GO BABY GO, GO RVING

We were in a campground on the Washington coast the day we found out we were expecting our third baby. It was a cool summer day and the breeze carried the salty smell of the ocean. Having been traveling full time in our RV for almost two years, we were one state short of hitting our goal to see 48 contiguous states. Our plans for the future were now uncertain.

The question on our mind was would we continue to travel full time in our RV now that we were expecting a baby? As we contemplated the last 2 years of traveling, we realized if there was one thing RVing had done for our family, it had strengthened our relationships. Since everyone was thriving on the road, we decided to keep traveling. Given the age gap there would be between Thing 3 and our older boys, we knew RVing would give Thing 1 and Thing 2 a priceless opportunity to bond with their baby brother.

There is this notion that once a baby comes all adventures must be put on the back burner. We disagree and liked to use the phrase “expecting adventure” as we waited for our little bun to finish baking.

On April 12, 2014 our little bundle of adventure, Thing 3, arrived. We spent the next few weeks RVing not too far from our care providers and planning for our summer travels. Once we got the sign-off that we were both healthy, we initiated Thing 3 into the world of RVing with an epic trip from Key West, FL to Alaska. It was wild and wonderful, a trip we won’t ever forget. 

Thing 3 turns nine months old this week. During those 9 months he has been to 14 states and 3 provinces. We’ve learned a few things about RVing with a baby that we are happy to share with you so grab a sippee, errr….a cup a tea, and getting ready to plan your own RV adventures with your little one.

 

Patience Patience Patience 

Traveling with a baby is going to take more time than traveling without a baby. I have to admit this, along with less sleep at night, was probably the biggest adjustment. It didn’t take long to learn Thing 3’s limits. A typical travel day might start with a 2-3 hour drive followed by a 30-60 minute stop. In the afternoon, we may get in another 2-3 hours. When our GPS says 4 hours we know it will take us at least 6 hours. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to grow in patience. Really! Traveling with a baby has brought new meaning to the phrase “it’s about the journey not the destination”.

 

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RV WINTER MEMORIES THAT WARM THE HEART

The spirit of the holiday season is all about the quality time spent together with our loved ones. And while these days it’s increasingly easy to forget this simple truth, there’s nothing quite like reminiscing about holidays past to remind one’s self about the traditions and memories a family shares.

With this in mind, we asked our Scenic Route contributors to share with us their favorite memories of RVing during the holidays with their families. Please join us in reflecting on the memories you’ve experienced and share your holiday favorites in the comments.

Jeffrey Eatley

 

Our RV has given us the chance of a lifetime. It has brought us together and made us a better family.  Each and every trip, big or small, has created memories that our kids will surely be telling their children, like when we went RVing to the beach for the first time and the first taste of the ocean water.  These are magical moments to me and having a camera to capture them means they will live on forever. We have only had our RV for two years but it has become a part of us. We bring “home” with us wherever we go.  I always thought we would have an RV when we retired and could spend time traveling. That would have been a mistake to miss all the time with our whole family, to miss moments that we can never get back, and to give our kids adventures to places they may never have seen. I hope to instill this love of adventure in them and their future families. If you have the chance to RV, take it and it just might change you forever. It has for us and for that I am truly grateful.

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READY. SET. GO RVING! LET’S GET STARTED FROM KEY WEST, FLORIDA

The first week of our journey from Key West to Alaska has gone wonderfully well. Of course, how could a week in the Florida Keys not be wonderful? Especially when your RV is parked right on the Gulf of Mexico.

The Keys are a chain of islands off the tip of the coast of Florida. There are 1,700 islands total with only 43 being accessible by car. These 43 islands are connected by a 127 mile long highway, the Overseas Highway. It’s a fairly easy drive in an RV, and we didn’t have any problems with our 40’ fifth wheel. Although take note, if you are driving or pulling a larger rig, parking lots big enough to stop in are somewhat scarce, so you may want to plan accordingly.

The drive through the Keys is one of our favorites in the country. Crossing each bridge, you take in a stunning display of color where deep brilliant turquoise gives way to the light aquamarine of shallower waters, and then the soft tans of sandbars. The islands are filled with charm and whimsy. Small colorful beach shacks sit alongside large modern beach homes in visual harmony. You’ll find everything from small local health food stores to touristy shell shops.

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