Wicked Wanderers

Chronicling the full time RV lifestyle of a young family

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Chapter 51: That one time we lived at a brewery…

From May to June we were on the move with an action packed agenda. For a quick summary watch the video below otherwise keep reading. 🙂

Our last few days in Moab were rainy which turned our camping spot into a giant red sand mud pit. Once our last visitor left town we were ready to go North to Rabbit Valley BLM camping area to visit with friends for a few days. While we were there we took a day trip over to beautiful Colorado National Monument. Here we drove Rimrock Drive all around the park. Eloise became a junior ranger but due to the cold rainy weather we weren’t able to get any hikes in. It was very scenic and definitely worthy of a longer stay.

Continuing on down the road we had arranged a family meet up at Capitol Reef National Park. It was a long and twisty drive over to Capitol Reef with amazing scenery. The weather there was mixed with snow at higher elevations (which the girls loved playing in) but some warm sunny days too at the lower elevations. We were sure to take our time here and spent nearly 2 weeks exploring the area. We stayed on nearby BLM land which was easy to access and only a few miles from the national park entrance. Eloise completed the Junior Ranger program here, we got several scenic hikes and jeep trails in, and we visited with 5 different families during our stay.

Goblin Valley was our next stop and what an amazingly neat spot it is. If you ever get the chance to visit; its so unique. Of course it was spring time and the weather turned on us. We were only able to visit this Utah State park for a few hours however one could easily spend all day here. They had a campground that had several empty spots but it would have been a tight fit for our RV and plus there was no cellphone service so we said goodbye and continued south.

We had several stops in New Mexico planned and first up was Farmington BLM campground which was brand new. Of course it was snowing/raining when we arrived and there was 1 spot left in this campground for us. It was a neat area and we visited with friends who were staying there as well. We enjoyed a day searching for nearby geocaches and Kevin had some work done on the truck. One day we took a very long day trip up to Mesa Verde National Park were we got to climb the steep ladders and enjoy a guided tour of the ancient cliff houses.

Next we joined the Xscapers RV club for a meet up in Taos and Santa Fe. This was an actioned packed 10 days with: a visit to Meow Wolf (if you’ve never heard of it look it up—its so cool!), taco party, potlucks, hikes, live music, and a walking tour of Santa Fe. We were also reunited with our very good Australian friends Lynne and Michael who we really enjoyed catching up with. Oh and how could I forget—a special someone turned 7 year old in Santa Fe. We made an amazing Elsa birthday cake together, visited the local Childrens museum, smashed a pinata, opened presents, and had the while group sing happy birthday to her! Kevin hit up several mountain biking trails while in New Mexico however the conditions in general were still wet and spring-like.

In early June we headed North to Colorado to Great Sand Dunes National Park with Lynne and Michael and our new friends the Brown family. This National park was really neat. Because it was spring Medano Creek was experiencing surge flow at the park. “Surge flow” is a neat naturally-occurring, but rare phenomenon where creek water flows in waves across the sand. The girls had a great time playing in the water and sand and we took them there several times. Eloise and her friend tried sliding down the sand dunes but it was exhausting work climbing to the top of the dunes!

Our next stop in Colorado was Pagosa Springs which is a cute little town centered around several hot springs. We had planned it so we arrived just in time for the Pagosa Springs folk and bluegrass festival which was an entertaining weekend. The girls loved the kids activities and face painting and the music was great. We enjoyed the festival with friends and the girls and I enjoyed a day at the hot springs (which were very hot!) before moving north for a weekend hang out at Colorado Farm Brewery.

The brewery opened its parking/field area up and we packed 11 Rvs into the space. There was a playground and generally good weather for enjoying a beer outside! The story of the brewery and its beers is genuinely a first of its kind in the US, some of their beers are made entirely of on property grown/processed ingredients!

Some of these “estate” beers were made entirely from ingredients grown/made onsite!
We took over a brewery!

Chapter 50: Moab! (again)

Moab was beckoning us to come back for a third time (in 3 years) so we headed North. Moab has always been a friendly city to us and this time around was no exception. We stayed for nearly 2 months visiting with old and new friends and enjoying the various activities and events in the area. Our time in Moab this year was a blur but was roughly divided into 3 sections: the Xscapers convergence, the Fulltime Family Boondockers Anonymous meet up, and family and friends visiting from Maine.

