My toad, a 2017 Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback towed all four wheels down behind my motorhome, has turned me into a sightseeing tourist. For awhile, at least while just hanging out at the same campground in Tucson for five weeks, I questioned what category of RV traveler I was. Some possibilities included snow bird, vacationer, tourist, vagabond or maybe just a wanderer. But nearly 7000 miles later I am able to call myself a tourist, at least for this trip, although I have also been labeled as a vagabond by a dear friend.
During my journey this year, having a car with me has given me the opportunity to explore parts of the country I had never seen before. By taking day trips from my base campground, I found the freedom to explore more than almost any other road trip I’ve taken during my life.
My travels have taken me through Texas Hill Country, the deserts of the Southwest, the coast and interior of California, the coast and interior of Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, back through the Texas panhandle and eventually I will get back to my current home base of Clarence NY.
Some highlights of these day trips include the following: Canyon Lake & the Rio Guadalupe River in Texas, Mt Lemmon in the Coronado National Forest, Organ Pipe National Monument, Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley, various State Parks along the coast of Oregon, City of Rocks National Preserve in Idaho, Mirror Lake Scenic Highway though the Uinta Mountains, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, Goblin Valley State Park, and many other places, just not as acclaimed.
Additionally I have been able to pursue my passion of finding local breakfast joints and a few lunch and dinner places and maybe even a dive bar, some great and others not so much. As I’ve said in previous posts, these small locally owned establishments often are a slice of Americana highlighting what makes the area special.