Our Epic Summer of 2017 RV Road Trip Begins!

June 2nd ~ Canoga Park, California

The loop we are taking on this trip

Finally! Ellie Mae Camp-it is all loaded up and we are just about ready to head out-of-town. Tomorrow our Summer 2017 Road Trip officially begins!

For anyone new to our blog, Ellie Mae is our Coachmen Prism 2200LE motorhome. We recently added a tow vehicle, Jethro, a Subaru Crosstrek, to our family.

Since I’m half dead on my feet this evening with getting everything loaded and ready, this will be just a short post to give a little overview of what we have planned and the ground we hope to cover over the next three and a half months. 

The main goal is to explore the National Parks in the Western USA and Canada. We won’t get to all of them this trip, but hopefully get a great start on them. Here is a run-down on which parks we are planning on visiting on this trip:

  1. Grand Canyon
  2. Zion
  3. Bryce
  4. Capitol Reef
  5. Canyon lands
  6. Arches
  7. Grand Teton
  8. Yellowstone
  9. Glacier (USA)
  10. Banff
  11. Jasper
  12. Glacier (BC)
  13. N. Cascades
  14. Olympic
  15. Mt Rainer
  16. Yosemite
  17. Sequoia
  18. Kings Canyon

Along the way we plan on hanging out in some state parks, wildlife reserves, a few museums, ghost towns, hike to a waterfall or two, check out Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, gaze upon a petrified forest, take several scenic highways and byways, look at some dinosaur bones, meet-up with some family members, take a tour at the Columbia Icefield, check out numerous mountain lakes and green forests, see some of the most awesome scenery on this planet and of course take a few thousand photos.

The first 10 days are planned out with reservations in RV parks, but the rest of the trip is pretty loose. Since it is summer time, we anticipate that many of the campgrounds will already be full, but some are on a first come, first served basis. We know we have a LOT to learn about the RVing way of life, but we are super excited to get under way.

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am especially grateful that we have the time and ability to take off on such an amazing journey. It has been a bit more time-consuming than I imagined getting the RV all set up to go. My checklists have been legendary. But now all that is left to do is get a good nights sleep, and in the morning hook up the dinghy (just recently found out that is what RVers call their tow car), and top off the fuel and propane tanks on the way out-of-town.

We hope you will join us on our latest adventure…

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our latest adventure. We hope you will join us!
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76 Responses to Our Epic Summer of 2017 RV Road Trip Begins!

  1. gaye obrien says:

    Looking forward to your Summer Adventures.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wishing you a wonderful journey full of joy and discovery. Have a great time!


  3. Happy Trails. You’ll be coming to our neck of the woods (Oregon) and I don’t see any numbers, so I have a couple of suggestions. #1 turtlebay.org/sundialbridge The Sundial Bridge in Turtle Bay park near Redding Calif. If you have a chance to stroll over the glass bridge and listen to the jazz…. a delight. Worth stretching your legs. #2. You will be driving very close to one of the best Shakespearean Theater towns — Ashland, Oregon. It will be summer and the open air theater is not to be missed. The town of Ashland is a small college “hippy” down straight out of the 60’s. The shows are consistently first rate. #3. If you get to Port Angeles in Washington, take the trip up to see the Hurricane Ridge. Worth the winding road.


    • Bobbi I grew up in Southern Oregon and lived in Medford and Ashland and have spent many wonderful days exploring this amazing state. Crater Lake NP otherwise would have been on our list as it holds many great memories. Loved your recommendations! Thank you.


  4. Deb says:

    Wish you a wonderful journey!


  5. joylennick says:

    As ever, it all sounds fascinating, and, as our ‘long haul’ days are limited, fun to read about (and less exhausting for us ‘more mature’ folk!) Punch on! Be in good health and take care… Best wishes.

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  6. nelson2021 says:

    Sounds like a wonderfull epic adventure! Have fun. I will be traveling with you vicariously.


  7. lulu says:

    Our family has done one RV road trip, and it’s packed with memories. Enjoy your upcoming adventure.


  8. You are off to see some of the most spectacular scenery you can imagine! Wishing you safe travels and happy trails!


  9. Oh looks really lovely. If possible check out Mount St Helen’s volcano. Well worth the trip. The KOA at the bottom is nice and the people there can give you lots of advice.


  10. Leah says:

    Your trip looks amazing! So many places I’ve never been to; I look forward to reading about them. We’ve done a couple of long-term expeditions and there certainly is a learning curve. Enjoy it all!


