Monday, June 30, 2014

GoneByRV - Westward with Travel Uncertainty




From the site: GoneByRV - Westward with Travel Uncertainty

Writing from Papillion, NE     (Click on Pics to Enlarge)We left the Amana Colonies this morning after a very enjoyable week.  Roger and Mary Baird arrived yesterday so, of course, we had to go out to dinner.  It seems that's what RVers do a lot!  We had a very nice dinner at Ronneburg's Restaurant in Amana. Photo: Courtesy of "dpcutler" Google EarthAfter dinner we sat around the rigs for a bit as both Bill and Kris Osborne and we were planning to leave on Wednesday morning.  We'll meet up again with the Bairds in Casa Grande, AZ later this year, but the Osbornes are unsure of their travel plans which makes when we might see them again uncertain.We had planned to leave Amana between 8 and 9 AM this morning ...Read more...




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TRAVEL WITH THE BAYFIELD BUNCH:)) - HAMLIN BEACH STATE PARK TO BAYFIELD ONTARIO…..NICE DRIVE & NO PROBLEMS AT THE BORDER




From the site: TRAVEL WITH THE BAYFIELD BUNCH:)) - HAMLIN BEACH STATE PARK TO BAYFIELD ONTARIO…..NICE DRIVE & NO PROBLEMS AT THE BORDER

ROLLING OUT OF HAMLIN BEACH STATE PARK THIS MORNING In Tuesday’s post I mentioned about tornado warnings in South-western Ontario & I see this morning one did touch down in the town of Angus.  What we didn’t realize was that same storm cell was heading directly to our area of Munroe County.  Kelly had turned on the TV to check the weather & sure enough we had a storm warning flash across the screen.  Quickly checked the live radar on our computers & sure enough we were in the bulls-eye of the same fast approaching  Ontario storm.  Skies darkened, wind picked up substantially, a few drops of rain on the roof & then down it came in torrents.  Thunder roared & lightning flashed b ...Read more...




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Geeks on Tour Blog - Last Rally for a While




From the site: Geeks on Tour Blog - Last Rally for a While

I hate backtracking, especially when that means traveling the highways on the south side of Chicago.  The teeth-jarring toll-charging Interstates. You see, our original plan looked like the map below where #1 is the INTO Rally in Lebanon, TN, #2 is the Escapade in Goshen, IN, #3 is a week with the Quad Cities Computer Club, and #4 is the Fleetwood Rally in Duquoin, IL, and then we would be headed west. Something happened to #4 and they combined with the Glamarama rally in Goshen … same as #2.  So, we had to drive from #2 to #3, then back to #2.  On some of the worst roads in the country.  Now we’re planning to head back west, and it would be logical to go thru #3 again, but I do not want to travel that road ...Read more...




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I Love RVing - Get Ready to Roll




From the site: I Love RVing - Get Ready to Roll

Whether you are planning a weekend road trip or a longer trip, you still need to ensure that your RV is in tip-top shape, especially if you have a motorized RV. This means checking everything inside and out; and ensuring that you have everything you need. If you find something that needs to be replaced, such as a sewer hose or even a hot water heater, you can pick up what you need or drop off the RV at the service center at Jim’s RV. We have a large selection of parts and accessories for the do-it-yourselfer, and we also have a large service department for those things you can’t repair yourself. You can check some things about a week before you go; however, certain things need to be checked about a month before you go so that y ...Read more...




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Boyinks4Adventure.com - Our Travels - Rocky Marciano




From the site: Boyinks4Adventure.com - Our Travels - Rocky Marciano

Written by Harrison in We Didn’t Start the FireRocco Francis Marchegiano, or Rocky Marciano, was born on September 1, 1923, in Brockton Massachusetts. His father worked in a shoe factory, and from a young age, Rocky knew he didn’t want to have a job like that. His first loves were baseball and football. He only took up boxing while in the Army. After short pro baseball stint with a minor league team, he started boxing professionally. He then went on a winning streak that never ended. After 37 wins, his biggest fight came with former heavyweight champion, Joe Louis. Louis happened to be Marciano’s favorite fighter. After winning in eight rounds, Marciano cried in the locker room. Marciano finally got his chance at a cham ...Read more...




