The waiting is over. Three hundred horses are murmuring in anticipation of the today’s new sights; and the jockeys, too, are eager to enter their departure gate. Sheesh, I’ve got the hitch itch bad! And sitting in Mountain Home Idaho hasn’t done anything to cure it.
“I want a moon canoe,
because have you ever tried
paddling through dirt?
Love is a journey,
and I try to travel
as efficiently as I can.”
― Jarod Kintz, Xazaqazax
For almost 44 years I wanted to find a way for Peggy and I to spend more time together. When we started full timing 3 years ago I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do; and three years later I am (we are) just as happy to have begun as on that first day. And the fact that we’re starting off, the second time Eastbound on the same Eastbound trip — after a few days of doing very little and enjoying it very much — only reiterates the wonders and pleasures of actually being able to spend your life with your best friend & lover. Not just the hours after work, or before work, but day in and day out.
I know this lifestyle isn’t for everyone. I know some people get bored spending too much time with their spouse; others get to arguing; a few can’t stand each other. But for a rare few of us (as compared with the number of people in the world, not the number of RV’ers) this is the best thing since sliced bread.
Saturday saw some new routes for us both and it was a pleasant days’ drive. Yesterday’s map is only partially correct. We ended up in Laurel MT — a whopping 530 miles for one day — and more than we usually do. But our thought process was to do two long days and have an extra day to spend at T.Roosevelt N.P. now that we are going that way.
We stayed off the Interstate most of the day. We did a total of 87 miles on I-90, and the rest was State and U.S. highways — with hardly a person on them.
Rude, Rude Awakening
You may remember that the last two summers we weren’t gad-abouting. Last year we were on the Forest, volunteering most of the summer. The previous year we were volunteering for the Corps of Engineers. And our first year full-timing we made a summer’s worth of reservations.
Where I’m going with all of this is we stopped at Craters of the Moon National Monument Saturday. YIKES. It’s early in the season and the place was jammed. We have been living in rarified territory and actually having to DEAL with all those people was down right bothersome.
For the calendar year 2014 these are the 10 most visited national parks.
10 Most Visited National Parks (2014)
|1.||Great Smoky Mountains National Park (TN, NC)||10,099,276|
|2.||Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)||4,756,771|
|3.||Yosemite National Park (CA)||3,882,642|
|4.||Yellowstone National Park (WY, MT, ID)||3,513,484|
|5.||Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)||3,434,751|
|6.||Olympic National Park (WA)||3,243,872|
|7.||Zion National Park (UT)||3,189,696|
|8.||Grand Teton National Park (WY)||2,791,392|
|9.||Acadia National Park (ME)||2,563,129|
|10.||Glacier National Park (MT)||2,338,528|
Source: National Park Service
And how many people visited Craters of the Moon? A measly 214,000 — and yet to us it seemed jammed to the gills. We need to do a better job of figuring out what we’re doing when it comes to popular places to visit.
Ok — enough of a rant. Thanks for stopping by. We hope to end up in Medora ND tomorrow, so we can spend Sun night through Tuesday morning at the National Park. Wish us luck, and thanks for stopping.