Marilyn Kieffer

MarilynandJim

Marilyn Kieffer

We are very excited to begin our 3 month trip to Alaska in our motor coach. This is our maiden voyage and hope that we will survive!



North America » United States » Illinois » Mount Carmel October 2nd 2014

We left our RV park last Saturday morning. Glenn and Glenda headed toward northern Indiana to get some adjustments on their coach. Charlie, Ruth, Phyllis, Rich, Jim and I headed toward Illinois. The first night we stayed in Pennsylvania. I took a picture of my first open-air laundry. I don't know what happens when they get a lot of snow. Of course, many campgrounds close in the winter. Sunday, we made it to south of Cincinnati. When our daughter, Rayna, went to college at Miami University, which is north of Cincinnati, we became acquainted with The Montgomery Inn which is famous for its ribs. So, Jim had to make a stop at the Montgomery Inn for ribs. We all had a delicious dinner there Sunday night. Monday we arrived in Mt.Carmel around noon. Then the fun ... read more
Open-air Laundry

North America » United States » New York » New York October 1st 2014

Last Friday we visited New York City. I guess you could say that we visited Manhatten. New York City is made up of 5 boroughs, each of which is a county of New York State. The 5 boroughs are: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhatten, Queens and Staten Island. These boroughs were consolidated into a city in 1898. Manhatten is 2 1/2 miles wide and 15 miles long. There are about 2 million people living there. There are about 10 million in New York City and 21 million in the whole state of New York. As I mentioned before, we stayed in a RV park about 60 miles northwest of New York City. We took a tour from our campground. The bus picked us up around 8 a.m. and we returned after 6 p.m. A long but good ... read more
Group at Junior's
Times Square
George Washington

North America » United States » New York » West Point September 30th 2014

I am a little late with this blog as we visited West Point last Thursday. I had the blog all typed about West Point, then lost the internet. Gave up until I could get good coverage. We drove to West Point, which was about 30 miles from our RV park. We tried several gates, (West Point has lots of acreage). Finally , we found the visitors center and took a tour. Our tour guide was very good but talked so fast. Hopefully, I managed to get some of what he said. I also did some research on my own. West Point's history dates back to the Revolutionary War. General George Washington considered the high plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River to be the most important strategic position in America. He had the fortifications ... read more
Hudson River at West Point
Barracks at West Point

North America » United States » New York » Middletown September 24th 2014

This morning we drove from Plymouth MA to Florida, New York. It is about 60 miles northwest of New York City. It is near the town of Middletown. It took us about 6 hours to drive here today. In my blog last night, I mentioned that I was afraid that the internet would be cut off. It did as soon as I finished the last blog. I remembered a few other things that I forgot to mention about The Breakers. The Breakers mansion was given its name for the waves that continually crash into the cliffs below. The Breakers was built in two years at a cost of over 7 million dollars, which would equal over $150 million today. The Breakers was the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt. He was the President & Chairman of the ... read more

North America » United States » Rhode Island » Newport September 23rd 2014

In my previous blog I said that we went to Providence Rhode Island. We went to Newport Rhode Island. I was in a hurry because in the RV park where we are, you have to pay for the internet for 24 hrs. at a time. I was afraid that I wouldn't get the blog done before I ran out of time. Also, wanted to add that Jim thinks that the downfall of some of these large mansions came in 1913. This was when the United States permanently imposed income taxes.... read more

North America » United States » Rhode Island » Newport September 23rd 2014

Today we drove southwest of Plymouth about 60 miles to Providence Rhode Island. It is a very pretty town situated on the Atlantic Ocean. This year the town is celebrating its 375th anniversary. Many of the streets are very narrow. There are many homes and buildings on the National Historical Register. As we were approaching the town, you can see many mansions built high above the water. There is a walk called the Cliff Walk that you can take below the homes that is about 3.5 miles long. We walked a portion of the walk and then decided to drive into town to see what was there. Parking is a premium there. It costs $2.50 to park just half an hour. We were going to have lunch downtown but decided to drive a little farther away ... read more
Front Gate at The Breakers
Front of The Breakers
Back of The Breakers


Yesterday we went to church near our RV park in Carver, MA. It was in a store in a shopping center that looked like part of it had been closed. My first experience with a shopping center Catholic Church. We got there an hour early as they had changed Mass times. The priest told us that there was a nice coffee shop across the parking lot. So, we went there for breakfast before Church. Very good. After Church, we drove toward Cape Cod. We drove to Woods Hole to get tickets for the ferry to Martha's Vineyard. We then drove to Hyannis. We saw the JFK Memorial. We didn't drive to the end of the Cape as it was so foggy. It rained after we go back to the RV park. We had a nice dinner ... read more
Martha's Vineyard  Edgartown
Martha's Vineyard
Jim's Lobster Roll

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Plymouth September 20th 2014

Yesterday we drove from Bar Harbor Maine to Wells Maine which is in the southeast corner of Maine. It is a very nice town located on the Atlantic ocean. Friends of ours from Florida, Jack and Elaine, live in Wells in the summer. Charlie, Ruth, Jim and I went to dinner with Jack and Elaine. I had scallops and clam chowder - very good. Jim had lobster stew and scallops. Jim that the scallops were the best that he had ever had. It was so good to see our friends and looking forward to seeing them in a few weeks in Florida. We drove from Maine to Plymouth MA. We took a wild ride thru Boston and the tunnel. Lots of traffic. And, it was Saturday. Can't imagine during the week. Beside steep mountains and winding ... read more
Plymouth Rock Enclosure
Plymouth Harbor
Mayflower II

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor September 18th 2014

Today was a beautiful day. A little cool but sunny. We spent most of the day catching up on laundry, etc. Sometimes when you are travelling, it is good to have a day that you can just rest a bit. And, like I mentioned the other day, it seems like there is always some kind of maintenance to attend to on an RV. It is just like a home..it is always something. This afternoon we drove to Bar Harbor. It is really a nice little town. I believe that the population is around 5,000. I think the Bar Harbor area covers about 63 square miles. It has several large older homes. Some of these have been turned into Bed & Breakfasts. The downtown area near the harbor has lots of shops and restaurants. We walked down ... read more
Jim & Charlie
Lobster
Sunset at Cadillac Mountain

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor September 17th 2014

Yesterday morning it was 40 degrees as we left New Brunswick and drove to Trenton Maine which is near Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. We enjoyed our time in Canada but I was glad to be back in the U.S. There are several things that I saw in the past few days that I wish I had a picture of. First, clotheslines in New Brunswick. I still use a clothesline but I have never used one like these. Many of the houses in New Brunswick have higher foundations than we do in the states. So, they have steps and usually back porches. Attached to the back of the house are pulleys with clotheslines attached. Usually, there is a pole or building in the backyard where there is another pulley attached. So, you just have to ... read more
Acadia Shoreline
Jim and Marilyn
Acadia Bridge




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