In this mad journey of ours it can easy to lose track of where we’ve been. So, with a little help from Google Maps I’ve decided to combine it all together in a beautiful visual representation of the ride so far. I’ve linked everything in here, not only the routes and cities we’ve been to, but also our blog posts in those areas, and I’ll be keeping it up to date as we go along. So, you can click on the map, choose a spot, sit down in your favorite comfy chair with a good ‘ol beverage and read to your heart’s content. It’ll provide fodder for evening relaxation, dinner party conversation and friends.

Feel free to send it round for others who might be wondering where we are.

2014 Journey


View WheelingIt 2014 in a larger map

2013 Journey

2013 Best Campgrounds of the Year
2013 & Year 4 In Review -> 4,200 Miles Of Western Odyssey

First Half Of The Year

First Half Of The Year

Second Half Of The Year

Second Half Of The Year

2012 Journey

2012 Top RV Parks and Campgrounds of the Year
Year 3 FullTime RVing – 2,700 Miles & A Western Adventure

Our 2012 Western Adventure

Our 2012 Western Adventure

2011 Journey

2011 Top RV Parks and Campgrounds of the Year
Another Year and 8,000 Miles On the Road -> 2011 Reviewed

PART I – Florida to New Mexico (~3,200 miles Jan-Apr 2011)

PART II – New Mexico to Oregon (~2,600 miles May-Sept 2011)

PART III – Oregon to California (~2,300 miles Oct-Dec 2011)

2010 Journey

2010 Top RV Parks and Campgrounds Of The Year

The WheelingIt 2010 Map

 

46 Responses to The Journey

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  2. Walter Jones says:

    Hi Paul and Nina, We love your site/blog. We are preparing to go full-time in 6 months.. retiring from the F.D. we are still in our 40′s and look forward to all that this country has .. You guys seem to be very simular to us, we too will be traveling with our 2 cats and 1 dog.. and love the NP system and Forest’s. Maybe some day we will run into you guys.. keep -posting and have fun………

    • libertatemamo says:

      How exciting! We do sound similar. Do let us know when you get on the road and if we’re ever close. Enjoy the life change! Nina

  3. Karen says:

    Hey folks, we’re enjoying your blog. We’re starting out on our own journey March 27th! With 2 dogs as well! Cat is staying home with Grandma, too set in his ways to enjoy the gypsey life. We look forward to seeing someday, somewhere along the way!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Karen, Whoo hoo!! Congrats on the upcoming journey. We’ll be excited to follow your route and definitely look forward to meeting on the road! Nina

  4. Craig Zander says:

    Great site…Thanks for the reviews of the camp grounds ,that will help us down the road ..Keep up the great work…And stay safe out there ..

  5. Barb says:

    We really enjoy reading your blog. We will be hitting the road full-time once we sell our real estate. If you make it to Western Washington before we set out on our journey feel free to contact us.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Barb,
      How exciting! I do hope your real estate sells fast and look forward to perhaps seeing ya on the road.
      Thanks so much for following along on the blog!
      Nina

  6. Nina, may I ask how you were able to add an interactive google map to your wp blog? I have been trying to figure it out to no avail. Thanks!

    • libertatemamo says:

      House Truckin’
      Indeed it was not easy to figure out and I ended up hand-coding it in HTML. I’ll send ya an e-mail w/ the code. It’s a bit of a fiddle to make it work, but once you do it should look good.
      Nina

  7. Nancy says:

    I am so happy I found your site. I just recently learned about fulltime rv’ing and can’t wait til I am able to do it. I still have a few years before retirement,
    but I am reading everything I can about it, and also getting rid of everything I won’t be taking with me. The people I read about I can really relate to everything they are doing and their ideas. I do have my new ‘home’ picked out and it will suit me perfectly. I will probably be doing this as a ‘single rv’er, and would appreciate any books, websites or helpful hints you can tell me about going it alone. I will have a cat or 2 with me. Thank you for all your information. Hope to meet many new friends one day.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Nancy,
      How exciting for your up-coming full-timing! Totally dig that you’re going it alone. As for websites I would really recommend the RV Forums as one of the best places to learn and get involved. I’ve learnt soooo much from them. Several of them have singles groups/threads too where you can talk to others who full-time on their own.
      And definitely hope to meet you on the road someday. Do stay in touch.
      Nina

  8. Brenda says:

    Hi, Nina. My husband, Hector is an avid reader of your blog. We’ve been researching and preparing for four years and will finally be taking off in late October of this year with our dog, Angel. I read one of your posts awhile ago where you mentioned a reasonable movie downloading service and can’t seem to find it again, could you send me the information when you get a chance. We’re getting down to those last final details. We are so excited! I hope we cross paths sometime (we plan to spend the winter in Florida, I know, VERY original). Keep up the great work on your blog.
    Brenda

