Catching Up

Weerrr  Baaak!  It’s been so long since we wrote about our travels that we are going to do a quick catch-up of this year and then try to keep up with places as we visit them.  No, we didn’t fall off the face of the earth or give up this fantastic live style!  Surprise!!!!  We’re still loving it.  So…Since our last blog…(can’t remember how long ago) we had put our RV home in storage and rented an apartment in FL.  for several months in 2014 with Gene’s mother.  When summer came we hit the road again.  In May, attended the last College Graduation (Michael), met up with RV friends for a few weeks in the Outer Banks, attended my niece, Sarah’s wedding in NY while Gene’s mother went to Boston for the summer and we headed out west.  Traveled to visit kids, friends, more family and finally back down to Florida in October, 2015 for a few months while helping set up Gene’s mother at Aston Gardens Independent Living in Venice.  We planned on leaving FL. Jan. 2 but we liked it so much we decided to stay another month before heading Westward-Ho again.  We left with another RV couple headed to Quartzsite, AZ.  We stopped to visit friends Guy and Sue Alexander in AL. and then Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  We were there for two days of craziness and got a call with family emergency and had to head back to FL.  Gene’s mother had developed an infection and wound up in the hospital for a week and recuperating at home for another few weeks.  We wound up staying til the end of Feb. and started out again.   This time we made it out to AZ. where our friends Kelly and Bill Murray waited for us to arrive and hung out boondocking/drycamping (meaning no hookups in the desert) another two weeks with us.  What great friends in this RV community!  We then went our separate ways as they are headed to Alaska to workcamp and we headed to Las Vegas to visit with my son, Matthew and his wife, Julie.  The pictures below start right before we left Florida for the second time which we wound up being there for a few birthdays.

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Birthday party for Eileen and my mother at the Pelican point Golf and Country Club . Going clockwise: Dave-Richard-Billy-Eileen-Yo-Rosa-Aunt Theresa-Lisa-Christine-Patty. Photography by Wayne
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Eileen dancing with Kim at a dance at a Kim & Denise’s condo community at Welcome Back dance.
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Air boating through the bayous of Louisiana with our friends Kelly and Bill.  A must if you are in the area.  Our guide was a wealth of knowledge and an all around fun guy.

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Mardi Gras New Orleans (Nawlins)

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Yeah,  he wishes.
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Having dinner and looking out the balcony in New Orleans
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Looking the other way

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Eileen collected a lot of beads…me not so much!
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Yes, they were real!
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Camp site at Oleno State Park FL
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Black River State Park FL. I’m going left!  You can’t make this stuff up.
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Lakeside RV Park, Livingston LA

Is it a table…or a bench?

The Alamo San Antonio, TX

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The Natural Bridge Caverns The caverns are located near the city of San Antonio, Texas in the Texas Hill Country next to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, a drive-through wildlife safari park. The caverns feature several unique speleothems and other geological formations. The temperature inside the cave is 21 degrees Celsius (70°F)[2] year-round and the humidity rate is a constant 99 percent. The deepest part of the public tour is 180 feet below the surface, although undeveloped areas of the cavern reach depths of 230 feet. (Wikipedia)

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Cavern entrance
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Natural Bridge and cavern entrance
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Heading down 180 feet

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Hiking back up
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The green light in the top center is the beginning of the Spelunkers tour. Pictures of Spelunking or as it is now being called Caving.  Lots of Guano on the ceilings…I call it bat poop.

San Antonio River Walk

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Having dinner at The Saltgrass Steakhouse.  Lots of Texas BBQ.
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Mission San Jose

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The Rose Window

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Living quarters of people working and living at mission.

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Mission San Jose Church

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Tombstone AZ (Gunfight at the OK Corral)

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Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, Virgil Earp and Morgan Earp walking down to fight at OK Corral.

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Met up with other RV Dreamer friends, Greg and Cori and Lee and Trace in Tucson, AZ

 

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Finally!!! arriving at Quartzsite, AZ.  La Posa South LTVA.  Many were gone that gather every Jan. for the RV show there, but still some interesting campers left.

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The Neighborhood! Us on the left, Bill and Kelly in the center and Bert on the right. Not pictured to the left of us about a quarter of a mile a way Les and Sue and Mike and Claudia.

A special thanks to Bill & Kelly for sticking around Q and organizing the dinner at their house and helping us get settled at Q and the trip to Los Algondones, Mexico. Thanks!  Not to mention the trip to the desert bar!