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Ray and Cindy's RV Travels - Easy Drive




From the site: Ray and Cindy's RV Travels - Easy Drive

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin High 88 Low 72Yesterday we drove south for about 2 hours to the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park near Fort Atkinson. We got charged for electricity which I wasn't expecting, but it was an uneventful drive. This park is very kid oriented. They seem to have a lot of activities for younger guests. There are two pools and numerous playgrounds. We are here for three nights and plan on going to Madison today. The night we left Wisconsin Downs, there was a severe thundershower warning for where we were staying. It rained hard all night, and we woke up to sunny skies. The TV stations this morning are all talking about the weather. Tornado warnings were on the news for where we are. When we woke up it was cloudy and windy, but ...Read more...




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WatsonsWander - Exploring and working fulltime from our Airstream - A Day Trip to Telluride




From the site: WatsonsWander - Exploring and working fulltime from our Airstream - A Day Trip to Telluride

Even though we’re staying near Durango, our first Colorado adventure was in the small mountain town of Telluride. We rarely take long day trips, but since we plan to stay in the same place for next few weeks, a wider range of exploration was easily justified. Telluride is one of the towns that we skipped over last year. We would like to stay there this year, but since there’s only one campground in town- a place that is notoriously difficult to get into- who knows if it will happen. So we decided to drive up and spend the day. The two hour drive was beautiful of course. For most of the journey we traveled through a valley next to a rushing stream. We passed many places where we would love to camp, i ...Read more...




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The Lowe's RV adventures - Want to really see the Blue Ridge Mountains?




From the site: The Lowe's RV adventures - Want to really see the Blue Ridge Mountains?

Hike them! After being tourists in Asheville for a couple of days, we were back to what delights us the most – submerging ourselves into nature through our hiking – this time in the Blue Ridge Mountains.… Continue reading → ...Read more...




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On the Road of Retirement - Arches National Park, Moab, Utah…




From the site: On the Road of Retirement - Arches National Park, Moab, Utah…

We made the short drive over to Moab, Utah and pulled into Spanish Trails RV Park around lunchtime (nice that they take Passport America in June). Bad luck strikes us though and our CRV battery has died and the car won’t start. A fellow RV’er nearby offers us a jumpstart and the first order of business in Moab turns out to be buying a new battery instead of hiking right away. We found a great locally owned shop (Clarks Parts Plus) where I was able to buy an already charged battery. The fellow behind the counter said they sell a lot of batteries in town so they keep them charged. Great so with a new battery in the CRV we head over to Arches National Park where we purchase a new annual pass for $80 and drive into the park. All I ...Read more...




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In the Direction of Our Dreams - Not so sure it’s Paradise




From the site: In the Direction of Our Dreams - Not so sure it’s Paradise

Thursday June 12, 2014Tahquamenon Falls State ParkPARADISE, Michigan   We begin swatting as soon as we get up.   We’re using every weapon we have including the skillet. We have an arsenal of sprays but I can’t use them in the house except for the “natural” ones which only discourage the mosquitoes for about 30 minutes before having to be reapplied.         Time to see the falls, that’s the main thing we came for. Although there seem to be several really nice trails and some great kayaking as well.  The mosquitoes seem to be worse in the house than outside. Maybe it’s the warmer weather inside and lack of wind that attracts them. We get geared up to go see the famous f ...Read more...




