Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Numbers recap of my 2016 Summer trip

I was on the road for 51 days, traveled 4167 miles, through 7 states (AZ, UT, WY, ID, OR, WA, MT). I visited 5 national parks (Grand Canyon, Bryce, Grand Teton, Mt. Rainier, Yellowstone).

I spent $503.40 on campgrounds and RV parks, but camped for free for 22 nights.

Minnie averaged 8.32 mpg, guzzling $1166.43 worth of gas.

The temperatures ranged from the coldest night of 31° in West Yellowstone to 103° daytime high in Boise. I drove through some hotter places, but didn't camp there.

I think the prettiest place was Mt. Rainier. The most surprising was eastern Oregon and eastern Washington, which were hot, dry, windy desert.

Summer is road construction season. Everywhere I went, some percentage of the roads had orange barrels, barricades and road work signs.

All in all, it was a great trip. I learned a few things: paper plates are the way to go; you really can shower with just 6 gallons of hot water; Hanna needs a doggie sweater for those cold nights; good cell phone signal makes every camp more pleasant; a comfortable recliner love seat would be really REALLY nice; I can squeeze my motor home through a lot of narrow busy streets; and camping really is the answer to any question.

Here's a map of stops I made.


  1. That's only $0.28 a mile. When I first traveled in my van I was spending that much per mile for gas. With gas prices low this really is the time to travel. You can never tell what it might be next year.

  2. So glad you're getting to live your dream. Keep posting the stories for those of us who still have to work.

  3. Fun trip I hope to be able to do the same someday. I watch lots of YouTube videos of people who live full time in their rv's and I don't think I'd want to do that. Seems like it would be better to have a home base to come back to.

    1. Richard and Dianna, and Dale live full time in their RVs. They don't miss having a home base to come back to. To each his own.

  4. I don't see campsite #1. Did you spend two nights at the North Rim?

  5. Campsite #1 is hidden behind #20 unless you zoom in really close. I camped about 1/8 mile apart the first and last night.

  6. I completely agree with all the new things you learned. :)