April 5-6, 2017
The trip from Florida to Pa was a breeze. The weather was nice and sunny and traffic was moderate. We spent the night at a Wal-Mart, which was a first for us. We wondered what it would be like and actually it wasn’t bad at all. We could walk Heidi in the large grassy area that was close to where we parked. There was also a gas station in the shopping center, which made it convenient for filling up the next morning.
On April 6th we pulled into our driveway in the late afternoon. What a good feeling to see our home again! The grass was bright green and not overly tall, so we arrived home just in time. It was a pleasure watching Heidi’s reaction as she checked out the entire yard and was equally excited to go inside!
As we were unpacking, she jumped back into Minnie and settled in her bed. It was as if she were saying you’re not leaving me behind! We have unpacked the camper many times and she has never done that before, so we were quite surprised. Maybe she thought we were heading on down the road again because that’s what we had been doing the last 3 months!!!!
Overall our house was in good shape, except for a couple of large trees that came down in our wooded lot; just another thing to add to the to-do list.
Here are some statistics about the trip.
- Total Mileage: 8,785 miles
- MPG: 10
- Total days: 87 days
- Nights of Paid Camping: 43 (average cost is $21.63 per night)
- Nights of Free Camping: 44
- Camping Expenses: $951.00
- Gas Expense: $2,236.75
- Eating Out : $821.88
- Groceries – $1060.50
- Dog Food: $278.29 (cost includes many treats!)
The average cost for gas and lodging is $36.64 per day for the 87 days.
The average cost for food, including eating out is $21.64 per day.
That’s not bad at all. We ended up spending about the same as if we would have stayed home, so basically the vacation was a wash! We really like the idea of simple traveling and living. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun. It feels good to be out in nature, doing the things you love, hiking and exploring what lies ahead. We made quite a few friends on this trip and that was an unexpected bonus!
Until next time, Happy Camping!