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A&A 2020 Nomadic Year End Review | Lessons & Reflections

End of Week #83

John Prince Park Campground, Lake Worth FL > Neapolitan Cove RV Resort, Naples FL

Miles traveled since last week's post = 141 miles

Total miles traveled to date = 11,997 with trailer

A&A Year End Review

We are in the final few days of 2020, and my last blog post update for the year. Can you believe this moment is already here? I personally find it hard to believe that today is the second to last day of December, but I also feel like this has been the wildest year of my life! There is no doubt that 2020 will be one for the history books, and something we look back on for forever.

It also doesn't really feel like a typical end of year time for reflection, as the collective vibe just isn't anywhere near the same. I'm sure I'm not the only one trying to accept what I have been through, and accept how I have dealt with it, without being let down that I expected more from this year. This is one of those years that also feels like it lasted forever, and at the same time I'm shocked that I'm sitting here on December 30th writing this finale to you. Moments dragged on for months, but overall things flew by. It's hard to picture how different this year would have felt for us if we had been living our "old life" in our townhome in Woodbury, as it would have been a totally different reality to deal with. Overall I don't feel like it was a bad year for us, and I almost feel guilty saying that, but when all things are considered, I have a lot of great memories from 2020! It was a very emotionally driven year, with some reroutes I wasn't expecting, but the experiences and opportunities we had really outweighed most of it.

Before I go into the lessons this year has taught us, I wanted to go over some of the statistics we had with our first full year of RV Life.

2020 Full-time RV Statistics

Miles traveled = 7,113

Total number of states traveled to = Depends on how exactly you add them up, as we went through a handful of states two different times. Here is what our state by state route ended up as:

  • Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, then pause for 5 months.

  • Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, travel through the tips of Mississippi and Alabama and then we ended up in Florida.

  • All in all that's 7 new states counted on the state map, but 12 total if you count it all.

Total number of campsites = 33

Favorite campsite 2020

  • Amanda - Faver-Dykes State Park, St. Augustine FL.

  • Adam - Jamaica Beach, Galveston TX.

RV maintenance conducted = Replaced all four tires on the travel trailer, bent out the side skirting after damage from shredded tire, reinforced the underbelly with sheet metal, greased/checked wheel bearings, replaced one full wheel bearing, reset the kitchen slide, and replaced one 12 volt battery with 2 brand new 6 volt batteries. Frank the tank (van) also got a few oil changes and a tire rotation!

Workamping jobs completed = 2 jobs, in California and Florida.

  • Gualala River Redwood Park - From the end of April to the end of September in Gualala, CA. Adam worked maintenance and I worked in the office.

  • Hart-T-Tree Farms, Christmas Tree Lot - From mid November to the end of December in Margate, FL. We both managed the entire operations of our retail lot.

National Parks visited = 9

  1. Big Bend, Texas.

  2. White Sands, New Mexico.

  3. Saguaro, Arizona

  4. Grand Canyon, Arizona.

  5. Lassen Volcanic, California.

  6. Death Valley, California.

  7. Petrified Forest, Arizona.

  8. Carlsbad Canyons, New Mexico.

  9. Guadalupe Mountains, Texas.

Favorite National Park 2020

  • Amanda - Lassen or Big Bend or Guadalupe.

  • Adam - Carlsbad Canyon.

Favorite hike 2020

  • Amanda - So many hikes in Sedona, hiking the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend, the waterfalls and mountains in Lassen.

  • Adam - Carlsbad Canyon will likely still be his favorite for awhile, because he liked how unique it was!

Favorite city traveled to in 2020

  • Amanda - Carson City, NV, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Sedona, AZ, Santa Fe, NM, Mandeville, LA, Destin, FL, Jupiter, FL.

  • Adam - Destin, FL.

Favorite meal & location

  • Amanda - All the meals Adam cooks :) especially the alfredo pasta he made with coconut milk, Rebecca's baked goods in Gualala, Gourdough's Big Fat Doughnuts in Austin, tacos - in general.

  • Adam - Oysters in Bodega Bay, California.

  • Both - Salmon in Gualala (and basil martinis if they count), fried seafood in Louisiana, all seafood across the country, shrimp ceviche Tania made us in Santa Fe, and all the dessert treats family have sent us.

Best beach(es) = Northern California and Florida.

  • Northern California - Van Dam Beach (but too cold to swim).

  • Florida - Destin beach for the white sand, Jupiter beach and Lake Worth beach for turquoise waters.

Best mountain = Big Bend, Sedona, Lassen.

  • Big Bend NP - Chisos Mountains in Texas.

  • Sedona AZ - Basically all the red rocks in the entire area.

  • Lassen NP - The beautiful volcanic mountains of northern California.

Amanda's 31st birthday = My birthday took place while we were workamping in Gualala, CA. It fell on a Monday and we had Monday's off from our jobs. We took a day drive north to Montgomery Woods Natural Preserve and looked at some of the largest Redwood trees we saw the entire time we were in NorCal. We came back to the campground and had a small get together with the other workampers, eating dessert and toasting around the campfire.