Time to Settle Down....

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Nampa, Idaho, United States
You probably have noticed our blog entries have slowed down considerably. Well, after six wonderful, exciting, adventurous years of travelling around the country, we've decided to settle down here in Nampa, Idaho and build a house.

We've visited every state in the country...many states multiple times and had a blast...never regretted a moment.

We had a few cities on our list to investigate on this trip. They were: Grand Junction, Colorado, Flagstaff, Arizona, Minden/Garnerville, Nevada, Nampa, Idaho, Kennewick, Washington, Fort Collins, Colorado. Nampa is our choice.
Here's where Idaho is located and Nampa (the blue circle) in the SW part of the state.

Some overall statistics from our travels:

We started out in California September 23rd, 2011 and are ending it August 1st, 2016

1808 days...as of August 1st

247 RV Parks

Average price per night: $27.94

Average nightly stay: 5.96....this includes wintering over in Nokomis for 150 days three years in row.

Average daily mileage: 195 miles

47,436 miles total

We looked around this area, west of Boise, three years ago and really liked it. It has agriculture, low crime, conservative, good demographics, great weather (no tornados, hurricanes or thunder and lightning storms), easy winters, not-that-hot summers, lots to do, gorgeous country.

We went and bought a 2-acre piece of land in a nice neighborhood outside of town where we're in the process of planning and building our home.

Kim has been designing our home for years now in anticipation of building it. She's been planning for a 1,200 square foot house but the CCRs of this development said 1,800 square feet. We thought that was fine but.....then we read the amendments that now said 2,400 square feet is the minimum ! That's a lot of house for 2 people. However, we went ahead and made ourselves a new floor plan that we're very happy with.
Here are some photos of our land, starting from the left side (the west side) and moving to the right. Notice the great east-facing view of the mountains behind Boise. That'll be our morning view and, in the winter, they are covered with snow!

We're staying in our coach at a great RV park while the house is being built. Right now, we're looking at breaking ground in about 2-3 weeks (hopefully) and then 3 months construction, which ought to get us into the house in December. Wouldn't that be a great Christmas present?!!!

We'll be posting photos as the construction proceeds and photos of what we're planning for the inside rooms. So we hope you all will be interested to follow the progress.

...and our latest Katie photos....

Love to you all,

Steve and Kim and Katie

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Dean and Dawn

Congratulations on your new property. Looking forward to seeing the house being built.

Robert Campbell

Congrats on the new home! I couldn't be happier that you chose to live in Nampa, Idaho. My daughter, husband, and their 3 children just moved from Nampa to Overland Park, Kansas less than 6 months ago. We went up to Nampa a few times to visit and I loved the area for the same reasons you identified in your post. I really like the part about conservatism! LOL! I look forward to your future posts.

Jill Cross

Well, we are so excited for you guys even though we will miss you so much. The view is beautiful & the weather sounds good & better where most of us are at. We'll keep in touch & let you know what dances we're teaching


Well, I am happy for you and sad all at the same time. I'm gonna miss traveling with you! I felt like I was getting the chance to see some great
places without having to leave the comfort of my office. It is really great
that you were able to scope out so many places before you decided
where you were going to settle down. I too, like your reasons for choos ng
your new home. I am also looking forward to seeing your progress on the
actual building of the house. That is going to be so much fun! I do have one
request before you get too busy on the house. It would be great if you would
go back to the beginning of your travel adventures and pick your favorite few
pictures from each stop and put together a condensed version of your entire
travels and rate your favorite places you have been. That way we could have a recap from start to finish. Let it be something we could save. You
could even publish it and put it on sale at Barns and Nobles or somewhere.
Very Interesting.