After an incredibly busy, working 2018, the Always On Liberty Crew is eager to set out for big adventures and concentrate on US this year. And, let me tell ya, by looking at our course line, there’ll be no grass growing under our fifth wheel or our own feet. In fact, our National Park Passport will get a quite the workout. So much that we may have to buy extra pages for our cancellation stamps!
So, here’s how our 2019 destination calendar is looking for the Always On Liberty Crew!
We’ve already started the year celebrating New Years with a few hundred of our favorite Xscapers peeps in Quartzsite, Arizona. We rang in the new year with a good old fashioned 15 foot long campfire. Though it was wicked cold that night (as the desert is in the winter), the fire kept us warm and our spirits alive! Well, ‘other spirits’ kept us warm too!
From the New Years Eve Bash in Quartzsite, we pulled up anchor (our leveling jacks) to head to Lake Havasu for their Annual Bash. Let me tell you, we’ve never been so busy! We truly earned our sleep each night after numerous presentations, networking, eating this, drinking that, partying, tons of music, dancing and everything in between! We even danced and sweated the night away at their nonstop rave!
We will be spending much of February boondocking between Kofa BLM land and Southern California. We don’t have rock solid plans. However, that’s what living off the grid in the desert is all about.
Joshua Tree National Park – California
We loved this desert destination so much after our brief visit last year that we’re going back! During our last visit, I had a nasty bout of vertigo that kept us from truly enjoying some good hiking in the backcountry so, makes good reason to go back to the Joshuas!
Anza Borrego State Park – California
This is another return trip! Anza Borrego State Park never disappointments with its vast 4-wheel drive roads, hikes to the oasis’ or slot canyons in the middle of the Colorado Desert. Anza Borrego is California’s largest state park and second largest state park in the country. It is a truly unique place to boondock on its 600,000 acres. Its a great place for us to go outside and play!
APRIL & MAY
At the Xscapers New Years Eve Bash (above), the discussion came up whether or not we were going to attend the Xscapers Moab Convergence in April. Well, needless to say, we were highly encouraged to attend. The next morning, we logged into our Escapees account and signed up. OH! And its happening during my birthday week! So, Happy Birthday to me!
We’ve always wanted to go to Moab anyways so now, there are no excuses or dodging it. We plan on staying in Utah for several weeks after so we can enjoy some of the other National Parks in Utah.
This Utah destination is where we can experience four of The Mighty 5® National Parks from one convenient location. We will be able to experience sunrise over the towering depths of Canyonlands National Park and then follow it up with sunset in the otherworldly red rock landscape of Arches National Park. We will enjoy thousands of square miles of amazing red rock landscapes, along with the cool waters of the Colorado River. It’s supposedly one of the most sought-after outdoor recreation destinations in the American Southwest.
Canyonlands National Park – Utah
Canyonlands National Park invites us to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.
Arches National Park – Utah
We will visit Arches National Park to discover a landscape of contrasting colors, land forms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red-rock wonderland will gift us with awesome hiking trails and beautiful sunsets. We can’t wait!!
Capitol Reef National Park – Utah
Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.
Bryce Canyon National Park – Utah
The Hoodoos here are the largest concentration found anywhere on Earth. Situated along a high plateau at the top of the Grand Staircase, the Bryce Canyon National Park‘s high elevations include numerous life communities, fantastic dark skies, and geological wonders that defy description.
The third week of May, we will be hauling to the Heartland of America for…
Heartland Owners Club North American Rally – Goshen, Indiana
Every odd numeric year, we attend the Heartland Rally to meet up with fellow Heartland Owners, learn new stuff, give our own presentations, go on cool pre-rally locale tours, and eat lots of Amish food. Since we’ll be in the Elkhart area, we also will be meeting up with some of our Affiliate Sponsors and Ambassadorship Companies and Manufacturers. Though this time is a fun time for us, it’s also a hammer time! Indiana is a working destination.
After the rally, we will hook up and haul out making our way to Minneapolis, Minnesota to visit our son’s family for a couple weeks.
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (NPS)
In the middle of a bustling urban setting of Minneapolis, the 72-mile Mississippi National River and Recreation Area offers quiet stretches of fishing, boating and canoeing, birdwatching, bicycling, and hiking paradise. This a great place to start our adventure on the Muddy Mississippi by foot and by kayak!
JULY – SEPTEMBER
Voyageurs National Park – Minnesota
Did you know that over 40% of Voyageurs National Park is water? Voyageurs is a maze of interconnected water highways. We are excited to go kayaking and exploring in this northern Minnesota destination.
We will also explore regions west on our way to North Dakota.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park – North Dakota
When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that he experienced there would help shape a conservation policy of today. Today, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is at the top of our destination list.
Fort Union and Fort Union Trading Post – Montana & North Dakota
Our destinations are much more than just visiting our National Parks. We also love learning about America’s historical past by visiting our National Historical Sites and Landmarks.
Between 1828 and 1867, Fort Union was the most important fur trade post on the Upper Missouri River. Here, the Assiniboine and six other Northern Plains Indian Tribes exchanged buffalo robes and smaller furs for goods from around the world, including cloth, guns, blankets, and beads. A bastion of peaceful coexistence, the post annually traded over 25,000 buffalo robes and $100,000 in merchandise. We will also take in learning about the history at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site.
Little Big Horn National Battlefield – Montana
We’ve visited Little Bighorn National Battlefield before however, that was 10 years ago when we drove our son’s truck back to Kentucky from Fort Lewis in Washington state. We literally ‘just passed through’ and only got to visit maybe 20 minutes because they were closing for the day. Now, we’ll get to actually enjoy our visit at a much slower pace.
This area memorializes the US Army’s 7th Cavalry and the Lakotas and Cheyennes in one of the Indian’s last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the US Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota and Cheyenne warriors.
As the cool Autumn starts to set in on a lot of the country, it will be time for us to head back to the Southwest. We don’t have plans yet that far into the Fall however, we do plan to hit up a little more of Utah.
Timpanogos Cave National Monument – Utah
We will hike our way past stunning vistas to explore a hidden underground world. We will also taste the thrill of caving as we twist and bend to enter beautifully decorated rooms of Timpanogos Cave National Monument. We’ll also learn the science behind formations and hear stories of cave exploration and preservation. We can’t wait to see and do! Geologic mysteries await us!
Who knows?! Any guesses?
Deep in the Heart of Texas!
We will be heading back to our “Destination San Antonio” for the holidays and situate ourselves to fly to Minneapolis to celebrate Christmas with our son, his wife and our little grandson. San Antonio is one of our home bases where we can do some much needed preventive maintenance not only on our RV but also ourselves. We will be getting our annual medical stuff complete and reenergize for 2020!!
Once we fly back to San Antonio, we will beat heat to make our way full circle back to Quartzsite to again, celebrate ringing in the new year with our Xscapers tribe.
So, as you see, our destination schedule appears quite full. However, nothing is really concrete. Our plans can change at the drop of a Google Map pin. If we see a place along the way that fancies us, we’re sure to stop and explore more. Because, that’s what we’re all about as we’re ALWAYS ON LIBERTY!
Don’t forget to check out the following pages to read about some of our other destinations…