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It’s tradition that when friends are arriving from a long drive to campground to have dinner for them. We love that tradition. From left: Kelly, Ei,Gino, Bert, Mike, Claudia,Sue and Les (Big Boomer) Photography by Bill.
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Yes, someone is camping in the desert in a boat!
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I don’t know how they sleep in this, but they do have solar!
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Breakfast with Bill & Kelly in Quartzite

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

 

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Many people use ATVs for recreation and transportation in the desert.  We’re still cleaning up the dust and sand from it.

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Our destination Palm Canyon

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Max wants to give a shout-out to his friends “Hobie” and “Mikey” and “Gracie the cat”.
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Our reason for the hike-Palm trees in the crevasse

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These cactus are about 75 years old.  Otherwise, no comment.
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KOFA, the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 to protect desert bighorn sheep.  It encompasses 665,400 acres of Sonoran Desert.  Broad, gently sloping foothills as well as the sharp, needlepoint peaks of mountains are found in the refuge.  Wide variety of plant life and scattered waterholes attract a number of water birds to the desert.
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Outdoor movie night and popcorn at the Murray’s.

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Why is the sky so much better in the West?

 

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Los Algodones, Mexico

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There are a lot of people that travel to Mexico to get dental work done.  Us included.  We traveled there one day to get our teeth cleaned.  It was the best cleaning we have ever had.  The equipment was high tech., better than my dentist in VA!  We were  very impressed and Gene had a crown re cemented that he had lost.  Teeth cleaning – $25.00.  Score!

 

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Waiting to get our teeth cleaned
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Going native!

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I think the salsa was too hot!

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The line to get back into the US

The Desert Bar, Parker, AZ

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Heading to the Nellie E Saloon (Desert Bar) in Parker, AZ.  This is a unique bar located on the site of an old copper mining camp.   It is run strictly on solar energy and is stored in batteries and run through inverters.  They have live music, food and only open on weekends.  The church is made of solid steel and the walls and ceiling are made of the same stamped tin as the bar.  It is one side but people hold marriage ceremonies and photo ops there.  It is 5 miles of dirt, rocky road and hills off the main highway.  You definitely need a truck and a drink by the time you arrive and well worth the trip.
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Not a road for the faint of heart!
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Owners house.  The tall structures are cooling towers.  They work similar to an evaporative (swamp) cooler, except they don’t have a fan.  When you wet the pads on top, cool air falls and you get a nice cool airflow.

 

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Big Boomer & Sue
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Kelly & Sue
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Looking down at the band
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Line to get food
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Same line

 

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you can see the solar panels on top.

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Church
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Les (Big Boomer), Sue, Gino, Eileen, Claudia, Mike, Bill and Kelly
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Sunset at Q (Quartzite, AZ)

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One of the pleasures of this lifestyle, chewing the fat around the fire.
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Sunset reflecting off our house

 

Bike ride to Death Valley

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Eileen & Julie  Trying to attach a Gremlin Bell on Matt’s new bike supposed to protect the riders and bike.  .
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Rick & Wendy on the left and Matt & Julie on the right on the way to Death Valley.

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No we are not on a bike!

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Brunch at hotel
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Rick, Wendy, Matt,  Julie and Eileen & Max

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This looked like camouflage

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Easter Brunch

This brunch was awesome! Biggest brunch I’ve ever been to. The menu doesn’t cover half the items. Should have gone to the Dessert Bar first!!

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Valley of Fire State Park

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This is the oldest state park in NV.  It derives its name from red sandstone formations.  They often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays.
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Campground looked like a great place to camp in the park.

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The Beehives
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More beehives

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Mouse Tank Trail  Named for a Paiute Indian renegade who used this one place to hideout in the 1890’s after being accused of killing two prospectors and one of the few places that had water.

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Rock art from prehistoric Ancient Pueblo Peoples.  They didn’t stay long in this area because of the scarcity of water.  They were farmers from nearby Moapa Valley Indian reservation that were visited for hunting, religious ceremonies and food gathering.
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End of the trail – Mouse Tank

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Eileen on the White Domes trail.  This site is used as many movie sites.  Sandstone formations with brilliant contrasting colors and a one-mile hike.

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Shortly after we arrived here the campground had a Customer Appreciation night.

 

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Home in Las Vegas

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Kayaking in Robinson Preserve

Last weekend the weather was perfect and we decided to go for a kayak ride at the Robinson Preserve in Bradenton, FL. This 487-acre preserve has undergone an incredible transformation from disturbed farmland to coastal and wetland habitats. To restore the land to its natural state, the Natural Resources Department has partnered with a number of state and local agencies. The restoration process is nearly finished! To date, numerous exotic invasive plants have been removed, effectively opening up the land for native plants to flourish. The preserve’s new waterway system will help restore the tidal flow within the coastal habitats.

