Farewell, for now.

Siobhan and I thought that today, the last day of the year, would be the perfect time to let you know just how much we appreciated you joining us, albeit virtually, for our 2017 RV Adventure.

We had the experience of a lifetime and thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with all of you.

Sometimes we weren’t sure if anyone was even reading our posts and other times we were amazed at how many followers we had and the suggestions and comments we received.

Having a post to write kept me sane (kind of) when I needed a task to focus on.  Knowing that others might be interested in “seeing” the sites that we were about to experience caused us to give some extra thought to what we were about to do so as to better share it with others.  That led to taking more pictures and documenting this adventure.

Having so many wonderful experiences in such a compressed timeframe was a bit overwhelming at times.  This blog helped us keep things straight and caused us to document our adventure in a way we likely would not have if it weren’t for the following we had from friends and family and even friends we had not yet met.

Thank you, sincerely, for expressing an interest in our adventure.  We are honored to have been able to share it with all of you!

We hope to visit the five remaining National Parks located in the “lower 48” sometime during 2018.  As we do, we will post our adventures here.

Then, maybe, we might even get to the last ten National Parks outside of the “lower 48” which are found in Alaska, American Samoa, Hawaii and the US Virgin Islands.

So, until then, farewell for now.




So, how much?

We’ve met many new people during the course of this great RV Adventure of ours and often get questions like:

“OK, so how much does it cost to do a trip like this?”; “Doesn’t the fuel cost a fortune?”; “Aren’t campgrounds expensive?”.

This post is intended to shed a little light on these questions while providing you with some ballpark estimates for future planning should you ever decide to do something similar.

Since there are so many different RVs and at such different price points, we will skip that part of the equation.  Its easy enough to learn about that on your own by attending a local RV Show, visiting a local RV dealership, checking out RVTrader.com or just browsing the web.  Lets just leave this up to you, your choice based on personal preferences and budgets.

We opted for a gas-powered RV.  It was 34′ long and required 12′ 10″ of clearance.  That should give you an idea of its size since that impacts fuel consumption.

Also, who knows how far your particular travel plans will take you.  We drove about 16,000 miles during our seven month adventure throughout the US while visiting 35 States and 37 National Parks.

With that in mind, our approximate costs were:

Campground Fees = $4,200.00

Fuel = $5,500.00

RV Maintenance = $700.00  (Important to note that our RV was under warranty and Tiffin Motorhomes provides an unparalleled warranty that covered almost everything we needed addressed throughout the entire adventure.)

National Park Entry Fees = $80.00  (Important to note that these fees could add up rapidly at $25 to $30 per park.  Take advantage of the National Parks Annual or Senior Passes that allow two people entry to all the National Parks for a full year.  More info is available at https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm)

Activity Fees = $1,800 (Remember to budget for expenses such as canoe rentals on Jackson Lake while visiting Grand Tetons or bike rentals to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge and taking the ferry out to Alcatraz Island for a tour while in San Francisco or riding the High Roller ferris wheel while in Las Vegas or taking an Open Bus Tour through Hollywood or touring Graceland to learn more about Elvis Presley while traveling through Memphis or, well, you get the idea.  Once you spend the time to travel to these places, you want to experience all that it has to offer.  You will need to set aside some funds to do this.)

Of course, there are many other expenses to consider (RV storage costs while you are not using it, RV insurance, extended warranties, tow vehicle equipment, satellite subscriptions for the four TVs in your RV, wifi hotspot equipment and data plans to stay connected to the internet and your family and friends, mail forwarding services, trip planning software, camping club memberships) if you decided to jump into RVing.  However, the expenses listed above are the big hitters.

So, excluding the cost of the RV we chose, Siobhan and I had the incredible opportunity to experience a steady diet of one beautiful place after another for seven full months while traveling throughout this amazing country for roughly $12,000.

Not bad for a bucket-list item, especially when you compare that with the cost of a one-week cruise or a 10-day active vacation for two!

Hope this is helpful.





Those of you that followed our blog throughout the year may remember a couple of topics that we intended to treat as recurring posts; craft brews and favorite quotes.

As it turned out,  we never really got around to keeping up with that idea on either topic.  So, here we are sharing our two favorite quotes and our list of favorite craft brews.

Regarding the craft brews, we did here from a few of you about this blog “feature”.  It truly made our day when a couple of our friends let us know they were headed to Moab, UT for a vacation and planned to check out one of our favorite craft brews, Dead Horse Amber Ale, at the Moab Brewery based on one of our posts!

Here are a few more brews to check out if you are ever in the area.  We are certain we could have a great trip around the country just trying out local craft beers 🍻!

Each beer appearing in this list will be awarded from one (🍺) to five (🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺) pints, depending on our tastebuds.

