Change of Plans

We’ve been planning our eastern tour for a long time now. We even had 8 reservations paid for in Florida.

The night after I posted our big itinerary for the rest of the year, Brian and I had a heart to heart about financial responsibility. Not a fun topic, but then there’s also nothing fun about being stressed out about money.

For the past year and a half we’ve been working on an rv camping website, and the more progress we make with it, the more I want to spend on it. I love it so much it makes me want to spend every last penny we have on it.

That said, we need to camp for free and go to places we’ve never been before. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of free camping options on the east coast so we’ve made the decision to delay the eastern tour until we’re a little more flush.

Speaking of flush, the 2 little chickens pictured above also changed their plans shortly after they realized their current one was stinky.

2014 Cost of Camping:
126 night paid camping (thru 8/15)
101 nights free camping
227 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $3239.79
Daily average cost of camping: $14.27

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  • Reply Ed August 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    That’s a bummer but it’s better you figured it out now, before you started on your way there. It sucks to have to be responsible, but we all have to once in a while πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Hunter Hampton August 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I bought a house in Florida, and have a full hookup site… you are welcome to visit when you do finally get to the east coast.

    • Reply Leigh August 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      That’s fantastic, thanks Hunter! (What part of Florida?)

      • Reply Hunter Hampton August 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

        I’m in Wildwood……. it’s right where I-75 meets up with the Florida turnpike….. almost dead center in the state. About an hour north of Orlando.

  • Reply Peter Kingsley August 7, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I had been meaning to ask you about your gradually increasing daily average camping cost and how you would explain that trend. I’m guessing your minds were running along the same lines!
    Best of luck with your website.

    • Reply Leigh August 7, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks Peter!

      An increase in our daily average would have been directly related to travels east, and it was going to get crazy in the Florida Keys at $100+ per night! Some day, just not this year.

  • Reply Poker Shrink August 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    When do we get an new, upgraded, rethought plan for the fall?

    • Reply Leigh August 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Ha! All I know is we’re still going to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons in September, and from there we’ll head south through Utah and likely be in Vegas for Thanksgiving.

  • Reply Jim and Gayle August 7, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    We know you’ll be disappointed not making it to Key West for New Years, but staying out west isn’t such a bad thing. Someone will probably have to pay Jim to go back east again!

  • Reply John and Pam Wright August 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Very smart idea, Leigh:) The east coast is SO expensive and crowded. We always have our highest financial years when we are east. We laugh when people comment on how much a month cost somewhere out west. We know they’ve never been east where a night in nice resort in FL goes for $125 a night!!

    Maybe now we will catch you somewhere:) There is always a silver lining in all decisions.

    Love your chicken pun!

    • Reply Leigh August 7, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      That’s a great silver lining Pam! I’d love to finally meet. πŸ™‚

  • Reply wheelingit August 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    A tough decision, but I totally understand it. It’s an expensive proposition to go East. We keep talking about it and then keep talking about ourselves out of it. I’m excited for your website launch.

    • Reply Leigh August 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Me too, sneak peaks coming soon!

  • Reply Adam August 7, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Well we were going to head west but got an interesting opportunity in Key West. I might want to take your dates!

    • Reply Leigh August 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      I thought you had a place to stay in Key West already. We cancelled our spot at Boyd’s. πŸ™

  • Reply Allison August 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I had no idea Florida was that expensive. Good to know! Not going there. I am looking forward to your new web site. Where are you going to be in September? I’m soliciting recommendations for second half of the month. For some reason I’m stumped. We’ll be near Eugene first half of the month.

    • Reply Leigh August 7, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      We’ll be in Jackson, WY for 2 weeks – which is AMAZING, our #1 spot from last year. Though the weather changes quickly and at the end of the month we’ll be in Utah, maybe we could meet up there?

  • Reply Van-Tramp August 7, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Hard decisions to make, I can relate.

    I am in the process of a similar decision which involves Teton’s in Sept. I will email when I know more.

    • Reply Leigh August 8, 2014 at 7:30 am

      I hope you can make it! Otherwise we’ll hopefully see you in the SW this winter.

  • Reply Dave August 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Guys –

    Bummer for you I’m sure, but I/we totally get it and will very soon be facing similar cost management trade-offs as we prep for our own launch early next year.

    On the positive … can’t wait to be your camping neighbors again this fall and winter. Perhaps we plan for aluminogan 2014 – SW desert edition? πŸ™‚

    Talk soon. _db

    • Reply Leigh August 8, 2014 at 7:29 am

      We could do something over Thanksgiving again…maybe a different spot, but still near LV?

  • Reply Hugh August 8, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Hey, the old story, one door closes and two doors open! When the time is right you will be over this way!
    I had no idea FL was so expensive, but I am surprised there are no cheaper alternatives?
    Best of Luck with the new website, that very well may be the solution…

    • Reply Leigh August 8, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Hi Hugh, Florida is extremely expensive in the Keys, however the State Parks are quite reasonable and monthly rates in private parks can be fantastic. Free camping just offsets what we’re spending gas. Thanks for the good luck wishes!

  • Reply Santa Barbara Mary and David August 8, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Mary (and I) are impressed with your business plans . . . and as for Florida, perhaps wait until you’re retired . . . like many of those already there πŸ˜‰

    Anyway, you’ll eventually be camping on the white sands of the Gulf (like the iconic Airstream advertisements of olden times), it’ll just take time.

    Meanwhile, we are glad you’re here amongst us left-coasters.

  • Reply John B August 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    You could always come to Newfoundland – $30 a night should get you a pretty good camp site with services. The gas and ferry to get here is a different matter. We spent the day watching puffins and minke whales – the two of the whales were within a hundred feet of the shore beside us. Sue will post photos eventually.

    I’m looking forward to your website.

    • Reply Leigh August 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Whoo-eee! $30 a night is too fancy for us, though it sounds magical.

  • Reply Marcia August 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I will talk with you about Thanksgiving when we meet up in Yellowstone. We have reservations in Zion for Thanksgiving.

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