Love Your RV 2013 Snowbird Season Recap

It was with mixed emotions we boarded the Port Angles to Victoria ferry to cross Juan De Fuca strait and home to Victoria B.C. We spent the last winter exploring the South West area of the USA. For our complete list of stops check our TravellersPoint Map. We love our summer home on Vancouver Island but sure enjoy traveling around America.

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Our Snowbird trail 2012/2013


There were many highlights this winter. We were able to enjoy several beautiful National and State Parks, always a favorite for Anne and I. We like to hike and photograph and got our fill of both in places like Joshua Tree National Park, Saguaro National Park, Death Valley National Park and a stand out for us Valley Of Fire State Park.

Joshua Tree National Park  Saguaro NP

Firewave in Valley of Fire State Park  Death Valley National Park

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We also did a few tourist type activities. In San Diego there was a visit to Balboa Park (amazing architecture and gardens) and the world-class San Diego Zoo where we scratched a 100 year plus old tortoise under her chin. Another interesting Zoo was in the Palm Springs area called The Living Desert. We were able to scratch off one from the bucket list by feeding giraffes!  An RV Stop in Las Vegas gave us a chance to stroll the strip and see the amazing Hoover Dam.

Balboa Park in San Diego  giraffe feeding

tortoise  Las Vegas

One unique and interesting tourist stop but in some ways not so fun was a visit to Los Algodones to have some badly needed dental work done. Both Anne and I had multiple crowns and I had an extraction and bone graft. I`m glad to report our teeth are healing nicely and we have plans to revisit the little Mexican town next season to have the rest of our work done.

Los Algodones  Los Algodones

Boondocking was a big part of our adventure. When not staying in our Thousand Trails membership parks we were able to keep our camping costs down and enjoy some peaceful spots with beautiful vistas by dry camping. Our favorite spot was located in Anza-Borrego State park near Borrego Springs,California. We spent a couple of weeks in this area enjoying the quiet desert environment and day tripping to it’s many sites, like the metal sculpture gardens and geological formations such as The Slot, a Badlands slot canyon. Other boondocking stops included Yuma, Quartzsite, Lake Havasu, Glamis Dunes, and Whitney Pockets.

Borrego Springs  Quartzsite

Craggy Wash  Near Yuma

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A big part of the Snowbird and Full-Time RV lifestyle is the interesting, friendly people you meet on your journeys. We have formed good friendships with many other RVers and sometimes run into them several times as we meander around the RV trails. I also enjoy connecting with other bloggers and my readers and really appreciate your many kind emails and comments. It’s a great the technology we have now to so easily be able to share our travel stories, advice and tips over the internet.

Anne and I are booked into the Oceanside RV Resort just north of Victoria near Sidney, BC for the summer.  Anne has a small powerboat she’ll moor there, hopefully we’ll catch some crab dinners! We also will do some short RV trips around Vancouver Island to scratch our travel itch until we can return south again. We have fallen in love with the desert and want to return and see all the things we missed last season and explore our favorite areas in more depth. This summer I will continue to try to do some RV tips articles, product reviews and write ups on the interesting things to see and do on Vancouver Island.

Many of our adventures are recorded in video clips on the Love Your RV You Tube Channel.  Be sure to subscribe if you would like to be informed of new videos.

Thanks for reading and watching!  Gives us a shout or a wave if you see us on the road!  Cheers Ray

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  • Linda and Marvin

    Hi Ray
    It was great meeting you both and spending “happy hour ” together in three different parks. It sure was funny entering Pacific city park at the exact same time considering we had not had contact in several weeks. Hope we run into you again next year. Enjoy your summer.

    • Great hanging out with you folks too! That was pretty funny, hehe. I’m sure we’ll cross paths again next season. Have a terrific summer also, hope we get some warm sunny days. Cheers Ray and Anne

      • charlene malone

        We bought a 25 foot cougar 5th wheel in July 2013 and have found your site a great reference point. Thanks for all the effort you put into it. We are heading down to Arizona for 3 weeks in January and I wonder what time of year you were in Valley of Fire State Park (temps) and if you were in Quartzsite during the BIG RV show. We live near Sun Valley, Idaho and the number of people that go to that sound daunting but it might be interesting. Thanks again for all the great info. Charlene

      • Hi Charlene, we were in Valley of Fire around mid March and it was great temps 70 – 80 degree days. We made the last few days of the big RV show in January and it was lots of fun. Tons of people but the place can accommodate a lot. We dry camped on BLM land for free, here is a good link for info
        also if you haven’t joined my new RVers community site, come on over to

        Cheers Ray