August 29, 2017 – Gran Marais, MN – 🍺🍺🍺 Boundary Waters Brunette brewed by Voyaguer Brewing Company. Their Boundary Water’s Brunette is a wild rice brown ale. We liked it enough to grab a growler-to-go for our stay in Grand Portage, MN.

August 17, 2017 – Custer, SD – 🍺🍺🍺🍺 Armstrong Ale brewed at the Buglin’ Bull bar. Characterized by its boldness and rich-redish color, just like it’s namesake, General George Armstrong Custer, this malty extra-special bitter ale has a bold sweetness with a full body. We really wanted to get a growler to go but they were all out of growlers. Too bad because we both loved this brew!

August 14, 2017 – Moose, WY – 🍺🍺🍺🍺 Teton Amber brewed by Grand Tetons Brewing Company located in Victor, ID. Teton Amber is a full bodied, American-style amber with a rich copper color which comes from the roasted Crystal and Munich malts. They use Idaho Cascade and Super Galena hops to achieve the unique, fresh flavor and smooth finish that is long and complex on the palate. Originally brewed in 1989, this is their longest standing Signature beer. After all these years it’s still a brewery and regional favorite. A true beer drinker’s delight. We had to give this one four pints because we had that many, more than once, while staying at our absolutely favorite National Park.

August 7, 2017 – Bozeman, MT – 🍺🍺🍺 Mountain Nectar and🍺🍺🍺 Sticke Shift are both brewed by MAP Brewing Company. Siobhan really enjoyed the Mountain Nectar, a seasonally available brew while I preferred the Sticke Shift which is available year-round. Sticke Shift, a German Alt Amber and Gold Medal winner at the 2016 NABA, has an even balance between hops and malt, which results in a very clean and drinkable beer.

August 6, 2017 – Kalispell, MT – 🍺🍺🍺 Rope Tow Pale Ale by by Kalispell Brewing Company. This crisp, copper-colored ale delivers a pleasing balance of malt from 2-Row, Munich and Crystal paired with a good dose of floral, citrus hop aroma from Cascade and Kent Golding. A nice sunny day on the roof-top patio in downtown Kalispell, a wonderful place to taste!

July 26, 2017- Port Townsend, WA – 🍺🍺🍺 Men’s Room Red brewed by Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA. This red ale is amber in color with a light hop aroma and toasty malt finish. It is brewed for The Men’s Room Radio Show 99.9 KISW The Rock of Seattle. We enjoyed a few while sitting outside on a second-floor deck overlooking Port Townsend Bay on the Puget Sound.

July 22, 2017 – Eugene, OR – 🍺🍺🍺 Dead Guy Ale brewed by Rogue Ales. An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using their proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.

July 21, 2017 – Eugene, OR – 🍺🍺🍺🍺 Hombre brewed by Hop Valley Brewing in Eugene, OR at the Eugene Tasting Room. This was one of those Amber Ale brews available on the Tap List at that time. Who knows if it is or will be available again? We certainly enjoyed a few on the patio on a sunny Saturday afternoon in downtown Eugene.

June 1, 2017 – Moab, Utah – 🍺🍺🍺🍺 Dead Horse Amber Ale brewed by Moab Brewery in Moab, UT. This beer is a traditional English mild ale with a well-balanced malt-to-hop ratio. This one is worth coming back for again and again.

May 29, 2017 🍺🍺🍺 – Montrose, CO – Fat Tire Ale brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. This Belgian-style ale contains English floral hops, subtle malt sweetness and spicy, fruity notes from Belgian yeast create a balanced yet magical combination.

May 5, 2017 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺 – Downtown San Diego – Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale, brewed by Mother Earth Brew Co. located in Vista, CA. This brew is golden to pale in color, medium body, low bitterness and a thick white head. Ahhh….so good!







There she goes.  That’s right, Our Way is sold.  We closed the deal yesterday.

Right from the start, 15 months ago,  we decided to buy an RV, travel around the country, see as many of the National Parks as we could on an extended but concentrated adventure and sell it upon our return.  At that time, it was just our plan and we really didn’t know how it would turn out.  We just hoped that we could get it all accomplished by the end of 2017.

Well, now we do know.  We were able to sell Our Way within our timeframe after having an adventure of a lifetime.  We checked off a significant item on our bucket lists and are in the process of closing this chapter of our lives (stay tuned, there will be one or two more posts after this one).

We were happy to meet the buyers yesterday, a very excited couple with dreams of doing something similar to what we have just completed.  Seeing this really nice couple being as excited as we were about their upcoming adventure made it easier for us to move on to our next adventure….more on that in an upcoming post.




Stronger Together

Many people have asked us, “how did you live in such a small space for such a long time”?

It’s a fair question.  We’ve given it much thought and want to share our insights with you here.

