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RV Museum, Elkhart, IN.

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1915 Model T with 1916 telescoping apartment

 

Elkhart, Indiana, the home of everything RV.  Almost all the major motorhome manufacturers are located in this area, as well as service and repair facilities and specialty parts stores for that hard to find item.   Of course it is the perfect location for what else, a museum dedicated to RV’s.  Continue reading

Central Virginia

McLean House, site of the end of the Civil War

McLean House, site of the end of the Civil War

Virginia is a such a beautiful state and so rich with history;  Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War.  Central Virginia is particularily beautiful with rolling hills, vast  estates, historical sites and now vineyards.

This visit to Virginia, which is Leonard’s home state, had us arriving right by the Appomatox Courthouse, site of the end of the Civil War. Continue reading

Cars, Camping and China in North Carolina

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1967 TR 4

We’ve been able to accomplish a multitude of activities in the last few days, all in the same general area of North Carolina.   We went to inspect a 1967 TR4 that my uncle is interested in purchasing and Leonard spent a couple of hours giving it a thorough going over.    I used the time to wander the grounds of the Jones Family farm and talk with the owner’s son,  who has turned the land into the only organic farm in his county.  He is getting ready to turn a profit after only 3 years and his demand is exceeding his supply.  When we were ready to leave he gave us two huge bags of fresh organic produce.  What an enjoyable morning. Continue reading

On the Road Again

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It’s our favorite time of year, spring and that means a road trip. This year we are planning to slowly work our way north,  eventually ending up in Michigan and the UP before heading to Minnesota and back south. We have been hearing about the legendary beauty of the UP for many years and are looking forward to finally being able to explore it. Continue reading

Return to Florida

Ichetucknee Springs in north Florida

Ichetucknee Springs in north Florida

Our amazing journey is over, a grand total of 8300 miles traveled in the RV and countless more in the Jeep, while out exploring our environs.    We celebrated our return to Florida by visiting one of the pristine springs located throughout Florida.   Located in north Florida, Ichetucknee Springs is a first magnitude spring, which means that 63 million gallons of  chilly 72 F water flow out of the spring every day.   A three hour leisurely tube ride down the river is a very popular summer activity and although we didn’t do it this time, we’ve done it in the past and hope to do it again sometime. Continue reading

Theodore Roosevelt NP, Medora, ND

 

The Theodore Roosevelt NP

The Theodore Roosevelt NP

As we begin our trek eastward we want to travel on a different route than the one we traveled when we went west. In our quest to escape the crowds and major highways we thought we would travel on Hwy 2, which runs parallel to the Canadian border, all the way from Montana to Minnesota. A very helpful couple who live in Montana and are originally from Minnesota strongly advised us to change our plans.  Apparently the oil boom towns of the massive Bakken Oil Field are in the northern part of N. Dakota along Hwy 2. We heeded their advise and chose wisely, as others also told us of the crime and chaos in that area, which it is much like the gold rushes of the late 1800’s with no housing, astronomical prices, horrible traffic, etc. Continue reading

Glacier NP, Montana

The border crossing at Chief Mountain

The border crossing at Chief Mountain

We made our border crossing at the very small, frontier-like outpost of Chief Mountain between Waterton NP and Glacier NP. There were only 1 RV and 1 car in front of us and no one behind us, and we were asked a total of 2 questions. What a breeze. Continue reading

Royal Tyrrell Museum and Waterton NP, Alberta

IMG_3202We left the Rocky Mountains and decided to go to Drumheller, Alberta, the home of a major Canadian tourist attraction, the Royal Tyrrell Museum. The museum, located 84 miles northeast of Calgary, AB  in the Canadian badlands, is a center of palaeontological research and is noted for its collection of more than 130,000 fossils. The first dinasaur fossils were discovered here in 1884 by geologists searching for coal seams and since then fossils continue to be found. The collection continues to grow and now contains at least 40 mounted dinosaur skeletons. It was a great museum and I’m glad we made the little detour out there. Continue reading

Banff National Park

What a shocking site right in the middle of Banff.

Wow, talk about having a bad day! .

We arrived at Lake Louise in Banff National Park on a Thursday before one of the busiest long weekends of the summer, BC Day, on Monday Aug. 4th. Even though we arrived by 11am all the campgrounds with hook-ups or in the most popular areas were already taken. We were anticipating this and decided to try a first come/first serve campground on the Bow Valley Parkway called Johnston Canyon, suggested by Pam and Rob’s friend Tracy. We got lucky and got the last site available for a unit our size for 4 nights. It was dry camping at its best and ideally situated between Banff and Lake Louise. Continue reading

Kootenay Rockies con’t

Neikkie Internment Centre in New Denver

Nikkei Internment Centre in New Denver

We spent the night in the very small town of New Denver, again an old mining town that in it’s prime had hopes of becoming bigger than its namesake in the south, Denver Colorado. New Denver has great historical significance now as the site of the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre. Click here for more info on the story of the forceable internment of 22,000 Japanese Canadians during WWII. Continue reading

Kootenay Rockies

Wonderful coffee shops and eclectic art shops are gems waiting to be discovered

Wonderful coffee shops and eclectic art shops are gems waiting to be discovered

After leaving the beautiful Kettle Valley we began to head into a region known as the Kootenay Rockies. This is the southeastern corner of BC where the jagged peaks of the Rockies rise in parallel with those of the Purcell, Selkirk and Monashee ranges. In between these mountains lie valleys, lakes and mighty rivers, including the Kootenay and the Columbia River, which originates here in BC. Continue reading

Kettle River Provincial Park, BC

Kettle River PP

Kettle River PP

We’ve started the trek eastward, but at a very slow pace so as not to shock our delicate systems which had become used to the fun and frivolity of the past two weeks.  We  spent 2 nights in Manning Provincial Park, which is located about 3 hours east and just north of the US border in the Cdn Cascade Mtns.    Our good weather came to an end and we had a steady rain which lulled us to sleep, deep in the forest.     Continue reading

Enjoying the good life near Vancouver

Gastown in downtown Vancouver

Gastown in downtown Vancouver

What a wonderful few weeks we’ve had visiting with my family and friends and enjoying a small bit of what the area outside of Vancouver has to offer.   We were lucky enough once again to be able to camp in the best campgrounds available;  the yards of family.   They must feel they can never get away from us!   Lucky for us but not so good for the front lawn of my cousin which may never lose the big dents from Trixie’s wheels.   Continue reading

Visiting family on Vancouver Island

Boarding the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria

Boarding the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria

It has been forever since my last post but no worries, we haven’t dropped off the face of the earth due to a major calamity, we’ve just been very, very busy.  This is the visiting phase of our journey and the reason we set out on this trip to begin with.  After leaving the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, we boarded a ferry from Port Angeles to downtown Victoria, BC.  The weather was spectacular and snow-capped mountains were visible in every direction.   The border crossing upon arrival in Victoria was a breeze and before we knew it we were driving past the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel on our way north to Nanaimo to visit my father. Continue reading

Olympic NP, Washington

 

Mt Olympus and the Cascade Range

Mt Olympus and the Olympic Range

Wow,  4000 miles of driving and we have finally made it to the northwestern tip of the lower 48.    Only by leaving from Key West instead of Orlando could the trip have been longer.    We’ve spent the last 4 nights at a campground just outside Olympic NP and it has been fabulous.  The weather has cleared and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring this wild and rugged area.   Continue reading