Wow, time flies. March 2016 marks the passing of our fifth year being full-time RVers!
Hmmm….wait….whatever happened to the “we may do this for a year or two” philosophy? Many of you full-timers can relate – you get on the road and don’t want to come off. What started as an exciting plan to “see the country” at a rapid pace has now turned into a comfortable nomadic lifestyle. Yes, we’ve traded moving spots every four to five days in favor of spending extended time in particular places but we still love having wheels so we can roll our house into new and interesting places.
So as the spring flowers start to bloom, the birds look like they are ready to migrate north, we start thinking about our plans. Within a week, we will say goodbye to friends, take a final walk on the beach and start our northerly trek.
First up, Arkansas. Arkansas is a state that we have not spent any time in since we have been RVing. Which is too bad because I have family there and it is a darn beautiful state. Hot Springs, Fort Smith, Bentonville, and who knows where else will be on the agenda. Between the natural scenery, soothing waters flowing in historic baths, and museums ranging from a world acclaimed art museum, the home of Walmart, the birth place of Daisy air guns and more our days will be busy. To make it all the more fun on this leg of our trip we will be traveling with some good friends that recently bought a vintage 1970’s Airstream and are looking for some outdoor camping adventures.
Moving north, we will stop in St. Louis for a visit with my family. Early April will have us in Elkhart, Indiana for an Entegra Coach rally and a few days for annual service. After getting our fill of great Amish food we will meander farther east to our ultimate summer destination – MAINE!
Between northern Indiana and Maine our route is unplanned but we may try and drop in on friends and family in that part of the country. And there is always more exploring to be done in the Finger Lakes and Adirondacks of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
This may come as no surprise to those of you who have been following us for a while but we will spend our summer in Maine! It may be called the pine tree state but when we are there it is all about the lobster so we’ll start hauling those traps.
For the third year we will return to Narrows Too Camping Resort in Trenton (just outside of Bar Harbor) where Betsy will work in the office. This year I am going to switch things up. Instead of me working at the campground too, I am going to work as an event chef for Bar Harbor Catering Company.
No doubt the summer will zoom by as it always does. There will be plenty of hikes in Acadia National Park, lunches outside on the deck of Thurston’s Lobster Pound watching lobster boats sail in and out of Bass Harbor, pipping hot popovers at the Jordan Pond House, and evening campfires with old friends. And yes, plenty of trips to the lobster pound in quest of dinner. Are we lucky or what?!