It’s almost the end of another year. Along with many others, I will be happy to start a new year. This last year was a very difficult one for me, which also made it difficult for my family. Being in remission is a good thing, but scary too. You just never know how long it will last or even if you really are on the road to recovery. I’m still not back to my old self. I know it will take time, but I’m not very patient. I’m ready now but my body has different ideas. Ugh.
The year had its ups also. We sold our home and moved into our motorhome to begin the full-time lifestyle. We are on the road doing what we want, when we want for the first time ever. I am looking forward to what the new year will bring our way; exploring new places and meeting new people.
We have enjoyed our stay here in the gulf shores of Alabama, but we are both ready to go and explore new places. Many of those we’ve met come here and stay the entire winter, and have been doing it for years. I am really amazed at the number of people from Michigan who are here. Settling down here for the winter is something we might consider another year, but right now we are anxious to get on the road and see what we can see. How will we know if this is where we want to spend more time if we haven’t investigated other areas first. So, off we go. For the next two months, January and February, we have made reservations at 3 different campgrounds in Texas. We leave here Monday morning to head that way. Stay tuned for more posts and pictures of our journey.
End of the Year Statistics. I compiled our basic statistics for Winnie from this past year and thought you might find them helpful and/or interesting.
- We spent 132 nights in Winnie.
- 79 nights in Michigan State Parks
- 6 nights in a Ohio State Park
- 33 nights in an Alabama State Park
- 7 nights in Kentucky – private park
- 1 night in Tennessee – private park
- 2 nights in Walmart parking lots – Ohio & Alabama
- 4 nights in other free spots – in Michigan
- We spent $3,068 in camping fees
- An average of $23.24 per night
- We traveled 2,106 miles
- Only 195 more miles than last year
- We spent $698.99 in gasoline
- We spent $176.35 in propane
Goals for 2018. Everything I’ve read and heard says slow down, don’t be in a rush. Take your time and get to know the area where you are before moving on. I believe we are doing just that. Not only are we getting to know the area and the people here, it is also cheaper to extend your stay. Many campgrounds have a monthly rate that is much lower than their nightly or weekly rates. You also are spending less money on gas.
My goal is to lower our nightly camping fee average considerably. I would love to see it under $20 per night. As senior citizens living on social security it is essential. We hope to accomplish this by staying more nights free when on the road and by utilizing our senior passes at corps of engineering campgrounds and national parks. We will also ask for AARP and/or Good Sam discounts at any private parks we stay in if allowed.
Another thing I want to do is continue to take pictures and document our journey here on my blog. It is one way for my family to keep up with what we are doing and for us to be able to look back and reminisce.
My big goal for the new year is to enjoy each and every day, look on the bright side of situations and take no one or no thing for granted. So, be grateful for what you have. Life is short. Be kind to one another. Live – love – laugh and smile.
Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year!
Until next time,