New Mexico – The Land of Enchantment

Jeff and I got married in Albuquerque, NM almost 25 years ago when we were both teaching at the same high school there.  One of our favorite parts about living there, in addition to the amazing food, was the hot air balloons that were so common to see.  The annual Balloon Fiesta is held in October of each year, and we really wanted to make it there in time to see it this year.  After we left Kansas City, we stopped in Tulsa to spend some time with my parents, and then had them ride with us to ABQ.  We got to use our guest room again. 🙂   It was so nice to have them travel with us.


The first morning we woke up early, like 4:00am early, and went down onto the balloon field.  It was cold but super fun to be right there surrounded by all the balloons.

After spending the morning watching balloons, we spent the afternoon driving up to Sandia Crest and enjoying the view. 

The next morning we watched the balloons from Rio Rancho near where we were parked in a friend’s yard.  Thanks Glenn!! 

We spent one day in Santa Fe and looking around.  It was a wonderful day. 

Eating lunch at La Fonda

We are so thankful for our friend Glenn who allowed us to park in his yard for a couple of weeks, and then in the street in front of his house for a couple of days after going to empty our tanks.  It’s been an amazing visit.  

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Fridge Repairs in KC

We spent two days driving pretty much straight back to Kansas City from Williamsburg because we had an appointment to get our fridge repaired at the dealership where we purchased it.  Although we spent almost two weeks in town, we took very few photos.  Here’s one of the parking lot of the Trailside RV shop where we spent a few nights.  We are thankful for friends and family in the Kansas City area that also allowed us to spend a few nights in their place while the repairs were being done.  It’s always good to be back in town and see friends. Just wish I’d remember to take more pictures when we are there.  Maybe next time! 

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Using our guest room – Friends visiting in Pennsylvania & Virginia

We love the floor plan of our fifth-wheel.  We chose this plan so that our son would have his own room while he was traveling with us, but now that he’s moved out, we have a dedicated guest room with its own half-bath.     

We love having friends and family come to stay with us.  We had our friend Jennifer from Kansas City stay for a week while we were in southern NY and northern PA.  We visited Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes area of NY, and the spent a few days in the Hershey and Lancaster area.

We were also able to visit the New Paltz, NY area where we learned more about Jeff’s genealogy.  His mom spent years researching the family history and learned that in her lineage and Jeff’s dad’s lineage there were common ancestors. Two sisters had lived in New Paltz in the 1600’s and had married and lived across the street from each other. The two houses are still there, as this area is now preserved as the historic Huguenot Street.  It was fun to see the houses and some of the family markers in the small cemetery there.   

After Jennifer flew home, we moved on to the Williamsburg, VA area and had a week before my college roommate Kerrie and her family came to visit.  We enjoyed our spot at the Thousand Trails RV resort there because it was in the back where it was nice and quiet. 

We were able to spend a day touring the Jamestown colony and archaeological dig. It was very fascinating how they survived in an area with no fresh water.  They archaeologists had discovered a skeleton buried under the front part of the church just the week before we were there.  It was very fun to talk to them. 

When Kerrie and her family came, we spent several days at Busch Gardens and had a blast!  We also spent time at the campground swimming, playing mini-golf, and just hanging out together.  Having friends come to visit us all over the country is such a blessing.  We’d love to see more of you! 

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New York – visiting family

We spent a few weeks visiting family in the Rochester, NY area. We also enjoyed a quick trip to Las Vegas for the Color Street annual conference, a day trip to the Hoover Dam, and a couple of days in Ventura, California to enjoy the beach and surfing lessons to celebrate Jeff’s niece’s birthday.