First up was the Xscapers Moab Convergence held again on the old Moab airstrip. This week long event of 110 RVs was packed with potlucks, fires, live music, jeep rides, helping with rig maintenance projects, hiking, mountain biking, bowling, a hot air balloon ride, and a community clean up. Kevin also went on a 3 night canoe trip with a few members of this group to the Canyonlands area after the event.

Secondly but also overlapping with the Xscapers event was the fulltime family informal meet up. Approximately 20 families parked at the end of the airstrip. We hosted a giant Easter egg hunt which was a huge success (thanks for Irinia for the arts and crafts and natural egg dying), many families held campfires each night with music, there was a glow stick party night, group mountain bike rides, organized kid friendly hikes, and of course lots and lots of playing, trips to the local park and pool in town.

Lastly, Kevin’s Dad (Grandpa Kevin) and step mom (Grammie Verla) visited us for one jam-packed week which overlapped partly with the Fulltime Family week. We got permits to do the fiery furnace hike in Arches National Park, they rented a jeep with the fulltime family group and 13 of us all went on an epic Jeep ride (thank you Matt for your good group rental negotiation skills and for leading the group), and of course went out to explore the town. We rounded out our 2 months in Moab by hanging out with Kevin’s friend Nate who flew out from Maine to do several days of mountain biking. While the guys were off hitting the trails Eloise and Eliza played with their friend Maya who we camped with right up until it was time to say good bye.

Chapter 49: Back in the Wild West

We loaded up on groceries, said our good byes to friends and family, and hitched up. Kevin wanted to get West ASAP and we agreed on Big Bend. 1,608 miles and about 30 hours later we had arrived March 16th. Florida was starting to get swampy hot and humid and the cooler temps and no humidity felt good. We were boondocking at a huge site right inside Big Bend (at Government Springs) and used our newly procured (used) Satellite Internet setup for the first time. Truth be told it really worked flawlessly and I was able to use it to work there. Eloise also used it for school which is perfect.

The biggest desert bloom in years!

Big Bend was amazing. Honestly I had not heard much about that National Park but it was beautiful and has since become one of our top 3 favorites. The desert wildflower bloom was in full swing and the bluebell fields were so surreal. Kevin had found online that another fulltime family was also visiting Big Bend and had arranged to go on a Jeep ride with them–the Kroekers. Honestly I was tired of meeting new people but Kevin was right–they turned out to become great friends of ours and we were so glad to have met up with them! Together our families enjoyed a soak in the hot springs, a cookout, several hiking trails, and dinner out at the lodge. This is also where Eloise earned her first Junior Ranger Badge–she was so excited. It was nice to really get to take our time in this park and not feel rushed. We stopped in at all of the visitor centers, hiked the Boquillas canyon trail, checked out the fossil bones exhibits. Kevin and fellow dad Josh hiked to the top of Emory Peak–the highest peak in the park and to the top of Guadalupe Peak the highest Mountain in Texas in nearby Guadalupe National Park. We also had the worlds best barbecue in Terlingua, TX at DB’s Rustic Iron BBQ. *Drool*

After Big Bend we traveled North to Carlsbad Caverns. The Kroekers joined us there a few days later and we all went on the Natural Entrance cave hike. Carlsbad cave is massive. Beautiful. We boondocked a short distance from the park and met up with a handful of other families in the area too and enjoyed several group campfires and talks.

Goosenecks State Park, UT

We were inching our way towards Moab, Utah for a meetup but still had a little time left so we stopped for a few hours at Roswell, New Mexico and ate at a space-ship shaped McDonalds with a playplace. The girls got a kick out of all the alien signs through town. We continued on up to Goosenecks State Park in Mexican Hat Utah which was beautiful. We camped right on the edge of the canyon and it was very picturesque. Due to the steep cliffs right outside our door we put up the babygate on our front door and did not let Eliza outside without her kiddie ‘leash’ on at all times. There was no horseplay here. Yikes. We took the scenic Moki Dugway up to Natural Bridge Monument with out Jeep before heading up to Moab.

