We have been Hiking the USA
We talk to many of our new neighbors (also retired) and many of them have RV's Campers and monster homes on wheels they use to travel. It is fun to exchange, "Have you been to..." questions with them. Many have enjoyed the same natural wonders we have. Others have been to places we have yet to visit. Others, sadly, have not taken advantage of this new life to travel and See the USA. Still other take cruises, some every month it seems!
For Nancy and me, we just love the freedom of the open road, traveling mostly backroads and highways across the USA. While some roads are in need of repair, we found most were excellent. I love driving in Texas and New Mexico where the speed limit is 85! While we now use a Garmin Car Based GPS/Navigation System, early on, we only used our Cell Phones. Boy is that a MISTAKE. While most of us are spoiled with great cell phone service, oftentimes in the hinterlands of the West, not so much. So we have gotten lost a few times before we invested in a Garmin! Now I also carry a hand-held unit in my backpack not dependent on cell service!
Back to my point. If you have not traveled by car/RV or whatever across Our Great Land, you should consider doing so. Flying to a big city airport bypasses the Natural Beauty and Wonder of Our Country. Many of our National Parks are tucked away off minor (sometimes dirt road access) roadways. Some we have just stumbled upon going from place to place. One of those was Great Sand Dunes National Park. We were driving the back roads from Denver to Santa Fe and just saw this little sign and said "what the hell" and turned down this road and This is what we found:
So the adventure awaits at every road and turn. If you get lost, don't worry, enjoy the sites.
This brings up another point. Try not to over-Plan your trip. Yes, have your destinations mapped out (Garmin had great tools), but don't book too far in advance. We tried that and it was a disaster. We found that often the prices were better if you just use the hotel/motel booking site a day or so in advance. All these travel apps are great for planning but often you don't really save that much money and many force you to pay in advance or pay a penalty. When doing road trips, flexibility is a key.
How We Travel
We have visited and hiked in many of the USA National/State Parks and Treasures as well as other interesting sites. Besides the challenges of traveling, we are also living a Plant Based Lifestyle, so have surmounted some challenges when it comes to dining, restaurants and hotel/motel accommodations.
Nancy and I have traveled extensively all over this wonderful Planet, mostly for business. Nancy flew for Delta Airlines and I had my own company and traveled as an IT Consultant. We have ventured to many places from the USA to Hong Kong, throughout Europe and more. We always stayed in major cities and seldom had the opportunity to explore the local regions.
Our plans are to visit as many of the USA National/State Parks and Treasures as we can as well as other interesting sites. Besides the challenges of traveling, we are also Nutritional Vegans, living a Plant-Based Lifestyle, so have surmounted some challenges when it comes to dining, restaurants and hotel/motel accommodations.
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Here are just a few or the hundreds of pictures we have!