The year 2017 has been full of contrasts. We spent 6 1/2 months in our winter home in Gold Canyon and 8 weeks in 4 Colorado state parks and we still managed to drive a little over 17,000 miles, including 8,139 miles towing our Airstream. Part of the year we were really on the move.
Our travels included 47 campgrounds from Arizona to New Hampshire to Colorado and back to Arizona. We stayed in two of those campgrounds twice. As we traveled, we stayed in 9 KOA campgrounds and 2 Corps of Engineers campgrounds. We try to avoid KOA because they are often overpriced but there are just times when they are the only or the best place available where we want to stay. Unfortunately, the Corps doesn't have campgrounds all across the country. In fact, the majority are west of the Mississippi River.
We were in 20 states as we traveled. Five of those we stayed in for the first time--knocking one item off our bucket list. We have now slept overnight in our RV in all 49 continental states. It has taken us 29 years to make it to all of the lower 48 and Alaska. This shows where we have been this year.
We didn't drive to the East Coast just to complete an item on our bucket list. We traveled to New Hampshire to watch our son Doug graduate from Nashua Community College. We also spent some time with our 2 granddaughters, Rachal and Samantha. Since we were in the neighborhood--so to speak--we also visited New York City and Washington, DC.
We were able to see family and friends as we made a somewhat slower return trip west. In Colorado we had more time with family and friends.
At least at this point, we don't expect 2018 will bring as much travel--at least in our RV. We are hoping to fly to England and spend 6 to 8 weeks traveling there.