Gimmarro Family Travels
January – December, 2013
We covered a lot of miles in 2013, and had many beautiful homes. 2013 started out with our volunteer position at Lover’s Key State Park, through the end of February.
Lovers Key State Park – Ft. Myers Beach, FL
Leaving SW Florida, we travelled north and west, following the Gulf Coast, and celebrated Easter in New Orleans.
Spanish Main RV Park – Thonotosassa, FL
Homosassa River RV Park -- Homosassa Springs, FL
Torreya State Park – Bristol. FL
Magnolia Springs Golf & RV – Foley, AL
Bayou-Segnette State Park – New Orleans, LA
Tom picked up a workamping job for the month of April in the Texas Hill Country, which gave us a good home base for exploring the area around San Antonio and Fredericksburg.
Top of the Hill RV Park – Boerne, TX
After 3 weeks, we’d had enough and were back on the move, travelling all the way to the Texas/Mexico border, and back up to our next workamping job in Colorado for the next 2 months.
North Llano River RV Park – Junction, TX
Marathon Motel & RV Park – Marathon, TX
Brantley Lake State Park – Carlsbad, NM
Leisure Mountain RV Park – Tijeras, NM
Echo Basin Ranch – Mancos, CO
After exploring at a slower pace in Colorado for 2 months, the boys finished up their school year and we got into serious “vacation mode”. We hit some serious tourist spots – Moab, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, Badlands -- and then started making our way back toward “home”.
Okay RV Park – Moab, UT
Golden Spike RV Park – Brigham City, UT
Teton Valley RV Park – Victor, ID
Yellowstone Holiday RV Park – West Yellowstone, MT
Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area – Ft. Smith, MT
Heartland RV Park -- Rapid City, SD
Arrow RV Park – Wall, SD
Walnut Creek City Park -- Papillion, NE
As we moved into familiar territory, we met up with family and friends, and got some maintenance work done on the RV before finally arriving back in Michigan.
Blue Springs Lake Campground – Blue Springs, MO
Mark Twain Landing – Monroe City, MO
Jellystone RV Park – Goodfield, IL
Camp Newmar – Napannee, IN
Shipshewana South Campground – Shipshewana, IN
Silver Creek RV Resort – Silver Lake, MI
We settled into Camp Lord Willing in Monroe, MI and spent September and October re-connecting with family and friends and taking care of lots of little details.
Camp Lord Willing – Monroe, MI
Autumn in Michigan was beautiful, and fortunately for us, the nice weather held out until nearly the end of October. After 25 years at Ford, Tom retired, and we were back on the move!
Our winter destination was Arizona, and at Nicolas’ request, we would be following Route 66.
Camp A While – Lincoln, IL
Ladybug RV Park – Cuba, MO
Coachlight RV Park – Carthage, MO
Kiva RV Park – Tucumcari, NM
Route 66 RV Park – Holbrook, AZ
Grand Canyon Railroad RV Park – Williams, AZ
On November 15th, we arrived at our winter destination, just north of Phoenix, AZ. We’ll be here for 4-1/2 months -- our longest stay so far -- and we’re looking forward to doing lots of exploring as we volunteer as camp hosts.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park – Peoria, AZ
On this last leg of our journey we also added 5 more National Parks to our list of Parks visited.
So that was our 2013 . . . it was quite a year!! We have been blessed with much good fortune in our first full year of fulltime travel – including lots of exciting adventures, great friends, and breathe-taking scenery! We’re looking forward to even more in 2014!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!