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Brenda,
      Congrats on your upcoming fulltiming!!! It’ll be here before you know it!
      We haven’t actually downloaded any movies on the road, but we do use Redbox quite a bit. You can find them all around (7-11 and Walmart are common locations) and the rentals are super-cheap ($1.20 per movie). Unfortunately our limited data-plan on Verizon keeps us from downloading movies over the internet.
      Nina

  9. Liz Baum says:

    Hello again! My hubby and I would love to travel through South America, likely in an old campervan, rather than our 5th wheel. Have you guys ever considered driving down the Pan Am highway? We are particularly curious about getting through the Darien Gap and then driving through Colombia. I’ve looked online for caravans making the trip, but no luck. Hmmmm…

    • libertatemamo says:

      I haven’t seen that trip on a blog, but you might want to try the forums. I know rv.net has a forum dedicated to Mexico and S.America so you may be able to get more info there. Lots of folks on that forum who travel part or full-time in S.America.
      Nina

  10. Liz Baum says:

    Thanks, I’ll check it out.

  11. Terry Schwarz says:

    Hi, Just found your blog…My husband and I and 3 baby dogs will be starting our adventure late february, if everything goes as plan. REALLY nervious but excited. We have at this time bought a 1998 35 foot winnebago motorhome and did alot of remodeling, of course to our taste.. Actually love it. It doesnt have a slide, but it has huge picture windows..makes the area seem larger….(hope we dont regrat that move). anyway..our first trip will be down toward san antonio tx, but we were curious on the big rig gathering you mentioned in az. Could you please supply where and when this is held. Hope to check it out soon…So glad to see so many full timers doing this, At first we thought there were only a handfull. Hope to meet up with some and learn all the in and outs of “Surviving the RV Adventure” (which is the name of our blog) which is a working process. Thanks much for all the tips..Terry and Shawn.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Shawn,
      Congrats on the upcoming fulltiming! That’s very exciting.
      Regarding the Quartzsite gathering, I’ve linked to the details in the last 2 posts, but I’ll post it here too. It happens the last 2 weeks of January in Quartzsite, AZ. Right after the RV show there is a Gem show and also a classic car show. Here is the link to all 3 shows:
      The Quartzsite Shows
      Nina

  12. roy saxton says:

    Hi Paul and Nina
    Wife, daughter and I spent 6 years on the road. What an adventure. May I suggest the highway 2 up by the canadian border. We found the scenery fantastic. We traveled most of north america and just the upper part of mexico. Settled on 25 acres of desert just north of Kingman. Don’t be afraid of the Alcan, leave in May, another fantastic trip. Make the run up to the artic circle with your toad, I was against it but glad we did it. Yes, the west is the best for motorhoming.

    roy

    • libertatemamo says:

      I love the idea of Hwy 2 in Canada. That’s a trip I’d love to take. Not sure when we’ll be making the route, but it’s on our list of potentials! Cheers for the other tips too!
      Nina

  13. Bob Cockrum says:

    Just found your site today, love it—retiring in 1 month, start extensive travling 1 month after that. Keep up the good work, hope to meet you on the road someday.

  14. Pamela says:

    Hi Nina,
    We have been following your blog since purchasing our first RV coach last July. We are thoroughly enjoying reading your travel blogs. As a result we traveled to AZ and then to Borrego Springs in Feb at your suggestion and loved it. Plan to return. We are spending a few days now at Memaloose State park (in spot 57) per your blog. I have grown up in Oregon and never stayed here before! Takes someone from out if town to introduce it to me :)
    Anyway we are enjoying your blogs. Hope you are enjoying our state of Oregon.
    Ps: I am planning to try making your recipe for ‘no deo’ deodorant soon. Sounds like a good idea!
    Enjoy your travels and keep on blogging!
    Pam & Jerry

    • libertatemamo says:

      Awesome!! I so love it when people try out some of the spots we’ve visited and end up loving them as much as we do. Thanks so much for traveling along with us…both on the blog and on wheels!
      Nina

  15. Patrick says:

    Love the blog. Really appreciate the work you’ve put into it. Someday I’ll be free from my cube farm and on wheels. Until then, keep it up the great info.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Well, I’m happy we have you along for the ride even if it’s just electronically :) Here’s hoping we meet down the road someday.
      Nina

  16. Jen Gibson says:

    Nina, I’m a big follower of your blog! Thanks for sharing all your hidden gems, and we are excited to be hitting the road shortly ourselves. Just curious as to why you’ve not ventured down the coastal side of California? Is it expensive and busy compared to the east side of the mountains?

    Hope to catch up with you somewhere down the road. Thanks again!

