Cross Country in our Small Travel Trailer – Thoughts and photos along the way!

10,000 miles in 2 months - Are we really up for this?

It was spring of 2016. We had talked about taking a cross country trip some day, and we found ourselves questioning why we should wait. After all, we were in the position to do it now, and nobody knows what the future holds. So we decided this was the year.

Traveling cross country in our small travel trailer sounded like a great adventure. We always wanted to visit parts of the country we never saw before, but was our trailer perhaps a little too small? It's only a 17 foot Casita. And all that driving...10,000 miles in 2 months. Would it be a little too much togetherness?

Well it turned out to be great! We relaxed and avoided the Interstates as much as we could, saw so many interesting small towns, and met a lot of great people. Check out the articles below which I wrote along the way and originally published on Facebook while we were on our trip. And be sure to drop me a note if you have any questions or comments.

On our cross-country journey

On our cross-country journey

The route we took traveling cross country in our small travel trailer

The route we took traveling cross country in our small travel trailer

Beginning all our "being close" time!

Day 1 - Falling Waters State Park, Florida

Our first day on the road. It took a while to settle in, but we were fine after that.

Some time with friends

Day 2 - Pensacola, Florida

Time with old friends that we don't get to see often enough.

Some time with family

Day 4 - Covington, Louisiana

Time with our son's family, including three of our grandkids!

Some sightseeing...but a lot of driving!

Day 7 - Texas

A great campground plus a visit to Dallas

Sunset from our Santa Fe Campground

Day 8 - Santa Fe, New Mexico

Finally out of Texas (it's a BIG state) and finished our first 2,000 miles.

Time with another old friend

Day 9 - Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Our first glimpse of mountains with snow, while visiting my old college buddy.

A major change of scenery

Day 10 - Helper, Utah

The temperature warmed up, and so did the scenery!

The brown rocks have been replaced with green trees

Day 12 - Cle Elum, Washington

We are starting to see some amazing green scenery. The big trees are right around the corner.

Great camping in the woods

Day 13 - Deception Pass, Washington

It's been forests of big green trees all we're camping in them.

Made it to our furthest point from home

Day 15 - Point Roberts, Washington

Our furthest point in the northwestern U.S. We had to drive through a bit of Canada to get there!

The incredible Northern Cascades

Day 19 - Winthrop, Washington

After a few days with friends, we're back on the road seeing some of the best scenery yet.

Back into Canada

Day 20 - Revelstoke, British Columbia

Fifth time to pull out our passports to cross the border.

Lake Louise near Banff, Alberta

Day 22 - Banff, Alberta

The most incredible place we've ever seen

Great drive down to Yellowstone

Day 26 - Cody, Wyoming

Traveling to and through Yellowstone.

Old Town in Cody, Wyoming

Day 29 - Summit, South Dakota

From the wild west of Cody, to the incredible American spectacle!

Camping on Lake Superior

Day 33 - Mesick, Michigan

Traveling to Michigan, via the Upper Peninsula

Grand Haven's channel to Lake Michigan

Day 41 - Grand Haven, Michigan

Back to my hometown...time with extended family and old friends.

The boardwalk along the Grand River out to the Lake Michigan pier

Day 47 - Grand Haven, Michigan

Enjoying a few weeks in my of West Michigan's top summer vacation spots!

Honeycomb Campground on Lake Guntersville in Alabama

Day 51 - Lake Guntersville, Alabama

Spending a few days on our way home, at our all time favorite campground

We made it back home to Orlando!

Day 56 - Back home in Orlando

We truly enjoyed our trip, but it's great to be back home!

Denny Johnson

Denny Johnson

After having spent most of our adult life in Orlando, my wife Fay and I moved to Knoxville, TN in 2020. We are loving the change of seasons and being near the mountains. Plus, this part of the country is loaded with great places to camp. 
We camped years ago with a pop-up camper, but got serious about it when we purchased our Casita in 2014. There was a lot to learn as we started traveling with it, and a lot of conflicting opinions on line. That's when I decided that creating a website would be a good retirement project. I started to share things we've learned along the way that have worked well for us in hopes that the information would be of help to others.
However, since moving to Tennessee, I've gotten involved with new hobbies (you can check some out on my personal website at and we haven't camped very much. So, at the end of 2023, I made the tough decision to stop updating this website.
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