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A&A Rate The 15 'Best of 2019' From This Nomadic Journey

Updated: Jan 13, 2020

End of Week #29


Jamaica Beach RV Resort, Galveston TX


Miles traveled since last week’s post = 0


Total miles traveled to date = 4,884 with trailer


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Happy Monday! We are just about halfway through our stay here in Galveston and can’t believe how fast December is flying by us. Today is rainy and gloomy, but the past handful of days have been super humid and sunny. It was so humid over the weekend that our tiny little humidifier was working overtime and the outside of the trailer was “sweating” all night long. My naturally curly mane does not know how to handle all this salt and wet air, it’s been quite the process to keep it tame.


But needless to say, we are loving life down here on the Gulf! We have been going to the beach a few times a week to just chill out oceanside for a few hours, and that has been utterly life changing! The other day when I was beating Adam in mini golf we also noticed that there are a few HUGE turtles sharing the RV park with us. I’ve never seen such a huge turtle move so fast before!

With just 15 days left of this decade, and of 2019, I wanted to dedicate this week’s post to rating and reviewing our ‘best of 2019’ while living in the RV and traveling along on this nomadic journey.


A&A Rate The 15 ‘Best of 2019’


I was originally going to try to keep this list more on the short side of things, but then as I was reminiscing on all the wonderful experiences that has been the past 7 months, my list grew and grew. So here we GO!


1. Best Campground


In order to vote for the best campground we have stayed at, we are considering the way the park is designed, what amenities they offer, location to other things, overall city it’s in, and basically every detail to make it a great place to stay – and to possibly visit again in the future!


& the winner is …. Jamaica Beach RV Resort!


Yes, this is where we are staying now! Hands down they are the nicest owners, have the nicest people staying here, offer the most amount of activities and amenities we have experienced … AND there are palm trees in every campsite!

Jamaica Beach RV Resort

2. Best Backyard


Now on this one, it’s mostly about location and location only. Where is our backyard and what does the view look like! And I’m going to have to share each of our answers because we also disagreed here too…


Adam = Bear Lake State Park, Bear Lake, UT


Now don’t get me wrong, this was a FANTASTIC location. It was like we spent a weekend in the Caribbean with the turquoise blue waters that make up Bear Lake. Absolutely beautiful location and I would definitely go back.

Bear Lake, Utah

Amanda = Atherton Creek Campground, Bridger-Teton National Forest, WY


But this spot right outside of Grand Teton National Park still wins for me. I can’t get over that campsite we had, perched up with the extraordinary view of Lower Slide Lake and the forest on the mountainside. I look forward to going back here in the future (& by then the road to get there will be repaved too – yippee!)


Runner up: I also really enjoyed the Saddlehorn Campground in the Colorado National Monument! It was no hookups (boondocking), but an official campground and right on top of the mountain and within walking distance to hikes and amazing views.

Atherton Campground, Wyoming

3. Best Boondocking Location


This one is a no brainer, and can be answered without any hesitations. The only sad part is that we did not get to stay there longer!


& the winner is …. Buffalo Gap Grasslands Overlook …. minus the part where we almost didn’t make it out alive.


If you remember, from back in August, this was the location we stayed at just before going to my family’s farm in the Badlands, and this was where we experienced our first (& worst) super severe storm! We were up the entire night wondering if we were going to tip over or blow away as 70 mph winds rocked our fragile home on wheels, all while nestled right along a cliff to the actual Badlands. Ugh…. but the VIEWS there. Really hard to beat. I’d like a round two next summer if the weather allows it!

Buffalo Gap Grasslands Overlook

4. Best National Park


This one is tougher than you would think – as we have probably already checked off about 10 or more National parks and they all offer something different and unique from one another.

But I’m going to have to go with … Zion National Park … because it actually MOVED me on a soul level to be there. While driving in you have to descend down these switchbacks to get from the top of the plateau to the bottom and the entire drive down I was crying and shouting things like “Is this real life?!” out the window. Zion was basically a magical place and really can’t be explained in words.


Runner up: But also Grand Teton National Park … comes in as a close second, because these are some of the best (although smaller) mountain ranges I have ever seen! So moody, so jagged, so stunning and such a panoramic view when you are staying in the area or passing through. I want to go back here one day and do some serious backpacking!