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 September 15th 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017 Last Friday, 8 Sept, we finally got out of Nebraska, crossing the Missouri River into Iowa at Nebraska City, NE/Sidney, IA. We crossed Missouri on US 36, stopping for the night at Long Branch State Park near Macon, MO. Saturday, 9 Sept, we drove to Cape Girardeau, MO. After setting up at the Cape Camping & RV Park, we went to the casino to make a deposit. Sunday, 10 Sept, we crossed the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau into Illinois. We crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky at Cairo, IL. Then home at last. We had a great trip, though shorter than usual. We saw familiar sights and some new places. Also new faces and an old familiar one. Here are our stats: We traveled 4,252 miles We spent 18 nights in ... read more
Long Branch Lake
Bridge over the Mississippi River
Mississippi River

North America » United States » Nebraska September 7th 2017

Tuesday, 5 September, 2017 From Dubois we drove southeast through the Wind River Valley; through hills and meadows, some filled with sage, others cultivated, irrigated and green with alfalfa. This is hay and cattle country, though horses are plentiful, too, and we spotted quite a few pronghorn antelope. We followed the Chief Washakie Trail to Lander. Then we paralleled the Oregon, Mormon and California Trails, as well as the Overland Stage Route and the Original Pony Express. We crossed the Continental Divide again at South Pass, elevation 7600+ feet. Seeing these hills, valleys and mountains makes you realize just how tough those early settlers were. After stopping for a few groceries in Rock Springs, we drove south to Firehole Canyon campground in Flaming Gorge NRA. We do love this campground. Wed, 6 Sept. We have decided ... read more
Wyoming
Wyoming
Wyoming

North America » United States » Wyoming » Dubois September 4th 2017

Monday, 4 September, 2017 We left Grand Tetons this morning in the heaviest haze yet. We were surprised at how thick the smoke was, we couldn't even see the tops of the mountains. We headed east from Moran through beautiful country, but the smoke was so thick it was like looking through a curtain. So, not many pictures. We crossed the Continental Divide at 9600+ feet, hoping it would be less smoky on the eastern side. Nope, still smoky. We drove through Dubois to Longhorn Campground, where we are to meet Tom, Kerry's oldest friend. We arrived early in the afternoon and took advantage of electrical hookups by charging our electronics. We also made a quick trip to the grocery. Back at the camper, I put some potatoes in the crockpot for supper and posted the ... read more
Grand Teton NP
Grand Teton NP
Wyoming


Friday, 1 September - Sunday, 3 September, 2017 As we drove south from Yellowstone to Grand Teton NP, there was more road construction south of West Thumb. We were lucky again and didn't have any long waits to get through very long sections of 1 lane road. We were much relieved to get a campsite at Grand Teton and were surprised to find we also had a cell phone signal. We were able to use the internet at the Laundromat to catch up on blogs and emails. The weather is lovely, but the smoke in the air again mars the beauty somewhat. The park was very crowded, but that is to be expected on the last holiday weekend of the summer. We love the mountains and the lakes and the contrasts between them. We went up ... read more
Grand Teton NP
Grand Teton NP
Grand Teton NP


Tuesday. 29 August, 2017 I was worried about getting a campsite in Yellowstone, but Kerry assured me there were plenty of walk-in sites available. We had a beautiful drive down from the campground to the north entrance at Gardner. At the gate the campgrounds were listed and showed which were already full and which had sites available. We decided Norris would be centrally located and was fairly close to the north entrance. Wouldn't you know, the road was under construction, with one lane traffic and long waits. We estimate it took us 45 minutes to go the 15 or so miles. I was much relieved to see that Norris CG had sites open when we arrived at last. But the fun was just beginning. The woman registering campers was on her second day of working there, ... read more
Yellowstone NP
Yellowstone NP
Yellowstone NP

North America » United States » Montana August 28th 2017

28 August, 2017 We drove north into Montana, stopping at the visitor center at Hardin. The woman there told us the highway department recommended those pulling campers north use Hwy 3 to avoid steep climbs and 12% descents. That made sense to us, so at Billings we turned north on Hwy 3. After about 90 miles, which only took us about a third of the way up the state, we'd had enough of the smoke. There are wildfires burning in the western part of Montana and the smoke was getting heavier, blurring the views of the mountains. We knew it would get worse the closer we got to the fire areas, which were west of Glacier NP. At that point we gave up on Glacier and turned south, deciding instead to go to Yellowstone NP. We ... read more
Montana
Montana
Pine Creek CG


Saturday, 26 August, 2017 It was a fairly short drive to Badlands National Park and we arrived around 11 am. We cooled our heels in the Visitor Center until time to check into the campground. Once the camper was set up, we headed for the west end of the park because Kerry wanted to drive to the Prairie Dog Village there. Unfortunately, it was about 5 miles down a washboard gravel road and Kerry had had enough of that after ½ mile. It was hot, hot, with temps up in the low 90's, and no shade in the campground, so we left the windows open on the camper. We've experienced bad weather in the Badlands before, with storms blowing up with little notice, so we kept our eyes on the skies as we enjoyed the beauty ... read more
Sunflower field
Badlands Campground
Badlands

North America » United States » South Dakota » Oacoma August 25th 2017

Wednesday, 23 August, 2017 We are so out of the habit of camping. Hooking up the camper, securing things inside, setting up camp; all had to be relearned. This trip we are heading north for starters. We crossed the Ohio River at Paducah and drove to Cahokia Indian mounds near East St. Louis, IL. Kerry was a bit disappointed, so we didn't stay long, continuing north up the Great River Road in western Illinois. The drive was peaceful and we got nice views of the Great Mississippi along the way. We camped overnight at Pere Marquette SP. Thursday, 24 August, 2017 We continued north along the Great River Road. We crossed the Illinois River at Hardie on a narrow green steel drawbridge. And, as narrow as the bridge is, one lane was closed for bridge work. ... read more
SuperPapa
draw bridge
drawbridge

North America » United States » Tennessee July 7th 2015

Sunday, 5 July, 2015 It was a fairly uneventful day, the kind we like best. We drove through the rest of New Mexico and the panhandle of Texas. We stopped at the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo so Jenna could add her mark to the cadillacs there. We drove a short way into Oklahoma to Sayre, where they have a wonderful city park with a nice campground for only $12. Monday, 6 July We got through Oklahoma with their lousy roads and into Arkansas. We stopped for the night at Spadra Park Campground, south of Clarksville. It's a lovely Army Corps of Engineers campground on a bluff overlooking the Arkansas River. The river is full and fast moving. Tuesday, 7 July We were happy to get out of Arkansas and then through Memphis. Home sure looks good. ... read more
Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, TX
Spadra Park CG, AR
Arkansas River


Thursday, 2 July, 2015 We got out early and drove to Grand Canyon National Park, stopping at Desert View and a few overlooks on the way to Grand Canyon village. We checked at Mather campground for openings, but they were full, so we drove straight to Ten-X campground in Kaibab National Forest, where we set up in a nice campsite. We ate lunch before driving back to the park, hoping the long lines at the entrance had thinned out some. They had. Our first stop was the main visitor center to pick up a Jr. Ranger book for Jenna, then we drove to some more of the eastern overlooks. We worked our way back to the village before 4:00 and went to a Jr. Ranger Program to complete the requirements for Jenna's Jr. Ranger badge. Back ... read more
Grand Canyon NP
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon




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