Travel Day and A Big Decision!

Monday, December 10, 2018

6:00 a.m.

I took Charlie and Truman on our last early morning walk through the Jekyll Island Campground.  It was breezy and a chilly 43°.  I had come to love this place and really soaked in the trees and festive campsites!  

10:30 a.m.

We were finally ready to head out and drive 4 1/2 hours north.  It took a while to sweep off all the pine needles from the RV!  

We hated to say good-bye to Jekyll Island and the ocean!  It made it easier since it was a gray, chilly day.

Even though we had to drive almost 5 hours, it was an easy drive.  We mostly saw pine trees with a few cotton fields here and there.

Those white specs is not snow but cotton!  Some fields were already harvested but some were still waiting.  

We stopped at a truck stop along the way to take the dogs for a walk and use the restroom.  We had packed sandwiches and other snacks to eat along the way.

3:30 p.m.

We pulled into our campground for the next two nights - Lake Oconee/Greensboro KOA.  We originally were going to camp closer to Atlanta for three nights but people scared us away with their stories of the horrible traffic and the winter storm kept us one extra night at Jekyll Island.  Now we just have Tuesday to look around before we head further north to Vogel State Park.  

5:30 p.m.

After getting set up and talking the dogs for a walk around the large campground next to a pretty lake, we settled in for the evening.  I fixed BBQ chicken, fried potatoes, and green beans inside the RV.  It was rainy and cold outside. 

Here's a breakdown of our costs for Monday:

So you may be wondering - what's the Big Decision?!

For the past week, Clinton and I have been thinking about our future travel plans.  Originally the plan was to travel pretty much continuously over the course of the next two or three years, camping in every state.  We were scheduled to cover Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana from January-April and then leave for Alaska after a few weeks at home. 

We have decided to postpone our trip south and stay home until our trip to Alaska.  There are two main reasons why we are doing this:

  1. We want to make the trip to Alaska the best it can be.  We want to be ready in all ways - emotionally and physically (not tired from the road) and financially.  
  2. Our nephew and his wife are expecting their first child in March - we were still going to be on the road when this happened - it's been a long time since there was a baby in the family and we hated to miss it.  
So we are going to stay home, get side jobs, and get ready for Alaska!  I have lots of content I haven't worked on yet from our trip through Tennessee, North and South Carolina, and Georgia.  I plan on sharing this information throughout the time we are home so we can keep Happy Camper Life alive.  

At first, it was very hard to make this decision.  It affects our son and his wife as well, as they were living in our house back home.  But in the end, we know this is the best decision.  I recently read the following quote:

Our journeys are less about destinations and more about the lessons we learn while we work at getting there.

We have learned above all else to be flexible and enjoy life's unexpected turns and not be in a rush to get there.    

We have a few more days to explore and enjoy Georgia before we spend a night in Tennessee and then a night with my sister in Paducah, KY.  

Until then - stay happy Campers!

Michele and Clinton


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