  11. Sounds like an amazing journey. We live in Kelowna, BC so let us know if you are coming through. Looking forward to reading your posts.


  12. Michael Alesko says:

    Good luck and a great time to you two. I’ll certainly be traveling with you via your blog. I’ve only seen about half of those you’re visiting.


  13. The Chaos Realm says:

    Let me know if you need some New Mexico sight-seeing tips! Sounds like a great adventure!


  14. Living in Reseda in the 1960’s I the know the feeling of getting out of town in the summer. Enjoy and travel safe!


  15. I am looking forward to reading about your journeys! We’ll be visiting #9 – #15 later this year, so I’ll be especially interested in those stops.

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  16. LTodd says:

    Have a safe trip. I look forward to you’re future posts with all the details of your adventures.


  17. Reg and Sue says:

    You might enjoy the book Dear Bob and Sue, available through Amazon. Reg and I read it while on our recent cross country trip. It chronicles a couples adventures as they visit all the U.S. National Parks…easy to read and entertaining.


  18. Reg and Sue says:

    You may enjoy the book Dear Bob And Sue, available on Amazon. It chronicles the adventures of a couple as they visit all U.S. National Parks in a 12 month timeframe. Easy and entertaining to read.
    Safe travels!


  19. paperpopups says:

    Oh I cannot wait – I am thrilled for you both xxxooo.

    I did not know a camper is aka dingy.

    I have always wanted to go the the Grand Canyon. I used to visit Mother about 4 times a year in NM and was so close but I always wanted to be with her…no sense traveling all this way from NY to see her and then trot off the the Grand Canyon.

    Most of all be safe and have fun,


  20. Jim & Jane says:

    Such a cool trip, so excited for you. We are heading south to see these places, may cross on the way, so looking forward to your posts. check out gypsie tours, they have gps audio guides for some of these parks, they are excellent. Save Travels!


  21. Anabel Marsh says:

    Sounds wonderful! I’ve been to 11 of those parks over the years – hard to pick a favourite.


  22. Widdershins says:

    What a wonderful adventure!!! 😀


  23. Terry says:

    Oh boy, ROAD TRIP. So fun and it looks like a great trip. I think you’ll enjoy the CrossTrek, I just bought a Outback and it is a wonderful vehicle.
    Enjoy and I can not wait for the posts.


  24. corkscot says:

    I’ve visited some of these parks. Wishing you as wonderful a trip as I remember.


  25. That sounds exciting. I’d love to be on the road everyday! Love to drive Rt 66. We do take off on road trips, love finding things off the beaten track! Looking forward to reading of your travels


    • Jeanne some of those off the beaten path finds are pure gold – and usually uncrowded. We were just talking about wanting to take Route 66 all the way to Chicago at some time in the future. Maybe that will be next years big trip 😉

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  27. tippysmom2 says:

    Sounds like a packed summer, but a wonderful one. Looking forward to following your adventures.


  28. Linda says:

    Have a safe and great trip. Looking forward to living through your travels vicariously!
    love, Linda and Paul


  29. mvbattelle says:

    Have fun – we’ve been to the parks you listed and they are all great in their own way.


  30. Can´t wait to read all about your different destinations and adventures. Save travel to both of you!


  31. curvyroads says:

    I am way behind on my blog reading, and even further behind on my writing, but that’s because we have been on a similar trip (southern version) through parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. All I can say is the National Parks and monuments are fabulous!!! One day I may get back to blogging about it too. 😊 Bon Voyage!


  32. Exciting times – enjoy!


  33. Sounds just awesome! Have lots of fun and share them beautiful pics! Thxs in advance :o)

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  34. Ah . . . hopefully this will be me some day!


  35. Sounds like a wonderful trip! I look forward to following your adventure!


  36. delphini510 says:

    Nice to meet you Tim and Joanne,
    Learning here, so Ellie Mae it is. Got it for future reference.:) what a wonderful dream you made come true, I wish you a most fantastic trip.
    You are visiting a number of places that are on my dream list too…….although, a camper across Atlantic is tricky. 😊 .

    Liked by 1 person

    • Miriam, welcome to our blog! I’ve been told that RV’s can be shipped across the ocean, but I’m not sure if that would end up costing more than just renting one here. We have seen a couple rigs that were of European design, so that seems to say it is possible. Thank you for your good wishes!

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  38. Looks like an awesome trip! Wish we were going. Love the Oregon Sand Dunes.

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  39. Wow you have quite a bucket list of parks to visit. Hope your adventures have been so far so good! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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