Of course we had to visit Tombstone while we were staying in Tucson. One of my very favorite movies of all time, I have seen the Kurt Russell version probably 100 times and was able to watch it on the big screen while I ate a veggie burger at Doc Holliday's Saloon! The reenactment at the OK Corral is a must see and is about $10 for an adult. The Tombstone Brewery is just down the road from the courthouse and had quite a few options to try.
Loma Verde Trail at Saguaro National Park East
This hike was on the east side of Tucson and was just under 4 miles. It was early November and we felt overwhelmed by the heat at the end of the hike. Definitely go early in the day. There were so many different cactus varieties and tons of huge Saguaro.
We spent 4 days in Orlando this Christmas with family. What an amazing time and really enjoyed spending quality time after being gone for 7 months. Disney still had very strict Covid restrictions so attendance was limited and masks were required at all times. Because of the limited attendance, wait times were very low and we were able to ride almost everything with little to no wait.
The Avatar rides and Everest were so awesome! I love the tram rides through the Safari. The guides were all great and so informative.
We are current traveling back to West Yellowstone for another awesome year at Grizzly RV Park. Stop one is Meaher State Park in Spanish Fort, Alabama which was about a 10 minute ride to downtown Mobile on 98. We snagged a waterfront site and even though it was overcast, it was gorgeous. They have a .6 mile trail that goes out to a boardwalk where we saw tons of water fowl, bunnies and itty, bitty alligators. There was another large boardwalk and a boat ramp. Check in was super easy and the sites will fit the biggest RVs with plenty of room to spread out. We didn't use either of the two bathhouses but they appeared to be well maintained. There were quite a few seafood restaurants within a 5 minute drive and at least a half dozen breweries within a 15 minute drive. We will definitely stop here again.
No hike here yet but this is a gorgeous spot to take a dip in the small spring and have a picnic lunch. This is maintained by the Alachua Conservation Trust and there is at $5 fee for admission. If you are staying on the Santa Fe or Suwannee rivers, this park is a short drive from any of the local campgrounds. Just past the entrance is a bridge over the Suwannee. It's just gorgeous and there was parking at Rock Bluff boat ramp. Definitely a hidden gem in North Florida.
Lions, Tigers and Hyenas!
My sister treated us to Busch Gardens tickets while we were visiting and we had so much fun! No roller coasters for me but I LOVE seeing all the animals. It was warm that day so the animals were all napping by mid morning. Impossible Burgers are available in several of the restaurants and they have a brew pub overlooking the Serengetti so you can watch the animals and have a flight.
Virginia City, Montana was just a short drive from where we were staying in Ennis. Virginia City was founded in 1863 when gold was found in Alder Creek. The site is now a National Historic Landmark. We used a self guided walking tour map to see almost 80 historical buildings and sites and thousands of artifacts. Everything was pretty close together so it was an easy walk. Definitely take the car up to see the cemeteries as they are quite a hike uphill. The view from the Boot Hill Cemetery is spectacular!
We finally made it! Over four years of planning and saving and we drove into Montana to start our first workamping job in West Yellowstone this week. We will officially start our jobs on the 25th. Most businesses are still closed here due to Covid-19 but they expect things to be opening up soon. Because of the restrictions due to the virus, we were unable to do much exploring at most of the stops we made on the trip but we were able to do self guided tours. More to come on those stops soon.
Before we left, we estimated our cost for traveling and we ended up pretty close to our estimate. Gas prices were much lower most of the way but because we couldn't stay at COE or state parks we paid higher prices for camping than we had anticipated. We took a total of 12 days traveling from North Florida to West Yellowstone so we were able to have a few rest days with no driving. With our stops, we drove about 2800 miles.
Here are the costs for gas and camping on the way out. Gas - $522 RV Hookups - $402