2021 End of Year Review

End of Year Review – 2021

This is our end-of-year review. Where did we go and what did we do in 2021? (The states we visited in 2021 are above this paragraph next to the date.) What amazing things did we see along the way? In 2021 we added eleven new states to our route map. Other than Louisana we spent multiple nights in each state.

Tami adding Florida to our map.
Tami adding Florida to our map.

Right now we are heading to the end of the road, as far as the road goes, and beyond. You will have to wait for an explanation of “and beyond” for now it will just have to be a surprise.

End of Year Review picture of flowers

After four years of non-stop travel, you might have the idea that we are getting tired of (or thinking about) ending our travels. Nothing could be further from the truth. For me, looking at this end-of-year review (picture at the top) I don’t really look at the route of what we have seen but rather I see the empty spots, the blank areas where we have not gone. As I follow the line, I see that we always miss wonderful things right along the way and places that we intentionally saved for next time.

Sunset in Arizona
Sunset in Arizona

Happy Holidays everyone

Our number one desire is that peace and joy be with you during this holiday season. That includes good health (especially considering the last two years). I used to write an end-of-year review included in a Christmas Card so everyone could see what we did. I guess that this is the same thing. Merry Christmas.

Tiffany stained glass window, arrival of the Magi in the chapel at Jekyll Island
Tiffany stained glass window, “Arrival of the Magi” in the chapel at Jekyll Island

Overall, this Christmas season I want you to know that we love traveling but even more than that, we treasure the friends we have made both traveling and everywhere else. Thanks, y’all.

End of Year Review picture of an Arizona sunset reflecting on our RV.
Picture of an Arizona sunset reflecting on our RV.

By tomorrow at this time, we will be on the road to Key West Florida. Our objective is to arrive in time and be all set up before the New Year’s Eve party starts. Does the party ever end in Key West? We intend to find out. Our next update will obviously be next year.

Tucson through Texas

We started this year in Tucson, even though the above picture doesn’t include it or the road trip across Texas. The only reason the map above doesn’t include our Texas is to make the picture square. We crossed Texas right before the historic cold front engulfed Texas and created chaos. It was our first time crossing Texas. Overall it was nice until the weather arrived. Before 2021 we had only stayed once near El Paso Texas.

County Court House in Gonzales
County Court House in Gonzales, Texas

This year as we crossed Texas we stopped at seven different places; none of them in a big city. In fact, the only city we drove through was Houston. Most people drive through San Antonio, but we went around it to the north instead. When we go back we are going to have to do a Texas city life tour.

Kerr Texas Rest Stop
Our campsite a the Kerr Texas rest stop. We spent two nights in Texas rest areas, this one was the smaller of the two.

We were west of Houston when I saw the Arctic Cold front coming and that is why we only stopped at one place in Louisiana (spending the night at the halfway point again at a rest area).

Our Louisiana Rest Stop
Our Louisiana Rest Stop

If freezing rain hit Houston there would be a disaster. It did, and it was. By the time it hit, we were on the far side of Louisianna. Our campsite when we visited New Orleans was in Mississippi, just north of the Louisiana border. The cold front hit us in east Texas on the Louisianna border with torrential rains but because we kept going we outran the ice storms. It didn’t get really bad until after we left.

The Deep South in the Winter

The post, Mississippi Storms is a good recap of our trek through Texas all the way to northern Alabama describes this section of our trip. Mississippi Storms

Mississippi Storms sunset photo
Sunset photo from the front window of our RV. It wasn’t hard to get this campsite, but we did pull into the campsite in the opposite direction to get the view in our picture window.
End of Year Review picture of flowers

In Mississippi, we turned north but had some of our campsites canceled because of the storm damage. Starting in northern Alabama and Tennessee, we did some serious exploring.

More Tennessee Waterfalls

Our number one memory from Tennessee is the wonderful waterfalls. Obviously, there is much more to Tennessee than waterfalls but the waterfall pictures in these posts really impressed us. Tennessee Waterfalls and More Tennessee Waterfalls

Appalachia 

Tami's photo at Dollywood.
Tami’s super photo was taken at Dollywood.

I’m not sure that northern Alabama qualifies as the Appalachian Mountains, but eastern Tennessee certainly qualifies. Other than some difficulties with the language, we loved the Appalachians. Here is a fun post about the language that I couldn’t understand. Wampus caterwauling

View from the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Smoky Mountains.
View from the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Smoky Mountains.

At the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains is the Great Smoky Mountains. We had a great time in the Smoky’s both in Tennessee and North Carolina. We got a real taste of mountain culture while we were there. The piedmont area in North Carolina was nice but honestly, we would have loved it more earlier in the spring. This next link will take you to most of our posts about the Smoky Mountains and Piedmont Region. These links will be in the reverse order of our visit. Appalachia 

End of Year Review picture of a pretty mare on the farm where we stayed.
A very pretty mare on the farm where we stayed in Tennessee.

