Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
~ Rachel Carson ~
5,566 Miles in 49 Days. National Parks Sites Visited: 12
Trip Costs$236 per week.
My target was $225/week. Depending on gas prices, I think I can easily achieve that in the future.
For one thing, I won't be spending $67 at a gift shop again. That happened at McDonald Observatory and, trust me, I could have spent more. I still regret not getting the 300-piece solar system jigsaw puzzle. But, seriously, that slip really affected my average cost.
Shockingly, gasoline accounted for 72% of my expenses. I really can't do much about that, other than stay home. The most I paid per gallon was $3.45 and the least was $2.99. Fortunately, the GDB mileage continues to improve and is now at 14.6 MPG (compared to 13.4 MPG when I bought it).
I spent $288 in campground fees over 12 nights. Now that I'm comfortable camping for free, I will not likely spend that much in the future. An exception to that would be if the weather is hot and I need A/C.
BTW, I did not count groceries or small cash purchases as I would have had those expenses even at home.
White Sands National Monument
Shrimp and Grits at the Blowfly Inn in Gulfport, MS
Migas at Casa Garcia in Austin, TX
Boudin and Biscuits at Frank's in Baton Rouge, LA
(Honorable Mention: Charbroiled Cheeseburger at the Ft. Davis Drugstore in Ft. Davis, TX)
Visiting with Sharon (twice!)
The Rubber Tramp Rendevous
Coffee with the Good Luck Ducks
I wouldn't have changed anything. Well, except the mouse in the house - that was no fun.
I was able to travel the way I prefer with frequent location changes based on a loose itinerary of touring National Park sites. And, thankfully, I learned an enormous amount about traveling and living in the GDB.
I'm busy planning my next trip in late Spring. It's an ambitious one - so far, I have 15 NP sites on my list!