Thursday, February 15, 2018


Every trip offers opportunities for learning new things. We thought we had a “varmit” proof outside trash can but discovered, on this trip, it’s not raccoon proof. The real irony was after Mark went out, in the middle of the night, to confront the rascal, the raccoon was peeping at him from underneath the camper. Mark is now questioning how cute my new bolster pillow is.

Speaking of new things, I thought buying a 19 foot trailer would be wonderful for curbing my desire to shop for “stuff “ because there just isn’t room to store things. However, I’m constantly being tempted to purchase retro/vintage items on Etsy. I love my new/used diner dinner plates and aluminum tumblers.

February-May 2018 Trip

Our last trip began with a solar eclipse at our son’s home in Tennessee. We kicked this trip off by first visiting our daughter’s family in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. After a fun filled few days we headed to Blackwater River State Park. Blackwater is a park we have been to before but decided we wanted to revisit. We thought it would be a good place to see how we like being in one spot for two weeks. The night before we arrived we received a call from the park staff informing us one road leading into the park was closed due to flooding. We are now so thankful we booked two weeks here giving time for the flood waters to recede so we can hike and bike along this beautiful river. Until then we are just 6 miles from the Florida Trail and Red Rocks Mountain Bike Trail so there is still plenty to keep us busy.

King cake on Mardi Gras Day

Hiking on the Florida Trail

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Home Again

Of course, it's not all sunshine and rainbows when you are on the road. Mark and I have completed our Fall 2017 Adventure and I thought I should document  a few of the mishaps that occurred that I haven't mentioned. We had to make an emergency trip to the vet in Michigan's UP because Starbaby drank stagnant water and we thought she might have Lepto....she didn't....but it was pretty ironic that this poster was in the vetenarian's waiting room as we waited to see a Dr. I lost my prescription glasses somewhere in Missouri.... I never found them but had plenty of spare contacts to get me home. When we came back from a hike in Illinois we heard from fellow campers that while we were gone a hickory limb fell on the roof of our trailer and left a dent....the good news? Nothing else was damaged and Mark burned the limb for fire wood!

Other than these few hiccups, it was a Mary Poppins adventure; "Practically perfect in every way!" We are excited about being home, to touch base with family and friends, but are already planning our next exploration of the lower 48!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Bluegrass State

Our reason for traveling to Dog Creek Campground, in Dog Run, KY, as we make our way home, was to visit Mammoth Cave National Park. This is the only National Park I had visited, that Mark had never been to. Our campground, situated right outside the park, is an Army Corps of Engineer Park and one of the nicest we've stayed in. We loved exploring the area, taking a cave tour and mountain biking in nearby Nolin Lake State Park.  One cool thing about getting to the National Park, from our campsite, was taking the free ferry across the Green River.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Ironically, as we were preparing to leave Illinois, we stumbled on the Eclipse Kitchen , in Makanda, IL, where we decided to go for brunch. Because our trip started in Nashville, with the 2017 Eclipse, we were surprised to discover Makanda is a small town that not only witnessed totality in 2017 but will be in the line of totality again in 2024. The mathematical odds of anyone witnessing a total solar eclipse where they live (without traveling) is approximately 3 times every 1000 years. Makanda residents will witness two in just seven years.


Meeting people on the road has been a fun part of traveling we weren't expecting. In an effort to follow the rules in most parks these days, about not bringing firewood in from other states, (to help combat the transfer of pests that might be in the wood) we have tried to buy only as much wood as we need in each park we visit. In Illinois, we miscalculated and ran out, but Mark discovered how to barter, with a Kentucky product we had on hand, thanks to our neighbor, Mike.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Land of Lincoln

We've arrived in Illinois and continue to love taking as many back roads as we can from one place to another. I had to make Mark stop to get a picture of this barn because a big reason for starting this blog was to share pics with my mom of the places we end up. This barn picture is for you, Mom. Most of the pictures I post are made by Mark so I loved this recent picture I captured of Markie making a picture on our daily hike.

We discovered that most of the parks we wanted to visit in southern Illinois, have 20 or 25 walk in sites that you don't have to reserve (first come first serve) so this last part of the trip has been less planned and more spontaneous. We didn't know Illinois had a Little Grand Canyon and It ended up being one of our favorite hikes!