stillhowlyn's travels 2008 travel blog

stillhowlyn's travels 2008

HOWARD & LYNDA travel blog
Welcome to our 3rd Trip Journal. 2008 marks the beginning of our 13th year traveling full-time in our motorhome. We started out in 1995 in our 31 ft.'91 Dolphin and after 125,000 miles on the odometer decided it was time for a newer model. Howard wanted a diesel. We found the perfect RV (for us) in the form of a 32' 2000 Country Coach Intrigue with one slide-out! Wow, so much room and power! We like to travel the back roads to out of the way destinations, national and state parks and the larger 40 footers don't work for us. Many friends are "smiling" as they cruise in their "condos on wheels"!

So far we have crossed the USA west to east and north to south many times; north to Alaska and south to the tip of the Baja Peninsula. We have visited most of the provinces in Canada, including Vancouver Island from Victoria to Port Hardy, and circumnavigated the Mexican mainland from border to border.

Our other travel related interests include sailing. We have bareboat chartered in New Caledonia, the US and British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, St. Barts, Statia, Anguilla, and recently twice in Belize. We rented a Class C style "caravan" in the beautiful country of New Zealand and toured both North and South Islands, driving on the "wrong" side of the road with one-lane bridges shared by trains!

We have now found a new venue - Renting homes from owners thru VRBO. The locations are worldwide and exotic. A few years back we rented a beautiful home with friends on the west coast of Costa Rica, near Manual Antonio Nat'l Park; then drove a rented car around much of the country, staying in inexpensive hotels. We just returned from a beautiful New Year's trip to a mountain cabin near Lake Tahoe, and a year ago a beautiful beach front home on the island of Roatan, Honduras. We are now checking out the Bocas Del Toro Islands in Panama!

We are gypsies and love our lifestyle and are truly blessed! We have a beautiful family near the San Francisco Bay area and spend several months each year with our kids and grandkids. With all the modern means of communication through cell phone and internet we stay connected to friends and family as we travel. I guess you could best sum up our lifestyle philosophy as follows:

"Now the fact was I no longer knew why I was out there traveling. I was out there because I was out there. In the grip of a pleasurable indefinition, floating in a brine of uncertainty, all notions of home, nation, and work had become fluid and conditional. This seemed to me an entirely appropriate state, matching reality. I felt I could carry on like this endlessly, moving from place to place. If there was some pathology at play (or at work), it struck me as a solution more than a problem. 'Episodes of sudden, unexpected and purposeful travel from home,' in Merck's words. If 'dissociative fugue' was flight away from, this felt more like flight toward some ever-receding horizon." AMEN!!

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

 
42 
 
 
Yuma To Benson, Az.
 
43 
 
 
Benson To Las Cruces,...
 
44 
 
 
Las Cruces To Alamogordo,...
 
45 
 
 
Happy Birthday, Howard!
 
46 
 
 
Alamogordo To Santa Fe, Nm
 
47 
 
 
Santa Fe To Albuquerque...
 
48 
 
 
COCHITI LAKE, NM
 
49 
 
 
Kasha-katuwe Tent Rocks...
 
50 
 
 
Los Alamos & Jemez...
 
51 
 
 
Back Roads To Bandelier!
 
52 
 
 
Cuba, Nm & Chaco Canyon...
 
53 
 
 
SOCORRO, NM
 
54 
 
 
Water Canyon, Cibola...
 
55 
 
 
Roper Lake State Park,...
 
56 
 
 
Back In Benson, Life Is...
 
57 
 
 
*our Month In Benson...
 
58 
 
 
Catalina State Park,...
 
59 
 
 
Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l...
 
60 
 
 
YUMA, AZ
 
61 
 
 
Making Our Way North...
 
62 
 
 
Farewell To 2008!
 
 
 
 
WELCOME TO 2009!
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