Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

We’ve taken Terrapin out 14 times in the ten months we’ve owned her, giving us almost a full year of fun memories. She kept us sane through COVID and helped shift our travel paradigm.

camping at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Who can forget my birthday owl?

my birthday owl

Or that spectacular meteor?

meteor at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park June 9, 2021

Or “Dashboard Jesus”?

Dashboard Jesus!

International travel is not yet in our future — as of this writing, Japan is considering closing the 2021 Summer Olympics to all spectators due to an increase in COVID cases — and we simply do not have the confidence to board a long-distance flight.  So, TG and I have set our sights beyond the borders of Florida and are currently planning multi-week road trips across the USA.

planning trips!

Visiting friends in Tennessee, New Mexico’s big dark skies, Georgia’s waterfalls, Iowa’s covered bridges, and the Northern Lights of Michigan’s U.P. are all on the list. The more we consider our USA travel options, the more places we are finding to go!

Georgia’s waterfalls high on TG’s list!

We – and the pups – have loved camping in Terrapin.  She is everything you need in a compact little package. 

home sweet Terrapin

But she gets horrible gas mileage:  7 miles to the gallon.  Plus, she is not at all nimble for photo safaris.  We would either have to tow a car (and further decrease our mileage) or rent once we arrived at our destination.  Neither of these options made sense to us. 

TG and I are too practical to let her sit in the driveway for the next year while we traveled around the country in our Jetta Sportwagen.  It was time to find her a new home.  And, surprisingly quick, that’s exactly what we did.

Terrapin at her new home in Sarasota (photo courtesy of new owners Tom & Wanda)

TG always says, “spend your money on experiences, not things,” so I waved good-bye with a bit of sadness and a lot of excitement about what our future might bring.

Bye-Bye Terrapin

Going forward we will be tent camping, or staying in hotels and Air BnB’s.  TG has managed to procure several credit cards tied to points at pet-friendly hotels.  This will make any long-distance trip affordable and comfortable.

pet-friendly hotels and Air BnB’s

In addition to the orange tent with its airy screened roof, we’ve purchased a 4-season CRUA Core tent.  Between the two, we will have plenty of room to spread out.

our new CRUA Core tent

We will be testing our new arrangement soon so stay tuned for continuing adventures on the road with Tall Guy and jet!

one night in the orange tent at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Author: TG&jet

Nature photographers - wildlife, landscapes, underwater; travelers; bloggers

2 thoughts on “Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things”

  1. Please come see us in Washington. We have a spare bedroom at the cabin and a guest trailer. Lake Cushman isn’t Nojiri but it’s a close second.


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