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North America » United States » Alaska May 30th 2015

During our 2 week journey on the inside passage we visited and learned about 3 native cultures. These cultures have much in common but are also different. They all share a love of the ocean and a reverence for the land and the animals. The First Nation people in this area had the resources and time to develop a rich artistic tradition which is coming back again. New artisans are now carving wooden masks that are used in traditional dances. Poles are being carved again to memorialize a great person or tell the history of the people living in a long house. Poles are also used to tell cultural stories which are being passed on to a new generation. These poles have never been worshiped in a religious way by these cultures. They see them as ... read more
totem images
Cultural Center

North America » United States » Alaska May 24th 2015

Our trip to Alaska has come and gone; now we are left with lots of pictures, a slide show, a DVD, souvenirs, journal entries, but most of all we have our memories. We saw a landscape that is unbelievable and visited cultures whose tribal stories trace their origin to the ocean. We were close enough to a pod of whales to smell their breath. It was an unbelievable adventure and we want to share it with everyone. The problem is how to cram all this into a blog. So I've decided to do two or more blogs that will be mostly pictures with explanations. Our trip started in Seattle on May 1, where we stayed one night in the Roosevelt Hotel, right in the heart of Seattle. The next day we had a few hours to ... read more
Chihuly Glass
Chihuly Glass
Waterfront gum wall

North America » United States » Maine » Lubec June 1st 2014

Our much anticipated Puffin adventure started on May 19. We made a stop at Crane Creek State Park which is just outside of Toledo, Ohio, to look for migrating warblers, and were not disappointed. If you are the least bit interested in watching birds this is such a good place to go. There are boardwalks through wooded areas and around marshes, but the best part is the great number of experienced birders who point out and identify all the birds. This was a road trip without our camper and without Dave - we missed both by the end of our trip. We also decided to set some standards for motel/hotel rooms. 1. the toilet should be bolted to the floor 2. the reception area should not be shielded by bullet proof glass 3. electrical wiring should ... read more
seaside village
Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor

North America » United States » Arizona » Cottonwood March 31st 2014

This will be the last blog for our winter trip this year. It has been a another great adventure that started near the ocean at Gulf Shores State Park in Alabama and is ending at one of our favorite parks in the high desert of Arizona , Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. The name of this park has a story that goes back to the 1940's when the Ireys family was looking for ranch property to buy. After many days of seeing different properties Mr. Ireys asked the family which property did they think was best. The kids said the one with the dead horse, and the name stuck. In 1973 Arizona State Parks acquired the property on the condition that the name stay the same. Our stay at Dead Horse was made even ... read more
Red Rock State Park, Arizona
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Walnut Canyon cliff dwellings

North America » United States » Arizona » Cottonwood March 20th 2014

We are loving Arizona's blue skies and warm temperatures. The polar vortexes that swept across Texas regularly were getting a bit old and to know we were only a state away made it seem colder than it was. We started our Arizona camping at Patagonia State Park where we saw the Elegant Trogan last year. ( New blog readers can find that entry under 'Patagonia State Park and Lost Dutchman, published March 17, 2013) While staying at Patagonia we took another B&B vacation to Madera Canyon in Green Valley. This area is rated the third best birding destination in the U.S. We drove up and into the Santa Rita Mountains which is where Madera Canyon is located. The change is dramatic since the drive begins on the desert floor and ends in the mountain top. The ... read more
interior view
Bird watching balcony

North America » United States » Texas February 28th 2014

We've continued our travels through Texas with a stop in Lockhart - the BBQ capital of Texas, but we only tried 2 of the 4 BBQ places in town. Texas BBQ uses a dry rub instead of a sauce. In fact one restaurant had a sign that said if you want BBQ sauce you're in the wrong place. Meals are ordered at the BBQ pit - a 1/4 pound of brisket, 4 ribs and a link of sausage makes a very large meal. Everything is placed on a big piece of butcher paper along with 2 pieces of white bread , a big slice of onion and dill pickle slices . Then you carry it off to your table where there is a roll of paper toweling to clean up after you're done. Lockhart also has ... read more
River walk San Antonio
cardinal tree
Along the River walk and bike trail

North America » United States » Texas » Fredericksburg January 30th 2014

It has been a while since the last posting . It seems there has been one polar vortex after another reaching down into the South. I know it is not as bad as some states, but it has kept us inside and cautious about our water line which needs to be unhooked in weather below freezing. The evening weather reports here can make us laugh as Texans deal with a bit of snow and sleet. One lady made the news when she couldn't find the ice scrapper for her car windows. Actually, black ice is the real problem here and can shut everything down until the afternoon when above freezing temps usually arrive. Since last we 'talked' we have been to some new parks and tried some new foods. We stayed one week at Sam Houston ... read more
Sam Houston Jones State park
The Wee Kitchen

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Iberia January 5th 2014

We arrived at Lake Fausse Point State Park after dark on the December 29. We had traveled many miles over bridged highways that spanned miles and miles of bayou on Highway 10. Those of you who have campers know what a treat it can be to park an RV in the dark. In this case we were also in a park that was full of large family groups with lots kids still riding bikes after dark and generally doing what kids do.....around our moving camper. Our neighbors however, were very kind; they brought out their flashlights and helped watch different corners of the camper as Ron maneuvered into a tight spot. More helpers is not always a good thing, but we finally got settled in and thanked all the good folks who had strong accents , ... read more
campsite #14
Sugar Cane
Truck hauling sugar cane

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores December 23rd 2013

Christmas week still finds us in Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL. We have had some of the nicest weather ever during this month. Most days are sunny and warm enough for us - high 60's and low 70's. The park has a great Backcountry Bike Trail that has a complex of 6 trails totaling 11 paved miles. We can bike it, in combination with the bike trail on the main road, to get to restaurants and shopping and the beach. We've put on a lot of miles going to Wal-Mart, Publix and the Pancake House. While we travel Ron is always on the lookout for nurseries that sell trees to make into bonsai . He found a nice Japanese Cedar called a 'Black Dragon' that he has shaped and wired into our Christmas tree. ... read more
Black Dragon
All decked out for Christmas

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores December 5th 2013

This will be a short blog just to let you know we're back on the road again. We left Brighton on Thanksgiving morning and only had to circle back home once when I realized I'd left my phone on the kitchen counter. Everything else we've forgotten is being sent to us by Kristin - the camera for instance! We took I-69 to I -65 to avoid some storms in the mountains and by the time we were in Indiana we had sun and slightly warmer temps. Our first stop was Huntsville, Alabama, so we could visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center . There are more than 1,500 artifacts from The US space program on exhibit. This is also the place that hosts Space Camp for kids and adults; our daughter-in-law, Tracy, is an alumni of ... read more
Mona Lisa
A  Da Vinci helicopter

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