Robinson Preserve also features numerous recreational opportunities for the community. Resources for low-impact environmental activities include hiking and biking trails and a canoe/kayak launch.  Additional amenities include observation towers and platforms, picnic areas, and a visitors center.

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This bus is always on the side of the road. Great advertisement! We rented our kayak from Surferbus.com.

 

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They give you a map of the area and instructions. One of the instructions was “if the kayak tips over just stand up. The water is only knee deep through out the preserve.”

 

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Yes we know, as somebody already mentioned it works better in the water!

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We entered the preserve through a section of Mangroves.
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The Blueways Trails connect to the Manatee River, Perico Bayou, and Palma Sola Bay, comprising over 3 miles of internal trails. A 5-mile roundtrip adventure would start at the launch and meander through the preserve to Palma Sola Bay and back.
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This is one of four bridges we had to go under to reach the tower. Our goal for the day.

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Our goal is in sight!
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Eileen took this and the next picture from the top of the tower.

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The tower can be reached by Kayak, canoe, walking or biking.

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There were so many mullet jumping out of the water that we thought they were going to jump in the boat.

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Last bridge before we enter the Mangroves again.

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At times the mangroves were difficult to maneuver through.

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We packed a lunch and enjoying the peacefulness was just the enticement we needed to pursue purchasing our own.  We took a ride to another preserve and found a booklet on all the waterways for canoeing and kayaking trails of Manatee County.  There are over 75 miles both fresh and salt water to explore and some open waters.  We’re not quite ready for open water  yet but hopefully we’ll get strength in our tired arms to attempt a little more difficulty soon.  If you have a chance (our RV peeps in the area) do it!  It was a great beginner experience.

 

 

Florida Keys

We met up with some friends of ours from the Winnebago Rally back in July in Forest City, IA  Kim and Denise.  They are from Wisconsin and in Fl. for the winter.

Together we caravanned down to visit the Florida Keys.

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Following behind Kim and Denise.

We stopped and camped at the Jolly Roger RV Park in Marathon. Marathon is about half way between Miami and Key West. It wound up to be an hours ride to Key West (A little to far for me…Ei).  Next time we’ll camp closer.  It was dark when we arrived at Jolly Roger RV Park and our sites were difficult to get into. It was the first time we ever arrived after dark and will be the last. Kim’s site was particularly tight and we moved to a different one so we could get in for the night and change or move on in the morning. The next morning Kim and I walked around and decided on new ones. These were on the water.

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Our site on the water.
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View from our living and dining room windows.

 

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View of the fishing pier from our bedroom window..
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Sunset from our bedroom window. Somebody was sleeping so I didn’t raise the day shade.

We are members of RVillage.  RVillage is like Facebook, but  for RVer’s. One of my favorite features is you can log on and search for members that are around you, and you can search as far as 250 miles away.  As long as everybody checks in when they move you can see who is near you. My search showed there were quite a few members around us and two that we knew.  One couple was Sue and Guy Alexander from our RV Dreams 2014 graduating class.  I sent a message to both couples and we agreed to meet up.

Saturday the four of us had lunch at the Hogs Breath Saloon in  Key West. Food was great.  And, they allowed dogs!

 

hogs breath2After lunch we met Guy and Sue at Mallory Square to watch some of the boat races but they were just tuning up for the finals on Sunday.  We watched some of that then had a few drinks and went window shopping and people watching. This was a great day all around.

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Sunday we had breakfast at the Wreck & Galley Grill before meeting Guy and Sue again at Mallory’s Square.   This place was filled with character.  The owner is from England and a Liverpool fan. He wasn’t happy when I told him I was a Manchester United fan.  We had a good laugh over trash talking each others team.

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The ceiling and walls were plastered with dollar bills.

 

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Guy and Sue got to the races early and saved a spot for us on the wall at Mallory Square.  People were at least 3 deep.

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Kim, Denise, Guy and Sue.

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As you can tell from the above picture the weather turned nasty. It was cold and very windy. By the end of the day you really needed a jacket.

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In the following images it looks like I’m using a telephoto lens, but these boats were this close.

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Geico boat.

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After the races we looked for someplace warm to have dinner. After dinner we went back to Guy and Sue’s for a tour of their new motor home and  a glass of wine. Next morning Guy and Sue left for St. Augustine and Kim and Denise went to visit friends in Naples.   We went on to visit my cousin Richard in Port Charlotte.  Richard lives in a veterans home, we met his friends and then went to dinner. Veterans Day was the following day and they were preparing for ceremony and breakfast being put on for them and other area vets.  We left four american flags no longer serviceable with Richard. He took them the next day to the American Legion for proper disposal.

