Hard to believe I have already been here in Bend for more than three weeks. I actually have less than a week before I start my Southward travel. Other than being in San Diego, this is the first time I have actually picked one city and spent an entire month. Bend is an incredible place to stay, there is so much to do. October is really considered out of season, as evidenced by the rate here at Crown Villa RV Resort being less than half of the peak season rate. This is really the first time I have stayed in such fancy place. All the sites are huge and you
actually park on paver bricks. Each site has a block storage unit large enough for bikes and about anything else you may have. All the connections are also placed behind a nice block wall as well. They pick up trash and recycling from the sites each day and keep the place up perfectly. If there is any downside, it is that I am not able to get satellite reception from my site (first world problems). But, they do have cable with a ton of channels so it has not really been a big deal, other than really missing my DVR for pausing.
I’ve had the chance to spend time with friends, both old and new. Several other fulltime travelers are actually choosing to settle down for a while in Bend. Easy to see why, the vibe here is amazing. With my friends Dave and Shannon of 2Wanderaway having Bend as their home base I was able to overlap for a few weeks with them. Having lived in Bend for many years, they have been an amazing resource for feeling like a local. They filled me in on all the locals nights and best places to eat. Within a couple days I already felt like I had been here for weeks. It is cool to get to know a town a little more in depth by spending an extended period of time. I can pretty much get around anywhere (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Feels strange to be actually sitting and writing again. We have been in Phoenix, aside from a few little side trips, since October 13th!! Both Toni and I are a bit stir crazy (okay maybe alot stir crazy) but it has been a productive winter. While we were aware that we would be in Phoenix several months, we underestimated how long it would feel. After nearly two years of fairly constant motion, to be stationary this long just re-enforces that we love being on the road.
Our primary reason for the long stay was some medical work we have had planned for Toni for several years. I am happy to report that she is recovering very well and on the tail end of rehab. While it will not be until mid-February that we truly have the string cut and we are free, our anticipation for departure is becoming pretty intense. One of the things we like about or nomadic lifestyle is that we can deal with about any situation.
So what have we been up to in Phoenix, wow, it had been crazy. Of course we have been able to spend some quality time with friends and family and it has been amazing. Being on the road (more…)by Kurt Kuhl