so I didn’t have time to plan our route and we had to rely on GPS alone. Both locations we went to were out in the middle of nowhere so we mainly traveled small two lane roads. Some roads were windy, some tiny, and some crazy old bridges but we made it. We hit a stretch of road where we didn’t see a gas station for at least 90 miles and got the privilege of passing through Podunk, Kentucky.

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“The Bluegrass State”

My favorite thing is to go somewhere I’ve never been. Diane Arbus

Being so close to Mammoth Cave National Park we decided to take a detour through Kentucky. Seeing that the campground at the park doesn’t have electric we opted for Nolin Lake State Park. We made a great choice, this campground was practically deserted and absolutely stunning. We scored a lakefront spot with no reservation.

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Lake Nolin 5 seconds later I fell in, too bad we didn’t capture that moment.

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