I really can’t finish this section without a picture of the Biltmore. Here is a post about our visit. Amazing Biltmore Palace

The Atrium inside the Amazing Biltmore Palace.
The Atrium is my favorite room inside the Biltmore.

Virginia

While visiting Virginia we got a huge Colonial history lesson. One of the jokes in a Virginia High School is that they don’t have any classes on Virginia History (I don’t know if it is true). Instead, they just study the history of the United States. Nearly every place we visited in Virginia had a history lesson. Even when we were far away from the cities or battlefields we were still getting a history lesson.

Square-rigged ships much like ones used by the English at Roanoke and Jamestown.
Square-rigged ships much like the ones used by the English to settle Roanoke and Jamestown.

We spent most of the summer in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Here is a link to some of the stories. Again these stories are in the opposite order of our visit. Virginia

Heading south for the winter

We didn’t leave Virginia until the end of October and the one spot we enjoyed the most on our trip south was Charleston. This city in South Carolina is nearly as it was two hundred years ago.

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Charleston

Here is the link to our story about Charleston. Charleston Charm

Georgia

It was mid-November when we got to South Georgia. The weather was just right not hot, not cold, not too much rain, and no hurricanes for our trip south along the east coast. While in Georgia we stopped at Jekyll Island for a look around and found it very pleasant. This was a playground for the super-rich in the early 1900s. Here is that story. Jekyll Island Secrets

Jekyll Island Secrets
Jekyll Island Secrets

Florida

Flordia has been very interesting. Saint Augustine was wonderful. The story is here, Old Saint Augustine. So were the Spanish Forts along the coast. Here is a link to that story. Historic Forts in Florida

Saint Augustine Bishop of Hippo Regius, now in Algeria
Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo Regius

Space Launch

Watching a rocket take off to deliver some satellites into orbit was awesome. I couldn’t have an end-of-year review without mentioning this or including this picture. Here is a link to that story. Space Launch

End of Year Review picture of a Space Launch,

This next link will include all of our stories about Florida including the ones I haven’t published yet. As I write this end-of-year review I also need to remind myself we are only at the halfway point on our trip through Florida. Just like climbing a mountain, the top is at the halfway point. Key West is as far as the road will take us and we are expecting and hoping for an awesome visit. As we go along, more new stories will be added to this link. Florida

Great Egret
Great Egret in Florida

What is next

After finding the end of the road in Florida, we might find the end of the road in Maine. Someday we will do that. Or we could see where the road ends in Canada. Again someday we will. Whatever we do, we will be starting at the very end of the road in Key West and everything is plenty far from there. You can expect us to take a long journey in 2022. At the end of the day tomorrow we will have traveled 5435 miles in the motorhome, plus car miles. We have visited about (I haven’t looked that close) 70 different campgrounds in our fourteen different states.

The Pineapple Fountain Charleston in Waterfront Park
The Pineapple Fountain Charleston in Waterfront Park

Please come along with us. I can’t say I’m doing it for you but we are so happy that you are with us along the way.

9 thoughts on “End of Year Review – 2021”

  1. It was great to travel with you vicariously. You will enjoy San Antonio. It was quite a shock to see the Alamo in downtown. Be sure and take a trip up in hill country. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. 🥂

  2. Hi Scott & Tami,
    Quite the year of travel for you guys! Thanks for sharing the 2021 review. Now I need a nap.
    I pray your Christmas was great and that your 2022 is blessed. I will keep you both in prayers for safe travels and continued great travel logs.
    In Christ,
    Tom & Karen Cook

  3. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. We are at our son’s house in Louisiana. Will try to call you when we get back on the prairie. Take care & be safe.

  4. I have enjoyed your travels this year. I’m glad we got to meet you in Salisbury, NC at Dan Nicholas Campground. We will be heading to the outer banks in May, then north to New York, and then west to Oregon. Not sure when we will head back to NC. Maybe we will see you again somewhere. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. Another fun year on the road. You guys definitely found some great spots along the way and are ending the year in a particularly beautiful place. I will agree, winter in the east and south sure can be humid which is quite an adjustment after several winters out west. No matter what, though, it sure beats winter in the north!! Best wishes for the New Year!!

  6. Happy holidays Tami & Scott! What a great end of year post. Thanks for sharing all your travels. Have a great New Year.
    Pam & Bob

  7. WOW! What an itinerary! And I thought ours was complicated, with about 45 stops!

    Great to meet you at #68. See you soon in #76, and lots of fun there!
    I’m going to have to pick your brain about how to build a blog, and especially, how to load and mark up a map.

  8. Stunning and informative as always. You are a hidden treasure to me. When you come back to Texas, I would like to meet up with you. There is a years worth of things to see and, yes, we have gators!

  9. Great 2021 end of year closeout Tami and Scott.

    Spectacular year.

    I remember you teaching the helicopter engine controls and your San Diego inflatable kayak catamaran was just my FOX beginning.

    “Way Cool.”

    You take great care,
    Doug & Marilyn

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