2019 to date: We lived in the Newmar Essex RV full time until mid-February, visiting Big Bend National Park in Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Tucson and Mesa, Arizona. We traded in the Essex for a New Aire, which we picked up from the Newmar Factory. The 33′ New Aire is more suitable for part time travel. We spent the rest of February thru April 25 preparing to move into a house including moving belongings from our storage unit in Colorado, ordering furniture, going to walk throughs and overseeing final construction of our house. We closed on the house on April 25 and began moving in. We’ve taken some time to do some day hiking in Shenandoah National Park and Manassas National Battlefield. We’ve decided to take a trip in late summer/early fall.
Upcoming 2019 travel: We’ll be visiting the Canadian Maritimes and New England including the states/provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, and Vermont. We were considering visiting Newfoundland and Labrador, but during the long ferry ride (at least 6 hours) you are prohibited from going to your vehicle and we were worried about our cat Foxy who may get sea sick and has been declining in health. We will add them to our list of future trips.
We will be visiting, hiking, and camping in the following Canadian National Parks: Prince Edward Island National Park, Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia; and Kouchibouguac and Fundy National Parks in New Brunswick. We also plan to stay near Halifax, Nova Scotia and day hike in Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik National Park and a handful of Provincial Parks. After 6 weeks in Canada we will make a quick return visit to Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor Maine area and spend 11 days in Vermont where we look forward to hiking in the Green Mountains, one of Mike’s favorite hiking regions.
2020: After spending this summer in Virginia’s heat and humidity, we’ve decided we want to travel July and August, 2020. We haven’t formalized the itinerary, but we will be heading back to the Mountain Time Zone. Karla is turning 50 in December 2019 and would like to celebrate this milestone by hiking/backpacking Yellowstone National Park’s 68 mile Thorofare & South Boundary Trails in either late August or early September. The Thorofare Trail is considered to have the most remote location in the lower 48- with the distinction of having the furthest spot from any road at well over 20 miles in any direction. This backpacking trip is contingent on getting a permit, but luckily we have flexibility in our trip dates. For a good introduction into backpacking the Thorofare, Karla read Walks in Wild Yellowstone: A Summer of Solo Backpacking in Yellowstone National Park by Cliff Murray which details the trip she wants to do and three others: Bechler region, Sky Rim, and Hoodoo Basin. We will spend at least a month hiking at higher elevations prior to the Yellowstone backpacking trip. We’ll likely split our time between Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. We have not made any other plans for 2020 yet.