The other day I was doing a little family research and found an interesting piece of lore that reveals a family habit of extreme road-tripping. I already knew that my grandfather took an around-the-world trip after finishing junior college in the mid-1920’s. He traveled on steamships from California to Japan, through “the Orient”, to India, … More Vaxxed and ready to roll. But where are we going?
As Monica’s body reached peak marathon racing condition, the actual races were getting cancelled in cascades. For the past six months, Monica has been training in hopes of taking a chunk of minutes off her personal best of 3:34:44. She’s 10 lbs. lighter and she’s got me massaging muscles she never had before (my toil … More Weather or not to race
I always get a little sad when we reach the turn-around point of a trip. It feels like an end – even if we have the entire journey home. We usually travel much faster getting home – once driving from Northern Illinois to South Carolina in one grueling 12-hour day. When we left Mackinac Island … More Caves and Canyons in the South?
There aren’t many places to take an RV around New York City, but one is tantalizing close, if you can get past the fact that it’s not much more than a parking lot in an industrial area of Jersey City. Just the name “Jersey City” gave me pause: An entire city named after New Jersey? … More The New York City of romantic movies
Ok, I know I promised that Monica was going to write the next blog post, but she has been up to her ears in a book on the 100th anniversary of a local organization, so I’m going to keep driving this rig. She’s got something coming soon though. After we left Cape Hatteras, we set … More Field Trip for a Class of Two
If you’re new to the blog, welcome! This post from Cape Cod comes from our travels back in July 2020, near the tail end of our initial summer escape from Florida’s heat. I encourage you to check out our travels from 2018 in our Dodge Ram conversion van (all the way to Seattle and back!) … More Cape Cod: Pandemic safety measures done right
This week’s blog post is a bit of a departure from our typical faire of RV repair, mountains, lakes, streams and beaches. We are living in remarkable times: A pandemic, an election year that is sure to impact the future of the country as we know it, and the civil rights protests that have swept … More Look ahead, Dixieland
Great Smoky Mountain National Park has become one of our favorite places to camp. When we planned our third visit this summer, Monica picked out a site at the Cataloochee Campground on the North Carolina side of the park. Great Smoky Mountain National Park is dotted with former settlements from the days before the park … More Is the park ranger a psychopath? A new kind of ‘shower scene’ in the Smokies.
Booking a campsite is sort of like booking a hotel. In 1994. This was never more evident then when the campground we booked in the Smokies failed to reopen as scheduled due to the pandemic, and we found ourselves scrambling to fill three or four nights outside of Asheville, North Carolina. There are a few … More Campsite Tetris and Cold Showers
Normally, as we travel, I use my spare time to write about our experiences. But that hasn’t been the case so far this summer of 2020. But what has been normal about 2020? In fact, I’m writing this from home, and not from one of the many stops on our recent month-long road trip. There … More Road Trip, Pandemic Style