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Friday, January 31, 2020

Month in Review-January 2020

Okay, I admit it. It’s a challenge to juggle social media and blog and YouTube. Especially since I’m still learning video editing. (check out our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJCiPrX41kycHwHUL4HXnGQ/ )

 In an attempt to get more consistent now on our blog, we’re launching “month in review”. It will cover a quick look at what we did and what the RV lifestyle costs us in that month. Once we're traveling again, we'll include campground info as well.

So, what do a couple retirees do their at the winter layover location? Here’s how January 2020 looked for us:

Weekly trips into Galveston for shopping and any other errands that can’t be done on the Bolivar Peninsula. (We love the free Texas State Ferry system!) And we found a great local church to attend...Crystal Beach Community Church.

Maintain Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. We’re doing a lot of catch-up from 2019 with our videos. This month we uploaded these:














We take walks and enjoy getting out on the beach. The Bolivar Peninsula offers easy access to over 20 miles of drive-able and camp-able beach on the Texas Gulf Coast.  All you need is the annual $10 beach permit which is readily available at several businesses on the peninsula.

And we did some maintenance and repair on our coach, like replacing one of the gas struts on a basement door.

We took in some history this month with Galveston Museum Day. Several museums take this day to offer up free or deeply discounted admissions. We took in two (free) places…. the Bishops Palace and The Grand 1894 Opera House. Videos for those will be uploaded in a month or so. (If you subscribe to our YouTube channel and sign up for Notifications,You'll be among the first to know when our videos post 😉)

It was also a month to celebrate. Happy 43rd Wedding Anniversary to us. We enjoyed running errands (yes, that’s normal for us), the free ferry boat ride, seeing lots of marine traffic and the celebrated with dinner out at the Stingaree restaurant in Crystal Beach Texas…our favorite place for splurge dining. Good food and great views of the Intracoastal Waterway.

 Bottom line…January was a good month of our RV life.

So, what does this lifestyle cost us anyway? Here’s a “big picture”, in general terms, run-down for you. Your experiences and costs may vary, but if you’re wondering about your own future plans, we hope you find this helpful.

Fixed Expenses (i.e. campground fees, insurance, cellphones, etc…):  $1340

Fuel:  Jeep - $40   RV - $0 (after all, she’s not going anywhere at the moment 😉)

Repairs and Maintenance: $14

Shopping (i.e. groceries, sundries, etc): $730 (5 shopping trips this month)

Entertainment and Misc. (i.e. eating out, admissions, etc) $300

Hope you found this helpful! Safe travels to you, and who knows, As We Go, maybe someday we'll see you on the road!