I met Josh Solar a few years ago while at a backyard cookout at my pal Gary’s house in San Diego. There were a lot of similarities between our families (including both having a first-born daughter named “Ava”). Their family was in the middle of a summer-long road trip from their Kansas City home. They told exciting stories of their adventures and I’ll always count Josh and Jenny Solar as having an influence on us deciding to hit the road full-time.
After a good chunk of time in Wyoming – which feature both Grand Tetons and Wyoming national parks – the bar was set pretty high for Montana. I knew we’d only be seeing the western part of the state on this trip, but I had high hopes of continuing the amazing landscapes we’d come to admire in Wyoming.
After a cold and rainy April in Colorado, Springtime finally caught up to us in Wyoming. Despite Colorado being one of my favorite states, our time there was hard. Cold, wet, and cramped, there were a few days Erin and I looked at each other and didn’t know if the other person was going to make it on the road.
We last left you as we were camping near Northern New Mexico. After a great week there, we made our way into Southern Colorado. We spent one night in Alamosa to dump the tanks and do some laundry (and get a hot shower). We then headed North East for another few days of dry camping at Zapata Falls Campground.
Let’s catch you up on the last few weeks…
…but we needed to get out of town. RV parks are fine (running water and electricity are great!), but I really wanted us to try our hand at “dry camping” (or boondocking) – no hookups, and preferably on some public lands. We’re still dealing with the financial burden of selling our house (delays, termites, etc), so the idea of staying somewhere for free sounded especially nice. :)
Well, it’s official: we’ll be hitting the road full-time around March 28th. Last we posted, it was still a dream, but a lot has happened in the last few months.
Last summer, we stated learning about families that had decided suburbia wasn’t for them and were traveling the U.S. full-time with their families. This seemed like a great fit for our family. We had also become disenchanted with the idea of the typical American dream and decided not to fight our wanderlust any longer.
Writer. Musician. Adventurer. Nerd.
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