Downtown Rochester, NY

                

     

   

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Vermont

Our drive from Maine to Rochester, NY was very pretty. We enjoyed a couple of stops along the Molly Stark Trail in Vermont near the Greenwood Lodge and Campsites where we stayed.  I forgot to take a picture of our site, but it was nice and level with lots of trees and long enough we didn’t even have to unhook for the night. One of the best things about this campground was their amazing free WiFi.  We had originally planned to stay at the state park nearby, but after reading reviews, I realized that there was no cell signal in the area.  The guys were both needed to do some work, so we needed internet access.

We stopped the next morning at Love a Bagel which is a cute coffee shop that we found on our fall foliage trip with Jeff’s parents a couple of years ago. They have an amazing nitro cold brew coffee called Cold Brewtus that Jeff has been trying to find all over the country and never been able to. He was so excited to finally get some, and guess what?  They ran out about an hour before we arrived!  We had to settle for normal iced coffee instead.     

Next stop, Jeff’s dad’s driveway!  We are looking forward to spending some time with family for a couple of weeks.

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Maine – Part 2

Another one of our favorite parts of our visit to Maine was attending a local clambake.  This is something that has been on Jeff’s bucket list for a long time, and most of the places we have found have only been caterers for private parties.  We located one in Boothbay Harbor, ME and decided it was worth the drive (about 3 hours from our campsite in Bar Harbor) called Cabbage Island Clambake.   It was worth the drive!  We had a little bit of time to walk around near the pier and enjoy s1536ome cold brew coffee at the Red Cup Coffee House since we knew it would be a late night and also buy some saltwater taffy.

      

The ticket price included a boat ride out to their private island where they had been cooking the dinner in seaweed over a fire on the beach for several hours.  The meal included a cup of chowder, 2 lobsters, a dozen clams, a baked potato, corn on the cob, an onion, a hard-boiled egg, and blueberry cake.

    


The sun was setting as we rode the boat back to Boothbay Harbor.  Even though we didn’t get home unit almost 1:00am, it was well worth the time and money.

Portland area

Because our son Garrett was coming to visit us, we moved from Bay Harbor down to the Winslow Memorial Park in Freeport so that we would be near the Portland airport.  This is a very beautiful city park with beautiful views and no hookups. This was our chance to test out our ability to boondock for more than just overnight. We filled our water tanks before leaving Bar Harbor and were able to use our generator that is mounted in the front part of the truck bed for a couple hours each day to recharge all of our electronics.

 

We visited Eartha, the world’s largest rotating globe located at the Garmin building in Freeport, and we drove out to see the Portland Head Lighthouse at sunset. Wow!  One of the most beautiful sights we’ve seen in a long time.
   

 

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Maine – Part 1

I think that Maine is my new favorite state!!   We’ve heard so many amazing stories about the Bar Harbor area so that’s where we wanted to visit.  The only time we had been to Maine before was when we spent two days in the southern part of Maine a couple of years ago as part of a quick fall foliage trip with Jeff’s parents before we started our RV travels. We are so thankful for that trip and time with his parents.  Little did we know that our time with his mom was going to be short.  Spending time with family and friends is something that has become a focus of the RV life.  God has blessed us with jobs that allow us to be mobile, and we love catching up with so many people along the way. I don’t talk about very many of them here in this public forum, but please know if we’re ever in your area, reach out to us. We’d love to meet up with you!

Bangor Area
When we attended the RVE Summit in TX last February, we met lots of other full-time RVers and love keeping track of each other and figuring out how to meet up with we are nearby.  That was why we chose to spend a couple of days at the Pumpkin Patch RV Resort in Hermon, ME.  Our friends Shawn & Andrea of 40FootHouse.  We were able to have dinner with them and make new friends too!

Bar Harbor

We spent the week of the 4th  of July at the Narrows Too Camping Resort. While we didn’t have a water-front site, there were several that had some beautiful views of Mount Desert Island and the Acadia National Park.
We spent one day enjoying the free shuttle around the park and some hiking along the water.  Even though it was foggy, it was still beautiful.  Jeff and I have finally found a place that we both love – with mountains and beach in the same place!