Chapter 48: M-i-c-k-e-y…

We got to Orlando on Nov 30th and left on March 14th. We were there a total of 104 days. We bought a Disney pass. We visited a Disney park or property on 35 of those days. This was by far the only time we have ever spent this much time in one area since going on the road and Kevin was not a fan but we don’t want to use this blog to dwell on any negativity in the ‘happiest place on earth.’ 🙂

Disney stats: Eloise’s favorite ride: Avatar Flight of Passage/tied with Everest, Eliza’s favorite ride: Tea Cups (but really her favorite was any and all character meet and greets). Kevin’s favorite ride: Driving home–bahaha seriously. Emma’s favorite ride: Everest. Favorite snacks? None, we brought our own food with us 95% of the time. Favorite parks: Animal Kingdom and Epcot. [Magic Kingdom was ‘magical’ but as the iconic park it was packed most of the days we were there which is annoying and not magical at all.]

Since many of the other families we were with also had Disney passes we visited the parks with numerous friends too which made it fun. (Thanks again to our friends Bill and Porter for introducing Eloise to Disney Pin trading!) Having a Disney pass was nice: kids melting down–time to leave; kid misbehaving–lets go home, sick kid throwing up in the line of Pirates of the Caribbean (true story)–lets go home; too many freakin people today?–lets leave. Not having the pressure of making the ‘most’ of each visit was very nice. By the time we left the park each day we were all tired and usually only went for the afternoon. Let me tell you tho–we can pack a stroller with 2 kids and enough gear for 8 hours like pros now haha. Also for Christmas we enjoyed the day at Epcot and Christmas Chinese dinner at Nine Dragons inside the park and actually it wasn’t “that” busy. Rumor was that Magic Kingdom was close to capacity that day (so full they turned people away.) The line of cars at 9am on Christmas day making the turn to towards Magic Kingdom was impressive…no thanks.

Believe it or not there are other things to do in Florida besides visiting Mickey and Minnie. We also enjoyed plenty of pool time in the nice Florida weather. Kevin and I took a long weekend to go to an Xscapers (RV travel club) convergence in Savannah Georgia and had a nice time. Unfortunately the kids and grandparents were all sick with some stomach bug that weekend which was no fun.

In January we took a family trip over to the huge Tampa RV show where we met up with Kevin’s grandparents and my parents and toured more RVs than we cared to. The weather that weekend was a little rainy and as we went to leave our big truck got stuck in the muck (again!). Fortunately though we weren’t the only ones and the event arena had hired a giant wrecker to pull RVs out of the muck all day. Fun times. In February we went up to Jacksonville, FL to attend another Xscapers Convergence at a Hanna Park. It was a very lush state park with mountain biking trails and a huge playground. Oh and don’t forget its right on the Atlantic Ocean/beach which was nice too. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the greatest but we still had a nice time visiting with friends and making sand castles.

In between Mickey, other events, and friends we also visited family (my grandmother, Aunt, parents, Kevin’s grandparents) around Florida and it was nice to see everyone! It was a busy time for sure and when we left we were glad for the break.

Chapter 47: 1,553 Miles but Who’s Counting?

Winter was just around the corner for Maine and we were ready to go. We left Maine on Oct 12 and were headed to Myrtle Beach for a fulltime family Halloween themed rally. We stopped in Pennsylvania for a few nights at Gettysburg Farm campground to take a break from travel. This campground was part of a working farm which was neat for the girls to see and pet the animals. Weather in Pennsylvania was becoming cooler too and we were ready to find greener pastures but first we happened to find the perfect used 2-door Jeep for us. (We will tow this behind our camper some times and sometimes I will drive it behind Kevin but having a second vehicle was the goal) We left Pennsylvania at night and I drove the Jeep with Eliza snoozing in the back and Kevin drove the big truck with Eloise napping in the top bunk in the sleeper cab. We drove all the way to Myrtle beach.

