We’ve been on the road nearly four months. Time to look back at the most and least useful items in the van, camping costs, and more.
How Red Delicious Has Changed
Here are a few more reflections for you, plus…photos!
States Visited So Far: 11
- New Mexico
- Mississippi (doesn’t really count since we only stopped for lunch)
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
Campsite & Shelter Costs: $969/month on average
Definitely beats our mortgage, but still much higher than we’d like. It’s an average of ~$31/night, which is high for campsites but low for Airbnbs — both of which are included in the calculation.
We also got motel rooms when the weather was predicted to be in the 20s and when Holly started to go downhill, which messes with the numbers a bit. Every month has gotten cheaper because we learned to:
- Avoid pricey private campgrounds
- Find motels without pet fees, like Red Roof Inn
- Book Airbnbs at a weekly, not nightly, rate
Still haven’t camped in a Walmart parking lot. Maybe we will soon.
- Swamp Rabbit Trail (Greenville, SC)
- The Bywater (Asheville, NC)
- Manatees at Blue Spring State Park (Orange City, FL)
- Best chiles rellenos at Mando’s (Marfa, TX)
- Best barbecue at Malson’s (Kingsland, GA) and The Salt Lick (Driftwood, TX)
- Favorite Airbnb (Asheville, NC) – Update: These folks are no longer running their Airbnb – sorry!
- Awe-inspiring views at Organ Pipe National Monument (Ajo, AZ)
Smiling faces, beautiful places
Chris looking out over Lake Keowee
South Carolina sunset
Red Delicious at dusk
Mirror maze we stumbled into in downtown Greenville, SC
Gathering firewood after an afternoon at work on our laptops
Falls Park in downtown Greenville, SC
The Swamp Rabbit Trail
Me, in a rare moment of cooking
Sulphur Springs Trail in Paris Mountain State Park