Traveling with Wayne and Karen


Traveling with Wayne and Karen

During the next several years I hope to take a number of trips and wish to share my adventures with family and friends. Some of these trips will be short in duration and distance and some a little longer. Some will be by land, some by sea, some by air and some by a combination of these. I will be traveling alone or with Karen or other family member and some trips will be with friends. When I travel with Karen this will no longer be MY blog, but OUR blog. Sit back, relax, bare with me and enjoy.

North America » United States » Arizona » Florence December 4th 2012

We are driving on Interstate 10 from New Orleans to Tucson. That means we have to drive through Houston and San Antonio and across the entire state of Texas. We were close to Houston right at evening rush hour so we pulled into a Cracker Barrel for dinner and a place to spend the night. We left our camping spot at Cracker Barrel at 5:30 AM hoping to beat the morning rush hour in Houston. There was still a lot of traffic, but we didn’t get caught in any traffic jams. We got through San Antonio and were well on our way into Texas hill country by early afternoon. Our next stop was at the Caverns of Sonora and RV Park, about 200 miles west of San Antonio. We arrived 15 minutes before the last guided ... read more
Karen in the Cave
Sonora Caverns
More Sonora Caverns

North America » United States » Louisiana » Kenner November 29th 2012

We decided to head further west on the Florida panhandle and beyond. Our destination was Gulf State Park near Gulf Shores, Alabama. We drove this route 20 years ago and the landscape has changed a lot. The entire Gulf Coast is developed between Panama City and Gulf Shores, about 120 miles, with many resorts, large hotels and amusement parks. This campground has over 400 paved camp sites, a pool, tennis courts, gulf course, waterpark and is close to the white sand beaches on the Gulf. We got a very nice camp site next to a small river. We hope the alligators stay in the river. This area was decimated in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan. There are very few trees left in the campground, but lots of other vegetation has grown back. We are giving Gulf State ... read more
Wayne Gone to the Birds on the Beach
Happy Thanksgiving from Karen
Happy Thanksgiving from Wayne

North America » United States » Florida » Panama City Beach November 20th 2012

We drove south to Flagler Beach, Florida on Wed Nov. 14th. We are at Gamble Rogers Memorial Recreation Area which is about 30 north of Daytona Beach. Our camp site is about 50 yards from the Atlantic Ocean surf, at high tide. Nice view and pleasently noisy from the surf. It’s been cloudy, windy and cool. 65-70 degrees. On Friday we took a bike ride to the Inter-coastal waterway and saw more sail boats headed south. We haven’t seen any alligators yet. There are a number of RV parks in the area. It looks like they are about 30% full. I guess it is a little early in the season for most of the snowbirds. We drove across Florida to the Gulf coast on the 17th. The highway passes through a very remote part of Florida. ... read more
Bridge on the ICW
Biking is Better than Swimming
Gamble Rogers State Park

North America » United States » Georgia » Jekyll Island November 14th 2012

Karen retired after 9 years at the Baraboo library on Nov 2nd. Wayne had been semi -retired for the past 4 yehars and fully retired the last 10 months. Our Baraboo home was sold to son Eric and daughter-in-law Pam last July. We purchased a 5th wheel travel trailer and have been camping out in their back yard since then. We are planning on spending about the next 6 months traveling and living in our 5th wheel trailer. Our only firm plans are to go where it is warm and be in Arizona in February since we have plane reservations to fly from Phoenix to San Jose, Costa Rica on February 28th. We will try to update this travel blog once a week while we are traveling. We left home on Monday, November 5th. We had ... read more
A Walk in the Tennessee Woods
November Color in Tennessee
Savannah Home

Central America Caribbean March 13th 2012

I’m sorry that I didn’t update our travel blog sooner. Traveling with Karen is much different than traveling with Al or Rick. She has been making me just relax and have a good time. I’m not the driver or captain on this trip. Also it is expensive to use the internet on the ship. ($0.75/Min.) Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25 On Amtrak We had a pleasant trip on Amtrak. Papa Gerry and Eli gave us a ride to the Amtrak station in Wisconsin Dells. The train left at 12:10 PM. Gerry is taking over my duties of watching Eli and Jonah until Eric starts his vacation later today. Good luck, Gerry and Eric. We arrived in Chicago around 4:30PM. It was very windy and cold in the Windy City so we spent some time ... read more
Norwegian Spirit at 21 knots
Nice Towels
Larry, Karen and Tim

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Baraboo February 21st 2012

It's been a while since I wrote a travel blog. Well I am off on an other cruise. This time Karen is coming with and we will be on a much bigger boat than usual, and I wont be driving. We are headed to the Western Caribbean on the cruise ship, Norwegian Spirit. People may wonder if we have any concerns after the Costa Concordia sank off Italy last month. We have more confidence in the Norwegian Captains than Italian Captains so we aren't worried. This is the boat! This is the route. As many of you know Karen isn't so keen on flying, so we will be taking Amtrak to New Orleans. We will be leaving from Wisconsin Dells on Feb 24th and from New Orleans on the 26th. Will try nto add to this ... read more

North America » United States » Wisconsin May 8th 2010

These are images of maps of overnight stops on both of Wayne and Rick's cruises aboard Amber Lee II.... read more
Florida Sail 2010

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Baraboo April 6th 2010

March 31 - April 2 The Road Home We completed our packing and were ready to start the long trip home at 10:30 AM on Wed. March 31. We made it across the Florida boarder to southern Georgia the first day. Our trip took us around Atlanta and through Chattanooga and Nashville TN. We had dinner the second evening in Paducah, KY near where we started our trip on Kentucky Lake last October. The last day we had a good tail wind as we drove up the length of Illinois. It would have been a good spinnaker run if we had our mast up. We finished our 1,500 mile road trip in Baraboo at 3:30PM on April 2nd. We will be with our loved ones for Easter. Rick and Wayne are still good friends after being ... read more

North America » United States » Florida March 31st 2010

March 30 Day 23 Clewiston to Indiantown 36 miles traveled Rick and Wayne are very efficient sailors. We started the day by sailing directly across Lake Okeechobee. It is 24 miles across the lake and we sailed the whole way. With 15-20 mph wind on the beam it took 4.5 hours to make the crossing. We called Indiantown Marina to request to be hauled out tomorrow, Wednesday morning. They told us that they couldn’t get to us until Thursday unless we could be there by 3:00 PM today. We had to motor 10 miles down the St. Lucia Canel after leaving the Lake. We made it to Indiantown at 2:45. Amber Lee was sitting on the trailer by 3:30. We transferred a ton of stuff from the boat to the truck. We had the mast lowered ... read more
Happy Rick
Railroad Lift Bridge
Amber Lee Is Lifted

North America » United States » Florida » Clewiston March 30th 2010

March 27 Day 20 Naples to Ft. Myers Traveled 52 miles We started the day by sailing with several other boats that were headed out to the Gulf for a sail boat race. They all went to the start line and we continued north towards Ft. Myers Beach. We had east winds again so were able to hoist the gennaker and have a fun sail for several hours. The wind died about 1:00 PM so started up the iron spinnaker and motor sailed for the rest of the day. Since this was a Saturday and the weather was beautiful everyone in Ft. Myers was out on their boats. We had very congested waters in the channel where we entered the Caloosahatchee River. We were traveling at 6 mph and every one else was going 30. And ... read more
Nicer Home in Naples
Breakfast on the Boat
A Sea of Grass

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