This blog follows the travels of Pam and John Wright, two retired educators who sold their home in Pennsylvania and are traveling the country in their Fleetwood Discovery motor home with their Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in tow. Updates are on an irregular schedule as who can follow any schedule after doing it for all those years at school! Stop by when you can and leave a comment when you like.
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Well you will be glad to know that the Bryson’s communication is as good as ever… I learned today that your blog is up and running…only to find that my wife posted a comment over a week ago! You have taught us well…enjoy!
Bonnie sent the link to the SHS emails. Sandy sent the link to me. I really enjoyed reading your narrative and looking at the photos. I am looking forward to following more of your adventures.
I love metal detector boy 🙂
Hey Mr Wright,
I’ve finally gotten a chance to look at your blog. You and your wife seem to be staying busy. I hope you are enjoying your retirement (though I do miss my daily mint like I used to get). Stay wel and drive safely. I hope you are able to attend graduation this year! Take care.
Love your website!! Had a great time last night. Thanks for the lift.
Aptly named … sure looks like elephant knees.
Enjoyed meeting you guys in Tucson… we look forward to crossing paths in the future. York PA… small world!
Thank you for your blog. I hope to be doing exactly what you’re doing in a couple of years. My career in RV’s began in 1965 when, as a kid, my family first rented a Dodge Motor Home. I’ve had the bug ever since and I’d like to tell some stories from back then and also record new adventures in a very similar way to yours.
I especially appreciate your clear and intelligent writing (I am a writer). My overly disciplined mind has a hard time reading blogs that are not written well. Yours is a breath of fresh air. Thanks.
Hi John and Pam, your ID when commenting goes back to “no reply,” so I thought I’d share my reply to your comment about downloading with campground wi-fi here so that you know your concerns were addressed.
Rest assured that we do not stream/download with the campground wi-fi; we use our own 20GB internet package, which is almost always much faster than any other connections we have access to because we are able to boost the cell signal with our trucker’s antenna. It probably helps that hubby is usually downloading (or uploading) large files in the wee hours of the morning as he has yet to shake to pre-retirement 4:00a wake-up habit 😉 The standard def version of Argo, for example, took all of 5 minutes to download. It’s good to have the campground wi-fi to supplement our regular internet browsing when we are using our own GB for downloading. That said, this campground has no restrictions on streaming and downloading … this is because many of the campers here are students at the Air University, OTS, etc. and the wi-fi is designed accordingly. The only restriction is for “questionable content” … and we have to sign a statement that we won’t be visiting or downloading from such websites.
We are eager to follow your adventures. We have hike in Bryce Canyon but not Zion, and not this time of year. Your photos are gorgeous. Utah is on our all-time favorite list. 🙂
This is the perfect time for visiting Zion…temps in the low 60’s and few people. We are suppose to visit Bryce starting April 1 but it looks like it will be too cold and snowy. We may have to wait a few weeks.
Thanks for following our journey!
My pleasure and thanks for the information. 🙂
Having camped at Cadillac Ranch for several years and hiked Comb Ridge, ask at the RV Park Office for their guide to Hiking Comb Ridge. You won’t regret it. Have fun.
We didn’t even have to ask for information. The woman in the office asked us what we were planning to do. When we told her we were here to hike, she produced a map and pages of hiking ideas. She was so helpful. Looking forward to fun filled days of adventure. Thanks for the suggestion. John!
I think your pictures are spectacular. I came upon your blog via RVSue. You seem to do a lot of hiking. Looks like lots of fun. Tell me about the shoes. With all the hiking you do are they comfortable. I would think you need to have ankle support with all your climbing.
Thanks, Karen! We have done a ton of hiking over the last eight months. I am addicted to hiking out west. I do have boots with ankle support which I thought I really needed. But then I found the Merrells I wear and can’t wear anything else. They are so comfortable!! I haven’t had any trouble with them on the rocky canyons we have done.
