2016 in Review

As our first year of full-time RVing comes to a close, here is a snapshot of what we did in 2016. It’s been fun. We’re excited about our planned adventures in 2017.

 

January – March

No more dealing with winter like this

Last winter in Richmond. No more dealing with winter like this, hopefully

Our house in Richmond, VA

Getting our house in Richmond, Virginia ready to sell

Dogwood trees blooming in Richmond

Dogwood trees blooming in Richmond. Spring season is beautiful in Virginia, but I didn’t miss those nasty oak pollens.

April-June

We found you, our future home on wheels

We found you Stimpy, our future home on wheels

Steens Mountains on our trip to Oregon in April

Steens Mountains on our trip to Oregon in April. We made a trip to Oregon to take care of a few business for upcoming relocation. We flew from Richmond to Las Vegas and drove to Oregon.

Foggy Nevada in April

Foggy but surprisingly colorful Nevada in April

Nevada Hwy 318

Nevada Hwy 318. This part of Nevada is beautiful. We definitely will be back to explore it more.

A week before my last day at work, we started moving our stuffs into Stimpy.

A week before my last day at work, we started moving our stuffs into Stimpy.

 

July

A wall calendar that we checked off every months that we got closer to our target retirement date. The day was here.

Since April 2014, we had a wall calendar that we crossed off every months as we got closer to our target retirement date. The day, July 1, 2016 was finally here.

Our first meal in Stimpy. Five Guys burgers, of course. 😄

Our first meal in Stimpy. Five Guys burgers, of course. 😄

Walmart in Gretna, Nebraska. Pulling into the spot right before this sunset.

Making a cross-country relocation. Pulling into the spot at Walmart in Gretna, Nebraska right before this pretty sunset.

Strong wind gusts through Wyoming. Not a fun day.

Strong wind gusts through Wyoming. Not a fun day of driving for David

In Eastern Oregon

In Eastern Oregon

A familiar view of Mt Hood from Oregon Hwy 26

A familiar view of Mt Hood from Oregon Hwy 26. Finally, becoming Oregonians again

Mt Hood from Tom Dick and Harry Mountain

Enjoying summer in the Pacific Northwest. This was Mt Hood from Tom Dick and Harry Mountain

Mt Adams seen as we approached the summit

Mt Adams as seen from the summit of Lookout Mountain

Pretty meadows around the ski area

Pretty meadows around the Mt Hood Meadows

An impressive Zigzag Canyon

An impressive Zigzag Canyon

 

August

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Our house was sold! Thanks Wanda

Spencer Butte, Eugene, Oregon

Spencer Butte, Eugene, Oregon

Sea cave at low tide

Sea cave on the Oregon Coast at low tide. Escaping 100+ degree day in the Willamette Valley

Amazing view of Oregon Coast from Cascade Head

Amazing view of the Oregon Coast from Cascade Head

 

September

Hiking down to Moraine Lake

We were in Central Oregon. This picture was from a hike to Moraine Lake in Three Sisters Wilderness.

Colorful rock towering over Crooked River

Colorful rock towering over Crooked River in Smith Rock State Park

A famous shot of the Painted Cove

We made it to Painted Cove in the Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Ren at Crater Lake National Park

Visited Crater Lake National Park

We had a beautiful sunset and nice warm weather. It didn't last.

A road trip to Steens Mountains. Camping at South Steens Campground

Deep Creek Falls along Oregon Hwy 140

Deep Creek Falls along Oregon Hwy 140

 

October

The most beautiful sunset I have seen. I was in awe.

The most beautiful sunset I have seen by far was at Washoe Lake State Park, Nevada.

Our boondocking spot

Our boondocking spot at the Alabama Hills, California

A view of Death Valley from Dante's View

A view of Death Valley from Dante’s View. A short-lived time in Death Valley before the fridge malfunctioned.

At the summit of Mt Hillyer

Hiked to the summit of Mt Hillyer in the Angeles National Forest

These rock formations look unreal.

Visited Vasquez Rocks Park

 

November

Sunsets in Acton, California

Gorgeous sunsets in Acton, California

Gorgeous view from Canyon View Loop Trail

Hiked the Canyon View Loop Trail in Whitewater Preserve, Sand to Snow National Monument

Terrific view of the trail

Hiking on the San Andrea Fault. Pushawalla Palms Oasis Trail in the Coachella Valley Preserve

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Admiring Ricardo Breceda’s arts in Borrego Springs

 

December

Fall colors in the Morongo Valley

Fall colors in the Morongo Valley, Sand to Snow National Monument

View from the Top of Murray Hill

Hiking in Palm Springs area

 

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