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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Live Laugh RV - Pure Colorado




From the site: Live Laugh RV - Pure Colorado

Ahhhh…… pure Colorado …… the grill was sizzling with a couple of steaks,  the azure blue sky was touched with tuffs of white fluffy clouds, the grassy meadow was covered in yellow wildflowers, the air was crisp, clean, with just a hint of a campfire wafting in the air. Ah yes, perfect!  Well, not quite …. if only those darn little planes buzzing overhead would stop then life would have been perfect.  What happened to my quiet, remote solitude?We were camped at Lowry Campground in the White River National Forest near Keystone, Colorado at an elevation of about 9,400 feet and everything but that annoying aircraft noise was perfect. Hubby was relaxing in a chair outside and was more curiou ...Read more...




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Take To The Highway - Heading Inland to Catch a Little Sun…




From the site: Take To The Highway - Heading Inland to Catch a Little Sun…

Anyone who knows me knows I don’t make large purchases easily.  For example, it took me almost two years to buy my rig, but once I found it, the honeymoon is still on.  The indecisive Libra in me makes me … Continue reading → ...Read more...




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Riveted - Walton Lake and Painted Hills




From the site: Riveted - Walton Lake and Painted Hills

After we left Detroit Lake we met up with Tiffani and Deke over at Walton Lake Campground in the Ochoco National Forest in Central Oregon. This is a gorgeous little lake with campsites on both sides. There are no hookups (and only a tiny bit of Verizon service). We arrived first and did a couple loops around the campground looking for spots. There were a couple of spots (not together) that looked potentially not occupied or reserved and just as we were trying to decide what to do, the camp host lady drove up in her little car: Camp Host... ...Read more...




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WatsonsWander - Exploring and working fulltime from our Airstream - From Heron Lake to Colorado




From the site: WatsonsWander - Exploring and working fulltime from our Airstream - From Heron Lake to Colorado

Last week we spent six lovely, lakeside nights at Heron Lake State Park. Well, it was almost lakeside. The lake water level is at an all time low, so our site was quite far from the actual shore. Despite the lack of water, it’s still a very pretty lake. Still pretty even with so much missing water It was one of those weeks when we didn’t leave the campground at all. One day we drove down to the end of the lake to check out the dam, and a few times we went over to the electric and water loop to use the showers, but other than that this narrow site tucked between the trees was where we spent the week. Our site at Brushy Point Campground Heron Lake is a big park with eight different campgrounds, p ...Read more...




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Running Away with Doug and Nancy - Antigonish NS to Saint-Leonard NB (680 Kms=422 Miles)




From the site: Running Away with Doug and Nancy - Antigonish NS to Saint-Leonard NB (680 Kms=422 Miles)

We got out of Antigonish at exactly 9:00 a.m. this morning. It started out dry and a bit misty then quickly turned into a downpour (again). The highway is quite rutted with lots of standing/running water and it was extremely windy . I started out driving for 1/2 hour then I turned the reins of Euri over to Doug. It just made me a little wary so best to let him drive for a bit.....Well, maybe driving in the rain isn't so bad if you follow this guy!!Right near Amherst NS they harness one of their best resources.W-I-N-D!!!!Just a few miles further west is the same point that we entered Nova Scotia a few weeks ago. Check out the flags - think the wind is blowing?? Good-bye Nova Scotia and Paula & Jerry.You have all been amazing ho ...Read more...




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Aluminarium - Sutton Service




From the site: Aluminarium - Sutton Service

This morning we brought our Airstream to the Service Department at George Sutton RV in Eugene, OR. We didn’t have anything major on our list, we just figured since we’re in the neighborhood we should get the little things taken care of. There are things we could do ourselves like tire pressure and wash, but sometimes it’s definitely more convenient to get it all done at once by someone else. - INSPECT TONGUE JACK OPERATION AND LUBE AS NEEDED Our jack has been making some funky sounds lately so we wanted to have them give it a look. Correction: Inspected jack and found it to be working good. Pulled bubble level and sprayed with tri-flow. $25 - REPLACE BREAK AWAY CABLE WITH COIL TYPE Correction: Removed old break-aw ...Read more...




