Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Wanderers are Home!

We're home. We had so much fun traveling in the trailer and exploring options for post-retirement that I'm not 100% happy to be home. ::snort::
F 84

We drove yesterday and spent the night at Edwards AFB. Their fam camp was still full - and stays that way. That's fine. We spent another night in overflow and only had to pay $5.00 - sure beats $200 - $300 for two hotel rooms.  It was COLD and WINDY - but we had fun exploring some planes anyway.

F 111 - Aardvark

Today we drove on home. We'd been warned about all from Southern CA who would be driving north. We totally forgot about that was foggy - dense fog - and raining over the Tehachapi pass. That was a bit tense.

The rest of the day was uneventful until just after Sacramento.

BreAnne called about then. Travel days are great days for talking on the phone, as I don't feel guilty "just sitting." ::grin::

Cost Comparison of 12 Day trip to TX:
Without the Trailer - $5,474.16
Food - 2x a day - $1440
Gas - $734.16 (13 mpg)
Lodging - (2 rooms per night) $3,300.00

Pulling the Trailer - $2,272.93
Food - 1x a day - $770; plus a trip to the grocery store to replenish milk and fruit
Gas - $1321.43 (7.5 mpg)
Lodging - $181.50 (11 nights at RV Parks)

I always budget 5K for our family to travel to TX. We saved a total of $3,201.23. If we'd been driving a diesel RV the trip would have cost $1439.42 - assuming 13 mpg. 

We discovered on this trip Michael and I had a different picture of what "moving into the trailer" looked like. I imagine parking in Crescent City and living for 6 months. He imagines traveling - and staying a week or so when we find a place we want to explore or stopping in on family for a couple weeks at a time.  Very different picture. ::grin::