Our Present to Tigger.
As you have seen in our photos of TIGGER, we put SNWFLKE on a flat bed trailer, which we call The SLED, to limit the wear and tear on our Land Rover. After 7 years of pulling The SLED (both Merlin and Tigger) with some 87,000 miles, we decided to make life a little easier for Tigger (and definitely us!) and bought an aluminium trailer by ALUMA which is much lighter (some 1,500 lbs).
Of course the change had nothing to do with the fact that the two ramps that SNWFLKE used to get up on the trailer weighed about 40 pounds each. Funny how 40 pounds seems much heavier now than it used to. The new trailer tips at the back so that SNWFLKE can drive right on and then settles back to level. We know TIGGER will appreciate this when we are next climbing mountains. And for us no more Heavy Lifting!
And that is all there is to it! Going to need a new picture for the Header now!
We have now a good understanding of what is achievable for the rest of this disrupted year.
We believe this will keep us safe and well, but we can only hope.
We trust you are all keeping safe and healthy as COVID-19 appears to be rearing it’s ugly head again across the World.
We also still have Alaska in our sights for 2021 – keeping our fingers crossed.
Here is a link to our plan https://fulltimervingwiththekings.com/2020-destinations/
It is so hard to believe that we have been living this dream for 6 years now. And what adventures we have had.
Just for fun, we have tallied up what we have been doing:
- 81,016 miles in the RVs and the Sled (our flat bed trailer) has followed behind
- 12,823 Gallons of Diesel
- 71,909 miles in our Land Rover Snowflake
- 3,478 Gallons of Petrol
Places visited only count if we have stayed overnight in the motorhome:
- 11 Provinces/Territories
- 45 States out of the lower 48 and Alaska
- 274 Campground stays (including multiple separate stays at some; does not include stays at RV Service shops, or with friends and family)
- 38 Walmart stays (great and safe way to break up a long drive)
- 67 National Parks (NPS)
- 10 Parks Canada Parks
- about 30 State Parks as well as county parks.
Places we love and have/will return to:
Banff NP (Lake Louise); Jasper NP; Churchill, Manitoba; Gaspé Peninsula, QC; Cape Breton, Kouchibouguac NP, NB; Newfoundland; Osoyoos and the Okanagan, BC.
Alaska; Oregon Coast; Washington Coast, The Palouse, WA; Death Valley NP, Yosemite NP, CA; Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, WY; Bozeman, MT; Southwest Idaho; Custer City and Park, SD; The Great Salt Lake, UT; The Grand Canyon NP (north & south rim), Monument Valley, Patagonia Lake State Park, Tucson, Whitewater Draw, Benson Area, AZ; Fort De Soto County Park, Everglades NP, the Florida Keys, FL; Great Smoky Mountains NP, TN and NC.
A few places we didn’t stay or will not return to:
Canada Glacier Park, BC; Northwest Territories; Vancouver Island, BC; New Orleans, LA; South Padre Island, TX.
We love finding “new-to-us” bird species – like the Elegant Trogan or finding adult wildlife with their young (they’re all cute!) – like Bison red dogs. Mother Nature continually astounds us with birds in their breeding plumage or the protective behaviors of wildlife.
Of course we love taking Tigger to see family and friends in Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, Florida and New Jersey. And we have had many wonderful trips to see family and friends in the UK. We even squeezed in a visit to Italy.
When we began this we talked about being nomads for 10 years and then reassessing – and we are still saying that – another 10 years and then we will reassess.
Our traveling companions: