My Dad once said he wasted a fortune traveling with his family when he was younger. He also said he never regretted a penny and it was money well spent. I agree.
EDIT: 5/28/2014 to add our 4th camper, a Cougar 325SRX Toy Hauler
I have always kept a travel diary and I recently computed some numbers. I purchased an Aerolite camper in June 1998 when the boys were 2 and 4 years old. Our first trip was to Topsail Beach, NC and my brother Greg went with us. Over the years we had many guests. Nephew Cory spent many nights with us along with nieces, sisters, the boy's friends and Mom and Dad. My brother and his wife eventually bought a camper also and we often camped together as well as meeting up out west in Utah and Yellowstone Park. Then my future wife started joining us in her small Tioga motor home.
I thought it would be fun to write a blog post that only includes photos of our three campers in various parts of the country over the years. Bradley did not go with us on the 2012 summer trip so the numbers I am about to list are a little lower for him. Laurie's numbers are lower also as her stats start in earnest with the 2010 trip to Maine. But Tucker, myself (and Bradley except for the summer of 2012) have traveled 118,019 miles on 120 trips and have slept in campers for 481 nights from 1998 to May 2014.
Aerolite travel trailer purchased in June 1998. We logged 24,820 miles, 24 trips and 94 nights
Jun 4, 2001 Mon 4:16 PM EDT Mount Rushmore, SD. We walked to the visitors center but the fog was so heavy we could not see the monument. Bradley, William F.
Jun 6, 2001 Wed 5:16 PM EDT Rest area in NW Montana. Tucker, Bradley
Jun 13, 2001 Wed 9:06 AM EDT At a campground west of Yellowstone Park. We drove on to the park but it was closed and we had to turn around. Tthey eventually received 18 inches of snow, in June.
Jun 14, 2001 Thu 3:16 PM EDT Medicine Bow National Forest, south east Wyoming. Tucker
Forest River Wildcat 5th wheel purchased in Nov 2001. We logged 71,499 miles, 83 trips and 310 nights.
Jun 2, 2002 Sun 6:17 AM CDT Camped just inside Texas on the eastern side on I-10. It is 873 miles to the other side of Texas. William F., Bradley, Tucker
Jun 8, 2002 Sat 3:13 PM EDT Northern Arizona. We are about to get into a terrible sand storm.
Jun 10, 2002 Mon 3:04 PM EDT Monarch Pass, Colorado Tucker, William F.
Dec 30, 2002 Mon 8:58 AM EST First campground. It was not open so we camped in the parking lot. Tucker, Bradley, Cory
Jun 6, 2003 Fri 2:56 PM CDT Monument Rocks in western Kansas. William F.
Jun 6, 2003 Fri 4:15 PM EDT Near Monument Rocks in western Kansas.
Jun 10, 2003 Tue 6:38 AM MDT
Alt: 3975 Portal RV Park in Moab, Utah.
Jun 13, 2003 Fri 11:19 AM EDT Highway 12 in south east Utah. Tucker, Bradley, Cory, William F.
Jun 7, 2004 Mon 8:26 PM MDT
Alt: 5250 We met brother Greg and his family at Yellowstone CG at the north entrance of Yellowstone in the town of Gardiner, Montana. Bradley, Sarah, Tucker, Cory
Jun 9, 2004 Wed 10:39 AM MDT
Alt: 7273 Northern Yellowstone Park. William F.
Jun 10, 2004 Thu 5:20 PM MDT
Alt: 3851 Near the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
We drove around a huge thunder storm that caused a tornado in Sheridan, WY not far from here.
The other half of the sky was clear and sunny. Cory, William F., Bradley
Jun 13, 2004 Sun 7:55 AM MDT
Alt: 5420 Campground in the Black Hills of SD.
Jun 20, 2007 Wed 7:57 AM MDT
Alt: 3449 US 26 on the North Platte River, Nebraska. Bradley, Tucker
Jun 20, 2007 Wed 10:20 AM MDT
Alt: 3891 Courthouse and Jail Rocks near the North Platte River, Nebraska.
Photo by Tucker Daniel
Jun 21, 2007 Thu 8:12 AM MDT
Alt: 10754 Snowy Range Pass, south east Wyoming.
Jul 1, 2007 Sun 5:52 AM PDT
Alt: 3733 Going to Death Valley from Lone Pine, California. It is 5:50 local time. We wanted to get through most of Death Valley before the temperature got so hot.
Death Valley National Park
Jul 10, 2010 Sat 6:31 PM EDT
Alt: 59 Lubec, Maine. The farthest east town in the US. Tucker
Apr 22, 2011 Fri 3:53 PM EDT Last photo of our Wildcat. We traveled 71,499 miles on 83 trips and slept in it 310 nights. My boys grew up in that camper. Tucker
Keystone Copper Canyon purchased in April 2011 and sold in Mar 2014. We logged 21,700 miles, 13 trips and 77 nights.
Jun 21, 2011 Tue 12:35 PM MDT
Alt: 4547 Route 66 near I-40 east of Albuquerque, NM
Jun 22, 2011 Wed 1:56 PM MDT
Alt: 9006 On NM route 4 near Los Alamos, NM. We stopped here for lunch.
Jun 23, 2011 Thu 3:16 PM MDT
Alt: 4258 South east Utah on Mexican Hat Rock Road. Laurie
Jun 23, 2011 Thu 7:24 PM MDT
Alt: 6028 We wanted to get to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on this day so we were driving late in the day but the late day sun made the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument look very nice. Laurie
Jun 23, 2011 Thu 7:33 PM MST
Alt: 5853 We wanted to get to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on this day so we were driving late in the day but the late day sun made the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument look very nice. Laurie, Bradley, Tucker
Jun 26, 2011 Sun 10:07 AM PDT
Alt: 2494 Near Panamint Springs, Death Valley. We drove up a very rough road and hiked to a water fall. Bradley, Tucker, Laurie
Jun 26, 2011 Sun 1:57 PM PDT
Alt: 3738 These mountains had no snow when we were here in 2007.
Jun 28, 2011 Tue 9:14 AM PDT
Alt: 4916 Cousin Judy's home in western Nevada.
Jun 30, 2011 Thu 8:53 AM PDT
Alt: 5365 Great Basin National Park.
Jun 27, 2012 Wed 9:17 AM MDT
Alt: 3433 I had photos and GPS coordinates of this place from 2007. There are miles of fence posts with boots on top. We returned to the same boot we had photographed in 2007. It looked like it had not aged at all in 5 years. Laurie
Jun 27, 2012 Wed 4:58 PM MDT
Alt: 7910 Small town on I-80 in south east Wyoming. Laurie
Jun 27, 2012 Wed 5:13 PM MDT
Alt: 8054 Tree rock on I-80 near Laramie, Wyoming. This tree was here in 1867 when the railroad came through and it is said that locomotive firemen often stopped their trains to give the tree some water from their engines. This type of tree can live as long as 2,000 years.
Jun 28, 2012 Thu 9:07 AM MDT
Alt: 10855 Snowy Range west of Laramie Wyoming Tucker, Laurie
Jul 1, 2012 Sun 3:05 PM PDT
Alt: 7460 Lassen Volcanic National Park. A very neat place.
Jul 1, 2012 Sun 3:27 PM PDT
Alt: 8240 Lassen Volcanic National Park. A very neat place. Laurie, Bobby
Jul 1, 2012 Sun 3:38 PM PDT
Alt: 8469 Lassen Volcanic National Park. A very neat place. Tucker
Jul 3, 2012 Tue 3:24 PM PDT
Alt: 153 Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park near Crescent City, CA. Tucker, Laurie
Jul 3, 2012 Tue 2:26 PM PDT
Alt: 10 Beach at Crescent City, California. Laurie, Tucker
Jul 6, 2012 Fri 5:14 PM PDT
Alt: 2372 US 2 in eastern Washington. Laurie
There is an interesting blog post about this building
I first saw this building in 1984.
Jul 6, 2012 Fri 5:54 PM PDT
Alt: 2522 An old school house on US2 in eastern Washington
Jul 10, 2012 Tue 9:54 AM MDT
Alt: 6351 Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park. Laurie
Jul 11, 2012 Wed 10:06 AM MDT
Alt: 3680 Near Devils Tower in north east Wyoming. Tucker, Laurie
Jul 11, 2012 Wed 2:40 PM MDT
Alt: 2636 Badlands of South Dakota Laurie
Mar 22, 2014 Sat 10:56 AM CDT
Alt: 341 Last photo of our Copper Canyon in Meridian, Mississippi. Laurie, Bobby
2014 Cougar 325SRX Toy Hauler purchased in Mar 2014
Mar 22, 2014 Sat 11:03 AM CDT
Alt: 261 The new toy. A toy hauler. Laurie, Bobby