Evans Outdoor Adventures

Shaking Things Up: We Make an Unexpected Turn

Out with the old, in with the new

To our faithful blog readers, we’re sorry we’ve been MIA for the past month. In our last post, we had just celebrated the beginning of a new decade and were enjoying beautiful sunrises and sunsets at Lake Mead National Recreation Area just east of Las Vegas. I have more Vegas area activities to blog about, but first I want to share some news with you.

Rethinking Our Style

We never have been very good at doing things the same as everyone else. It always seems like we chart a different course than others. Turns out, it is the same in our travel life and the time has come to shake things up again.

We are in the process of making big changes to our travel style. We absolutely love all the traveling we’ve been doing and can’t imagine ending our adventures. We want to continue to travel as much as possible, but after four months on the road, we found we still want a home and community where we can take care of business, regroup, and have some personal space before heading out on the next adventure. We want our travels to be more about traveling and less about the mundane chores of daily life and vice versa.

With that in mind, a nearly 29 foot motor home is not the right RV for us. We only went that big so that we’d have more space for living full time on the road. The better fit is something rugged that can negotiate rough roads to remote destinations. We miss being able to turn down roads that most RVs would never dare travel. We miss traveling light and fast. The last four months have taught us we aren’t ready to give that up yet. I guess in short—we want more comfortable daily living and less plush travel. While we know there is no perfect combination, we are thinking the best combination for us is a home base and a rugged RV.

Hawk’s last campsite

Base Camp Adventure

Our sudden departure from full time RVing might give you the impression that we want to slow down and adventure less. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We actually want to speed up our travels and see MORE! While we have missed our family and friends back home in SE Washington, that area is too far from the places we want to adventure and we are done with the cold winter months that grip the region for a significant portion of the year. We want a base camp with mild winter weather that is in close proximity to a plethora of scenic places where we can hike, backpack, and explore. We are in the process of developing a short list of potential Southwest locations that fit the bill. Some have been quick to point out that desert summers are hot. That’s nothing new for us—we come from Hells Canyon country. They don’t call it Hell for nothing! We’ll still be highly mobile and plan to return to the Pacific Northwest each summer to visit family enjoy our favorite mountain backpacking and fly fishing locations where it is nice and cool.

Plan For 2020

We have already begun the process of switching gears. Back in December, while traveling between St. George and Lake Mead, we passed a dealership in Mesquite, Nevada that sells Fords and RVs. After deciding that we’d like to get out of the big motor home and into a more rugged RV, we paid them a visit to see what kind of a deal we could work out. We knew exactly what we wanted, a one ton Ford diesel truck which will be all the truck we’ll ever need to pull any RV we would consider in the next ten years. Dave at Mesquite Ford was a pleasure to work with. He was happy to deal on trading the motor home for a Ford truck (minus our lithium batteries which we took with us). He even let us take the truck several days before handing over the motor home so that we could have time to pack up and move out.

We’ve already started researching our next RV. It must be small and rugged. Not living in it full time, we don’t need or want anything big. We need a place to sleep, a toilet, and we need to be able to take the cats for trips longer than a few days. Currently we are thinking a very small pull trailer or pop up truck camper, but we’d love to hear your suggestions!

Make sure there’s room in the new RV for me!

We also need to start downsizing our belongings. We’ve been care takers for a family home for the past two years, but we need to be out this fall and our new base camp will be a significantly smaller place…so we have a LOT of downsizing to do. We don’t want to be packing this spring and summer when the weather improves, so we’re taking advantage of the cold February days to make good progress.  

Our Ford F-350 Super Duty is right at home in the desert

The Future of Evans Outdoor Adventures

This is anything but the end of the road for Evans Outdoor Adventures. We’re simply turning down a different route. One that we hope will lead to even more exciting adventures. We feel good about these changes and we hope that you’ll continue to join us as we explore this beautiful nation. The sites we’ve seen and the people we’ve met have only fueled our passion for more travel and adventure.