First, we were not used to living in a small space and we certainly were not accustomed to spending every moment of every day together.  Prior to our RV Adventure, we did spend a fair amount of time together yet also spent a significant amount of time independently.  We both have individual interests that we pursue with our own friends and our exercise routines and the ability to just hang out in our own private space at home.

Once we moved into the RV, that was history.

Lets face it, we were now sharing a total of 272 square feet (thats right, 8′ x 34′, that’s it!), living on the road, spending our time (mostly) in places that we had never been before and where we rarely new anyone else.  It was “just the two of us’ as the song goes.

Yes, it did take some getting used to.  It wasn’t easy to start with.  It did take a while to get used to the smaller space available to each of us and the lack of our own individual space.  Once we adjusted to that and got to know how to “get out of each others way”, everything got progressively easier.  We certainly learned a lot about ourselves and each other.

So, if you intend to do anything like this, here are some things to keep in mind:

Prerequisite – you certainly better be best friends at the start of the adventure!

Recognize that you each have some growing and adjusting and compromising to do and its going to take some time to perfect those changes.  Its a dance…

Practice your listening skills – you will need them.  As my Dad once told me way back when I was young (oh, so long ago), “Listen twice as much as you talk – that’s why God gave you two ears and only one mouth”.  Maintaining a positive living environment, especially in this small space, requires way more listening.

Develop your sensing skills, too.  We all know that understanding your partner’s needs and desires often times has more to do with what is not said…this is magnified by the small space.  At least, it was for us.  Tune in to those often subtle hints.

Remember, it’s all about the journey, not the destination! (Refer to previous post on this topic – valuable lesson for those that have not yet learned this one.)

Lastly, stay busy.  We had so many incredible adventures packed into this journey.  Sure, we spent a ton of time in the RV but that was mostly driving or sleeping.  Other than that, we were on the go, outside, exploring the amazing destinations on our itinerary.  We ran ourselves so ragged trying to see everything we could in each area we visited that we actually had to force ourselves to “take a rest day” every now and again.

All that said, we agree that our relationship is stronger now than ever before and we wouldn’t trade this time together for anything.

Stronger together, undoubtedly!

We learned how to successfully coexist in only 272 square feet with only “the stuff” that we could bring with us or rent for the day along the way.  We had so much fun and continuous adventure, its going to be interesting to experience how we adapt to reentry into the “normal lifestyle” of our pre-RV-Adventure lives…maybe.



Top Ten National Parks

Ok, it’s time to let you know how we rated the 44 National Parks that we’ve visited to date.

Our goal for this adventure was to visit all the National Parks in the lower 48 states that we had not yet visited. We didn’t quite hit that goal, however, we did get to 37 more parks in the past seven months.

As this can get a bit complicated, let’s use the chart below to clarify (I hope) what we have accomplished so far:

006FC10D-425A-4B10-81A6-196E0B43B08AAs you can see, there are a total of 47 parks located in the lower 48, 5 of which we had visited prior to this trip.  We got to 37 more during our 15,000 mile RV Adventure that began on April 1, 2017.  That leaves us only 5 more parks in the contiguous U.S. to explore, hopefully by the end of next year.

Then, there are the ten parks we have not yet visited that are spread across Alaska, American Samoa, Hawaii and the US Virgin Islands.  It may take a little longer to get to all of these places (and it may require that we win the lottery, too!).  We will see.

Surely, rating which parks you like best is a subjective endeavor.  We’ve attempted to provide some balance by including our individual assessments as well as a simple weighted average which we used to generate the prioritized list below of all the parks we’ve visited so far.  We think this will show you that, at a minimum, Siobhan and I agreed on the relative placement of at least the top seven parks.  Here are our Top Ten:

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And, without further ado, here is the entire list for your viewing pleasure:


We hope this list may provide some guidance should you one day decide to visit any of the National Parks in this incredible county of ours!



For Sale

Yes, that’s right.  Our Way is now for sale.

When we started this adventure, we planned to sell this coach when we completed our exploration of the lower-48 and all its National Parks (except ME, SC and FL).  We weren’t sure if we would actually still feel like its the right thing to do once we got home so we reserved judgement.

Well, we had a magnificent adventure and loved (almost) every minute of it.  However, after serious contemplation, we’ve decided that we love where we live and don’t want to give that up.  There just simply isn’t enough time to do everything.

So, sticking to our overall plan, we are now selling Our Way.

Please feel free to share this info with anyone you may know that is interested in purchasing a meticulously maintained, beautiful home on wheels.

Its a 2016 Tiffin Allegro Open Road, model 32SA.  If you or someone you know is interested, all the specifics and 20 pictures are available on RV Trader.  Just look for ad ID#5000567142 at https://www.rvtrader.com.

We will keep you posted on the progress.

And we still have a few more posts so stay tuned…