It was a great trip and although Key West is very commercial (a tourist spot) we would definitely go back again.  That weekend there was a lot going on so I would pick a weekend with special events.  We didn’t get to the Naval Station and missed a photo op at the southern most tip of the US.  We also missed the parade that Guy and Sue saw the weekend before with everyone, and I mean everyone, body painted and a whole lot more!

The only regret was we didn’t get a chance to meet up with Bill Joyce and Diana Melde. I was looking forward to that. We just ran out of time.

3 days in Bah Habah (Bar Harbor) and Acadia, Maine

We camped at Narrows Too in Trenton, ME  just outside Bar Harbor. It’s part of the Thousand Trails/Encore group of campgrounds. There are three affiliated campgrounds and if you are camped in one you have access to all three. I believe the other two are on the island. The next morning we drove onto the island and went to Acadia National Park first. A couple of things you need to know. You have to stop at either the information center or the gate at the entrance to the one way road on the Park Loop Road and get a visitors pass to drive through the park. We’ve had the Seniors Pass for several years. It is a one time cost of $10 and is a lifetime pass. What a bargain!

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Getting Around.

There are many ways to see the park. We took the Park Loop road. It’s a scenic one way road that is part of the Park Loop, that goes along the ocean.

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You can’t see it in this image, but there is a working lighthouse in the distance.

 

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Thunder Hole

Unfortunately we arrive at Thunder Hole when the tide was still coming in. We saw a little splash, but not the thunder. More like splish splash I’m taking a bath!

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Trail to Thunder Hole

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Thunder Hole

 

 

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If you start on the the two way road you can only go half way around because you run into the one way road. You can take the free bus (except for the pass) which stops all along the Loop. Or you can go on the Carriage Road and Bridges. The Carriage Road is only open to pedestrians or bicyclists. No motorized traffic.  Hey! I see it below…shout out to Rocky Mtn. Westy! – Eileen

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 Cadillac Mountain.

If you’re an early riser you can be the first to see the sunrise on the eastern coast from early March through early October from Cadillac Mountain. We only missed it by a few hours!

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Eileen is top center

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Jordan Pond House

We had lunch at the Jordan Pond House. They are pet friendly so we took Max along. YOU NEED MAKE A RESERVATION or else you’ll have an hour wait, even still it’s worth it!-Eileen

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Popovers, Jordan Pond
Food was great, especially the Popovers!
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View from the restaurant

Bar Harbor

We drove into Bar Harbor and got a parking space right away. That was luck!

Bar Island below is only accessible on foot or ATV at low tide. This view is from Bridge Street which is off the ocean side of West St. Parking is free in Bar Harbor for two to three hours at a time. They will come by and mark your tires and put a ticket on your windshield if you go over your time limit. A little known fact is there are no parking time limits on West St. I don’t know how little known that fact is, because we couldn’t find any open spaces. West St. is where you can get excursions to whale watch and harbor tours.

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High tide.
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Low tide.

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Looking back at Bar Harbor from Bar Island.

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we had dinner at Abel’s Lobster Pound. We were going to eat outside on the picnic tables, but as it was close to 6:30 pm and starting to get chilly we opted for a table with a view. As we were eating we could see diners putting jackets on to stay warm.  Abel’s is only open from July to Sept.  Bummer!

 

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Where they cook the lobsters.

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A great way to end our dinner and trip!

From my daughter Robin who goes to Acadia at least twice a year.

 Places to Eat & Drink:

The Lompoc (awesome food, brew, music) – http://www.lompoccafe.com/ . We always get the “bang bang chicken” sandwich.

McKays (nice dinner) – http://www.mckayspublichouse.com/ . Scott usually gets the “seafood risotto.”

Jordan Pond House (popovers, located in the park, beautiful view, need reservations to sit outside otherwise it’s a very long wait of an hour or more) – http://acadiajordanpondhouse.com/ .

Geddy’s (casual) – http://www.geddys.com/ .

Café This Way (breakfast and dinner, great food) – http://www.cafethisway.com/ .

Rosalie’s (pizza) – http://www.rosaliespizza.com/ .

Thirsty Whale (casual, beer, burgers) – http://www.thirstywhaletavern.com/ .

Siam Orchid (Thai) – http://www.siamorchidrestaurant.net/ .

Two Cats Inn (breakfast) – http://www.2catsbarharbor.com/cafe.html .

Coffee Hound (best iced java) – http://www.barharborcoffeehound.com/ .

