Here is the general plan from here:
Summary of our travels:
We started in Cleveland on October 16, 2015, visited Charleston, SC, and St. Augustine, FL. Then visited family and friends in Winter Haven and Destin, FL. We stopped in Livingston, TX, where we attended the Escapee’s Boot Camp and become “Real Texans” (driver’s license & all!)
We started our volunteering career at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument as Interpretive Guides winter 2015-2016. We then took the month of April 2016 to travel the southern California desert country. We spent summer 2016 at Palatki Heritage Site near Sedona, AZ. Fall of 2016 we were in southern New Mexico at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Dec. & Jan. was time for family and friends in Florida. Feb. – April of 2017 we were near Houston, TX, at Anahauc National Wildlife Refuge.
The summer of 2017 we were at Grand Portage NM in northern Minnesota. For the Fall of 2017, we traveled to the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, Canyonlands, Arches, etc. Winter 2018 — was boondocking in southern Arizona. The spring of 2018 was spent at Bosque del Apache NWR (this won’t be completely breaking our “no return” policy, since it will be a totally different season and totally different wildlife!)
Our summer vacation of 2018 took us to Glacier National Park, on up into Canada to Banff, Jasper, then to Washington and Oregon. Finally we returned to Arizona to volunteer at Petrified Forest National Park for September through November 2018.
We purchased a lot (actually, a 99 year lease) at Desert Gardens RV Park. We spent the winter of 2018-19 at this beautiful and spacious park about half way between Phoenix and Tucson. We hope to spend the winter months there each year.
Spring of 2019 we traveled to Houston for Don’s Birthday, Taft TX to see Janelle, Destin FL for Fran, Winter Haven for Barbara, then on to Pocosin Lakes NWR and the Outer Banks. This included excursions to Williamsburg, Durham, and Wilmington NC.
Summer 2019 was a big loop to see many friends and family we had not seen for a while. Fairmont WV, Pittsburgh PA, Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago, Wahoo NE, and Kanab UT were all part of the grand loop.
Fall 2019 was back to Bosque del Apache NWR, our second home! And a return to Desert Gardens for the winter.
2020 was not so much traveling and sight-seeing. With the COVID-19 Virus, after we left Desert Gardens we were ‘sheltering in place’ on my son’s property in Chardon, OH, from May through Labor Day.
Fall 2020 – Winter/Spring 2021 – Portland, Oregon, helping Kajsa and family with distance learning and virus precautions.
Summer 2021 — Touring southern Oregon and Northern California, ending at our friends, Cindi & Roger’s place outside of Kanab.
Fall 2021 — Back at Bosque del Apache
Winter 2021-2 — Desert Gardens RV Park, south of Florence AZ
We have found that we (especially Judith) really like the structure that a volunteer position provides, so we will plan to continue to volunteer some each year, although we have scaled back some from previous years. We tried the more “foot-loose” style and found “too much” freedom was not for us. We enjoy a fair amount of flexibility when volunteering, and our “vacations” between assignments, but we also like the structure and sense of “giving back” that volunteering provides.