Our Great North American RV Tour – Saskatchewan & Manitoba

Thursday, August 31 – Day 3 The morning greeted us with filtered sunshine under hazy skies and a cool 13-degrees in Vegreville, Alberta's Walmart. We enjoyed a quiet night in the parking lot. Sometimes Walmarts, as well as other free camping spots, can be noisy. They are often an overnight destination for semis as well as RVers. Ralph was up early detaching his truck from his trailer, he wanted to arrive at Canadian Tire as the doors opened to have his hitch adjusted.  Fortunately, the adjustment Read more [...]

Our Great North American RV Tour – On the Road

Tuesday, August 29 – Day 1 Our long-awaited departure date is finally here, we left our home in Princeton BC Canada at 7:20 am……hurrah. Unfortunately, a slight delay, Lynda requires a follow-up visit to the dentist. Another problem our dog Buddy seems to be under the weather, he has not crapped in a couple of days, not like him. After a discussion on the way to town we agreed a stop at the vet to have him checked was wise. We walked into the vet's office just as the receptionist unlocked Read more [...]

The Itinerary – RV North American Tour

Crossing Canada US border begins another chapter in our Great North American RV Tour. The plan is to travel south ahead of winter weather visiting many historic cities such as Boston, New York City, Washington, DC etc. The east coast of Canada and the US are full of historic places, many opportunities to explore the first areas settled in North America. Our route also takes to other famous cities such as Nashville and Memphis, Tennesee. Our goal is to camp for free, 'Boondockers Welcome' provides Read more [...]

Our Great North American RV Tour – Our Itinerary

Our Great North American Tour will cover about 30,000 kilometers, 20,000 miles and more than 7 months. Because we are Canadians we are limited to 6 months in the US in a 12 month period. A timely entrance into the US is critical in order to enjoy warm weather during the winter and not need to return home too soon. The Plan is to cross into the US near the beginning of October and exit the US to Canada 6 months less a day. Our goal is to seek out free camping along the trip. As I mentioned in Read more [...]

Our North American RV Tour – Getting Ready

Getting Ready Everyone is well aware that any kind of trip requires preparation whether it be a quick weekend trip or an around the world tour. Our trip, although not around the world probably takes almost as much preparation maybe even more. Traveling in an RV for 7 months takes a great deal of preparation and planning especially when 6 individuals are involved. Of course, the RVs need attention to avoid or eliminate breakdowns. Fortunately, our group's RVs are travel trailers which require Read more [...]

Our Southwest Snowbird Tour – The Last Week

Our escape through the mud from the BLM boondocking area near Cottonwood, Arizona was timely, another couple of hours and we may have been stuck for days. Our overnight stop at Cliff Castle Casino was quiet except for occasional rain, no semis traveling in and out through the night as can be the case at some casinos. We woke to low clouds, fog and 40F temperatures, brrrrrrrrrr. Not accustomed to the cold after many weeks of warmth. That's the desert during winter and spring, one day you're baking Read more [...]

Cottonwood, Arizona – BLM Boondocking

Our stay at Alamo Lake was great, lots of kayaking, fishing, ATV tours and of course, sunny and warm every day, evening campfires and gorgeous sunsets. By mid-march temperatures are rising into the mid 90's in the lowlands, it's time to seek higher ground and cooler temperatures. Cottonwood, Arizona is about 2000 feet higher than Alamo Lake providing cooler temperatures, otherwise, a large generator probably 3500 watts to run the RV air conditioner or an RV resort with 30 amp service would be Read more [...]

Alamo Lake, Arizona – Snowbird Travels

Adopting the Snowbird lifestyle has been one of the best decisions Lynda and I have made since retiring. Leaving the winter behind makes retirement just that much better. The Arizona winter weather is great, sunshine almost every day, cool nights and desert dry warm days. Even in the dead of winter the temperature seldom drops to freezing and if it does once the sun crests the distant hills the air warms quickly to t-shirt weather. Spending the entire winter or even a month or two in the southwest Read more [...]

Our Snowbird RV Tour – Lake Havasu to Alamo Lake, Arizona

Our stay at Lake Havasu was short, a brief two night stop on our way to Alamo Lake. The other two couples we travel with had never been to Lake Havasu so we decided after leaving Senators Wash reservoir to take a detour and check out Havasu. Our goal was to camp within town limits close to the sights, but as luck would have it nothing was available that suited us. We ended up boondocking south of town. This was okay with me, I was curious about boondocking locations near Havasu. Besides, I Read more [...]

Our RV Snowbird Tour – Lake Havasu

Day 27 As I mentioned in my previous article a quick stop at Quartzsite was enough, the largest flea market in the world was not much more than a ghost town. Early March is obviously too late to visit. The drive from our previous camp, Senators Wash Reservoir to Lake Havasu is less than five hours including the stop at Quartzsite. We should arrive early afternoon. Lake Havasu is also part of the Colorado River water system. Construction of the Parker Dam at the south end created this mecca Read more [...]

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