Year: <span>2014</span>

Okeechobee – A Texas cowtown in the middle of Florida

I didn't know what to expect when I pulled into Okeechobee, FL  but I can defiately say that I didn't expect it to remind me of West Texas, right down to the city calling itself  “Cow Town.” But this is a western style town in the middle of the sunshine state, it's dry and windy […]Read More

Horseshoe Beach, Florida: A hidden little gem of a place

Horseshoe Beach, Florida What a little gem! This tiny, northwest Florida coast, fishing village of 300 year round residents, was established in 1935 by Burton Butler  and CC Douglas, who bought the land from a large lumber company for $324 and later sold lots to the other squatters for $10. It remains a quiet community […]Read More

Naples and Southwest Florida: Where it’s always warmer

Naples, Florida is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida, a west gulf coast town known for upscale dining and shopping, designer golf courses, awesome boating and fishing and the best weather in a state that is built around tourism and sunny skies. It's always 10 to 20 degrees warmer here than most other places in […]Read More

Paint Your Wagon: Renewing Your RV Investment

Our 1995 camper was looking a bit dingy. A few chips in the paint had been repaired more than once. A little rust was barely visible around the kitchen window but the frame likely hiding more rust. And the decal stripes were looking sad. As the third owner, we bought it when the odometer read […]Read More

On an RV Road Trip you better be ready for the unexpected

In the immortal words of Roseanne Rosaennadanna,  “It’s always something!” A Roadtrekking friend, Pogo, invited a bunch of us (Facebook: Roadtreking the Group), down to his place in Gautier, MS for a Mardi Gras get together, and I decided this would be a wonderful way to kick off the 2014 travel season.  Plus, I have […]Read More

The Everglades and the Big Cypress National Preserve

One of the places that has a special hold on me is the Everglades area of Florida, a wild, huge place filled with birds and wildlife as diverse as the flooded cypress and sawgrass prairies that make up the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Every time I'm in south Florida, I budget time […]Read More

Camping the Big Sur Coast

Last week I had a friend visit from Vermont. Her major goal was to escape the cold and the snow and visit me. Escaping the weather sounds like many of you that have been posting on the Roadtrek Facebook group lately. The nice thing about knowing Diane for over thirty years, is our friendship is […]Read More

Early Spring on Florida’s NE Coast

I have been doing too much driveway camping lately – it's nice to see my family and all, and to take care of doctor's visits, maintenance, and pitching in on home improvement projects with various relatives, but we're not civilized people at heart. We belong out in the open spaces, not clustered in an urban […]Read More

Documenting Your Travels

We drove through rain and snow today to reach the Beckley, WV travel plaza.  We’d had enough of driving for the day, so we picked a large safe place to park for the night. We hung the blanket between the front and rear, so the cab area is visible to folks passing by but not […]Read More

Mardi Gras along the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast is now recovered from the ravages of Katrina and the BP oil spill and is now celebrating Mardi Gras in communities large and small. Here's the video: From Mobile to New Orleans and all in between, the fun starts as early as two weeks before the Fat Tuesday final day before Lent […]Read More

Travels with Tai

So far this year, Tai has had his hackles raised by a wolf in northeastern Minnesota, been terrorized by a Chihuahua and yesterday in Alabama, he came snout to snout with a horse. But when we arrived at Pogo's pre Mardi Gras “Smokin' on the Bayou” Roadtrek gathering in Gautier, MS, he seemed rather indifferent […]Read More

Potholes: Worst year ever

It's not just the snow and ice that have been setting records in northern states and provinces this winter: So have potholes. Before setting off on a long trip south yesterday, I stopped by my local tire shop to check the air in my Roadtrek eTrek's tires. While doing so, I noted how busy the […]Read More

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