Its onerous to consider its been a month since our First Month RVing replace, and two months since we set out on this journey. Truly, its been over 2 months as a result of this submit is a bit overdue! That is what our route appeared like this month:
We tried to decelerate a bit this month, and regardless that we aren’t touring as nice of distances now, we nonetheless appear to be on the transfer A LOT. This is because of a mixture of elements, however principally as a result of the quantity of individuals with RV’s nowadays is astounding and there simply aren’t sufficient campgrounds to accommodate all of them (enterprise concept?). Discovering a spot for longer than Four-5 days at a time has proved almost unattainable. A minimum of for now in these summer time months and never reserving far prematurely.
The opposite cause is as a result of discovering good Wifi continues to be a problem, even with our cell booster, and that work-life stability we have been hoping to seek out RVing is proving harder than we anticipated. This is the reason this web site hasn’t been up to date a lot since we left, and why we’re two months behind in posting movies on YouTube. The journey updates take the again burner as we’re having a tough time simply maintaining with our actual work.
That being stated, I’m nonetheless maintaining with our bills and making an attempt to observe them extra intently. I used to be very optimistic that month 2 was going a lot better on the price range aspect of issues, particularly contemplating we camped totally free for 1/2 of the month. I figured I might do one other recap of this month’s bills and what we acquired as much as (and tons of images in fact).
- 1 Henry’s Lake State Park, Yellowstone, & Grant Tetons
- 2 Apgar Campground, Glacier Nationwide Park
- 3 Jim & Mary’s RV Park, Missoula MT
- 4 Little Diamond Thousand Trails, Spokane & Couer d’Alene
- 5 Leavenworth RV Campground (Thousand Trails)
- 6 Boondocking in Okanogan-Wenatchee Nationwide Forest
- 7 Mount Vernon, WA – San Juan Islands – North Cascades
- 8 RVing Expenses: Month 2
Henry’s Lake State Park, Yellowstone, & Grant Tetons
We started month two tenting at Henry’s Lake State Park in Idaho. The park is definitely solely 17 miles to West Yellowstone so made an excellent base for exploring the world. Clearly, we didn’t guide forward for Yellowstone and I used to be actually anxious about taking our probability at a first-come-first-serve website within the park, contemplating the crowds. I additionally knew that cell reception can be out of the query.
Once I got here throughout Henry’s Lake throughout my analysis, I used to be fairly excited. We had a water-electric website (the complete hook-up websites have been booked) with one of the best views of the lake. Even higher, our Verizon protection was wonderful. We first booked 5 nights on the park, however ended up extending to eight nights complete. That is the longest we’ve stayed anyplace on this journey thus far.
We had lots of rain whereas we have been right here, which actually simply gave us a lot wanted time to make amends for work. We spent some days within the camper, and different days we headed into West Yellowstone the place we discovered loads of cozy espresso outlets to heat up and peck away on the laptops.
We entered the park on 2 totally different days once we had some sunshine. Yellowstone was lovely – there isn’t a denying that. However we each agreed that the crowds, tour buses and visitors jams within the park actually took away from the enjoyment. To be trustworthy, we had extra enjoyable exploring outdoors of the park AND noticed extra wildlife outdoors the park as properly.
We have been going to go to Grand Teton Nationwide Park with the camper, however as a result of we have been having fun with our keep at Henry’s Lake a lot, we determined to only make a day journey as an alternative. Grand Tetons have been PHENOMENAL. We loved it excess of we did Yellowstone. The panorama is completely mesmerizing.
Campground value: $29/night time
Apgar Campground, Glacier Nationwide Park
Grant Tetons truly turned our favourite Nationwide Park, till we visited Glacier Nationwide Park that’s. That is in all probability the place we have been most excited to go to. Anybody I’ve ever heard speak about Glacier has had nothing however rave evaluations. And it did NOT disappoint!
We stayed contained in the park at Apgar Campground, which was a first-come-first-serve solely campground with no hookups. I used to be watching the supply on-line, and it wasn’t filling up till late within the day so I used to be fairly assured we might get a website. Additionally, the Going-to-the-Solar Street was opening in its entirety the day after we arrived (June 23, 2018) so we couldn’t have deliberate it extra completely. We arrived early within the day and located loads of campsites to select from, however it did refill later that night.
We stayed a complete of Four nights, and will have undoubtedly stayed longer had we had full hookups and/or cell reception. Glacier was busy – however once more – nothing like Yellowstone. Its additionally good that you simply don’t have to fret concerning the large tour buses clogging up the street as giant automobiles usually are not permitted. As an alternative you have got these…
Glacier Nationwide Park is one thing you must see for your self. It’s merely beautiful and the quantity of wildlife is unreal. We had good climate and an unimaginable time exploring. We nonetheless really feel like we didn’t make a dent in seeing every part that it has to supply.
