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Byodo-In Temple, Oahu, Hawaii

Byodo-In Temple, Oahu, Hawaii

8 Favorite Destinations, Year 4

Hike to Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Four years ago we set out to travel the country fulltime in an R.V. When people asked us how long we planned to live in a motor home, the best answer we could give them was “until we’re done.” We didn’t know how long it would take for us to see everything we wanted to see or how long we’d enjoy (or tolerate) living in what amounts to a fancy truck. We now know.

It took us just shy of four years to zigzag across the country from Maine to San Diego and make the roughly 250 other stops we wanted in between. Year four took us along the West Coast, out to Hawaii and up to Alaska, where we completed our westward migration.

With our domestic travels largely completed, we traded in our motor home for a couple of backpacks and set off to see the wider world.

If you ask us now how long we plan to travel this way, lugging all our worldly possessions on our backs, the best we can tell you is “until we’re done.” We may not know the path ahead, but we do have pretty clear recollections of the year we’re leaving behind.

With that in mind, here’s a list of our favorite destinations from our fourth full year of fulltime travel. As always with these posts, the destination header links to the original blog post on the topic. 

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Walking on Fire

Guy walking near a lava flow

Something we failed to mention in our earlier post about our Hawaiian lava trek was this guy. We have no idea who he is, or what happened to him. He simply popped up on the horizon perilously close to flowing lava and in near total darkness. Then he disappeared. Down a lava tube? We don’t think so, but we don’t really know either. 

Ki’i Totems

Ki’i Totems, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, Hawaii

Wooden totems still protect the area that once served as a Hawaiian sanctuary for repentant lawbreakers and war refuges at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park.

Sea Turtles by the Seashore

Green Sea Turtle

It turns out we’re not the only ones who enjoy Hawaii’s glorious beaches. These green sea turtles pulled up some sand to soak in the sun at Punalu’u Beach.

Green Sea Turtle by the Ocean

Green Sea Turtle Getting Soaked

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