The view from the waterfront sites at Narrows Too.

Our site – no view, but it was large and level.

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the views from our hike in Acadia National Park.

             
Bar Harbor has all the atmosphere of small-town America on July 4th.  The morning started off with a parade down main-street, lunch, a nap on a blanket in the city park, dinner at a local restaurant, and then fireworks off the pier.  It was a memorable and amazing day!

                         

We were also blessed to be able to spend another evening with a friend of ours who is living in Bar Harbor that we haven’t seen in a long time.  This is truly one of the BEST parts of traveling.   We enjoyed a lobster dinner, playing board games, and eating ice cream.  Look at the size of HALF of my ice cream sandwich!! 

 

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New Hampshire

We spent a couple of days in the White Mountains of New Hampshire on our way from Cape Cod to Maine.  We really enjoyed seeing some cool rivers, mountains, waterfalls, and covered bridges.

   

                   

We love finding local flavors during our travels, so we visited a local meadery called Sap House Meadery   They make “wine” out of honey.  As the girl there explained, “It’s not beer, it’s not wine, it’s mead.”  It was sweet and really good. We had a plate of local meats, cheeses, fruit, and jams with it.  We also found a local ice cream shop that was delicious.

            

Next stop, Maine!

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Newport, Rhode Island

While staying near Cape Cod for a couple of weeks, we took a day and drove over to Newport to explore the Cliff Walk area. It was a great place to walk/hike and enjoy the water as well as see some HUGE mansions. Some allow tours, but we didn’t go inside any of them. We loved the different types of walking paths between each mansion and the water.  I wonder if each homeowner is required to maintain their own part of the path, but I don’t know. Some of them were nice paved walks with benches, some were huge boulders easy to walk on, and then some required more careful climbing and rock scrambling.  It was a very fun day, and we were very tired by the end.

                             

After several hours at the Cliff Walk we found a place to enjoy a fresh lobster dinner.  Yum!

    

 

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Cape Cod, MA

After spending the night in the casino parking lot in Connecticut, we drove to our campsite at Gateway to Cape Cod in Rochester, MA where we spent the next two weeks. We drove right through Rhode Island and planned to come back later to explore the area for a day.

We were very blessed to have Jeff’s dad came to stay with us for about ten days. He was stationed in Cape Cod with the Air Force for about a year before and after he and Jeff’s mom were married.  It was so nice to have him show us where they had lived,  go to restaurants they had enjoyed so many years ago, and see the places they loved to explore when they would come back and visit.

  

        

We toured the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory.  They do not allow any photos to be taken inside, but it was really fun to see the process and try some of the different flavors of chips.

  

We visited the Plymouth Rock area.  Yes, it’s just a big rock with a fence around it that people are no longer allowed to touch because of the years of wear and people chipping off pieces of it, but it was still very awesome to see.

  

Another place we enjoyed visiting was the Highland Lighthouse, Cape Cod’s first lighthouse. It’s one of the few lighthouses in the country that allow visitors to go all the way to the top where the light is – as long as you don’t touch the light!   The spiral staircase was steep, but it was way better than the wooden ladder that was used back in the 1800’s when the lighthouse was built.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our day-trip to Marthas’ Vineyard was fun. Although it started out rainy it ended up being super nice, and we enjoyed exploring the gingerbread house area.

                       

Some of my favorite parts of this stay were the different views of the beaches.

 

When we got ready to pack up and leave, we noticed our first flat tire on the trailer. Thankfully we were not on side of the road somewhere.  We carry two spare tires with us so we went ahead and changed the rear tire on both sides so that we have two brand new tires on the trailer now.   It was an experience though to get the tire changed. We had to use the bottle jack that my dad gave us last summer (thanks Dad!!) and then once it was as high as it would go, we stacked up wood and used the truck jack to lift it even more.  It worked, but it was a little precarious.

   

Finally, we were on the road and heading north.  🙂

 

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