Day 1

Jan/Feb 2022 – RV Road Trip!

Destination ~ Key West Florida

This IS NOT a jeep expedition, so to our Jeeper enthusiasts, unfollow us now if you don’t enjoy long boring RV travels!

Here we go! We made reservations at Boyd’s RV Park in Key West, Florida over a year ago for the first week of February, 2022. We have a month to get across the country and plan on taking it slow. Can we really do that? It’s not our style, but that’s the plan.……. slow down!

January 3rd

We left Mesa and went through Globe to hit the US70 to New Mexico. We always try to stay on the roads less traveled. The 70 through Eastern Arizona was desolate and beautiful. The first stop for the night is The D.H. Lescombes Winery. This is our first Harvest Host stay since signing up at harvest hosts.com and downloading the app. This is GREAT! For a small annual fee, we can stay overnight for free in any one of 2500+ registered hosts across the U.S. A big percentage are wineries and breweries, but also small farms, historical points of interest, local museums, golf courses and more. We plan on taking advantage of this option all the way across the country. We were the first rig to pull to the designated grounds tonight, but 7 more followed. It’s great business for the wine tasting room. They count on getting a little business in exchange for the free parking for the night. (no wine purchases from us, but I did buy some soup and sandwiches! 😁)

Lotti’s not to sure about tiny house living. We did stop in a park in Safford to get in some Frisbee action. As long as we get in several chances to play fetch per day, we should be ok.

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Day 2 – 3 The Carlsbad Caverns Experience

Jan/Feb 2022 RV Road Trip! Destination Key West Florida

We’ve been on a quest to visit all of the National Parks at some point. We’re so cool, we even have a National Parks “Passport” book. It’s a bit hokey, but it gives us great satisfaction to get that stamp. It proves to no one but us that we’ve been there, done that!

Our passport book that actually survived a bear attack in 2020. True story.

Big Bend National Park in Texas is our next major destination, but there are two National Parks calling out to us along the way, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and Carlsbad Caverns. Whoopie!! Let’s go get those stamps!

We didn’t stop to see this….. supposedly the worlds largest pistachio. Maybe next time.

El Paso Traffic is no fun any time of day so we took the northern business loop and wound up on a beautiful new section of the 62 that climbed up and over the mountains on the way to Guadalupe Mountain NP. The park is beautiful, but the wind was blowing about 100 mph and the hiking trails were really steep and long. 😬 (we just got the stamp)

There’s a camp ground on top of that butte! Up at 8300 feet. For hearty backpackers only.

Backstory…. When I was 11 years old, I went to Carlsbad Caverns with the Girl Scouts in a short bus, which broke down at the Caverns. So we spent a few extra days camping in tents in hot weather waiting for parts. We only actually went on the cave tour once which was great, but the REAL fun was waiting every night for the millions of bats to come out of the cave. OMG! It was magical!

So here we are, the caves are ok, but where are the bats??? Turns out they already went south for the winter. No bats. Oh well, we got the stamp, and souvenir bats.

It’s a beautiful 7 mile drive back off the highway to get to the caverns.
Confession: We didn’t take the cave tour this time. We’ve been spoiled by Karchner Caverns in Arizona. And we were really bummed about the bats.
New travel buddies

Who knew that southern New Mexico had such a bustling oil industry? As RV’rs, we’re fascinated by the oil worker “man camps”. These are some of the nicest RV accommodations you’ll find.

the man camp RV parks have covered parking. Nice!
Texas is a whole lot of this….
This place sells tires AND furniture!

Tomorrow, Big Bend National Park!