We don’t always make plans without consulting our calendar or a map first, but when we do, we end up having to drive from Maine to southern California!
Luckily, we had almost a month between events. And hey, maybe next year, we’ll try the Washington-Florida diagonal to make things even.
Here’s the summary of our 3rd quarter travels, mapped with a little help from Google.
RV miles traveled this quarter: about 5512
Erie, PA, June 30 – July 7: As I mentioned in our 2nd quarter wrap-up, we spent 4th of July week moochdocking in a cousin’s driveway, and hanging out with Tim’s cousins and auntie.
Howe, IN, July 7-11: We went back to the DRV factory for Round 2 (ding ding!) of warranty repair work. The punch list had grown after our first visit in February, and since we were already in the general area, we had the repair team attack it.
We know that things go wrong with all RVs, even new ones, and ours has been no exception. That doesn’t make it any less disappointing, and we are both of the opinion that our unit must have missed Quality Control Check Day before it left the factory.
This article explains a lot of the weak points and outright failures in the RV industry, and provides ample evidence that we are not alone.
Massachusetts, July 12-30: We’ve been to Boston before, so this time we focused our sightseeing efforts on some of the outlying areas, like Bedford, Lexington, Concord, and Salem.
Waterbury, VT, July 30 – Aug 1: Remember our partners in crime, Chip & Penni from our Amazon Camperforce days? We really have stayed friends! Waterbury is their home, and when we said we’d like to come visit, they offered up boondocking space at their summer location.
Albany, NY, Aug 1-11: The good news is that my Auntie Judith turns 85 this year, and a big big surprise party was planned for her in her home town of Albany. The bad news is that I jumped the gun on making a campground reservation, and had to hide for ten days so as not to spoil a surprise that took a year to plan, and involved family members arriving under top secret conditions from locations across the country!
Maine, Aug. 12-19: I’ve already written about this adventure in detail, so here are two photos I haven’t posted yet.
The long diagonal from Maine to California, Aug. 19 – Sept. 10: For the first 11 days, we stopped for only one or two nights at a time, before spending the next 11 just south of Tucson. Tim has an aunt & uncle there, so we were able to visit with them and make ample use of their garage for building our solar panel frames.
Right now: We’re parked on site at the pumpkin patch for our seasonal jobs in Escondido. We’ll work 7 days a week for the entire month of October, co-managing all the fun things with another couple: hay rides, corn maze, school field trips, petting zoo, sunflower field, and of course pumpkins!
Where to next? Uhhh… I guess we’d better figure that out by Halloween, eh? We might go visit family in WA, or we might hide out in the desert for a while, to get some use of that solar power system. Or both!
We started full-timing in August of 2015, but I didn’t think to do an annual review until the end of 2016, and it was just a listing on Facebook of places we’d visited. After that, I started using a quarterly format.
Snarky, irreverent, occasionally sentimental, viewing the world with head cocked and one eyebrow up. Navy wife (retired), mom to two bigguys, full-time RV traveler with husband. Shit breaks and we make mistakes. Join me anyway?
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9 thoughts on “WheRVe we been? Our travels, 3rd quarter 2019”
So glad our paths intersected! Come to the SW after pumpkin season so we can hang out again. 🙂
Is there ice cream there?
I’m seeing a recurring theme of ice cream in these photos… 😉 Andrea and I look forward to seeing you two again soon hopefully!
I may have a slight addiction. Ha!
Nice rundown of your travels. If you decide not to do the FL-WA diagonal we did it for you this year. 🙂 Our plans were WAY too grand though as we’d planned to do FL-WA-back to Nova Scotia between Mar and Sep. Hahahah. We got to IA in late April and decided to slow down and smell the roses which meant arriving in WA at the beginning of July, leaving there in early Aug and heading back to the Hudson Valley for some off road time with our youngest son starting in about an hour. 🙂 We did end up chucking our FL residency and taking up ones in SD.
Yeah, this year we’ve been tossing around the idea of trying to stay in places for a month at a time, even though we start feeling antsy after 2-3 weeks. Such a balancing act.
Enjoy the time with your boy. We are fans of spending time with sons too!