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Roadtreking | The small motorhome lifestyle - Thinking of a Type B RV? Here are the questions you should ask




From the site: Roadtreking | The small motorhome lifestyle - Thinking of a Type B RV? Here are the questions you should ask

Thinking of a Type B RV? Here are the questions you should ask Buying an RV is perhaps the second biggest purchase most of us will make next to our house. In some cases, with kids grown and newly retired from our jobs, it becomes our house as more and more people embrace the fulltiming style of a life on wheels. And these days, Type B RVs seem to be at the top of the motorhome popularity chart. Many who bought larger Type A or C motorhomes are downsizing, or “rightsizing,,” as some call it, for the more mobile and maneuverable Type B-style campervan motorhome. For one thing, new retirees are coming into the marketplace every day. And today’s retirees are generally healthier and more active than those who came before. ...Read more...




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In the Direction of Our Dreams - Off to the UP and the winner is…….




From the site: In the Direction of Our Dreams - Off to the UP and the winner is…….

Wednesday June 11, 2014Tahquamenon Falls State ParkParadise, Michigan       We have really enjoyed our time at Sleeping Bear Dunes.    It is definitely a place to return to and stay longer.  But now it is time to move on up into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It has turned out that the mosquitoes weren’t too bad here in fact most of what we thought were mosquitoes were midges.  Midges are bigger and more bothersome but the don’t bite.  A definite improvement over a mosquito.  Still when they are swarming around your face you tend to hustle away. We are taking M 31 up and around the east side of the lake and over to I 75 across the Mackinaw Bridge.  Several people have told us n ...Read more...




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A Satisfying Retirement - Leads To A Satisfying Life - Follow Along!




From the site: A Satisfying Retirement - Leads To A Satisfying Life - Follow Along!

Betty and I leave in a few weeks for our summer RV trip. I've received enough emails wondering if we will be going through a particular town or area that I decided to post these maps.  The first is for the trip to Wisconsin. I haven't noted every stop or all the places we will be visiting in Wisconsin but you can see the general shape of the journey. It will take us 24 days to get from Scottsdale to Egg Harbor. After spending three weeks in Wisconsin the trip back has been left much less detailed. We have a general idea of how we'd like to make our way home, but we have no firm plan. We have no reservations or need to be home on a particular date. We will let our moods dictate the final route. The Badlands and Mt. Rushmo ...Read more...




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ROAMING FREE 2010 - Olympic National Park–Crescent Lake




From the site: ROAMING FREE 2010 - Olympic National Parkâ€"Crescent Lake

With all of our parts on order, we were free to leave Brazel’s RV for several days while we waited for the parts to arrive.  We made our way north through the capital of Washington, Olympia, and continued on US-101 to the coastal town of Port Angeles.   The road was narrow and winding in many areas, and we crossed many bridges. Port Angeles is a small town on the Strait of San Juan de Fuca, a major shipping channel from Seattle out to the Pacific Ocean.                      It’s also the location of the ferry that travels from the US to Vancouver Island, BC.  We arrived at the Conestoga Quarters RV Park and got parked for a few days. We’re suppos ...Read more...




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Saturday, June 28, 2014

follow the tumbleweed - a walk down the river




From the site: follow the tumbleweed - a walk down the river

yes! still flashbacks from late april! this was our last day boondocking near lake powell/page arizona. we woke up to see sara sunning herself amy, greg, and sara packing up and heading on. it was great to meet them and we definitely are looking forward to catching up with them again we didn’t have anything big planned. the weather was hot, so we just decided to walk down to the river. once we got to the river, we went right and walk for an hour or so scout getting a salt scrub salt of the earth :D with my hat and walking stick, i’m not quite sure what i look like. i was happy walking in the water! found a little shade for us all to squeeze into we decided to turn around when these dark stormy clouds started getting dar ...Read more...




