What a year in 2011

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

As always, we try to wrap up the year with some facts and figures. What a year 2011 was! We started out at our Beaver Rally in Quartzite AZ, always a great gathering. We didn't do much after that, just bummed around AZ and CA. We didn't want to go to far East as we were planning the years BIG trip to Alaska. Suffice to say, May couldn't get here soon enough.

And when it did, hang on. 5 couples, 5 motorhomes and 3 dogs. Alaska here we come. We left Corning CA on on May 12th. This trip would encompass 101 days and almost 9,000 miles. We hope most of you who followed along with us enjoyed the trip. I will not rehash it all here but will just say it is a trip beyond belief. Grizzly bears in your campground? Black bears 5' from your motorhome door? Scenery beyond description. Glaciers, waterfalls and wild animals. Alaska is everything it is cracked up to be and more.

Back in the states in mid August we took our first break in Anacortes WA. Beautiful area. Since we had nowhere to be until late September we had time to explore sights in WA, ID and UT on our way to Albuquerque NM. Saw some beautiful sights along with some history (Lewis and Clark area - Red rocks in UT etc). These areas are always a treat for us.

In late Sptember we arrived in Albuquerque where we would help in co-hosting a Beaver Ambassador Club rally. It would ultimately be 51 motorhomes with a few friends mixed in the group. We had the best seat in the event by far. High up on a berm, front row. The entire festival (we were there two weeks) was visible through the windshield. It was truly an incredible sight. From there it was back West for family and friends. Truly a great year. We would travel in 8 states and 3 Canadian Provinces.

As always we met great people on the road. We almost always travel alone but the Alaska trip was with longtiime friends (and co-workers). What a treat. Sadly, as in any year, we lost way to many friends. It brings great sadness in what was otherwise a special year.

And now, since we always get questions like, OK how much does it cost? 2011 was considerely more expensive because of the Alaska trip. Stuff up there and in Canada is very expensive. We would spend $8802.47 on campgrounds for an average nightly cost of $24. The least expensive was $0 and the most was a patch of dirt at the Ballon Fest for $85 (not including a trip I (Ken) would take,  going to Nascar in Las Vegas with my man friends-$150 for a paved - dry camping- space). We would put 13,197 miles on the motorhome. We would purchase 1658 gallons of Diesel Fuel and with deductions for generator and Hydro-Hot use, get 7.95 MPG. Not bad for for 68' long and over 42,000 lbs. The highest cost we paid for Diesel was in the Yukon Territory, $5.29 per gallon, ouch. Our most expensive fillup was $459. Yea, I ran it pretty low that time. We drove the Silverado 15,194 miles. Clearly we don't sit around very much. To much to see and do.

Well, that about sums it up. We had a very good year. Our health continues to be good. So does the health of our families which allows us to continue on the road. We are very lucky people indeed.

And 2012? Well, in February it's off to Florida for 'Grapefruit league' spring training. The kids/granddaughters come in to Disney World for 9 days over their Sprign break . From there  we are off to spend Spring/Summer and some of the  Fall in the New England states. We are both very excited about this.

From us to you, have a great 2012. We'll keep you posted :)
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