2014 Year in Review

A travel map to illustrate our 2014 year in review.

Oh, what a year it’s been! 2014 began with us at Tropic Winds RV Resort in Harlingen, TX. 17 states and 7,000 (14,000 since we started this journey) miles later, we’re closing out the year at Thousand Trails Orlando RV Resort in central Florida. In between, we’ve been as far north as Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and as far northeast as Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

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Tug Boats tied up to the pier in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Without a doubt, we live in a beautiful country. I’m drawn to mountains and ocean, especially to areas more rural and rustic. We saw plenty of each this year, as our route down Highway 81 followed the mountains from New England to Alabama. We camped near the beach at Fort Munroe while we worked the IPMS National Convention in Hampton, Virginia in early August, and were treated to the most spectacular sunrises over the water. Then in October, we were able to play in the waves in the Gulf of Mexico at Gulf Shores, Alabama. Most recently, we spent a magical afternoon on the beach at Sand Key State Park, near Clearwater Beach, Florida – with warm sand between our toes, bird watching, sea shell collecting, and this time a spectacular sunset over the Gulf.

Sunset, Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Sunset, Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Our high points have been time spent with family in Wisconsin and Texas. We have two sons and seven beautiful grandchildren in Wisconsin. My (Shari’s) parents, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews live in Texas. Dad passed away unexpectedly this past May and I am forever grateful that I had the opportunity to spend time with him this last winter. That probably would not have been possible if we hadn’t embarked on this mobile lifestyle.

Deer were abundant at Medina Lake Thousand Trails RV Resort near San Antonio, TX.

Deer were abundant at Medina Lake Thousand Trails RV Resort near San Antonio, TX.

Other high points included experiencing our nation’s history at the Jamestown and Yorktown settlements near Williamsburg, Virginia, as well as Wisconsin’s history at the wonderful museums in Sturgeon Bay and Wisconsin Dells; meeting up with old friends at EAA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and at the IPMS National Convention in Hampton, Virginia; and now, enjoying the beautiful weather and other snowbirds who have flocked to central Florida.

An image from the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, VA.

A reenactor demonstrates firearms, showing how the settlers hunted and protected themselves from hostile natives at the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, VA.

We’re in planning mode now for 2015. We’ve just ditched our plans to travel west along the Gulf Coast in March, and instead will bounce around Florida until April 1. By mid-June, we’ll be back in Wisconsin; Mid-July will find us in Ohio; then if all goes as hoped, early August will find us in Portland, Oregon for an event, followed by exploring the western states and wintering next year in Arizona. One thing we’ve learned is that plans must be written in pencil, not ink. For the full-time, self-employed RVer, all things are continually subject to change.

In case you’ve missed it, we post reviews (with pictures) of many of the RV parks we visit, here, on our website. I’d like to say there’s a review for every park, but we’ve missed a few – and a few more are still on paper in one of my many ongoing journals. One of these days, we’ll get them all caught up!

We hope you’ve also had a great 2014 and made lots of beautiful memories. We’d love to hear about your year or your plans for the new one in the comments. Here’s to a marvelous 2015 … Happy New Year!

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Shari Voigt

Shari Voigt is an author, website developer, and marketing consultant. She's been working and living on the road with her husband Gerald since July 25, 2013. When she's not working on the latest marketing idea for herself or her customers, she's exploring new places and meeting new people from all over the USA.

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