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People & Places: Jerry McClanahan & Route 66

“You must call Jerry McClanahan in Chandler. He wrote the book you just bought,” said Laurel Kane, owner of the Packard car collection at the Afton Station in Afton, Oklahoma. She said he loves to meet people and is a genuine nice guy. On our trip to the southwest along historic Route 66 we had […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: An Oklahoma Blue Whale

Craftsman welder and artisan Hugh Davis created a surprise wedding anniversary gift for his wife Zelta between 1970 and 1972. She loved whales. He constructed a life size ferroconcrete smiling blue whale in a pond just north of Catoosa, Oklahoma. He was an accomplished wildlife photographer and one-time curator of the Mohawk Zoo in Tulsa. […]Read More

Off The Beaten Path: Three Missouri Caves

Missouri is known as the “cave state,” and on our trip down Historic U.S. 66 we passed three well-known show caves – two privately owned and one (formerly privately owned) in a state park. As cavers, visits to show caves can be fascinating or frustrating.  Cave guides can be fountains of scientific knowledge and history […]Read More

Off The Beaten Path: Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

While planning our trip to the Southwestern U.S., we knew the journey was to be enjoyed. It seemed like the logical thing was to drive rather quickly to St. Louis and then meander our way west. We had already visited all the states east of the Mississippi in our Roadtrek, now was the time to […]Read More

Stow Away an Inflatable Kayak in Your RV

In a few weeks we will start a six-week trip to the western United States, so we have been discussing how to pack a kayak in our Roadtrek RV. The last time we drove west we saw lakes and calm rivers that we would have loved to paddle if only we had a boat. Ingenious […]Read More

Cody, Wyoming: RV to The Perfect Dose of Western Culture

After my lovely Olga got her new oil pan and coolant hose in Colorado Springs, I bade farewell to my gracious hosts, and was on my merry way to Cody, Wyoming. There, I was to meet up with a few of my favorite Roadtrekers. I drove up to Glendo State Park, about 100 miles southeast […]Read More

Broken Down on the Road: My RV, Olga, Gets Sick

It’s 1:30 PM and I just settled into a lovely campground until I continue on tomorrow. I have the back doors open, looking out to a bear box, a bit of waterfall, and am listening to the rushing river. I’m at 7,000 feet just between Beartooth Pass and Yellowstone. But let me start from the […]Read More

How to Make an Older RV Boondock-Ready with Just One Battery

You may have read about Mike Wendland’s and Campskunk’s field testing fancy new Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL models with a gazillion amps of lithium-ion batteries and ungodly large inverters and acres of solar panels on the roof with envy. And you may be thinking that boondocking (camping with no hookups) is beyond what you can do […]Read More

Assateague Island: Wild Ponies, Kites, Birds, and Bikes

We are at Site 17 on the Ocean Loop at Assateague National Seashore in Maryland for a week. Assateague is a barrier island on the Maryland/Virgina border.  Two of our Standard Poodles, Tate and Farley, are enjoying the trip with us in our Roadtrek 190 Popular. We are located just behind barrier dunes. This out […]Read More

Bead Fatigue and Other RV Thoughts From the South

Random RV thoughts on the south: It’s been one month on the road in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, mostly along the gulf coast. – It’s so great, that even animals have fun. I’ve seen gators sunbathing and big otters playing in estuaries. I’ve watched dolphins cavorting in the early morning. Deer and raccoons have been […]Read More

Morning: The Best Time of My RVing Day

My Best Time of Day. It wasn’t until I quit the restaurant business, back in the Jurassic period, that I realized I was a morning person. I love to wake just before dawn and watch the golden orange light slide down the trees and across the grass. Listen to the birds wake and begin to […]Read More

Laura’s 8 Reasons to RV Rally

Recently, after my 2 week, unplanned, solo trip to the Black Hills, I tried something new. I attended my first Roadtrek International rally.  It was a smallish (under 50 people), Region 7 rally held in Hutchinson, KS which is not far from my home in Kansas City.  I thought I would zip over, since I […]Read More

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