Tom and Patti Burkett

Patti & Tom Burkett spend months of the year wandering the back roads and parks of North America between stints at their home in central Ohio. No fair weather travelers, they'll go north in the winter and south any time of year. She's the photographer, he writes, and together they sing, bake, explore, and start conversations.

On the Natchez Trace – Historical French Camp

Patti and Tom Burkett are regular off-the-beaten-path reporters for the RV Lifestyle. This week, they take us to the Natchez Trace and historical French Camp, LA  This is a story that starts with Louis LeFleur, who was born in a settlement near Fort Condé on the Gulf of Mexico.  As a young man, he operated flatboats […]Read More

Trainspotters Off the Beaten Path in Folkston, Georgia

One of the more unusual city parks you’ll find is in Folkston, Georgia. Trainspotters you say?   There’s a shelter, a bunch of picnic tables, a barbecue grill, clean public restrooms, and interpretive signage. What’s unusual about it is that it sits right alongside a very busy set of railroad tracks. And the shelter is […]Read More

Ohio’s Early Television Museum – Off the Beaten Path

Our Off the Beaten Path Reporters Tom & Patti Burkett take us to the unassuming but fascinating Early Television Museum near Columbus, Ohio. On a backstreet in an ordinary small suburban town in Ohio, there’s a steel commercial building like a dozen others nearby. Except it’s not like them at all.   Walk through the unassuming […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: A Little R&R and Guitar in AR

It p[ays to ask the locals when you're looking for interesting off the beaten path attractons. Take the time I stopped after dark at the city park in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. There were all-night bathrooms with showers and electrical hookups, but no signage at all about rules or fees.  It took most of an hour […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Piper Aviation Museum

One of the reasons we love our Roadtrek RV is that it’s useful for so many things beyond traveling. We’ve used it to haul lumber home for a project, and the big rear bed to transport wedding dresses to a church.  We like to think of it as our RUV, recreational utility vehicle. So we were […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: New Vrindinban, West Virginia

In 1959, a young pharmacist in India gave up his family, his business, and his professional life for the sake of a religious vision. Over the next decade he studied scriptures and began writing commentaries. His work became the foundation for the international Society for Krishna Consciousness, known in the U.S. as the Hare Krishna […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Symmes Chapel

We’d like to clue you in to one of our favorite mountain sights that you’re unlikely to find on a map.  Near Cleveland, South Carolina (see interactive map below) you’ll find YMCA Camp Greenville within the bounds of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area.  The camp occupies 1,600 mountain acres at 3,200 feet, and has hiking […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path in The Smokies

Having been to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park any number of times, and given that it's the most visited of all our parks, we didn't expect it to generate any off the beaten path reports during a recent visit. I'm happy to report we were wrong. Did you know it was possible to enter […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Shelburne Falls, Mass.

Boston and Cape Cod certainly have their attractions–think lobster, beaches, history—but Massachusetts doesn’t end at the shore. Head west into the mountains, and there’s a completely different landscape to explore.  Aside from the transportation hubs and the occasional college town, the villages are tiny, picturesque, and sometimes, fading away.  Not so in the berg of […]Read More

Off The Beaten Path: Mounds Abound in Ohio

As Europeans moved westward across the North American continent they found a variety of artifacts left behind by earlier cultures.  Even more have been discovered in recent times.  Think petroglyphs, cliff dwellings, cave art, and totem poles.  Throughout the Midwest and stretching south to northern Alabama and Mississippi can be found a variety of earthen […]Read More

Off The Beaten Path: East Coast Elephant Fun

Once in a while, exploring out-of-the-way places puts us on the path of a much greater adventure – checking out Cincinnati’s painted pigs, Lexington’s painted horses, and Fort Wayne’s painted frogs. Recently, we took a stab at finding some of the 47 unique Mr. Potato Head statues adopted by communities in Rhode Island. One of […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Big South Fork

We’ve often spent time at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area on the border between Kentucky and Tennessee. The Green River, which runs through the park (see interactive map below), is great for swimming, fishing, and paddling.  There’s a restored mining settlement, an excellent interactive historical display, and an annual festival that […]Read More

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