Wowza. Come May of 2023, we'll begin our fourth year as full-time RV nomads. It both seems like we are just getting started and that we've been doing this forever.
When we sold our house and bought a 5th wheel in 2020, we were pretty sure that a nomadic full-time RV lifestyle would suit us. Now we can't imagine living any other way.
If you're curious about where we've been so far, you can view our 2021 and 2022 travel schedules here.
Also, check out our Travel Journal about the places we've been, recommendations for things to do and see in those areas, and the reality of RV living and full-time travel.
If you're curious about what a year of full-time RV life looks like, here's a breakdown of all the places we'll travel to in 2023.
After spending the holidays in Colorado, we'll be headed for warmer weather in January! There are several Texas beaches on the Gulf of Mexico with hard-packed sand that allow boondocking right on the beach.
Our plan is to spend January on some or all of these beaches:
February and March
After spending a week at an RV park in Galveston, TX, we'll move to Louisiana for the rest of February and March. Here's where we'll be staying:
Burns Point on the Cajun Coast. This campground is "no-frills" but off the beaten path and right on the water.
Fairview-Riverside State Park near Covington and about an hour from New Orleans.
Lincoln Parish Park near Arcadia, LA.
Hernando Point Campground is right next to Arkabutla Lake and just 40 minutes outside of Memphis.
Cochiti Campground in New Mexico is situated on the Pueblo de Cochiti Indian Reservation. The campground is about 40 minutes outside of Santa Fe and close to a couple of New Mexico State Parks.
Navajo State Park is in Colorado just past the New Mexico border. The park includes portions of Navajo Reservoir Extends which extends 20 miles south into New Mexico.
In May, we'll split our time at campgrounds close to both of our daughters and the rest of our family in Colorado.
Lavern M Johnson Park in Lyons, Colorado has been our Colorado home base since we moved into our 5th wheel. It's close to our oldest daughter, most of our extended family, and the friends we made during the 44 years we lived in Colorado.
Our youngest daughter lives in the Colorado mountain ski town of Keystone Colorado. Lake Dillion is nearby with several beautiful campgrounds surrounding it. This year, we'll spend a couple of weeks at Heaton Bay Campground.
We discovered Woodhead Recreation Area in Idaho on a motorcycle ride a couple of years ago and have been wanting to return to camp there ever since. The campground is located in Hells Canyon right on the banks of the Snake River. The area has zero cell service, but thanks to our Starlink satellite internet connection, we get to spend a couple of weeks there this year.
Riverside RV Park in Riggins, Idaho is a small park right along the Salmon River. We were fortunate enough to snag one of the few sites large enough for our RV thanks to a cancelation!
Riggins is known as Idaho's whitewater capital and our campsite is right on the water.
You might be picking up on a theme here... we really love being next to the water! In 2021 we spent 3 weeks at Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Northern Washington and it continues to be one of our all-time favorite parks. The park is located on the Skagit river and it's where we fell in love with kayaking.
We are so excited to be returning this year!
August and September
Our plans for August are undecided at this moment. Our youngest daughter graduates this month, so we'll fly to Colorado to celebrate with her but those dates and details are still being worked out.
Here's where we'll be in September:
Oostema Farmstead is a working farm in northern Washington just 5 miles south of the Canadian border.
The small family-owned farm includes 9 RV sites, a handful of tent sites, and a setting unlike anything we've experienced so far.
Allen's Bar Campground is an open boondocking space on the Olympic Peninsula along the Hoh river in Forks, Washington.
We've read that the area can be busy sometimes, so we're keeping our fingers crossed for plenty of room to park in September!
October, November, and December
There is a possibility that our daughters will be moving to the Seattle area in late 2023, so we're parking ourselves here just in case. If plans change, as plans are want to do, we'll adjust.
But for now, the plan is to spend the last three months of the year at Lake Pleasant RV Park in Bothell, Washington.
We spent a couple of weeks at Lake Pleasant in 2021 and are excited to go back. Bothell is about 40 minutes from downtown Seattle and the park itself is a haven in the middle of suburban sprawl. Even though the park sits in the middle of suburbia it includes a wildlife habitat and small lake filled with fish and waterfowl. It's incredible.