2013 Type B motorhomes

The Motorhome Showcase opens tonight at the Family Motorcoach Association's 87th Reunion in Indianapolis but we got a sneak peek at the 2013 motorhomes to be displayed this week. Naturally, we first headed for the Roadtrek display. They have several new 2013 models ready to show off. Next month at America's Biggest RV Show in […]Read More

An RV City has formed in Indianapolis

I wasn't sure what to expect at the Family Motorcoach Association 87th Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Indianapolis. But this is a city. I am surrounded by 1,800 other motorhomes. Some 4,000 people are here. More are expected today when everything officially gets underway. This is my first time at an RV rally so pardon […]Read More

Nebraska’s Sandhills and Popcorn Days cause us to backtrack

The biggest surprise we have encountered on our Open Mike extended road trip for the Family Motor Coach Association has been Nebraska. Yeah, there's a lot of corn. The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers chose an apt nickname. But what has captivated us the most about this state and compelled us to backtrack on our route […]Read More

Buffalo Crossing

Got some great video at Yellowstone National Park of a herd of bison crossing the Yellowstone River at sunset. They are huge, shaggy, magnificent creatures and watching them swim across the river was mesmerizing.Read More

The long, empty highways of the west

I don't think I've ever enjoyed driving as much as I have in Wyoming. After leaving Yellowstone, we headed south through the Grand Tetons, only to be terribly disappointed that these magnificent mountains were covered by haze. Partially from the heat, which has baked the west as it has the rest of the country, and […]Read More

I’m one happy Yellowstone camper

I am one happy camper. In fact, Jennifer says the picture of me below is the happiest she has ever seen me. After most of five days in Yellowstone National Park in our Roadtrek, I am leaving with great reluctance. I'm trying to think of a place that has so connected with me, so satisfied […]Read More

Grizzlies, Wolves and Travertine

The land of contrasts that is Yellowstone also applies to the weather. The overnight temperature dipped to 34 degrees and we awoke Sunday to an overcast sky. This was a day we dedicated to the big things of Yellowstone. Before heading into the park, we spent some time at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, […]Read More

The Open Mike RV Tour West: Yellowstone’s majesty

Today was a big day. Everything at Yellowstone is big. Very big. We had every intention of driving the upper loop today, another 100 miler after the 100-mile lower lop we did yesterday. But, as we suspect is common at Yellowstone, we got waylaid by the grandeur and lingered over the attractions we were passing. […]Read More

The Open Mike RV Tour West Arrives at Yellowstone

My eyes hurt. Yellowstone National Park is so beautiful, so big, so geographically and geologically diverse that after 12 hours of hiking, photographing and standing around this park with our eyes open that we're overwhelmed. The video above was taken right at sunset…that's why it's dark. But it was so cool I had to show […]Read More

The Open Mike RV Tour West: The Black Hills are Turning Red

Blame it on a beetle. A massive infestation of the pine beetle is killing off staggering stands of the dark green, majestic mountain pines that give the rolling hills their name. It's happening fast and although the National Park Service has launched an extensive tree thinning and treatment program, the beetle is winning. The forest […]Read More

Our Roadtrek is a people magnet

Wherever we go with our Roadtrek, people seem to stop and want a tour. On the Mississippi River today where we were videotaping an interview in Davenport, Iowa, crowds began to accumulate. We were in Credit Park and did non-stop tours for a while. bikers. joggers. People passing by wanted to see the inside. We […]Read More

America’s River Makes for a Great Picnic Spot

They call it America's River – the Mississippi – flowing 2,300 miles from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. It's big and busy, with barges and riverboats and pleasure craft. And along a great little bicycle path hard on the eastern banks of the Mississippi in Rock Island, Ill., we parked the Roadtrek, fired up […]Read More

And we’re off on the Open Mike Tour

Today's the day. Getaway day. The Roadtrek is packed. The GPS is programmed and the blog is tracking us (see the map to the right) as we pull out of the driveway headed west. Tonight, we'll stop at our son's house in Kalamazoo, MI and then set off Friday for the first stop in the […]Read More

Getaway day Aug 9 – Anticipation is half the fun

Our first big on-the-road trip for the FMCA kicks off in just a week, Aug. 9, as we begin daily live blogging with text, photos and videos for the Family Motor Coach Association. This trip will be three weeks long, culminating at the huge 87th annual FMCA Family Reunion and Convention in Indianapolis Aug. 27-30. […]Read More

Taking my RV in for a checkup

Like the nervous feeling we get when we visit a doctor's office for a check-up, so it is when we take our RVs in for service. There's so much that could be wrong. But just as we feel relieved and elated when we leave the doctor with a clean bill of health, so we want […]Read More