The rally was held at Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach and we had never really paid to stay at a massive resort-style campground before. It was interesting. While we enjoyed the amenities of a large pool, arcade, beach access, store, etc. and had fun playing with all the other families attending however neighbors were close and navigating the campground with our huge truck/camper was also a challenge. We had a fun time and the week went by fast. There was a Halloween costume contest and our family all dressed up as ‘truckers’ as the big truck was new to us. (No, we did not win but got plenty of laughs.) We left there with several new friends we knew we would meet up with again later down the road.

Our next stop was a pit-stop near Daytona Beach for a few nights on our journey down to the keys. We pulled in and it appeared it had just stopped raining. Sweet! We had no idea we had just missed a monsoon so when we pulled onto the lawn for our pull-through site we sunk in up to the hubcaps and had to call a giant tow truck. Bummer. A fun way to top off our travel day.

Our reservation at Sunshine Key RV Resort was from Nov 1 to Nov 30 and while we enjoyed our time there a month was a little much for us. (We typically only stay a couple weeks in any given area but got a super discount to stay here longer as it was directly hit by the last hurricane and they were still rebuilding.)

While on Sunshine Key we visited Key West several times (once to meet my parents who were stopping there on a cruise), swam in the pool daily, watched one day of the Superboat International Speed Boat Races, visited the turtle hospital, enjoyed the splash-pad and playground in Key West three times, went out to Sunset Grille a few times with friends, kayaked around the RV park, explored tide pools, and tried to relax and enjoy the slower pace of island life.

During our time in the Keys we celebrated Halloween and our little bumble-bee (Eloise) and fairy (Eliza) had a blast walking around the neighborhoods on Big Pine Key. They take Halloween seriously down there in the Keys and had full snacks/cookies/hotdogs?! for the kids and drinks (wine/cans of beer up to full kegs for adults haha). It was interesting to say the least! We packed up just before the really hot Keys weather came and we headed north up for a visit with the mouse!

Chapter 46: The New Truck

Kevin had been searching for the ‘perfect’ used big rig truck for months. He wasn’t liking how our GMC dually was pulling the 5th wheel and we had recently learned that our heavy trailer was borderline too heavy for our GMC. Since we knew we weren’t likely to majorly downsize any of our items in our trailer to save any significant amount of weight we knew the only solution was a different truck: a bigger truck.

The truck that checked off all the boxes for Kevin was, of course, about 3,000 miles from Maine down near Phoenix, AZ. The truck is a single axle Volvo VNL 670 Semi (HDT) truck with a D13 engine. It started life as a commercial truck, then about a year ago had been purchased by a cowboy for towing his rodeo trailer. The cowboy had retrofitted it to have a gooseneck flatbed and removed the factory hitch. Kevin and his dad (Kevin) flew out, had the truck professionally inspected and shared driving it back up to Maine over a long weekend, in true “trucker” style.

First Rest Stop!

The truck was parked at Kevin’s moms house in Lisbon where his step-dad Greg owns an auto shop. It was there that together for the next 4 weeks they transformed the truck into exactly what we needed. They built a large cargo box, transformed the hitch from goose neck to 5th wheel. The truck was washed, cab interior was thoroughly cleaned, a dinette table was added (that still turns into a bed), paint touched up, 6 new tires, new driver and passenger side seats. A lot of preventative maintenance work was also performed.

The Final Product

While Kevin was working 24/7 on the truck Emma and the girls cleaned the interior of the truck, visited family and friends and focused on getting ahead on school work. They did pumpkin carving with Grammie E and Grampy Kevin, visited a fair with Grammie Carol, and enjoyed fall in Maine. Before we left Maine we sold the old truck and enjoyed one last meal with family.

Chapter 45: Maine!