Love the blog and reading about all your travel adventures. We are in the process of selling all of our belongings and moving out of our home to become full-timers in early September. So excited! Will definitely be a regular around here!
Thanks so much, Rachel! Glad to have you along:)
Have been following your blog for several months, love hearing about your travels. For a couple that is talking about going “semi full-time”, need to know one thing. What type of inflatable kayak do you have.
I’ll send you an email.
Hello John and Pam, I saw your blog listed on another site and knew you must be teachers. I retired from teaching in June 2013. We sold our house in November, ordered a Winnebago Via 25P, and are living in a home on the shore of Lake Michigan until it is ready. We sold almost everything, downsizing after 23 years in the same home. We will be towing a Jeep Wrangler Sahara. Skipper, our 12 year old golden retriever, will also be traveling with us. We have been reading blogs looking for info on finding campgrounds. Our youngest daughter created a blog for us as a Christmas gift. We are fine tuning it before posting it. I look forward to reading about your adventures. Connie
Thanks, Connie! We look forward to your blog. Let us know when it is up and running.
Isn’t it wonderful to be retired! We love every minute of our life on the road.
I’ve just discovered your adventures. Look forward to reading more and discovering what it’s like to live in a motorhome – which is my plan after Spring 2014. Exciting times! Nancy
Welcome, Nancy! Thanks for joining our journey!
We’ve been living in our motorhome for three and half years. We are enjoying every minute. It is a wonderful life style.
Hello Pam & John, It’s great to read about your adventures. Thanks for sharing. We aren’t retired yet but we have purchased a motorhome and a 2013 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited. Here comes the help question: We take short trips and find that the Jeep has a very stiff steering wheel when turning tight corners or turning quickly from one direction to another on curves. Have you ever experienced that problem. We use to tow a Jeep Liberty with no problems. Thanks for the feedback. Keep enjoying life. Debra
Debra, I sent an email to you.
Hi! I really enjoy reading your blog so I am nominating you for the LIebster Award Details here http://seizethedayrvadventure.com/2014/03/24/liebster-blog-award/
Happy New Year Pam and John! I love your Christmas tradition… a different place each year with a campground and airport nearby. Your sunset photo is gorgeous… We haven’t been back to that area since the early seventies when my sister lived in Chula Vista. I love the Hotel Del and it was good to see your photos of it. Take care you two!!
Thanks, Holly for your kind words:)
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Hi Ron here from http://www.hitchitch.com We have added your site.
Pam… I did not know you were a retired teacher! So am I! I taught Pre School for 20 years… and other age groups before that. But PreSchool was my love! I taught in OHIO but I was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and raised in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. So where are you from in Pennsylvania?? I love your blog and am off to catch up as I have been in Utah as well and need to do some posts!
By the way… isn’t retired life fabulous?? NO more lesson plans!! 🙂 🙂
I love what you two are doing; I truly think there is no better way to grow than in traveling and meeting/interacting with as great a variety of person as you can (although I’m sure you two would know that having been educators your whole lives). Can’t wait to read about your adventures.
Thanks, Darcy, for joining us:) We do live a wonderful life and have seen so many amazing places and met very interesting people.
Just started following your blog after another blogger (sorry, dont remember who) mentioned you in their blog (I believe you just met up with them) and sparked our interested when they mentioned you were “jeep lovers” and we are jeep lovers also and looking forward to hitting the road soon. I was wondering if you have blogged any places you possibly have went trail riding or anything along those lines with you jeep. If you could tell me which blog posts to look at. I hope to read through as many as possible, but dont want to miss any you have especially done with the jeep. Thanks so much, enjoyed reading the first blog you just emailed me, looked like a great time. Especially enjoyed the owls. Thanks.
