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Our Second Year RVing

Our Second Year RVing

Our second Year RVing was 2006. We wintered in Southern California and southwestern Arizona. Then we moved up through Arizona as April started and then on to South Dakota. We spent April through July at the Hart Ranch RV Resort. Then a quick trip to Ohio to check on our oldest son Steve’s health, and then back out west to Arizona for the winter. We flew to Maryland to spend the Christmas holidays with our younger son Matt.

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Joshua Tree National Park

We loved our stay in and around Joshua Tree National Park. The California high desert along with the huge rock formations and the Joshua trees themselves were all awesome.

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Quartzite, AZ RV Show

This was our first visit to the Quartzite RV show. We boondocked there with friends from Escapees RV Club Chapter 36. We had a super time and have made several trips back over the years.

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Our Campsite at Quartzite

Julian, CA and San Diego, CA

Julien is named the Apple capital of California and it is aptly named. We spent a nice afternoon with friends at Mom’s Apple Pie shop there. Then we camped near San Diego and did a whale watch cruise along with a San Diego harbor cruise. We also went to the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park. Awesome!

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at the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park
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The line to get in Mom’s Apple Pie

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Jerome, AZ and Sedona, AZ

We have moved on to Arizona’s Verde Valley where we went to the Tuzigoot National Nonument and then up to Sedona and the Red Rocks Park. Kathy and I also toured Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona.

Williams, AZ and the Grand Canyon Railway

Our main goal of 2006 was to see the Grand Canyon and we did it in style. We took the Grand Canyon Railway train up to the canyon and then back to Williams, AZ.

Hart Ranch and the Black hills of SD

2006 once again found us workamping at the Hart Ranch RV Resort near Rapid Cikty, SD. We received a spring surprise there when 6 inches of show fell on our second day in the park. The Iron Mountain road was the focus of an entire day exploring in the Custer State Park. June found us at the Wild Horse Sanctuary, a very worthwhile tour.

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Spring surprise at our campsite at Hart Ranch

Black Hills Tour

I think an area tour is a most worthwhile thing to do in a new to you area. We took a Black Hills area tour that included: a movie set from Dancing with Wolves, the Spearfish Canyon scenic drive, the South Dakota Western Heritage Museum, the Homestake Gold mine, Deadwood, SD with it’s cemetery named Mount Moriah.

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Wrapping up 2006

We had to leave the Black hills sudenly to see our son Steve in Ohio who was diagnosed with a serious cancerous disease that turned out to be Cat Scratch Fever. Then we scooted back out west to Arizona for the winter with a quick plane trip to Maryland to do Christmas with our other son.

Author: John Huggins

John is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded the job for the RV adventure in early 2005. Kathy has held jobs in the medical office arena as well as raising two sons. We now have 5 grand children and one great grand child.We have done much volunteer work since hitting the road including working at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, Texas. We also are registered Red Cross disaster volunteers, and served in a Hurricane Katrina shelter in San Antonio, Texas.Our connection to Sarasota started in 1995 when John was transferred from New Jersey to work for Electro Corporation, later to become a division of Honeywell. He retired in 2004 and we bought our motorhome and hit the road.We are life members of the Escapees RV Club, as well as members of Good Sam Club and Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA). We hold campground memberships in Thousand Trails, RPI, and Passport America. Our home park is Hart Ranch in Rapid City, SD.Lately, we have worked in campgrounds in PA, IL, SD, AZ, and FL.Nowadays, we have become podcasters, broadcasting our show, Living the RV Dream on the internet. We also have this blog we are having fun with. Check out our Books page for our books on RVing and Workamping.