    Jen

    • libertatemamo says:

      Yup, you got it right. The coast is much more expensive (state parks run $35/night or more for dry camping, plus no BLM) and alot more busy than the mountains, plus there are a lot more dog restrictions on CA beaches. We do plan to do 101 sometime, maybe even next year, but I admit the draw of the mountains is pretty strong.
      Nina

  17. Bob McQuade says:

    I have followed your site since a little before I managed to finally get on the road fulltime myself on July 21 of this year. I just want to thank you for the help you guys give everyone with your excellent blog. Trying to keep my own much less comprehensive blog up makes me well aware of how much time and effort you devote to this task and I just want to reassure you that that effort is truly appreciated by others.

    Your latest effort, the mapping and linking of posts to each stop on the maps, just completely puts you guys over the top in my book. WONDERFUL !

    I get a kick out of your comments on bird watching since I devote almost all of my time on the road to wildlife photography, with most of my time spent on birds. I used to laugh at “birdwatchers” and how fanatical their approach to this weird little hobby when I was younger, but somehow, somewhere down the line, I too became pretty much addicted to these strange, beautiful little creatures. Most of my blog to date has been devoted to my bird photography, take a peek if you so desire and please, keep up the good, no make that great work. I will be looking for the beast in my travels.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment and thoughts. Love your bird photography! I don’t have much aptitude for wildlife photography so I always appreciate connecting with others who do. Lots and lots of good places for birding all over the SW. Never really knew much about it until I met other birders. It’s a fun pastime.
      Nina

  18. We are trying to embed trip maps from google maps and have only been able to get the link included in a post. Would be so kind as to explain how you get the actual map included? We have one of the maps created using google map engine and the link produces the map but the reader must click the link. We would like to have the actual map in the post.

    It just dawned on me that you can embed the html code in your web site where we can’t with wordpress. If that is the case your reply can be very brief. WordPress instructions lead me to believe it can work but it didn’t.

    We’ve been following and enjoying you blog for a while now.
    Thank you.

    Harrison

    • libertatemamo says:

      The problem you’re encountering is that WordPress.com doesn’t support frames, so when you try to add the map (the HTML for Google Maps is based on frames) it doesn’t show up. I ran into exactly the same issue before I self-hosted.

      Now, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a way!

      Before I switched (while I was still on wordpress.com) I figured out how to alter the code and remove the frames. It’s kinda complicated so unless you have some coding know-how I wouldn’t advise it. However if you ARE familiar with HTML coding I can send you the outline of what I did to make it work. Let me know…

      Nina

  19. KernsKaper says:

    Enjoying your blog!

    We are retirees in the process of selling the house and going full-time, currently in Oklahoma. We plan to use a UPS mail forwarding address as our permanent address. What are the possibilities that the investment firm for our IRA and our bank will accept this address?

    Since the two of you are investment savvy, can you suggest how to address the domicile and permanent residential address requirements (Patriot Act) of Investment Firms?

    Thanks,

    • libertatemamo says:

      PO boxes can be tough when it comes to financial institutions. Unless you have specific reasons to keep your domicile in OK, I would actually recommend switching and signing up with a mail forwarding service that offers a street address. We use Alternative Resources in SD and had no problems transferring our bank and brokerage accts to that address. Escapees in TX or FL is another good option. If none of those work a relative’s address is another option.

      Nina

  20. Patrick says:

    I just found your blog and want to thank you for all of the information you provide. I have found some of the same information scattered about on other sites but you have much of it compiled here and it is clear and concise. I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication to your site.

    My wife (also a photographer) and I are retired and living in Hawaii for the past 12 years. We must return to the mainland to assist aging parents but have not decided on a permamant residence for ourselves. We have decided to purchase a Class A 37′ diesel pusher and live full time in the unit for the next few years. I’ve selected the unit to purchase from a private party. Since we have not sold our home in Hawaii I am uncertain on how to proceed with completing the purchase since I don’t/can’t register it here (can’t get it inspected here for registration). I’m looking at S.D. as a solution. Do you have suggestions on how to best proceed with the purchase? Thank you in advance for your comments.

    • libertatemamo says:

      My best advice would actually be to call one of the Mail Forwarding services in SD and ask them. When we moved domicile from CA to SD they helped us through all the steps. They even registered our car+RV for us while we were still out of state and let us know how long we had to get to SD to switch our drivers licenses. We used Alternative Resources in SD, but I’ve also heard good things about MyDakotaAddress and Americas Mailbox. We use our SD address as our address of record for everything we do incl. banking, voting, taxes, registration etc.

      By the way before you finalize your domicile decision make sure you look into health insurance options, registration costs, car/RV insurance costs, renewal requirements etc. We have been SD residents for 4 years now, but may need to switch next year due to limited health insurance options on the ACA (we’re still not sure yet). TX and FL are two other popular options for fulltime RVers.

      Nina

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