 

Things to Do:

Park Loop Road (lots of things to see and do right off of the Park Loop)

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Sands Beach (no dogs allowed)

Trails and carriage paths: Eagle Lake, Jordan Pond, Witch Hole Pond, Bubble Rock

Cadillac Mountain Sunrise

Acadian Nature Cruise (harbor cruise out of Bar Harbor) – http://www.acadiannaturecruises.com/

Schoodic Point (another cool part of Acadia National Park that is located off of Mount Desert Island) in Winter Harbor, ME

Buses (run by LL Bean) will take you all over the place – http://www.exploreacadia.com/

 

 

 

Camping in New Hampshire

No trip to New Hampshire would be complete without a stop at the NH State Liquor Outlet.  (I would have bought more but no room in the RV.  I need a wine rack Gene)!

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You know who I’m talking about here!

 

 

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Best spot in the campground. We were in the corner and shaded the whole week. Near a big field so we could play with Max.

Camped for several days with my cousins at Tuxbury Pond RV Resort. Nice place, a bit out of the way. It took us a few days to find our way around. Then we found Coconut crusted haddock at Shaws. That was delicious! Below is Diane our resident expert on s’mores making.

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There were two motor homes and a travel trailer. We were all camped together. We did more of this than anything else. EAT.

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OK, let’s see if I remember everybody from left to right-Diane, Susan, Patty, Eileen,Theresa, Melissa, Patrick Dave, Rosa and Mike.
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Home for ten days.
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This is Mike “my hero”. He is doing what I’ve been trying to do since we moved into the Vista full-time. Maybe one day when we slow down. Also got to get a couple of those chairs!

 

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Dave didn’t get involved in the game of 13. He was watching TV instead. At least we think he was watching TV, because if we thought he was sleeping somebody (not mentioning any names here) was going to dump a bucket of cold water on him.

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My cousin Rich couldn’t make our family day at Tuxbury Pond RV Resort. He was being honored by students that he taught  Carpentry to at Lynn Vocational Tech. These are some of the many students and their families that showed up.

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Next up is Bah Habah (Bar Harbor) ME and Acadia National Park.

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Annual Family Picnic

 

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We spent the past week visiting with family and friends and attending our family picnic. The family picnic has been going on the same weekend every year for about 70 years. Since the mid 50s it’s been at the same location. My uncle Bruce and aunt Theresa generously let us use their home equipped with a pool and a large front yard for games. They sold their house to my cousin Wayne and his wife Lisa and they continued the generous tradition. The day starts with coffee and donuts in the morning and is spent socializing, eating, swimming pool, eating, games, and ends around 7pm after corn on the cob and hot dogs and hamburgers.

 

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Let us out! We want to play too!

 

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Heading East

We left The Winnebago GNR Monday afternoon July 21st and headed east to Patterson, NY. We didn’t travel far that first night because we got such a late start. We got as far as Des Moines, IA and stayed at The Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona.

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It was the only time Eileen and I ever went into a casino and just had dinner and left. We had no cash. The ATM charged 10% for the transaction plus a $3 service charge. If that wasn’t bad enough the ATM said if you don’t take your money fast enough the ATM will pull it back and you would have to contact the provider to get a refund! We said no thanks and left.

It took us a little over four days to drive the 1226 miles from Forest City, IA to Patterson NY. There we had dinner at Eileen’s brother Bill’s house.

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Guess who’s driving?  Scary huh!  Only drove for an hour.  Too much construction on the road.

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Steak dinner with Bill, Eileen, Kelly, Eileen and Sara.

The following day we had them all over for a barbecue at our house. There were ten of us including two children. We had hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages with grilled onions and peppers and pasta salad with lots of desserts.

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Max is waiting for his next command.

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Max made lots of friends that weekend and played fetch for hours!

Monday July 28th

We drove to Auburn MA and spent the night at an Elk’s Club parking lot with their permission of course.

Tuesday we drove to Northwood, NH to see Robin and Scott and our three grand dogs. We stayed at Saddleback campground.

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Wednesday we got in the car and went up to the White Mountains Forest. To see the Flume Gorge. The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. It’s like walking through a crack in the earth.

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Beginning of trail.

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Who needs a stairmaster!  The climb took us about an hour and 15 min. to do.  Breathtaking views plus bear and wolf dens.

 

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Had a little extra time, so I carved this heart shaped trunk for Eileen.

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Through out the walk you will find orange ribbons tied to a plant describing what the plant is.

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Rain shelter (or hide to rest shelter).  It was pretty humid there.

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View of the White Mountains from the Kancamagus Scenic Byway.

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Dinner with Robin at Susty’s on Thursday night.

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Dinner was good!

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Robin and Scott cooked us dinner last night and then we went out to Johnson”s for desert.

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