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RV-ing in the Kram-a-lot-Inn - Sunday, June 15 - Travel Day-Happy Fathers Day (Denali Park, AK)




From the site: RV-ing in the Kram-a-lot-Inn - Sunday, June 15 - Travel Day-Happy Fathers Day (Denali Park, AK)

  We had a short travel day only 110 miles. Bob and Janet lead the way today and warned us that there was a site on the right that was picture worthy. Then they called on the CB that there was a moose. He was right off the road and I got some good shots of him as he trotting along.   The next thing we saw was these guys riding on the side of the road. Then we ran into several areas of construction. We had to slow down to a crawl in these areas. More sites along the way We arrived at Denali RV Park and Motel a little after 1pm. I made dinner this evening. Meatloaf, roasted potatoes, corn casserole and green salad. I baked a cake for dessert. After we ate we all went for a walk around the campground. ...Read more...




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live. work. dream. - 7 Years on the Full-time RVing Road and Counting




From the site: live. work. dream. - 7 Years on the Full-time RVing Road and Counting

When we left Eureka, California in June 2007, we never wouldda imagined that seven years later, the road would go on forever (and the party would never end). Jerry with Jim sporting his new trucker cap. When we left, our Dodge Ram had 24,000 miles on it. Today it’s nearing 140,00 hard-driving, tow-haulin’, rock and rollin’ miles from the west to the east, north to south and back again. Oh the places this truck has seen! And then there’s the Arctic Fox. Seven years later this 245N is holding strong and proof that it’s high resale value is worth every penny. I can’t say the same about some of the components that aren’t made by Northwood (more on that in an upcoming post), but for the most part this is ...Read more...




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follow the tumbleweed - horseshoe bend & sunset crater




From the site: follow the tumbleweed - horseshoe bend & sunset crater

flashback to april 2014 checked out horseshoe bend on the way out of page. beautiful! i was off taking my own photos, when i see this dork standing on the edge of the cliff. you can’t tell, but there’s a thousand foot drop. a couple was taking a photo of him. this is definitely a do not. heading south towards flagstaff normally they are both sleeping, but they were checking mike out in front of us we took a side trip thru sunset crater volcano park. it was a pretty drive taking a rest at the overlook for lunch a quick instagram update and finally a nap we found a fantastic little spot to boondock overnight and i headed out for a bike ride at 8,000 feet, it’s hard! pushing was the way to go and it was even h ...Read more...




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The MoHo and Other Traveling Tales - Oh What to DO?




From the site: The MoHo and Other Traveling Tales - Oh What to DO?

Current Location: Tulare, CA, sunny and 96 degrees F Settled down for the evening in hot, dry, sunny Tulare, California. We began our day in Lee Vining, on the east side of the Sierras, and treated ourselves to an early dawn crossing of Tioga Pass, through Yosemite and down the mountain to the Great Central Valley. A family event called Mo to this area and Abby and I are comfortable in the MoHo at Sun and Fun RV Park, with our Passport America discount, air conditioner going full blast.  Ahh…yes…time to process photos and write. Trying to come up with something to do in Tulare, California isn’t very high on the agenda, at least not on my agenda.  I am looking forward to our journey back north tomorrow morning ...Read more...




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Metamorphosis Road - Sumpter, OR: Historic, Beautiful and Wild!




From the site: Metamorphosis Road - Sumpter, OR: Historic, Beautiful and Wild!

Our drive from Burns to Sumpter was gorgeous. Heading North on hwy 395 we passed through the Divine Canyon Scenic Corridor where jagged lava spires skirted in Ponderosa Pine followed us through the curves. Turning East on hwy 26 at John Day we passed through rolling green hills edged with snow capped peaks. Then North on hwy 7 into the trees again we rolled into the historic gold mining town of Sumpter.Downtown Sumpter, OR.Sumpter is tiny, about 200 people live here, and many of the buildings on Main St. wear For Sale signs. It's on the Elkhorn Scenic Byway and nestled against the Elkhorn Mountain Range. There's plenty of mining history to explore here and outdoor recreation in many forms: primarily ATV and snowmobiling, but hikin ...Read more...




