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Mark Twain Cave & Lover’s Leap

The Mississippi was in flood the day we arrived in Hannibal, Missouri. The “Big Muddy” was definitely swollen, fast, and muddy. Hannibal is famous as the hometown of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), but we had another interest in the region.  The area around Hannibal is known for its maze caves, and as cavers ourselves we […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Knob Creek, KY

It was a holiday weekend and traffic was heavy. We had no desire to join the rush up I-65 toward Louisville. Plus we didn't need to be home until noon the following day. “Let's go up 31E to the Blue Grass Parkway and cut over to Lexington,” suggested Lynn. We had driven US-31E in the […]Read More

Is My Battery Charged?

“What is wrong? My battery was low, so I turned on my generator, and 20 minutes later the battery was full, so I turned off the generator. But 20 minutes later my battery is low again!”  We have seen questions like this for years from new RV owners. Most likely there is nothing wrong with […]Read More

Meals & Cleanup in a Winterized RV

Many people park their motorhomes in the winter. And of those that still use them, many do not cook in them except for perhaps using the microwave.  This is understandable since cleaning up is more of a challenge without running water, using the gray tank and having an operating water heater, but it is not […]Read More

Laura’s Notes from Texas

FINALLY- it’s been waaaaay too long since I’ve been on a road trip. This winter, I decided to head to the southwest, an area I have not been in my RS Adventurous. Good choice! The general route is to Dallas to see a friend, Big Bend National Park (it’s National Park Year after all) and […]Read More

Extra Power for your Laptop while RVing

We have an older Class B motorhome with a single group 24 deep cycle coach battery.  We have learned how to boondock successfully with a mere 75-80 amp hours and stay within our power limits (see article here).  But where we have to be careful is our laptop computers.  Since we mostly use them after […]Read More

Off The Beaten Path: Reelfoot Lake

“A lake the earthquake created,” is Reelfoot Lake in northwestern Tennessee. Prior to 1811 this scantily populated corner of Tennessee was a swampy area of cypress backwoods near the Mississippi River. In 1811 and 1812 several violent earthquakes shook the eastern states — the New Madrid Earthquake. It toppled houses and chimneys in Tennessee and […]Read More

Off The Beaten Path: McDonald Observatory

In the Fall of 2000 on our coast-to-coast tandem bicycle trip we passed the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of west Texas without stopping. In 2015 on our Roadtrek tour of the Southwest we stopped at this off the beaten path wonder and spent an enchanted four hours there learning about our Universe starting […]Read More

Don’t Miss It: Bryce’s Navajo Loop Trail

Everyone knows about Bryce Canyon National Park. It is one of the famous southern Utah Parks and known for impressive rock formations known as hoodoos. It is spectacular and is on everyone's bucket list for its beauty. Mike has written about Bryce before. He peered at the sharp-pointed rocks viewed from overlooks. But he didn't […]Read More

Don’t Miss It: Utah Highway 12

Now and then somebody publishes a list of “Ten Best Scenic Roads.” Most of these lists contain Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier National Park, Montana and Cabot Trail (west side) In Nova Scotia. We'd add to the “Ten Best” Utah Highway 12. It is off the beaten path for those cruising I-15 that […]Read More

Zion Canyon by Bicycle

Nearly everybody who travels has heard of Zion Canyon National Park in Utah. It's in the south west corner of the state and displays one of the most spectacular, colorful vertical canyon environments in the world. Nothing “off the beaten path” about the park itself, as attested by anyone who has seen it. However, we […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Tuzigoot & Montezuma Castle

Our Route 66 road trip brought us to Winslow, Arizona. This is where we started to see maps marking various prehistoric sites, too numerous to see them all. So, we gathered information about the American Indians who lived in these places. Several things struck us as never before: the diversity of culture, the ingenuity of […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Verde Canyon Railroad

Maybe you think steam trains were all the west has to offer, but you would be wrong. The Durango & Silverton RR and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad are immensely popular steam attractions that take visitors back to the old days of mining, timbering, and frontier life. On our trip along historic Route 66 […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Sandstone & Lava Gems

Our trip to the southwest on historic Route 66 has taken us through some beautiful scenery, but in reading about the area we saw in New Mexico, some of the best lies off the beaten path. Two of those scenic gems are El Malpais (Spanish = the bad lands), a place where sharp lava meets […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: New Mexico Mining Museum

On our slow Roadtrek trip southwest following Historic Route 66, we found a listing for the New Mexico Mining Museum in Grants, New Mexico – but we never found any description of the place. One lavish New Mexico booklet urged the reader to “go underground,” but gave no details. We found the modest brown sign […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Palo Duro Canyon

“Texas' best kept secret,” said one Texas governor. He referred to “The Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon. We found it in a tourist brochure shortly before approaching Amarillo, Texas on our tour of historic Route 66. The Canyon is a state park located south of Amarillo about 24 miles south on SR 1541 […]Read More