They were long days but we finally made it back up to Maine. One final road in Massachusetts  just before we got back onto I-95 was bumpy. Really bumpy. We had been on rough roads before but this was bad. Our newly upgraded trailer suspension had been giving us amazingly smooth rides so we shocked how bouncy both the truck and trailer felt all of a sudden.  We shrugged it off.  We kept going. Finally, we made it. We were happy and unpacking so of course it was time for something to go wrong. I was opening our final slide and it just wouldn’t go out. I summoned Kevin. He wasn’t happy.  After much deliberation it was decided that something had fallen and was preventing the slide from opening. It was the kids room. We could barely get the door to their room open (it opens about 8 inches with that slide in) so we couldn’t see what it was that was stopping it from opening. Kevin took the door and frame off and noticed it just wide enough to maybe get a kid in there. Eloise was volunteered. She was boosted up on top of the slide and with a cell phone and took a photo of what was in the way. She was able to push the junk that had fallen out of the way enough so we could get the slide open. Turns out that on a big bump one of our cabinet doors had opened spilling toys down. The half-open door got caught as the slide was opening and broke in two. Fun. At least it was open and we didn’t have to break a window to get in!

We settled in our moochdocking spot and were glad to be visiting with family in Maine. Kevin and his Dad started working on home improvement projects (including fixing all the broken pieces from the broken cabinet door).  Then he had several work commitments that required him to go into the office. Needless to say he was crazy busy and we didn’t see much of him. The girls and I focused on school homework and visiting family. Also somewhere along our trip North we had picked up a nasty respiratory virus which I had for over a month! (I’m sure working nights didn’t help my recovery tho)

We stayed in Maine from June to October. We moved around the state every 2 weeks visiting all of our family from both sides. Some highlights: the girls’ joint birthday party at a state park, my brother’s wedding in New York to Auntie Caitlin, music concert and activities at the KOA with Grammie Carol and Grampie Greg, playing with Memere and Bompah at Moms camp, mini golf with Uncle Bub and Auntie Caitlin, playing toys with Grampie Kevin and Grammie Verla, canoeing down the Saco river like Pirates, sleep over with Nanny Sherry and friends, visiting our  stationary friends Chase, Cayleigh, Connor, Grant, Lydia, Lucas, and our fulltime family friend Caellum. Our time always goes fast when we’re in Maine!

Birthday Time!

We were scheduled to leave Maine in September, before the cool weather hit. Just then Kevin found just what he was looking for: our new tow vehicle!


Chapter 44: Killing Time

We had a few stops on our way up to Maine. We had an appointment at MORryde to have our 5th wheel suspension upgraded on our very heavy camper but even though we called 6+ months ago they couldn’t fit us in until the end of June so we had a little time to kill.

There were some places we’d never seen before in this neck of the woods and the first stop was Mammoth Caves National Park just outside Bowling Green Kentucky. The cool cave air was refreshing against the moist hot and humid spring air. We met up with another Fulltime Family, Irina and Giedrius,  here and went on a National Park cave tour with them.

We also enjoyed hanging out with them by the pool and playing. Kevin toured the National Corvette Museum (we didn’t want to waste the money by bringing the girls who not only wouldn’t have cared to be there but there’s also no touching cars…) and we popped over the state line to Tennessee for a highly entertaining “AyerWaves Music Festival” at “Possum Trot” in Winfield, TN.

Festival friends

 The lineup was great (Keller Williams) and it was right nearby where we were. The people were friendly, there were kids, and we stayed one night camping in our tent at the festival. Our 2 man tent was a bit tight with 2 adults and 2 little kids. Turns out that attendance was quite low (lower than what they had expected) and we ended up with a concert we could see from our tent. Almost a private concert! We had fun. 


Our second stop on our way to Maine was up to Morryde for a 3 day independent suspension install on our home. Me and the girls terrorized their small waiting room for 3 full days while they worked on our trailer. The weather in Indiana was pouring rain so we made it out to the playground only once. While we were there we also toured the DRV factory and met up with some fellow Xscapers David and Cheryl for a yummy meal out.

Our next stop was Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.

Looking for turtles in the National Park

We have wanted to check this National Park off on our list for a while as we have circled around that area several times and had yet to stop. It was interesting learning about the history of the Ohio and Erie canals in this area. It was beautifully lush and green (looked similar to Maine we thought) and during the short time we were there we saw quite a bit of wildlife. The girls enjoyed playing ‘spot the turtle’ in the canal. We went on a small hike and a picnic lunch (with amazing local ice cream) at the park before continuing on. 