I have a couple Lake Mead area posts that I’ll be working on over the next few weeks and early spring hiking and backpacking will be here soon. And we’ll share our latest RV search with you as well. So stay tuned—there are lots of adventures on the horizon!

traversing Nevada with my fluffy butt copilot

9 thoughts on “Shaking Things Up: We Make an Unexpected Turn

  1. RAR

    WELCOME HOME, my friends!! Missed you (and The Boys) dearly, but couldn’t have been happier for you – the places you’ve been, the things you’ve seen. You are such an inspiration. I can hardly wait to see what new mischief Phase II of Evans Outdoor Adventures brings your way!

    1. Lusha Post author

      Thank you so much dear friend. Your help with the move back was invaluable, we couldn’t have done it without you! Here’s to good times in the mountains this summer!

  2. Diane M Bennett

    I wonder how Mr. Fluffy pants would like a tent 🙂 I have no doubt that you guys will quickly regroup and be back out there in no Time! Meanwhile, your father and I are enjoying having you back!!! Been a long 4 plus months for your Mamma! Welcome home Jason & Lusha!!!

    1. Lusha Post author

      Thank you mom! LOL, I think Mr. Fluffy pants would love a tent with big airy windows… not sure it would survive, but he’d love it!

      1. Diane M Bennett

        I am positive that Mr. Fluffy Pants will be happy with what ever you decide as long as he and Big Brother Jakie are with their daddy & mamma 🙂 The experiences you both had on this journey are priceless and the places you had seen at Zion, Bryce and Lake Mead were a chance of a life time! 🙂
        We have loved following your blog as well as all of the awesome pictures and look forward to many more exciting Evans Adventures!!!
        Love you guys!!! 🙂

  3. Patty Switzer

    I had been wondering what was happening??? Good luck I can’t wait to hear what type of a RV you dedide on. I am interested in the Winnebago 4wd Revel Van but I can’t handle the price!!

    1. Lusha Post author

      Hi Patty,

      I thought you might be interested in all this! 🙂 We loved all the travels so much and we’re already anxious to get back on the road, but we need a rig better suited for our rugged travel style. The Winnebago Revel look really sweet. But like you, they are too rich for our blood, lol! We like the clearance, which we can’t say about too many rigs, but we’ve heard mixed reviews. Winnebago was, unfortunately, bought out by one of the two RV manufacturer giants that control 83% of the market share and my guess is their quality is going to start suffering. We experienced this same issue with our Jayco. Airstream was also gobbled up recently. Sad that so many reputable brands are being bought up by giants who could care less about quality. If we had the time and skills, I’d seriously consider a (home made) van conversion. Is your hubby handy with a hammer??

      Stick with us, we’re determined to find a good fit and be back on the road later this year! In the meantime, maybe I’ll see you on the trails at Hells Gate! 🙂 Thanks for being a loyal fan.
      Lusha

  4. Patty switzer

    Yes I have your blog on my tool bar so click on it often. You have done such a fantastic job with the details, love that! By the way Hannah is loving Flagstaff and said it feels so close to so much she wants to do. There are a few Small towns near there since your not looking for careers? Flagstaff has gotten speedy for housing! I hope to see you while your home I’m at the office Thursday’s and Friday’s. Or yes maybe hiking I’m heading out this morning it’s such a beautiful day

    1. Lusha Post author

      Oh rent for places is crazy!!! And it is so hard to pay rent after being a homeowner for so long. But we don’t want to be tied to one area right now. Who knows, those rent prices may drive us back into full time RVing, lol! It seems like our thoughts of what we want to do are changing daily. All we know is, they have to involve as much travel as possible. I briefly thought about Flagstaff since it is one of the best centrally located cities I can think of, but they get snow and we are done with snow, ha! I’m glad Hannah is liking it and doing so well- that has to be a good feeling for mom!!

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