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Road Trip 2011

We spent the night in Salina and the next morning fired up Mighty Merc for what would be the last day of our trip. It took us just hours to travel a distance what would take the pioneers months to cover. Indeed,  the speed of the automobile vs earlier explorers and pioneers was noted on […]

On Saturday, we drove a bit and arrived at the Gateway Arch. I’d seen it quite some time ago, but thought it was still worth a visit. Unfortunately, we ended up waiting a really long time to get tickets to see the top. We did manage to see a movie about how they made the […]

On Friday we headed up to a small place south of St. Louis where Susan had another contact. We arrived after a good bit of driving but were able to do some washing and the like before bedtime. Just one photo from the day, a shot of Katherine in her carseat, and appearing quite happy. […]

Today we left Savannah for a place near Macon Georgia to visit one of Susan’s friends, a minister who has adopted a few children from China. It wasn’t far, so we did get to see his church and spend the night with them.  

Back on the blog after a bit of an absence, figured I’d once again start posting updates of our trip, which of course is now over. Sorted through the rest of the photos, and will try to finish things up. For this segment of our trip, we spent about 4 days in Savannah checking out […]

After many days, we departed Vero Beach and headed to Savannah, GA. I figured we’d leave about 10AM, but as usual, we left at least an hour later than planned, then didn’t seem to make great time as we headed north. We did arrive in St. Augustine, FL to tour the Spanish forts there. We first […]

After Key West, we drove up to Vero Beach where my grandparents live. We had a pretty good time for the next few days visting with them, listening to stories, and showing off Katherine. Katherine also seemed to have a great time running around pushing a baby walker around. We thought that she might start […]

Upon returning to our campsite the previous night, we indeed discovered that the iguanas had eaten all of our broccolli, but hadn’t touched the green bell peppers or cucumbers. I figured they either couldn’t eat them due to the size, or didn’t like them.  At breakfast, the iguanas wer back, and it wasn’t long before […]

Today we encountered a bunch of iguanas in our campsite. We did toss them a couple of noodles while eating breakfast, but we were concerned they were carnivorous so we chased them away when they got too close. But they just sat there lurking and waiting. We put all our vegetables under the rain fly […]

After departing Homestead, we drove to Key West which was a nice little drive. It was two lane much of the way, with no where to pass. I’d probably be frustrated, but on this trip I stick to the speed limit to avoid a costly ticket which would equal that of 2 or 3 days […]

The mosquitos were really bad at Fort Myers, and even in the morning, I was eaten alive. The KOA appeared to primarily be a site for long term RV campers. Many appeared to be really tied down to the location. Tents and perhaps the KOA franchise appeared to be an afterthought. There was no shade […]

Day 11 was a travel day and we headed South along the coast towards Key West. Mostly we just proceeded slowly along the “scenic” roads, hitting one red light after another. We did however go somewhat out of our way to see Florida’s Fort Desoto park. However the fort was closed for renovation! We ate […]

For Monday, we booked a canoe rental with Rainbow Springs Canoe and Kayaks. This was one of the things I was most looking forward to on my trip as I once had a great canoe trip in Florida, and hope to do a long canoe trip in the future.  We arrived an hour later due to […]

After Gulf Shores, we continued East and then turned South towards Dunellon, Florida. Our destination was a state park and the plan was to canoe down the Rainbow river. We drove most of the day before finally arriving. Just a single photo of our campsite.

We packed up our camp then headed back to New Orleans to try to get in a Jazz Concert (went to wrong place) and of course started by parking in the wrong place again! The problem is that on my map, the French Quarter appears similar to some other area of NOLA, and when I […]

Today was the end of the first full week on the road, but in many ways, our trip had hardly begun! We now headed back into New Orleans and got off into a bind when I parked on the wrong side of the French Quarter, and thinking we were east of the area, we headed […]

We started off to go see the great city of New Orleans, but tired campers and oppressive heat conspired to make us turn around and go back to our campsite and spend the day around the pool instead. We took a few photos, but I think they might have been wiped by mistake. One shot […]

On Tuesday, we departed Lafayette and continued towards New Orleans. We generally try to stick to the scenic backroads and such. Along the way we saw signs for “Avery Island,” which is the home of the Tabasco sauce factory! We decided to follow the signs and check it out.

On Tuesday we had breakfast then headed down the road towards Houston to meet up with some of Susan’s friends. Originally we’d planned on meeting some other friends and staying a couple of nights in the Houston area, but this was not to be. The friends we did meet were very nice and we had […]

Monday’s plan was to see the missions of San Antonio. Including the Alamo, there are 5 of them. 4 are managed by the Natural Park service and the Alamo is managed by the Daughters of Texas. My opinion is that if you really want to see the Alamo, then go and see it, but if […]

Day 2 was another “travel day” in that we didn’t see or do much, but mainly just drove along. Katherine generally sleeps most of the day as well. We arrived at the San Antonio KOA which is really nice for 2 nights of camping. It seems for our stays at KOA that tent camping isn’t […]

We set off for Lubbock, TX  on Saturday, June 11th. A little bit late start but after about 8 hours of driving we arrived in Lubbock. We didn’t plan on seeing much as the real destination was San Antonio, a bit too far to reach in one day. However, Lubbock was our first experience of […]

The SouthWest tour ended with a crunch when a neighbor of my Aunt backed into our car. Nothing too serious, but we drove back after about 2 weeks on the road (most of it hanging out with my aunt) and then sat around for a while waiting for the insurance. Finally, we decided to take […]

We woke up, had breakfast, then headed over to the park. The signs on the way in said the parking lot was full at 10AM so I initially parked just outside the park, then walked in. We missed the visitor center and nearly walked off into the canyon before I turned around and then realized […]