Tags : open mike

RVing Brings Unexpected Surprises

Lamb and wool festival from Mike Wendland on Vimeo. We headed up to Northern Michigan this past weekend to look at the fall colors, which were painting the hardwood forests in bright colors. It was close to peak color on the last weekend of September, one of the earliest times we can remember the color […]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

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

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

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