Over the next several days we made our way steadily up to Massachusetts which was our final stop before Maine.  Kevin had a work meeting in Worcester, MA. We also met up with Kevin’s grandparents Ralph and Lorraine who happened to be traveling in their RV back to Maine from Florida at the same time. It was nice to see them again and we all enjoyed the familiar dry crisp New England air!

Long drives are great for naps!

Chapter 43: Those “Middle” States

We left Moab around noon; waved good bye to our friends and headed for Colorado. It was the end  of April but there was still the chance of snow in the mountains. Kevin said there was a chance of flurries for that day; I didn’t pay much attention. We were hoping to make it to Denver in one shot but unfortunately the Eisenhower tunnel shut down due to snow related accidents. Oops. We had to ditch our plan and pulled over in a Walmart in Vail for the night. Both of us had to work that night and the kids were dead tired so it was a good stopping point.

We carried on the next day to Goodland Kansas where we were the only people at the KOA mid week. It was an interesting place…ancient tall swing set from the 70s, no other people, stiff spring breeze. We stayed long enough to do laundry, stock up at WalMart and then headed down the road to our destination: Little Sahara State Park in Oklahoma where we were meeting up with friends. 

Little Sahara was neat. Most of Kansas and Oklahoma looked so flat as far as you could see. Little Sahara was just as the name implies and had an impressive 1600 acres of sand dunes. They are open to the public for recreation, especially off roading. We don’t have a 4×4 vehicle but our friends the Kvacik’s do and they were kind enough to take us out to see the dunes. We had a fun weekend hanging out with them and meeting their other friends. There were several kids there and they all had fun playing together. 

Releasing our butterflies we grew!

After a fun weekend it was back to business and we had an appointment to have our RV slides adjusted and a few other things looked over at Rolling Retreats in Elk City, OK. Thankfully that went smoothly and was uneventful.  After that we hit the road East toward an RV family rally. Unfortunately along the way our 5th wheel hitch developed a large crack and we pulled over urgently and Kevin scrambled to figure it out. After much discussion with the manufacturer and others it was determined the pinbox was ‘drive-able’ but Kevin did not have confidence in it with all the cracks. He decided to replace it ASAP instead of risk it. (He was going to replace it soon anyway but this just sped things up) It delayed us by 3-4 days but we had some buffer time built into our schedule before the rally started anyway. 

This rally was the “Fulltime Families Show Biz Rally” in Branson, Missouri. Several of our friends were there and Eloise was excited for the kid events.  What did we do? I honestly can’t really remember; it was a whirl wind of events. We swam in the pool, we had a Broadway themed costume party (Eliza and Eloise both went as Belle), Eliza won a giant water gun in a raffle, we went on a hike, we went to an indoor adventure park, and we had a moms night out and a dads night out. We met many new friends and the time went by very fast!

After the main rally ended several families moved over to another RV park across town (us included) where we enjoyed each others company and the kids continued hanging out. Unfortunately it was here that we received the unfortunate news about Kevin’s sisters death and he flew home to be with his family while us girls sent our condolences remotely and held down the fort. Kevin flew back a week later with his other sister Michelle who visited with us for a few days. 

Mini golf in 100 degree heat!

To continue our ‘Rally palooza” we moved over to an Xscapers rally for two days in Blue Springs Lake near Kansas City Missouri.  It was starting to get hot.  Like really steamy and hot. If you didn’t have AC is was miserably hot and humid.  We played in our kiddie pool with Auntie Michelle and tried to stay in the shade. Our next rally was the Escapade rally in Sedalia, MO. We parked with the other families as part of the ‘kids-capade” and enjoyed our time. They had a glow stick party, campfires, a talent show, and fireworks. We also celebrated Eloise’s 6th birthday here with all her friends. We stayed for about a week and then on to our final rally of the Season: the FtF Boondockers Anonymous hangout at a casino parking lot in St. Louis.

Camping at a casino parking lot sounds sketchy doesn’t it? It was fine; it was even fun. The hot heat broke just in time since we were camping without hookups. We visited the St. Louis City Museum, the St. Louis Arch, and the St. Louis Zoo (which had free admission). We found the zoo to be crazy crowded on a Sunday and walked across town to enjoy the science museum instead. City Museum was amazing but Eliza was a little too young for it. Eloise and Kevin had a blast; its an indoor ‘playground’ which is really more like giant artsy-industrial climbing structures. We toasted farewell to our friends and parted ways at the Casino. We shall meet again some day!

