We have BIG news!! This June, we are saying a sad goodbye to Alaska (for now) – a place that has truly stolen our hearts – BUT…we’re heading on a wild adventure we want YOU to be a part of!
As you all know, moving is a way of life in the military. I thought when we joined I would have to “adjust” to a mobile lifestyle. It is so hard to let your walls down and connect with people and get involved in a new place, because you know right when you feel at home you have to say goodbye to great people you care about. It is NEVER easy for me to say goodbye, and I have not left a place yet without tearing up ( I have already broken down into tears watching Disney’s Bears movie trailer ) as we leave amazing places and hug friends goodbye. There is always a nervous jitter in my stomach as we cross the state line, but we have begun to embrace the change and fresh start each move gives us, and are always determined to “find the good” in any new place we are relocated to. The adventure this ever-moving lifestyle brings has inevitably become something Bryan and I often wonder if we could live without.
This summer, we are relocating to Fort Lee, Virginia, but – for those of you who know us well – you know our move will be a wild one with plenty of detours. 😉 When moving up to Alaska initially, we completed our first cross-country road trip camping our way across the middle states through National Parks and up through Canada. We encountered bears and big wild game for the first time, drove by rows and rows of corn fields, saw geysers and landscapes that took our breath away, and faced challenges like food poisoning, leaf spring issues on the camper, and the infamous gas station straight out of a horror film in nowhere Montana. This time, we have our sights on exploring the West Coast – still camping by the way!
This is our rig. 😉 Our SUV pulls our little 15 ft. Jayco Swift – our comfy and cozy home for the weeks on the road!
We fell in love with the advantages and freedoms like cooking homemade meals, stopping as we wish, and having a few favorite “home comforts” that camping gave to us as pet-owners aiming for flexibility and frugality. As first time West Coast and Southwest adventurers, we have a huge list of detours and “must see” places we are editing and prioritizing to maximize our experience in our allocated time. Here is our general route –
So as of right now, some main points of interest we are hoping to visit:
- Seattle, WA
- Astoria, OR
- Redwood National Park, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Disneyland (Anaheim, CA)
- Yosemite National Park, CA
- San Diego, CA
- Las Vegas, NV
- Grand Canyon, AZ
- Carlsbad (Caverns), NM
- Big Bend National Park (Texas)
- San Antonio, TX
- Pensacola, FL
- Orlando, FL
- HOME to Fort Lee, Virginia
We would love any tips or advice you have as we explore our great country and hit the road this June!