In an article for MobileRVing.com a few months ago, I talked about my husband’s and my plan to take our new used fifth wheel trailer – a 2002 215 RL Wanderer Lite by Thor on its first roadtrip. John recently qualified for the Senior Pass through America the Beautiful which allows free entry into and reduced camping fees in U.S. national parks and federal lands.

We have just returned from our six-week excursion of nearly 5,000 miles. I have included in this post pictures from some of the national and federal lands that we visited. I recommend getting the pass as soon as you qualify (at age 62) and visiting as many parks as you can. In between the parks, there is some outstanding scenery in the great United States of America.

Motorhome towing car through Death Valley National Park.

Motorhome towing car through Death Valley National Park.

At Death Valley National Park, we camped at a Furnace Creek campground and hiked into the hills above the campground for a spectacular view.

At Death Valley National Park in Southeastern California, we camped at a Furnace Creek campground and hiked into the hills above the campground for a spectacular view of the surreal landscapes.

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Dinosaur National Monument in Utah was a great treat. We saw and touched actual dinosaur bones and toured the dinosaur quarry where thousands of bones have been excavated.

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Green River Campground at Dinosaur National Monument was fabulous. Using the Senior Pass, we camped for $6 per night. Since it was early in the season, we had the campground mostly to ourselves.

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In Moab, Utah, we camped near the entrance to Arches National Park on federal land. Although it was early in the season, the lesson was that if you want to actually camp in the Park, best make reservations early for Arches.

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Here we are with our 2002 GMC three-quarter ton truck that we have had since it was brand new and with our new used 2002 215 RL Wanderer Lite by Thor. The Wanderer (has no slides) was the most comfortable small trailer we’ve ever used.

The interior of the 2002 Wanderer Lite by Thor with the rear living room was a pleasure in which to spend evenings. The seating is comfortable and with John's fold-down table renovation (from a flat table top), we had lots of room to play cards, to play with our two dogs and to just relax with feet up while sipping some wine.

The interior of the 2002 215 RL Wanderer Lite by Thor  was a pleasure in which to spend evenings. The seating is comfortable and with John’s fold-down table renovation (from a flat table top), we had lots of room to play cards, to play with our two dogs and to just relax with feet up while sipping some wine.

Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho was another fabulous national park find. It is a landscape of vast lava flows. The campground there was clean and beautiful and we only paid $3 for a night (with the use of the Senior Pass). This park is a must see if you are in the Arco area traveling east on Highway 20.

Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho was another fabulous national park find. It is a landscape of vast lava flows. The campground there was clean and beautiful and we only paid $3 for a night (with the use of the Senior Pass). This park is a must see if you are traveling on Highway 20 in the Arco, Idaho area.

 

Happy Travels everyone! Remember to take it slow if you can and to smell the roses as you go!