Rest in Peace Auntie Angela.  (Second from the left) You will be missed.










Chapter 42: Mommy goes back to work & We go back to Moab

In the Hurricane Simulator!

Once safely back on US soil Kevin and Verla headed off to the San Diego airport; I think they were pretty happy to be headed back home to the cold frozen tundra of Maine. We took two days to explore San Diego with them before they left and enjoyed some yummy food, we walked across town to the Fleet science center, and we even had a date night out on the town just the two of us! 

We stayed another few days in San Diego after they left to explore the area and wait for RV parts to come in. There was quite a bit of damage to our rig (from driving on Mexican roads) that needed to be repaired before we took it back on the road again safely. We got new airbags, new leaf springs etc. The girls and I had a playdate with another fulltime family in the area, we visited the local parks, and we enjoyed riding our new scooter around the smooth pavement at the Elks Lodge RV Park in San Diego where we were staying. (Because she donated her bike to the impoverished Mexican family we met at the tire shop Grandpa Kevin wanted to buy her a replacement bike. Eloise wasn’t keen on bike riding so at the bike shop she picked out a scooter and fell in love with it.)

I want a scooter too!!!

We stayed only a week in San Diego before we had to hit the road to Phoenix.  It’s about 350 miles and we did it in 2 days. I had made arrangements to meet up with my new employer for training and orientation and to get my badge made so we had no wiggle room in our schedule. I was starting a new job working from home as a pharmacist processing inpatient and outpatient prescriptions nights and weekends. Everything went smoothly and after a few days of training I was nervous but was  ready to go. In total I took about 18 months off from working and it was good to get back into it. I started immediately working anywhere from 18-32 hours a week and it was definitely tough to manage that plus kids, plus homeschooling, plus Kevin being busy working a fulltime job and doing all the RV driving.  The days are long and we are still figuring it out. (<–This right here is why our blog is so far behind haha!)

We had another rally in Moab, UT we were headed towards. It was a long 450 mile drive up from Phoenix to Moab; we stopped for  a long weekend in Flagstaff at the KOA and explored around the town; visiting the town indoor pool complex a few times. It was a chilly rainy weekend and we were ready to be out of the rain.  

It was nice going back to Moab given that we had spent so much time there last year. We knew where everything was; it was familiar and comfortable. Kevin was excited to do mountain biking and the girls were ready to enjoy the parks and town pool. I signed Eloise up for 6 weeks of one on one swim lessons. We bought a pass to the pool and both of the girls really improved in their swimming during this time period. It was great.

This rally was part of the Xscapers and it was their Moab Convergence. It was held at an old abandoned airport airstrip in Moab which made for nice level parking; there were about 50 rigs there and we had a great time. We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with them, had numerous fires, pot lucks, and socials and made great friendships. Kevin went on several mountain bike rides with that crew and we joined in for a few hikes too. 

The days turned into weeks and all totaled we were in Moab for about 6 weeks. After the main rally was over us and several others stuck around to hang out and explore the area together. We enjoyed the famous Moab Easter Jeep week. We had friends visit (Eloise’s friend Hayden) and made new friends (too many new friends to count!). In fact here we were in Moab, UT in March/April camping with no hookups and met up (unplanned) with 5 other fulltime families who also happened to be in the area that same time as well. We parked near each other and enjoyed visiting while the kids played. We rented a jeep to ride the trails with friends twice. We did an Easter egg hunt at Swanney City Park. We hiked several arches. We enjoyed the sunset at Dead Horse Point State park.  Kevin’s friend Nate flew in from Maine to go mountain biking on the amazing Moab trails.

Nate biking in Moab

We met up with our friends from the Mexican rally Lynne and Michael and hung out with them for ten days; Kevin even helped them install a solar system. It was a fun time but eventually it was time to head East. 

We love you Moab and you’ll always have a special place in our heart!

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