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North America » United States » Minnesota » Duluth May 24th 2022

Today we arrived at a seemingly abandoned state park. No one was at the office, all the bathrooms except one were closed, and all the water filling locations were turned off except for the one at the dump station. Even the closed for the season sign was still up on the campground sign. Our pull thru sight is more suited as a back in site due to the narrow entrance and the trees clustering the opening. Tomorrow, we scheduled a planned day to stay in due to the 100% chance of rain and 44-degree high temperatures. Of course, something had to mess with these plans because this campground has no cell service. Tonight, I had to go for a drive, in order to work and for Daisy to download her music & shows, but hey it ... read more
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North America » United States May 23rd 2022

On this blog we wanted to post some pictures of full-time travel trailer life. We also wanted to help people understand what a trip like this is really like. In my mind it is a huge blessing and I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity. Traveling around the US is exciting, fun, and fulfilling. However, it is a lot of work and leaves very little time to relax. Some days are 3-6 hours of driving and then we try to squeeze in some sightseeing on the same day. We do this because it's hard to say where life will lead and while we have this opportunity, we want to see all we can. The good thing is the days are long here sunrise is typically around 5:30 and sunset is typically close to 9:00. If ... read more
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North America » United States » Wisconsin May 23rd 2022

Really short drive today, although we did cross back into Wisconsin. We are camping at Willow River State Park so that we can enjoy Willow Falls. State parks are a little pricer here than we are use to, especially for a nonresident. They charge you the fee to camp, a fee to make the reservation, and an entrance fee that can be quite high. Example for nonresident to camp at Willow River State Park: $40+$8+$13=$61. Now if you wait to reserve until you arrive you can avoid the reservation fee. If you will be camping at multiple Wisconsin State Parks, I would suggest purchasing an annual pass for $38 to avoid paying the entrance EACH DAY that you camp. Another thing to know is that they do not provide water or sewer at your campsite, many ... read more
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Today's drive was pretty smooth. We were once again lucky and found a canceled campsite at Lebanon Regional Park to reserve. At check in she said we should play the lottery since that was the first open site she has seen in a long time. To top it off we have full hookups and a beautiful big site. Wish we had more time to stay and enjoy. Weather is cold again, low is 37 tonight so we decided to go to the Mall of America to stay a little warm instead of the sculpture park outdoors. We were overwhelmed by the Mall of America due to the number of stores, the sheer size and scale of the facility, not to mention the seven acre amusement park. The amusement park was the main attraction especially for all ... read more
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North America » United States » Minnesota May 22nd 2022

We braved the cold again today so that Nate could see the Minneapolis Skyway. Unfortunately, most of the tunnel system was closed today. He did get to walk into a few at the IDS building but could not go into the adjoining buildings. I really enjoyed visiting Minnehaha Falls. I would love to find a campsite right on a waterfall because I could sit and enjoy for hours. The issue is that Nate and Daisy get bored in less than 2 minutes. We got back to the trailer much earlier than expected. We took the dogs for a walk and enjoyed our large, green, beautiful site.... read more
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North America » United States » Ohio » Port Clinton May 21st 2022

Well, this blog is usually for our travels, but today we enjoyed early morning birding with fellow Marriage Encounter couples. This is the easiest way to get the photos to you. The list below is what we saw, and maybe you did too! The fish dinner at Jolly Roger was marvelous, and the accommodations great - thank you Ron and Mary Jo. We were so glad Don & Carolyn and Rick could join us. Great place! We were VERY VERY lucky to get in the 3 hours that we did on the Boardwalk, with the rain looking so threatening. It's still thundering as I write this. For those who left right away, Fells, Grimes, Mohlmasters, & Rymans (with very knowledgeable Nicole!!) walked around the Visitor Center - and met up with Beth again. Sadly, the Center ... read more
Bald Eagle
Baltimore Oriole
Barn Swallow


It is a rainy, cold day here today and tomorrow. So, we are pushing on to see what we can in the rain. Yesterday on the way in we saw the Ochsner Park & Zoo. After researching we found it was a free zoo. The site states that the "majority of our animals are either rehabilitated wildlife that are not able to be released or rescued from the exotic pet trade". The Zoo contains playful bears, a variety of owls, sleepy Mexican wolves, a lonely gorgeous artic fox, rambunctious river otters, hidden prairie dogs, a stinky skunk, a majestic eagle, and farm animals. After this we went to lunch, walked around town, and took the Upper Wisconsin Dells Boat tour. The tour was a bit expensive, but we were able to find coupons. The tour was ... read more
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North America » United States » Wisconsin May 19th 2022

I woke up really sore today, but it was so worth it to climb down into Wye cave. Luckily, I was able to take it easy this morning. Tina worked much of the day today. We left the site a little late so Tina could use dual monitors. The drive from Maquoketa Caves State Park, IA to Wisconsin Dells, WI was about 3 hours. I enjoyed the morning and cooked some hot dogs for lunch. Then played around outside, did a video on the Segway, and kind of wish I had one more day to go play in the cave again. This was my favorite place we have stayed so far on the trip. Once we arrive to Fox Hill Campground, we took the pups for a walk and Tina and Daisy played some yard chess. ... read more

North America » United States May 19th 2022

Since Bill and I moved to northern Nevada 4 years ago, we discovered the allure of the Lincoln Highway when we learned this road runs right through the center of Reno. Yes, it's the name of a wildly popular novel recently published by Amor Towles, but our ambition to drive this 3,300+ mile stretch of roads predates Mr. Towles' novel. In our enthusiasm to learn more about this road, we joined the Nevada chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association. The highway was "completed" in 1913 when automobiles were becoming popular. The Lincoln Highway linked together existing roads and a smattering of ferries to new roads sponsored by the 12 states and local municipalities this route traversed. In 1913 it was not, to say the least, an easy ride! The span of the Lincoln Highway was Times ... read more
Hamilton Burr Duel
White Diamond Diner
Old Lincoln Highway Benjamin Rush State Park

North America » United States » Iowa » Maquoketa May 18th 2022

We spent most of the day exploring the many caves of Maquoketa Caves State Park. It is so nice to go at your own pace and enjoy these caves without a guide. They did a great job carving out paths through the wildflowers and through the wet flooring of the caves. Nate was extremely excited to see little chipmunks running around. He made us return to the dance hall in the large cave many times so he could hear himself sing. Today was nice because we took a break and ate lunch. Then we sat outside to enjoy the cool weather, Nate fell asleep, began to snore, and I took a selfie with him. In the afternoon, Nate and Daisy climb down into Wye cave. This is a narrow, muddy, and pitch black cave. Daisy describes ... read more
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