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Running Away with Doug and Nancy - Doyles NL to Antigonish NS (236 Kms=146 Miles)




From the site: Running Away with Doug and Nancy - Doyles NL to Antigonish NS (236 Kms=146 Miles)

We pulled out of the Grand Codroy RV-Tent Camp Park at 9:00 a.m. We needed to be at the ferry terminal 2 hours before the ship is due to leave dock. It just leaves a bit of time to waste but that's okay. There is an area off the western end of the Codroy Valley where the winds come off the southern end of the Long Range Mtns and Table Mountain at near hurricane force. It is called the Wreckhouse. The winds have been known to reach 150 km/ph. This area is, basically just about 8 kms from the Port aux Basques ferry terminal. The winds are extremely high and in the early 1900's they were even known to blow railway cars off the old narrow gauge tracks. The railway had to employ a local to warn them of the high winds. Today, the t ...Read more...




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Gypsy Turtles - Note to Self: Crank Down the Antenna Before Leaving the Campground




From the site: Gypsy Turtles - Note to Self: Crank Down the Antenna Before Leaving the Campground

Mouse Update: I’d like to thank everyone who left comments and/or offered tips on Facebook regarding catching Mr. Mouse. I am happy to report we won the war…finally. In the end, we chose not to use the glue traps. I had read a few reviews that said they could get out of them and I had visions of Mr. Mouse getting sticky stuff all over our stuff. Every kind of bait we tried was successful. The problem was he could get it out without setting off the trap. So, I finally came up with a solution. I took a small piece of hotdog and using some thin florist wire, wired the hot dog to the bait tray. He’d at least have to tug to remove it. It worked like a charm. We celebrated. And we slept like babies that night :) Recently, I ...Read more...




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........Rolling in a RV - Wheelchair Traveling...... - Ganondagan State Historic Site




From the site: ........Rolling in a RV - Wheelchair Traveling...... - Ganondagan State Historic Site

   In the 1600s nearly 150 longhouses stood on this property, making Ganondagan  the largest Seneca town. The Senacas were keepers of the western border of the lands belonging to the confederation of Iroquois people. They controlled traffic that passed through which was very important for the fur trade. In 1687 the village was attacked by the French who wanted to eliminate competition from the Iroquois trappers.The Senecas never returned to live in the burnt out village although they did use the fields for crops.    A short video is shown in the visitor center. Exhibits are minimal. The main attraction is a reconstructed longhouse.   The visitor center is accessible. The longhouse is located in a field about 3 ...Read more...




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Life on the Open Road - I Made It to Oregon!




From the site: Life on the Open Road - I Made It to Oregon!

But first, on the way out of Weed, we stopped at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden north of town. It's a sad memorial dedicated to veterans of all conflicts.This one was beautiful - entitled "Coming Home."I'm not sure how the flute player and dancers relate, but I joined in.Before I left, I noticed one of the statues was trying to hitchhike out of there.My first stop in Oregon was Klamath Falls. We took a little hike along the river to see the falls.There they are! They might have been better before they built the dam.The trail was pretty scenic.A leaky wooden pipe ran from the dam down to an old generator. It looked like a flower garden.And there was lots of wildlife along the way. A turtle sunning himself -Cormorants posing nicely ...Read more...




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Friday, June 27, 2014

RV Days with Jessica and Harry - It’s Been a Long Time!




From the site: RV Days with Jessica and Harry - It’s Been a Long Time!

Location: Catskill, NY (High 76, Low 52) This has definitely been my most sporadic blog summer since I started my blog back in 2010. It’s been a pretty busy summer so far, but most days we’re busy with just the normal stuff of daily life.     The biggest event of the past couple weeks was our trip north to the Adirondacks last weekend for the half marathon in Lake Placid.       The first order of business was for Harry to put on his “techie person” hat at my mother’s house.     On Saturday we drove over to Lake Placid to pick up our materials for the half.               We ate lunch at a restaurant with an outdoor café and a re ...Read more...




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