Hi, Kim! Thanks for joining us:) We have written so many blog posts on our Jeep adventures. We have a stock Jeep Wrangler Sport so we don’t do any of the trails in Moab for the tricked out Jeeps but believe me, there are plenty of very cool roads and trails for us out west. If you look at our posts from Sedona, Moab, Death Valley, and Anza Borrego SP you’ll see many neat Jeep trips. Many times our Jeep just gets us to trailheads that we want to hike. We have been to Anza Borrego SP several different years and that is where we have had the most fun. This area is loaded with drives through the wash. Many hiking trails require the Jeep just to get to the trailhead. Moab is Jeep central. There are so many trails for all levels of Jeeping. Some crazy things go on there:)
If you get to Billings, Montana, be sure to drive through Crazy Woman Canyon in your Jeep.
Love your blog, but only one picture has load since Dec 14th.
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I was wondering if I could use your rattlesnake photo from Hovenweep on Hovenweep’s facebook page. I’m the Ranger that jumped 3 feet when it rattled. I would use your name as a photo credit. Please email me and let me know and your name as you want credited. Thanks.
We are replying on behalf of a small group (three senior couples) of retired teachers who accidentally came across your blog while planning a trip to the eastern Grand Circle of northern Arizona and southern Utah. Having just recently signed up for your blog because Moab will be our base for four days exploring Canyonlands NP, Dead Horse Point SP and Arches NP.
Now that you are headed back to Torrey (we’ll be there for four nights and in Escalante for three) while exploring SB12/Grand Staircase-Escalante NP and Capitol Reef NP. So, we wanted to ask if you have any archived links to especially the scenic backways of GSENM, Capitol Reef NP and even Goblin Valley SP and Little Wild Horse/Bell slot canyons?
Thanks for your time and cooperation. We look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.
Thanks for your comment, Les and Jill. I sent a lengthy reply to your email address. Let me know if you didn’t get it and I’ll resend it.
I’m enjoying your blog. My husband and I are also traveling I 10 right now. We’re going a little slower. We have been taking 3 month winter trips, but hope to make it to full time soon.
Thanks so much, Deni! It is great to have you along. The ever changing weather kept us moving swiftly across Texas. We are meeting friends Feb 1 in Naco, AZ so we didn’t want the weather to delay us too far from our destination. Enjoy your winter! This is an amazing lifestyle.
Hi. I just subscribed on the recommendation of my brother-in-law, another retired educator who has a lot of time exploring National Parks and Monuments. I would find it really helpful if you could somehow include on your blog a map showing your travels or an annotation to the month-by-month list of entries showing the areas visited during that month so we newcomers could jump to a specific part of the country to see your experiences…. probably a lot to ask, but… Keep up the good work!
Thanks, John! A map would be great and my husband tried. It is very involved to add a map and use it when working with Word Press. So…we don’t have a map. But if you put a location in the search box, it will take to the area if we have been there. We have been to every state at some point (except CT and RI), the Maritime Provinces, Ontario, and Alberta. Hope that helps you a little:)
We recently sold our home and furniture in a matter of hours. Thankfully, we had just bought a 5th wheel RV. We won’t be retiring for 14 more months. We’re living in our RV in Ogden, Utah until then and then we’ll be hitting the road. We’re following several blogs deciding where we want to go, places to stay and things to do. (We love your blog site name!) I notice that you sometimes stay at County Fairgrounds. How do you find these campgrounds at the county fairgrounds?? I don’t seem to have any luck in reseaching this. No hurry for a response as we’re not going anywhere for 14 months! Thanks, Bob and Leanne Hendricks
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Thanks so much! We are glad that you are enjoying our blog:)
Mary and I have enjoyed your travels for years, and have visited some of the adventure places you write about.
We are concerned because no new entry since October 2018? Are things OK?
Best Regards, Thank you, and Merry Christmas!
Mary and Lee
Thanks so much for your concern. All is well and we will return to blogging shortly. Since we bought the house, we have been mainly enjoying the novelty of the new location and entertaining many visitors. We’ll be heading back out on the road for January.
Thank you for the update! We feel better now! Cheers!
Mary and Lee
Thanks again for missing us. Merry Christmas!