This really wasn’t what we were expecting…
So most of our Thousand Trails membership RV parks are within 30-40 minutes from the main city which is fine for us. This park was about 40 minutes from San Diego, but 20 miles away from any civilization or a simple grocery store. When we got there, the staff wasn’t very helpful, they didn’t have full hookups, and (the nail in the coffin) a terrible internet connection.
As we work from our RV, this is a deal-breaker. We even bought the premium internet package they promoted at the park but it still didn’t work. We asked the staff if something was wrong as they said it was because of the wind… but there wasn’t any wind when we went outside. Ugh… It wouldn’t be bad if there was a lodge that we could use the internet from but alas… nothing.
Ben and I did some brainstorming and decided we really wanted to visit the San Diego Zoo, then we’re ok with calling it a day with our RV adventures. I am almost 6 months pregnant and he was stressed out about work. We were also really ready to stay in one place for a while. SO! We made arrangements with Ben’s parents in AZ who were more than happy to have us come 2 weeks earlier than expected!
Let’s Go To The Zoo!
The next morning we woke up nice and early and headed to the zoo. We planned to be there in the morning, then work a bit during the hottest hours of the day and head back for the Hall-Glow-Ween events they had at night. This is a world-famous zoo and we knew we didn’t want to miss it!
Going in the morning was a great idea. It wasn’t very crowded for a Friday and the animals were still active as it wasn’t the hottest part of the day.
Some of our favorites to see were the hippos, giraffes, rhinos, polar bears, and tiger! Not sure if you can see in the first photo but this kangaroo was totally posing for the picture. The zoo was laid out really nicely and had events and shows throughout the day.
For a mid-day break, we stopped at a nearby park called Old Town San Diego where we took a nap under a tree, walked around the shops, and worked for a few hours. It was decorated as “Dia-De-Los-Muertos” which was also super fun. It inspired us to watch “Coco” that night and I totally cried. #pregnancy
Heading back in the early evening was also a great idea. Things had cooled down and the sun was setting. Usually, the zoo closes at 5 pm but was open until 9 pm with activities like dance parties (directed toward kids) bands, and even an acrobatic show!
During the sunset, Ben and I took the Skytram back to the entrance and enjoyed seeing the city from so high up, as well as the zoo animals below. It seemed like a great way to end the day, as well as our RV adventures. As much as I have loved seeing all these different places all around the USA, the best part of this trip has been spending so much time with this guy. He is truly the love of my life. I am so grateful to be his wife and to be taking this next step together into parenthood.
Ok… We can do this!
The drive from San Diego to Pheonix AZ is about 350 miles and about 5 1/2 hours away (as GPS says but it takes longer in the RV). We usually don’t drive over 250 miles in a day so we knew we needed to pace things out, and that it would be a long day.
We got everything ready to go and were on the road at 7:30 am! If you couldn’t tell…we were super ready to get out of there. The trip was bittersweet, as we drove we talked about all the places we visited and how different the east coast was from the west coast, and what places stood out to us the most. We also knew it was time to close this chapter of our life.
Switching off about every hour helped, as well as our audiobooks. One thing I will miss about the RV is our long talks with the beautiful scenery. I came to love the moving days. As stressful as they were, it was also exciting to be in a new place together.
We found ourselves in Pheonix around 2:30 pm in the afternoon and parked right outside Ben’s parent’s house for the night before putting it in storage the next day. It feels SO GOOD to be with family again.
I called my dad to let him know we made it safely, and he said: “I am glad you are in a safe port for a while.” Which is so true! Being in a home again really feels nice.
Thanks for coming along our adventures and reading our blog. Not sure what the future of this blog will bring but we appreciate you tuning into our lives.
Until next time my friends…
Oh! and happy Halloween!