Tuesday, April 25, 2017

#atozchallenge "Oh, the places we will go" - Utah & Universal Studios

Utah is AMAZING! I don't know if this is right but I swear Utah has the greatest number of amazing National Parks in the US.

I've been to three of them: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches. When Stu and I only had time for one, and planned to do it on the motorcycle, I told him Zion had to be it. Amazing scenery, especially on a bike!

Oh, I also highly recommend US 89 for a wonderful, scenic ride.






BONUS: Universal Studios 

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Monday, April 24, 2017

#atozchallenge "Oh, the places we will go" - Tennessee & Texas

Tennessee is our new home state, the place where we will eventually hang up our RV keys. A moderate climate, a good cost of living, an abundance of natural wonders, and friendly people. What more do you need for retirement.

Two months before he passed, my late husband and I moved from Florida to Tennessee, believing that is where I would stay. That was 2004. In 2007, I sold the house and everything in it and bought a used Class C motorhome. I hit the road as a full-timer in October of that year, now believing I wouldn't return as a resident.

Fast forward to 2009, a remarriage and in October of that year, we bought 5 acres of land about an hour from my previous home. We spent several seasons parked on the property after getting it prepped with utilities. Fast forward again, and in January of 2017 we closed on a house and 2.5 acres for our final home. (Know anyone looking for a nice piece of land in TN, all set up for an RV as well as room to build a house? Contact us)

We've gone on many motorcycle rides, visited Dollywood, rode the Smokies (and the Tail of the Dragon), gone to the CMA Music Fest twice and have barely touched the surface of things to do in the eastern half of the state.









BONUS: Texas - Paris, Frontiers of Flight and Audie Murphy Museum


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

#atozchallenge "Oh, the places we will go" - Saint Islands & Sturgis

Saint islands - St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Kitts and St. Maarten. Beautiful Caribbean islands that we've been privileged to visit.

I'm going to let the photos speak for themselves.

High up in the rainforest of St. Lucia


St. Thomas port view


Port shopping at the terminal in St. Maarten


St. Kitts greets us with a little rain


Our full photo albums:
BONUS: Sturgis Bike Week

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Friday, April 21, 2017

#atozchallenge "Oh, the places we will go" - Route 66 & Roatan

Route 66 is the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, and was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. Stu's family took a vacation along Rt 66 and it had long been a dream of his to travel it.

Loving the western half of the US, I was more than game. It took us over three years to actually ride it thanks to delays for family and medical reasons. In Sept-Oct of 2013, we left from our property in north central TN and headed to Chicago. When we had ridden as much of the road as we could find, we turned around. Due to the cold, we took a southern route back home, arriving seven weeks after we left. Stifling head, frigid cold, vehicle tipping winds and an injury to me - but we made it; TN to IL to CA and back. By motorcycle...what an adventure!













BONUS: Roatan, Honduras

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

#atozchallenge "Oh, the places we will go" - Quartzsite & ???

Quartzsite is small town, well, most of the time. Every January it becomes home to RVers, from pop-ups to million dollar motorhome. Nine major gem and mineral shows, and 15 general swap meet shows attract over 1.5 million visitors annually.

It's the essence of quirky, with a dash of flea market, a splash of RV dealers and a splosh of RV/camping vendors all mixed with thousands of RVs either in the local RV parks or boondocking in the desert.

Everyone needs to experience it at least once. Most either love it or hate it. I loved it and couldn't wait to introduce it to Stu.










Here are some blog posts and photo links from my visit as well as ours.

BONUS: {sniff - got nothing for ya!}

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

#atozchallenge "Oh, the places we will go" - Panama & Pennsylvania

Panama is a country that has experienced much change over the years. We were lucky to take a partial transit Panama Canal cruise. We actually got to hear and see Howler Monkeys on shore.

We were greatly impressed with the improvements that had been made to the country, using the money collected from the canal. That will only increase with the opening of the new canal, allowing larger ships and thus more income. You can read about our visit in Panama HERE.









BONUS: Pennsylvania - 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016
DOUBLE BONUS: Did you know that Bradford, PA is the setting for my Klondike Mystery books?


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

#atozchallenge "Oh, the places we will go" - Oregon & Oahu

Oregon is a state of many surprises. My first visit was in 2005 and as I rode in from east to west and smelled the cedar trees and looked at the beauty around me, I wondered why none of my friends had told me about this state.

Now I know why - they want to keep it a secret! Everyone hears about the coast, the Redwoods, the sea lions - but there is so much more.

Here are some photo albums from my travels through Oregon in 2005.




We fell in love with the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Waldport, OR when we visited in 2010. We recommend it to anyone in the area. While set up for kids (and education), we learned a lot.










BONUS: Oahu - Hilo

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Monday, April 17, 2017

#atozchallenge "Oh, the places we will go" - New England and New Orleans

New England is where I was born and raised. They were also the only six states that I missed riding during my 2005 cross country motorcycle tours.

New England is comprised of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The states are all fairly small and we often visited more than one a day, including where I grew up: Duxbury, MA. We also had a mission - we visited as many micro-breweries as we could. And of course, a visit to LL Bean was in order. And Ben & Jerry's.













Here are some highlight links:

BONUS: New Orleans & the WWII Museum

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

#atozchallenge "Oh, the places we will go" - Montana & Mexico

Montana is one of our favorite states. We spent several weeks there when we first met (in Wyoming, guess what the letter W is going to stand for) and have made more than one visit. In fact, it we ever won the lottery, we'd have a little log cabin in MT for summers and a little hacienda in AZ for winters. But first, we'd have to play the lottery.... 

Our first exposure to Montana was staying in a campground in Reed Point, a little town the highway bypassed. They were obviously working to restore the old buildings and we enjoyed walking the two block town. If we ever meet in person, ask me to tell you the Montana wine spritzer story.

From there we headed to White Sulphur Springs, Conestoga Campground. We had just met and I had a workamping gig there for the summer. On my off days, we did some amazing riding to local areas like Great Falls and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Bozeman and the Museum of the Rockies, and Helena (where we visited good friends).



Twice, we attended the National Folk Festival in Butte, MT. The first time in 2008 and the second in 2010. What an amazing event - both times!


And of course we had to visit Glacier National Park. I rode through it on my 2005 cross-country trip, spending time in Browning, MT to volunteer on the Blackfeet Reservation. This was Stu's first time and he loved it as much as I did.








We traveled through Missoula, Pintler Scenic Hwy, Whitefish, Anaconda, Kalispell and more.


Oh, did you realize Kalispell area is where book three in my Klondike mystery series is set? Coming soon!

BONUS: Mexican Riviera Cruise

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