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A&A Celebrate One Year Of Full-Time RV Living | Nomadiversary

End of Week #52

Gualala River Redwood Park, Gualala CA

Miles traveled since last week's post = 0

Total miles traveled to date = 7,955 with trailer

Happy Memorial Day from us to you! If you are a veteran, thank you for your service to our country. Today did not feel like a 'holiday' for Adam and I, as all of the workampers here at the park started a more official schedule for work today. As of last week we are now officially working and getting paid through the park, however it is still very uncertain and unclear if the park will get to open on it's projected date in June. In the time being we are going about things 'as mostly normal', but everything still solely relies on the state of California and Mendocino County in terms of what is decided for transient lodging.

For now we will each be working around 17 hours a week doing various things in the park. So far I have started to help out with office duties and scheduling/cancelling reservations in our system and Adam has started out doing a lot of maintenance duties outside. It definitely feels weird to us to be "working" under a certain structure again, but at the same time it's been over a year now since we have and it sort of feels good to have a purpose right now too!

But in other news...

A&A Celebrate One Year Of Full-Time RV Living


We made it to the year marker you guys, I can't even believe it! It's honestly quite shocking how fast one year really goes. Especially when you spent the entire thing FAR outside of your comfort zone, conquering fear and new terrain and all kinds of new challenges and things to get used to. But here we are, and we are stronger than ever and loving every minute of it all. In a lot of ways I still feel like we are just getting started with everything and like the whole year of 2020 so far has been at a lot slower pace than we would have ever imagined it to go. Covid has caused us to slow down in more ways than I would have liked, but it's also teaching us the importance to not rush through something so amazing that we have turned into our lifestyle, as it's not just a "vacation" away from reality.

To welcome in our first #nomadiversary we had a group bonfire with the other workampers and managers here in Gualala, CA - having far too many drinks and celebrating our coworker's birthday as well. Then over the weekend we took a nice long day drive up to Fort Bragg, which you might have saw me post about on my Facebook. It was an absolutely beautiful day to explore the newly opened beaches in Mendocino County, and the ocean was the breath of fresh air we were looking for. We also treated ourselves to sushi, something we enjoyed a lot in our 'old life' and haven't had in over a year now!

But now that the first year is done and out of the way, I wanted to go through some fun stats and analytics with all the things that got us to this point in time of where we are now.

So here we go! In our FIRST YEAR as FULL-TIME RVers...

We slept around ...

Total # of places we camped at in one year: 42 !!

  • Family land: 2

  • RV Parks: 18

  • KOA campgrounds: 1

  • Hotel "parking lot/RV parks: 1

  • State Park campgrounds: 8

  • National Park campgrounds: 5

  • Recreational land: 3

  • Boondocking: 3

  • Walmart: 1

We hiked & RV'd across the USA

Our route to date: Here is the link to the updated map of our travels thus far - ROUTE.

How many miles & how many states: We come in just shy of 8,000 miles, at 7,955, traveled across 11 states!

Longest destination and shortest: We stayed just about 9 weeks in Camp Verde and have pulled a few 1 night stops throughout our first few months of travels. Nowadays we try to keep the 1 nighters to a minimum, but in total we have done 6 of them so far.

Most amount of miles traveled in one day: 411 miles from Big Bend National Park (Texas) to White Sands National Park (New Mexico).

Least amount of miles: 24 miles from a place we were boondocking at in the Badlands to grandma's front yard.

Favorite campsite(s): To date, my favorite campsite is still the one we had near Grand Teton National Park, in the Bridger Teton National Forest at a boondocking campground called Atherton Creek. Adam's favorite campsite is still the location at Bear Lake State Park, on Bear Lake in northern Utah. Other great campsites we have had include the one we are currently at, in the Redwoods on the river and off the coast of California (Gualala River Redwood Park), Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Colorado National Monument, and the boondocking location outside of the Badlands.

How many hikes (& miles): Over the course of 1 year we have recorded 54 HIKES and a total of 183 MILES explored across so many different mountain tops, multiple desert lands and magical forests. My favorite hikes are mostly still the ones we did in Sedona (& Arizona), but everywhere we explored in Utah and Colorado, and even Wyoming and Texas, were nothing short of spectacular!

Shout out to amazing people we met:

  • Renee and Gary from Ohio - we met them in Ten Sleep, Wyoming in August 2019 when we were making our way to Yellowstone and they were too. We both went to the same little restaurant in the very small town and ended up sitting with each other at the bar. Renee and I still keep in touch to this day.

  • Isabel from California - we met her in Zion National Park in southern Utah in September 2019 while we were taking a shuttle to go for a hike. We ended up hiking Angels Landing with her and Isabel and I still keep in touch to this day.

  • Tim from Connecticut - we met him and his girlfriend in December 2019 at the RV park in Galveston, Texas. We connected over social gatherings all month long and still keep in touch on Facebook.

  • Al and Lisa from Wisconsin - we met them in Camp Verde, Arizona in February 2020 and were next door neighbors for a whole month. We hung out with them at the pool a lot and shared some cocktails together in their rig. We still stay in touch on Facebook.

  • Amanda and Kyle from Iowa - we met them in Camp Verde, Arizona, in March 2020 back when the pool at the clubhouse was still open and ended up hiking with them, going to bars, and having campfires too. Amanda and I still stay in touch and will forever be bonded over the same name and red hair!

What we did for holidays & birthdays:

  • In July, on my birthday, we left Stone Lake, WI and traveled to Sturgeon Lake, MN, where we went to my dad and step mom Carrie's campground to hang out and celebrate with them.

  • We did not do anything at all for Halloween and traveled most of the entire day.

  • For Adam's birthday in November we were in Burleson, Texas and treated ourselves to In & Out Burger.

  • On Thanksgiving we were still in Burleson, Texas and cooked up a huge meal in the rig, cooking the most amount of food at once that we had done yet to that day. We did not miss out on any of the classics, except for turkey - which the grocery store was all out of. But we did have some very delicious tuna steaks!

  • For Christmas we were in Galveston, Texas and had ourselves a big seafood meal with catches from the local seafood shop in town - freshly caught from the Gulf. We also went to a Christmas party at the RV park full of all the traditional treats and goodies!

  • We also spent New Years in Galveston, Texas and celebrated by ourselves in our rig, talking to friends and family and watching Netflix.

  • On Easter we traveled again, and arrived in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. We did not do anything to acknowledge this day.

  • And today, on Memorial Day, we worked our first "real day" at our jobs and Adam made some incredible pan fried tacos!