On January 2, 2018 we fled a frigid winter in Maine and headed south. We drove through New Jersey and Virginia before veering west to Tennessee to visit friends. After that we visited New Orleans and Texas.

At Brownsville, Texas, we were denied the Temporary Import Permit–which would allow us to drive past the free/border zone in Mexico–due to the registration of our van. We sulked for a while and then re-grouped and decided to travel the U.S.

First we explored South Texas, hitting Corpus Christi and then Padre Island National Seashore. Afterwards we spent a week at Big Bend National Park. From there we explored White Sands National Monument, City of Rocks and the Gila Cliff Dwellings New Mexico. Then we headed to Arizona where we went to the Renaissance Faire, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park. From there we explored Carlsbad Caverns, visited family in Dallas, TX, tried our hand at Crater of Diamonds and lastly, Hot Springs National Monument.

After that we were headed back home. First we stopped off to visit cruising friends in Tennessee and North Carolina, before hitting the mid-Atlantic states to brush up on some history. Then we hit the Northeast, after visiting some cousins.


And that was it, our road trip in three months.