"On the road again ... Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway" That song keeps playing in my brain ... and somehow it won't leave. For the next six months, we will be living in our 20' Adventurer RV. We've spent the first 6 days driving, exploring, rearranged our rig, playing music and trying to find an NPR radio station (public broadcasting somewhat like our CBC).
After a smooth and simple crossing at Peach Arch, we're on our way. The border official asked if we had any liquor ... pause ... "Well, sir, if you combine all the bits in each of the bottles we brought from home, we are likely slightly over our allotment." His response ... small smile and "Ok, welcome to the United States." And we're off :-) I should have offered him a margarita.
Our first few days were point-to-point as we try to get into some sunshine and heat. One night in Washington, one night in Oregon, one night in Idaho. State parks have great campsites and are very reasonable from $5 to $20 depending on the state. Our solar panel is working like a charm and all systems, from fridge to GPS, are also doing great.
One of our main stops is Moab Utah, the closest town to Arches National Park. Since we arrived around 4 pm, it's too late to head into the park to see if one of the 50 campsites might be available. So, we opt for a fancy RV park with pool, showers (yeah!!!), full hook up at a staggering $56 for the night. Early the next morning, we head into the park and up the 18 miles to the campground and get the last site available. BIG happy dance. It's only $25 per night ... but the day threatens heavy rain. After setting up camp, off we go to hike to the Broken Arch. We are fine and arrive back at the rig when the rain starts to come down in buckets.
Unfortunately, we cannot get a campsite in the park for the next night ... and some of the roads to points of interest are flooded. So, we opt to hike into two other areas and leave the park. Plan "B" ... a visit with friends, Tony & Christine, in Montrose Colorado ... where we were treated to an amazing dinner of pork loin, grilled vegetables ... good company!!
Today (October 7) we head to Santa Fe, New Mexico.