Monday, March 28, 2022

Wayne and Margy's 2021-22 Snowbird RV Adventure

Lazydays RV storage.
Wayne and I've left our Powell Lake float cabin home to get some winter sun and warmth in Arizona and New Mexico.

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Canada and the United States have fewer Covid restrictions. Even so, we are taking things carefully. RV travel can be a form social distancing. We shop for groceries once a week and don't interact with others in an unsafe manner. We are vaccinated and boosted, still wear masks in crowded spaces, and use sanitizer and wash our hands just like at home. For now, our Sunseeker RV is our home on wheels.

Wayne at the wheel.
Part 1 - We left Bellingham on November 14 and flew Allegiant Airlines to Mesa, Arizona. From there we used an Enterprise rental car to drive to the Tucson Lazydays KOA Resort to pick up our RV waiting in storage. We learned a hard lesson. Five months in dry storage depleted batteries. After a AAA visit we were ready for 36 days of exploration around southern Arizona. On December 19 we put the RV back in storage and flew to Bellingham for a Christmas break.


Tucson Lazydays KOA Resort


Part 2 - Because Canadian border restricitons made a trip home impossible, the second leg of our trip started early on January 2. Again flew south to pick up our RV at Lazydays then spent 46 days camping south of Tucson and in the foothills north and east of Phoenix. For the first time in three years we attended women's outdoor softball games at Arizona State and the University of Arizona. On February 23, the RV went back into storage (with batteries disconnected) and we flew to Bellingham for a second break.


Part 3 - Success, with relaxed Canadian border crossing restrictions we were able to return to our float cabin home. We left Powell River on March 18 for Bellingham and a March 27 flight to Mesa, Arizona. This route has become routine including a rental car to make the two hour drive the Lazydays. Before Covid they flew direct to Tucson, but we don't mind the drive. This time the batteries were still charged. For 35 days we'll explore and camp our way from southern Arizona to New Mexico and back. New Mexico is new for us, so that'll be an adventure in itself. On May 1 we'll put the RV in our reserved storage spot one last time then fly to Bellingham and a summer at our float cabin home in the cooler north. Our Sunseeker will spend the long hot summer for the third time waiting for our return in November 2022.

We hope you will follow along as our adventure unfolds. -- Wayne and Margy

23 comments :

  1. An excellent reminder about batteries. It just occurred to me that I forgot to bring in the lawn tractor battery over winter. Dang.

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    1. We had to buy a new truck battery, but the RV house battery came back after a day of charging at the campsite. - Margy

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  2. Wow! That's adventure and a half. Good on you for making the most of every single day.

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    1. Planning a year in advance helps keep us on the move with a guaranteed place to stay. - Margy

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  3. Margy - I love following you along your journeys!

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    1. Thank you for coming to visit the blog and take the time to comment. - Margy

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  4. RV travel exposes you to less risk than hotel travel.

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    1. Yes it does, but the few times we've stayed in a hotel over the last two years I found them to be very careful with cleaning and not crowded. - Margy

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  5. Hope you continue to enjoy your journey. Sounds like a wonderful way to travel. The RV is like being in your own home wherever you go.

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    1. Yes, it kind of makes us feel like a turtle with our home on our backs. - Margy

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  6. It is good to be able to travel again. RV travel sounds interesting and exciting. Have a wonderful new week.

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    1. Thanks Nancy. For us it is a winter activity to get some sun an warmth. - Margy

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  7. ...continue to enjoy many adventures.

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  8. Oh, that sounds like a nice adventure! We dreamed of driving through the USA and Canada in a motorhome as pensioners. As soon as we were retired, Covid came. Fortunately, we have already had a few dream trips before that, including the Southwest of the USA. My husband has also been to New Mexico, unfortunately I haven't. And he's been to Canada, I haven't. I really hope we'll make it one day. I'm not sure if I understood correctly: You live in Canada, in Powell River - or is this just your summer place? In any case, it's a pity that the hydroponic farm in your town didn't work out. Unfortunately, these new techniques need some time to gain sufficient attention from potential customers, and the time to get there may take too long...
    All the best from Austria
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/04/marz-ruckblick-bad-voslau-und-mein.html
    PS: I'm your new follower now! :-)

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    1. Thank you for following. Powell River is our home, but we like to travel in the winter to warm sunny places. - Margy

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    1. You never know what the next day will bring. - Margy

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  10. I always liked the idea of camping and RVs. When we had small children we had a tiny RV and a couple of tents and we really enjoyed our breaks in the great outdoors - and so did the kids. But now there's just the two of us we enjoy a little more luxury and being looked after in a hotel.

    Enjoy the rest of your journey and sunshine.

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  11. Margy, you're certainly an adventurous couple! I look forward to your return north and hope you will be blogging from your summer float home. And thanks for your recent visit.

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    1. We should be back to the cabin by mid-May with the easier border crossing rules. The last two years we've waited until July hoping things would get better. - Margy

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  12. It's nice that restrictions for border crossings are a bit easier nowadays. Sounds like you are staying busy traveling to and fro.

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Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy