June 16, 2014

Follow Along!

Betty and I leave in a few weeks for our summer RV trip. I've received enough emails wondering if we will be going through a particular town or area that I decided to post these maps. 

The first is for the trip to Wisconsin. I haven't noted every stop or all the places we will be visiting in Wisconsin but you can see the general shape of the journey. It will take us 24 days to get from Scottsdale to Egg Harbor.



After spending three weeks in Wisconsin the trip back has been left much less detailed. We have a general idea of how we'd like to make our way home, but we have no firm plan. We have no reservations or need to be home on a particular date. We will let our moods dictate the final route. The Badlands and Mt. Rushmore are the only "must sees."  I expect the trip home will take about a month.




Betty has made several built in bookcases, medicine cabinets, and extra storage places in the RV. So, we are just about set. It will be quite an adventure and something completely different for our satisfying retirement.
 

 
As a sort of warm up trip, we spent the last few days in Flagstaff with the whole family. We took the RV and rented a small cabin at the campground for my oldest daughter's family. We celebrated (a very much delayed) Betty's birthday, our wedding anniversary, both of our daughters' birthdays, a granddaughter's birthday, and  a satisfying life in general. 

We also enjoyed temperatures almost 30 degrees cooler than at home. At this time of year, that is no small blessing!




25 comments:

  1. What a fabulous trip! Hubby and I spent some time in Door County several years ago, and both of us agreed we needed more time there. Glad you and Betty will be there long enough to explore/experience it. Will you be sharing info from your trip with all of us?

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    1. Betty was in Door county 20 years ago and continues to talk about it and all the nearby waterfalls. I am sure there will be pictures!

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  2. What a great trip plan!! Bon voyage!! Keep us posted on your travels when you can.

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    1. Will do, Florence. We still have a lot of packing and cleaning to do. Plus, shutting down a house for 75 days isn't something we have ever done before.

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  3. We just returned from two weeks in Door County Wisconsin, aka Egg Harbor. It has been one of our favorite places for the last 30 years. Enjoy every minute and soak up that cool air. Cindy

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  4. Bob, the absolute best to you and Betty on the upcoming trip. I'll look forward to posts over the coming weeks. And we safe out there among the English.

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    1. We are keeping each leg of the trip to 175-250 miles apart so the driving from place to place doesn't wear us out. Thanks, Chuck.

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  5. Aw, Bob... If you're going all the way to Wisconsin, then you should surely take a side trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! So many beautiful places to see and things to do :-)

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    1. Technically we will. We are spending 4 days in Marinette which is just across the Wisconsin state line in the U.P. of Michigan. But, I know that doesn't really count!

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  6. Have a great time! and...as always, I'll be looking forward to Betty's photographs!
    b

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    1. yYes, I imagine she will fill more than a few memory cards.

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  7. Looks like a great trip. One of these days you'll have to make it all the way back to civiliza ... I mean, New York!

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    1. I wouldn't mind making it back to upstate NY at some point. The 6 years I lived in Syracuse were some of the best of my life, and the Finger Lakes region is beautiful.

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  8. I took part of that route several times this past year from Central California to Montrose, Colorado. Please say hi to St George & Grand Junction, for me. We're hoping to head to Flagstaff & the Grand Canyon sometime soon.

    We are going to enjoy your trip---thank you for sharing your words & Betty for sharing her photos with us!

    pam

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  9. Wow, Looks like a lovely trip.I'm just hoping although not shown that you do have a stop in between Nebraska and (Grand Junction? Glenwood Springs?). There will be many hills where you will probably only get to forty, and we are experiencing some flooding (minimal so far knock on wood). You may also want to see Wounded Knee while you are in the area.

    Would love to see some pictures of your "customized" rv!

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    1. Yes, the map doesn't show all the stops. After leaving Grand Junction we have a few nights in Lakewood just outside Denver. There is a city park that has what appears to be a very nice RV campground. Then, on to Ogallala and Grand island before getting to Omaha.

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  10. Bob I am so excited for you and hope you don't mind my hubby and I will mentally ride along...we have barely been outside our own back yard door(upstate NY, Rochester on Lake Ontario).but we dream of doing the RV thing and seeing your trip gives us ideas and places we have never heard of.I am going to have a ball seeing Betty's pictures and we will drool of the beauty and maybe food ideas lol

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    1. After spending 6 years in Syracuse and coming back to vacation in the Finger Lakes area, I know you live in a pretty area that has so much to see. But, you are very welcome to tag along on our trip!

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  11. Enjoy every minute and tells the BEST things from each places, Safe travels

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  12. So thrilled for your upcoming adventuring! Over here I've been at work daily nailing down the small details of our trip. The more I get nailed down, the more excited I get, but it surely is a great deal of work.

    I know you are the planner, so I would imagine you are likewise ready to stop doing research and get on the road already!

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    1. Luckily we went to Flagstaff for a three day getaway this past weekend that calmed my RV fever. In fact, our first stop on the trip is the same RV park (KOA) and the same spot. Yes, we are ready to go.

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  13. Check out Ashfall State Park in Nebraska. Fascinating place I'd never heard of.

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    1. I just looked at the web site and read the story of the ash from a volcano that fell and killed all sorts of animals - now fossils. it does look quite interesting.

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