Campground value: $20/night time
Jim & Mary’s RV Park, Missoula MT
We aren’t often a fan of RV parks, however typically its our solely selection. We needed to get the truck to the dealership for an oil change and new gasoline filter, so we would have liked to be close to the town. This little RV park was truly very nice and spacious and I can’t say a nasty factor about it, besides that it was undoubtedly probably the most we’ve spent on an evening of tenting to date! It didn’t assist that servicing the truck was over $300, making this a reasonably costly one-night journey to Missoula!
Campground value: $49/night time
Little Diamond Thousand Trails, Spokane & Couer d’Alene
We determined to utilize our Thousand Trails tenting cross, get in some free tenting and buckle down and work. We discovered this park proper over the border into Washington, about an hour from Coeur d’Alene, ID and 40 minutes from Spokane, WA. We figured this might be a very good base to relax out over the 4th of July and never have a lot of a plan. Sadly, we weren’t impressed with the campground and the cell reception, once more, was horrible. We spent our time driving into every of the 2 cities to hang around at espresso outlets, however finally, we determined to maneuver on after three nights.
Campground value: Free (with TT tenting move)
Leavenworth RV Campground (Thousand Trails)
There was one other Thousand Trails campground close to Leavenworth that would accommodate us for Four nights so we determined to go there. We fell in love with this space! Leavenworth is an cute, Bavarian-themed village nestled within the mountains of Washington. That they had loads of festivities happening for the 4th of July, which was a pleasant shock.
However the beautiful mountains and rivers within the space are what gained us over. The campground was undoubtedly one of many nicer Thousand Trails we stayed at. We scored a reasonably good website and it truly felt like tenting, in contrast to lots of their “campgrounds”. The cell reception there was virtually nonexistent, however the cozy lodge had wonderful Wifi so we hung on the market fairly a bit.
Campground value: Free (with TT tenting move)
Boondocking in Okanogan-Wenatchee Nationwide Forest
Because it was the weekend and discovering a campground appeared inconceivable, we determined to spend a pair nights boondocking within the Nationwide Forest close to Leavenworth. We managed to discover a good spot proper close to the river and had all of it to ourselves. Sadly, I needed to wake Charlie up on the primary night time after it seemed like one thing was making an attempt to interrupt into the RV. Seems it was an animal of some type, although we by no means might actually affirm what sort. Guess that may perpetually stay a thriller…
Campground value: FREE
Mount Vernon, WA – San Juan Islands – North Cascades
There are 12 Thousand Trails campgrounds in Washington so we tried to reap the benefits of the free tenting as a lot as potential. We headed to Mt Vernon for five nights, having no concept what we might do there. This ended up being an superior location to see lots of Washington websites. We made a day journey to the North Cascades Nationwide Park, which isn’t solely beautiful, however one of many least visited Nationwide Parks. The spotlight was undoubtedly these insanely beautiful turquoise waters of Diablo Lake.
We additionally took the truck on the ferry over to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. It wasn’t low cost for $80 roundtrip nevertheless it was the most effective days on our journeys solely for one cause: ORCAS! We went over there with the hopes of whale-watching however not likely eager to do a tour.
We drove to Lime Kiln Level State Park the place we sat up on the rocks by ourselves, and after an hour of no exercise, the Orcas confirmed up. For almost two hours we sat there watching the Orcas move, placing on a present for us. It was an enormous bucket listing merchandise for me, and felt so surreal watching them utterly within the wild.
Campground value: Free (with TT tenting cross)
Month two was completely unimaginable. The landscapes and wildlife we noticed and the experiences we had have been out of this world. We’re grateful to have the ability to do what we do. That being stated, let’s get again to the bills. I included the bills from our first month so you might see the comparability.
RVing Expenses: Month 2
As you’ll be able to see, month 2 doesn’t look too far off from the primary month. We camped without spending a dime half of the month, we did higher on groceries and fuel, and barely higher on eating out. Nevertheless, we spent almost $450 altering the oil and gasoline filter within the truck, buying a brand new battery for the trailer and patching a tire on the truck. These are bills that we didn’t actually plan on, however they needed to be finished and we knew stuff like this may come up ultimately. I actually hoped that this month can be higher (as in underneath $Four,000!) so was fairly disillusioned to see these numbers. However I need to hold it actual, as I actually assume it helps others which might be contemplating doing the identical see these numbers.
That being stated, I additionally need to stress how these numbers can change drastically relying on every individual’s way of life and priorities. Some individuals want to seek out free tenting each night time. Others aren’t making an attempt to work on the street so web will not be a precedence. Clearly meals prices can range drastically from one household to the subsequent. I attempt to provide the huge image of our way of life, how we RV and the way a lot we spend so you can also make your personal comparisons and conclusions.