You ever thought to yourself what would it be like to travel in an RV across the USA? Well, my husband and I have both wanted to do this for a long time.
Hailing from Nassau, Bahamas, one of our biggest dreams was to purchase an RV and travel through the USA blogging and living a stress free, relaxed life doing what we love. So, when our children, Tristan and Angelique, began concentrating on their careers, we realized it was time to make the big move.
In order for our children to succeed, they needed to be in the United States and felt California was best for them.
Therefore, we sold what we could, gave away what we did not sell, packed up what we needed, and moved to Los Angeles, California.
Helping our children get their lives and careers set up in California took a little over a year. By September 2016, they felt comfortable and ready to spread their wings. As a result, Gregg and I could now begin living our dream – owning an RV and traveling through the USA. So, guess what we did? That’s right! We did a lot of research online, visited many dealerships, and finally decided to visit the Annual Pomona Show. Yip! Our purchase of a 24-foot Thor Chateau was perfect for us.
By a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving 2016 we were packed up and heading in our RV “home on wheels” to Lakeland, Florida. We wanted to surprise my mother, who had recently moved from The Bahamas, and help her set up and organize her home.
Driving from LA to Florida
Excited, I drove the first leg along the I-5 and part of the historical CA-99N from Los Angeles to Bakersfield, California and was pleasantly surprised at the ease I felt driving the RV. It is an E450 Ford on 6.8 Liter Triton V-10 so it’s like driving a Ford truck. However, to me, I felt like I was driving my 1999 Lexus LX 470, which I loved! Consequently, I knew I was going to want to drive a lot more!!
Making our way to Bakersfield and hooking up the RV for the first time was edifying. Gregg taught me what to do and it felt like we were on an adventure! After celebrating with dinner of tuna fish sandwiches and wine we were tired and fell asleep almost instantaneously. All in all, the first day traveling in the RV was really fun – different, yet exhilarating!!
The second day began early with coffees in hand and we headed out along the CA-99N toward Yosemite National Park. Chatting, listening to great music and the gorgeous scenery made the 4-hour drive go by quickly.
The next couple of days we spent at Yosemite Lakes.
Days 3 and 4
Visitors can enjoy a variety of games, hiking through the nature trails, fishing on the nearby lake, or just relax and take in the beauty. We decided to relax, hike and take in the beauty! Since pets are welcome, our little Cupcake was able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings as well and she especially loved venturing into the lake!
After much relaxation, we were ready to explore more of the Yosemite National Park so we headed to the Yosemite Valley and spent the next days in Upper Pines Campgrounds. Check with the National Park Service for information regarding reservations, places to go and things to do, as well as alerts regarding Tioga Pass, Mariposa Grove and much more.
Day 5 and 6
After signing in and finding our spot, we got out to explore our immediate surroundings with Cupcake leading the way!
Walking through meadows filled with gorgeous flowers, viewing the majestic Sequoias, divine waterfalls, peaceful lakes, huge rock formations and domes of granite, all provided breathtaking serenity. What a way to learn and relax at the same time! There is so much to see. You can visit time and time again and see something new on each visit. Places you can visit are Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove, Hetch Hetchy, Crane Flat Area, Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Pass.
The next day proved a gorgeous day and we were fortunate. The Tioga Pass was open so we were able to take this gorgeous route through the mountains. It opened up and exited at the beautiful Lee Vining reservoir. A must see!
We drove straight through Nevada, which was a peaceful drive because we were eager get to Utah. Passing through Delta, Utah we saw a lady selling pine nuts. So, we stopped and purchased some. While talking with her, we asked if there were any butchers that we could try some tasty meats from the area. She directed us to Ashton Farms. Oh WOW!! What a great family business! The staff was so friendly and let us try some of their seasoned and cooked meats. DIVINE!! We purchased an assortment of fantastic steaks and bratwurst!! By this time, it was getting late and we were getting hungry so we decided to stop, prepare a steak dinner and overnight in Utah! The steak dinner with wine was delicious and quite satisfying! That night we had a great night’s sleep!!
Days 8 through 11
Because we were eager get to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, and it was a little off course, we woke up early in order that we’d be able to drive through slowly so we could experience the allure of the entire Park. As a result, we felt gratified!
After, our full day of driving through Arches National Park, we headed to Winter Park, Colorado. Arriving very late to a friend’s A-frame home, we had some Bratwurst with wine and then turned in for the night. We awoke to snow falling. However, within a couple of hours, it had stopped and we were able to go exploring. Winter Park and nearby Granby were exhilarating! While hiking in Winter Park, we happened upon this cool old homestead before getting in our RV and heading to Boulder for the next couple of days!!
Warily, leaving our friends in Boulder we made our way through the golden fields of Kansas. So gorgeous, they inspired some of my future artwork.
Realizing how close we were to Nashville, Tennessee we decided we’d overnight in Kansas City, Missouri. and drive through Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky to Nashville the next day. However, on our way we made a slight detour and stopped off at Wood Hat Spirits to visit the establishment and meet the owners, who were parents of a friend in Colorado. We past the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee and we decided we’d do that on another trip.
Eager to see my mother, but wanting to see Nashville, we decided to spend a day in Nashville. We walked the bustling town, took in a show at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and got a quick bite to eat before turning in for the night at a KOA on the outskirts of Nashville.
Rushing to get to Florida, we decided to drive straight through Alabama and most of Atlanta before deciding to overnight at the last exit before the Florida Border. What an exhausting drive! Driving on Atlanta highways is no joke!
The last leg through Florida was exciting but long! I don’t think people realize how big and long Florida is! Finally, we arrived on November 21st in Lakeland, Florida to a smiling, very happy mother, ready to settle in and explore her new home town with us!