June 2nd ~ Canoga Park, California
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:
- Grand Canyon
- Capitol Reef
- Canyon lands
- Grand Teton
- Glacier (USA)
- Glacier (BC)
- N. Cascades
- Mt Rainer
- 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…