The main destination of the Trolltunga hike in Norway.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Albania on March 14th.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Our highs and lows of 2020

Most of the world is happy to be leaving 2020 behind and watching it disappear in the rear view mirror. 2021 just has to be better. But while there were some challenges for us in 2020, we certainly wouldn't call it a disastrous year, as it has been for many people!

The first three months of 2020 were fantastic. January, February, and March we were in Mexico leading a group of other motorhomes on a four and a half month tour. It was a great group of people and we enjoyed the trip as much as we think the participants did. It was a lot of fun!

And while we were doing that trip, we knew that it would be our last time in Mexico for a while. We love Mexico, and it ticks all the boxes for us. But there is a whole big world out there (and what if there is somewhere even better than Mexico??) and we knew it was time for us to see some more of it.

Our motorhome Sherman, enjoying the views at Patzcuaro, Mexico.

Seeing the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly is always a highlight!

A gorgeous sunrise with the Volcán Popocatépetl (Volcano) in the distance.
As seen from San Agustín Tetlama, Morelos, Mexico.

Helping out at the Hogar Infantil orphanage in Ocozocoautla, Chiapas, Mexico.

The group did a fantastic job helping out during our week long stay at the orphanage. We think everyone enjoyed the experience and it was good to give back. We thank our many readers for contributing as well! Definitely a highlight of 2020.

The month of March had us making our way north back up to the U.S. border. But there was a lot to see along the way, including some places that Ruth and I had never been before!


Another highlight was the most beautiful drive in Mexico.

And then Covid hit.

We had been watching the progress of Covid, and eventually it began to affect our trip. One couple decided to hightail it back to the U.S., while two other couples headed to other parts of Mexico to wait things out. (One of those couples is still there, and quite happy!)

The rest of us quickly made our way up to the town of Matehuala where we sat out nine days until the end of March. It was actually a nice stay even though Covid limitations came into play pretty quickly in that area.

March 30th, we crossed the border into the United States at Laredo, Texas.

This was when we realized how much Covid was about to affect our plans. Originally, we were planning to head up to Saskatchewan to work for three months. And, we were supposed to fly back to Ottawa to visit family for a week during our drive up to Saskatchewan. Both of those things were shelved.

But we are pretty resilient and adaptable, and don't let things bother us very much. As the saying goes "when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade"!

So we spent the months of April through July traveling Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and eventually into Ontario, Canada. We were in our motorhome and kept to ourselves. Other than buying fuel and groceries, we generally stayed away from people.

We did a few nice hikes with friends Bob and Denise.

We boondocked most of the time.

We loved hiking in Utah!

We had never spent much time in the state of Montana over the years, so we wanted to do some more exploring there. We spent the entire month of June in Montana!

I said in the title that there were highs and lows of 2020. Sure, the entire Covid situation was a low, but we made the best of it and I think the choices that we made ensured that the end result turned out very well for us. But there were some lows along the way. Our motorhome Sherman was getting old and despite spending a bunch of money on him in Texas, he continued to cause some problems along the way. It was becoming frustrating not knowing if he was going to break down again, and although that only happened one time when the engine water pump gave up, we were certainly making up our minds that he had reached the end of his life for us.

Sherman, with the Teton Mountains in Wyoming, on our way to Montana.

One of our favorite campsites of 2020!
Near Gardiner, Montana.

Hiking in Montana.

We really enjoyed the month of June hiking and biking in Montana.

July we drove to Ontario. We weren't really in a rush, knowing that we would have to do two weeks of house arrest (quarantine) when we arrived. But, we were looking forward to seeing our families. Driving across South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan was not as exciting for us, but we still found some interesting things to see along the way.


Devil's Tower.


And then we crossed into Canada and made our way to Ruth's father's house where we quarantined for two weeks.

We stayed in and around Ottawa for all of August and September. Just visiting with family. Lots of fun to see the grandkids again and spend time with them.

One low point during that time was when we said goodbye to our motorhome Sherman. He was priced to sell, and he sold to the second person who came to look at him. He had been a great rig for us and we spent a lot of time in him between 2007 and 2020. He took us to a lot of fantastic places!

Our last ever photo of Sherman, dropping him off at the new owners.

In October, we flew to London, England and then on to Turkey. That was when another low point occurred. We knew when we said goodbye to Ruth's father that we might not see him again. 

He passed away November 13th.


But the rest of the year has been really good.

Turkey has surpassed our expectations. It's an easy country to travel in, and there is a lot to see. I won't bother posting any more photos because most of you have been following along anyhow and have seen them every day.

Oh, another high point of 2020 was when we found out our new motorhome had arrived at the dealership in Germany. We still have to take you to Tanzania with us in the new year, and although we are looking forward to that, we are more so looking forward to traveling Europe in our new motorhome.

Our new motorhome!

Oh and of course our year end highlight... our new eyes! Christmas Day eye surgery went well, and we look forward to having our other eye done tomorrow!

So, a pretty exciting year for us really. I told Ruth when we got married that she would never be bored! 

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And in Canada...



20 comments:

  1. Nice Review. It brought back memories of your travel. Good Luck with the second eye.
    Be Safe and Enjoy a Healthy, Happy New Year.

    It's about time.

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    1. Thank you! It sure is nice to look back on these memories, at least the happy ones.

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  2. Great year. I always follow along but am hardly ever successful posting as the comment button disappears. All the best for 2021!

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    1. Thank you Kathy!

      Not sure if you use gmail but I find I need to be logged into either gmail or blogger in order to see the "Reply" button.

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    2. Always logged into both, just a glitch I guess. As a long time contact lens wearer of 56 years I am jealous of your new eyes!

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    3. Having had to wear glasses for the last 20 years or so, for me at least, I can totally understand. Kevin hasn't had to wear glasses as long but he has also had enough of them already. Maybe this procedure is something that you could look into, and free yourself from those contact lenses.

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  3. I'd say that despite Covid you managed to have a great year and 2021 should be exceptional! Stay healthy and safe travels…

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    1. We found that having an RV made traveling much safer and easier during COVID, as we were able to move around but stay away from people and we could keep our contact in stores down to one day a week or more and only one of us entering the store.

      Here's hoping that 2021 will be an exceptional year for everyone!

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  4. Great review thanks. Perfect that you spent so much time with Tony before he passed.

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    1. Thank you!

      We are so happy too that we got to spend that time with my Dad as well. I have good memories from our visits with him. :-)

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  5. Looking back now and at Google maps, we were on that same road to Jacala when we went to Hidalgo and the canyon town of La Encarnacion. We had our old travel trailer pulling it with the Pathfinder. Some tough going but it was beautiful.

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    1. We loved that road, the scenery was fantastic. Not sure if we didn't enjoy it even more than the free road between Mazatlan and Durango!

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  6. It was a great trip and we are still enjoying Mexico!

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    1. It was a great trip and we are so happy that you are still there and still loving Mexico! :-)

      Take care and Happy New Year to you both.

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  7. Happy New Year to you both and may your adventures always be many!

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    1. Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well! :-)

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  8. My husband and I want to travel in Mexico in our truck camper and I want to do Europe in a motorhome to, but we would rent. I'll be closely following your European travels for sure. Happy New Year to you both and safe travels

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    1. You would love Mexico in a truck camper, that is just about the perfect vehicle for Mexico.

      We are looking so forward to getting our motorhome and traveling in Europe. Don't get us wrong, we have been enjoying these past 2 1/2 months here in Turkey but it would just be so much better in our own motorhome, it's like having your house on your back all the time, everything is just so much more convenient.

      Happy New Year to you both!

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