Charlie & Kerry

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Charlie & Kerry

Kerry and I are retired and empty-nested. We're enjoying our travels both in our camper and on our boat.



North America » United States » Tennessee July 26th 2020

18 July, 2020 We left the campground fairly early and went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. We were not surprised that we had to wait for a table, but we were surprised we were seated outside on the front porch to eat. Timmy was thrilled with his big stack of pancakes and we were happy to get coffee at last. After breakfast we stopped by Walmart to pick up a prescription we had dropped off the night before. The drive across New Mexico was fairly uneventful until we got about 10 to 15 miles west of Santa Rosa, when Kerry pulled over to the shoulder of the interstate. The truck had suddenly overheated and, upon opening the hood, was dumping water. We knew we couldn't drive on so I Googled towing companies in Santa Rosa and ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Gallup July 17th 2020

Thursday, 16 July, 2020 We had a pleasant drive from Bryce Canyon south to Alt 89 and on to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We saw evidence along the way of the awful forest fires they had a month or so ago. Parking was a bit inconvenient at the Canyon Village due to road construction, so Kerry and Timmy walked from the parking area to the Lodge patio to view the canyon from there. The drive from the North Rim to Page, AZ, seemed to take forever, but we were just tired and the road was bumpy and winding. It was a relief to at last pick up some groceries at Walmart and settle into our spot at the campground. Friday, 17 July, 2020 We drove south from Page to Flagstaff where we headed ... read more
Grand Canyon NP
Grand Canyon NP
Grand Canyon NP

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon July 15th 2020

Monday, 13 July, 2020 We left hot, hot Moab and drove to Capitol Reef National Park, with beautiful ever-changing scenery along the way. We saw rain clouds form and it looked like rain falling in places, but decided it must be virga. When we were within 20 miles of Capitol Reef we ran into real rain. Not a drizzle or a shower, but big downpours. They would only last a few minutes, then stop, then pour again. It did cause the temperature to drop from 100 to 64 at one point. Our campground was at Fruita, which is a beautiful green valley along the Fremont River, full of fruit trees and deer and surrounded by beautiful colorful cliffs. We took it easy all afternoon, letting Timmy ride his bike while we enjoyed the somewhat cooler weather. ... read more
Capitol Reef NP
Capitol Reef NP
Capitol Reef NP

North America » United States » Utah » Moab July 12th 2020

Sunday, 12 July, 2020 Yesterday morning we were getting ready to leave Stillwater campground when all our electrical systems in the camper quit. No lights, no water pump, no refrigerator. We were less than pleased, but decided we would find an RV place on the way to Moab, though I had my doubts about finding one open on a Saturday. Lucky for us Centennial RV in Grand Junction not only had a service department that was open, but Kevin, the man we spoke with, knew right away what was causing our problems. It was a blown 40 amp fuse in the truck that was preventing the camper battery from charging. Kevin replaced the fuse and had us on the road in no time, and in spite of the 100 degree temps, didn’t charge us anything. What ... read more
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
Arches National Park


Thursday, 9 July, 2020 Because of the COVID19, you have to make a reservation to enter Rocky Mountain National Park. Our entry time was 12 noon, so we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before neatening up the camper and then heading to the park. Rocky Mountain NP was, as usual, gorgeous. We were lucky to spot a couple of moose just a few miles into the park. Actually we first spotted a carload of people standing on the side of the road pointing and taking pictures. They were nice enough to point out the moose to us. Kerry still didn’t enjoy driving the steep and winding roads, but without the camper was a bit more relaxed. We found a patch of old snow near a pull off and Timmy was so happy to be able to throw ... read more
Rocky Mtn NP
Rocky Mtn NP
Rocky Mtn NP


Wed, 8 July 2020 So Saturday, while we were staying in from the beach, I managed to reserve us a campsite for 3 nights at a national forest campground just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. The only problem was we would have to leave on Sunday, the 5th. Sunday morning Kerry’s foot was really hurting, so David took him to an urgent care clinic where he was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. So we finally got on the road around 2. Once we got out of Florida, we were delayed an hour by an accident on I-10 in Alabama. We did manage to get as far as Hattiesburg, Mississippi before stopping for the night. Monday, being out of the habit of camping, we didn’t get on the road until 9:30. We again were delayed by an ... read more
New Mexico
Colorado
Colorado

North America » United States » Florida » Pensacola July 4th 2020

We are finally about to take our youngest grandson, Timmy, camping. He was supposed to go last year, but life got in the way and we couldn’t leave home. So this year is it! We have been looking forward to this trip, although it will be a bit odd, with the closings and problems caused by Covid-19. So, we may have an abbreviated trip, but we have a new camper and excited campers, so we will have fun. We left home on Wednesday, after packing the camper on Tuesday while dodging the massive rainfalls (we measured over 2½ inches) and stifling heat and humidity. We encountered some rain and saw lots of flooded fields in Tennessee and northern Mississippi, but ran through very little rain on our way down to Pensacola. Once here we had fun ... read more
Pensacola
Pensacola
Pensacola

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland October 12th 2019

After breakfast in the hotel dining room, we headed out for our final day in Scotland. Our first stop was the Edradour Distillery in Pitlochry, which they claim is the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland. They make single malt scotch whiskey and we took their tour, which including a tasting of some of their products. It has a pretty site and friendly folks. We were also gifted with tea mugs and whiskey glasses. It was an interesting tour of the vats and storage facilities. I was surprised to learn that they use American oak bourbon barrels for storing some of their whiskeys. From there we drove to Glamis to visit the Glamis Castle, childhood home of the late Queen Mother. It is currently the home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, with beautiful gardens and ... read more
Edradour Distillery
Edradour Distillery
Edradour Distillery

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness October 11th 2019

After breakfast, again at the Isle of Skye Baking Co., we headed back to the mainland on our way to Loch Ness. Rain and heavy traffic slowed us down and we arrived at Urquhart Castle after 11:30, so we decided to come back to it after our cruise on Loch Ness. It turned out we could upgrade our cruise tickets to include a stop at the castle for less than the price we would have had to pay to see the castle. It drizzled a bit as we began our cruise, but cleared shortly after getting underway. We even enjoyed seeing a rainbow as we neared the castle. The castle dates back to 1509 and is now just ruins, but still picturesque. Loch Ness is beautiful. Nessie, however, did not show. After cruising back to our ... read more
Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle from Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye October 10th 2019

We stopped for breakfast at Isle of Skye Baking Company, which had beautiful baked goods including a selection of gluten free. I had a wonderful breakfast of a gluten-free bacon and onion quiche and some toasted gluten free bread with butter and strawberry jam. When we left there, I carried with me the rest of that loaf of bread and two gluten free brownies. From there we drove to Idrigill where we stopped to take some pictures, then on to the fairy glens. The hillsides there were almost corrugated and it was fairy-like. Sara and Helen climbed a couple of the hills, while Faye and I stood in the drizzle and watched. It was charming, rain or no, with sheep grazing around us. We then took a narrow track to Quiraing, which is a ridge in ... read more
Fairy Glens
Fairy Glens
Fairy Glens




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