When I told my dad the news, his response was “congratulations…it’s about time!” I guess growing up with a family of RV’ers it really was only a matter of time until Josh and I purchased our first motorhome and dove into the RV travel lifestyle. But still, the whole way it happened was pretty crazy. I mean honestly, it wasn’t on our minds much at all before we bought it. But you know, it’s not the first time we have made a big decision on a whim.
Blame the Beauty of the San Juan Mountains
Having just moved to Colorado less than 1 year ago, Josh and I are still having a blast exploring new parts of the State that we’ve never seen before. Of course, we’ve been to the main areas off I-70 and just beyond, such as Breckenridge, since it goes through the heart of the state and connects to Denver. We’ve also been just south of Denver to the Colorado Springs area and this summer we went north through Rocky Mountain National Park and beautiful Steamboat Springs.
However, neither Josh nor I had ever been to the southwest part of the state — home to the San Juan mountain range and popular destinations such as Telluride. I’ve always wanted to go to Telluride, but it’s kinda out of the way. But one weekend in September we just got the urge to go explore (as we tend to do). So we packed up the car and Hana’s dog bed, got comfy and took off on a 5+ hour drive to the San Juan’s.
A while after having turned south off I-70 at Grand Junction, I was disappointed at the flatness of the landscapes around me. I told Josh “there must be mountains ahead somewhere because Telluride is a ski resort…but where are they?!?” Puzzled, I just sat back and trusted that something was up the road a bit further.
Then suddenly, there it was. We crested the top of a small hill and the landscape ahead of us was just breathtaking. Both Josh and I gasped out loud at the panoramic sight of jagged mountains cutting up into the sky. We were in awe, partially because they appeared so suddenly, and because the reddish hues of the mountains in the evening were contrasting with the blue sky incredibly.
Staying in Ouray Instead of Telluride
Rather than staying in Telluride, we decided to stay in a quaint town that I had heard of while doing some research — Ouray. It’s dubbed the “Switzerland of America” due to it’s location at the base of snowcapped mountains, and I head heard really good things about this town because it and has loads of recreation options, as well as waterfalls and natural hot springs. Plus, it’s less expensive to stay here than Telluride.
Our weekend in Ouray was our first “family vacation” since adopting Hana. It was a much needed getaway, and a chance for all of us to hang out together, escaping the city and constant work. The three of us played in the park together, went on hikes to visit waterfalls, explored the old town, and enjoyed nightly dips in the hot tub and gazed at the starry-sky.
The last day of our trip we made our way to the other side of the mountains to explore the popular resort town of Telluride. We discovered that Telluride is actually split — there is a local downtown area, and a resort area which are all connected by gondola. The great thing about the gondola is that it’s not only free…but dog-friendly! Yes, we were able to take Hana with us as we explored the town!
Do We Really Have to Go Back to Denver? Why?!?!
On our way back to Denver we had a lot of time to think. We enjoyed our time exploring the San Juan region, but we only took 3 days for this long weekend getaway. There was so much more to see and explore around this part of Colorado, we really hated to take a long drive back to Denver just to plan another trip out in the future.
It’s funny, because this logic sounds similar to the reasons we decided to leave the States and take a 3 year trip exploring and living around Asia. We felt like we could have really enjoyed the area more if we had more time — even if we had to spend some of those days working.
I guess Josh and I still have a bit of the “digital nomad” bug sometimes, because we started to talk about how lucky we are that we can work anywhere, as long as we have good internet access. However, while we could have brought our equipment to extend our trip and do some work along the way, staying in hotels here in the States is expensive (unlike when we roamed around Asia). Plus, not all hotels are dog-friendly.
Then it hit me.
Why Don’t We Just Buy An RV???
Josh and I have gone camping before, with just tent gear, but we had also talked about someday in the future upgrading to a sort of towable pop-up trailer that we can tow behind a car. However, having grown up in a family with RV’s all my life (even most of my extended family all have RVs), thoughts started popping in my mind. I really do love traveling in an RV!
Plus, recently I had been chatting with my parents to arrange their visit with us in Denver. They were planning to stop by at our house in Denver in just a couple weeks, as they set pass through from Idaho to Florida. They are retired, and live in their giant RV in the winter in Florida. In fact, Josh and I got a sample of the RV lifestyle before we left the states a few years ago, when we went with them on a trip in their big class A RV. Josh had joked that he could really get used to the scenery and having the freedom to travel and stay as you please in the comfort of your own little “home” on wheels.
I pondered the possibilities in my head before I said it out loud to Josh. I didn’t want to blurt out a silly idea. But the more I thought about it as I drove that long highway back to Denver, the more it made total sense. So finally, I said it.
“You know what…we should just buy an RV?!?”
He looked at me with surprise, but then smiled. We talked more about the pros and cons, and how it would fit our lifestyle. We could still have our house in Denver, but then take longer trips when we wanted to. Hana would enjoy it more than a hotel room, and we could work from the RV with internet if we needed to.
So the next day, we bought an RV! (yes, the very next day…)
The Crazy Thing Is…It Really Didn’t Seem Crazy
As mentioned, this isn’t the first time we’ve made a spontaneous big decision like this. But it’s worked out for us before, so we figured if our hearts were in it, that we should just go for it. Luckily for us, we found the perfect RV right away. I promise, we did shop around. I’ve seen thousands of different types of RVs in my lifetime, and my parents have owned like 4 or 5 themselves. So I had a really good idea about what RV features would work best for us. But we really weren’t expecting to find it so fast.
However, the actual process of buying an RV is a different story (so stay tuned for that one here soon…).
The funny thing is, the two of us don’t regret our purchase one bit. Even though it was a total spur of the moment thing, we know in our hearts that buying an RV was the perfect decision for our family and our lifestyle. So come next Spring, we are SUPER excited to take the RV on some pretty amazing adventures.
So stay tuned for all the RV fun around the States in 2018!
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