2018/2019 Snowbird Wrap-Up

Our year south started off with rainy, foggy weather.

We have been home for four weeks and have had fun catching up with family and friends, made a trip to Edmonton to visit our two sons and family, done numerous loads of laundry, and lot’s of little chores. In the next few weeks we will start washing Maxx both inside and out, and clean out cupboards and storage bays.

But after a few days the weather cleared up and we had a nice drive down the Washington and Oregon coasts.

Without a doubt the highlight of this winter’s travel was our trip to the Cook Islands! Hubby and I had so much fun and can’t say enough good things about the islands and the people. While tourism is a big economic driver to their economy the thing that impressed us the most is how little that affected island life. The locals made us feel very welcome but they were not going to build massive resorts, restaurants, and gift shops to cater to tourists … and we loved that! The island is so laid back and relaxing, definitely worth a visit.

Happy hour views don’t get much better than this!

Coming in for a landing over Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Over the past six months:

  • We only travelled through five states (Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Nevada), way down from the thirteen states we hit last year!
  • We covered 7,504 mi (12,077 km), which is down 2,731mi (4,395 km) from 2017/2018 when we travelled 10,235 mi (16,430 km). In fact this was the least distance we have travelled since we hit the road five years ago.
  • We spent $2,152 on fuel compared to $2,719.54 2017/2018; $2,150.60 in 2016/2017; $1,526.24 in 2015/2016; $2,350.54 in 2014/2015; and $5,041.40 in 2013/2014.
  • On average we paid $3.252 a gallon for diesel; up significantly from $2.598 in 2017/2018, $2.514 in 2016/2017, $2.096 in 2015/2016, and $3.128 in 2014/2015, but down from $3.813 in 2013/2014.
  • The most expensive diesel was $4.249 per gallon in Rio Dell, California (California is always our most expensive fuel), last year our highest price was $3.589 per gallon in Lodi, California; our cheapest diesel was $2.459 per gallon in Yuma, Arizona, which is up from last year when our cheapest diesel was $2.259 also in Yuma, and can you believe in 2016 we only paid $1.559 per gallon in Yuma, AZ!

It’s nice to be home and plant our gardens.

And once again we had a great winter and are looking forward to a great summer at the park. Hubby and I have now spent five and a half years living full time in Maxx and we still love the life, and each other 🙂

Hubby found this stump the first year we arrived, I call it my pants stump …I think it looks like a butt with two legs 🙂

Until next time …

11 thoughts on “2018/2019 Snowbird Wrap-Up

  1. I like the travel breakdown. I should look at doing one except this year would blow your socks off with the repair portion. I hope you have a great summer and maybe our paths will cross in the fall. Love the pants stump.

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  2. Haha… first thing I thought when I saw that last picture was “looks like pants.” Glad I’m not the only one.

    While I had heard of the Cook Islands before, I didn’t know much about them. Following your travels there this year put that place firmly on the map for us. We, too, love places that have not been ruined by tourism. Some day….

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  3. What a great sum up, short and sweet but very conclusive. Cook Islands sounds and looks beautiful from your travelogue – not sure if it would ever fit into our budget though. 🙂
    I love to go away for the winter too but coming home and being able to plant a garden and listen to Ontario nature is top of my list too.
    Glad you had a good winter, it encourages you for another and another.

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    • Our mileage includes everything, you don’t track the mileage in your Jeep. We made a trip to Palm Desert without the RV and to LA and back to catch our flight, oh and a trip to Phoenix and back when we flew home a Christmas, that along with our daily driving to run errands adds up.


      • That explains it. Our mileage was just for driving the RV. Had we added the Jeep mileage, especially during out seven weeks in the US, it would be much higher not to mention the cost of the fuel.

        I like that we did our recap posts within a day of each other 🙂

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  4. Great wrap up. You certainly had a good “snowbird” year and your trip to the Cook Islands was special. Enjoy your summer.
    P.S. When I saw the “pants” I thought it was a ceramic planter. Really like that it is actually a tree stump.

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