The Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, and Our First Breakdown

After our stay in the 1000 Islands we headed east from Lake Ontario, towards the Adirondacks and Vermont. We found a campsite in Lyon Mountain, NY that happened to have a cell tower on the premises. High speed connection in a remote setting, a super nice owner, spacious site with panoramic views over rolling hills…

Exploring the Empire State

Even though I grew up on Long Island, I haven’t spent much time in the vast expanse of Upstate New York. I’m familiar with many of the names – Plattsburg, Oswego, Oneonta, Geneseo, Cortland, etc – not from knowing anything about the towns themselves but from their associated SUNY (State University of New York) schools…

The Ups and Downs of Planning on the Fly

After lingering in Northern Michigan we decided to make up time by driving over 200 miles across the state to get to New York through Canada. Similar to when we went to Mexico to go to the dentist, passports are not required for crossing into Canada and back by road; since we don’t yet have…

The Great Lakes, The Fonz, More Bald Eagles, and New Friends

I was really looking forward to spending some time near the Great Lakes. Even though we told Rita and Charlie that these lakes are so big the look like seas, they still couldn’t believe it when they laid eyes on Lake Michigan. Our first visit to Bradford Beach in Milwaukee was ideal: the sun shining,…

The Mighty Mississippi, Bald Eagles, and The Mall of America

Our first stop after crossing into Minnesota from South Dakota was Pipestone National Monument, one of the most unique Monuments we’ve visited. “Pipestone” refers to a red stone that is considered sacred by some Native American tribes and been quarried for centuries to make ceremonial pipes. Pipestone, or a similar type of stone, can be…

South Dakota Dreaming

Compared to Nebraska, I felt more familiar with what we expected to see in South Dakota: the Black Hills, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the tourist attraction landmark of Wall Drug. Our expectations were exceeded: the beauty of the Black Hills, small towns with rich history, so much more to see…

Nebraska Was So Great It Gets Its Own Post

We’re in Minnesota now, at an RV park outside of Minneapolis. It’s raining. We had a brief respite, and I got to meet up with a good friend who brought me and the kids to an awesome bakery and even better bookstore, but it’s supposed to rain for the next couple days. On Thursday we…

April Will Do What It Wants

We’ve experienced our first real snow in the RV. It was surprising given that it’s the end of April, but not so surprising to people who live in northeastern Colorado. Back in Cortez, we were debating between driving down into New Mexico, or continuing north through Colorado. As much as I wanted to see Santa…

Kanab, Lake Powell, and the Mystery of Time

We spent a wonderful week in Kanab, Utah. Generally considered a stopover point between the National Parks of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, we found Kanab to be a small town with a lot to offer: gorgeous scenery, friendly residents, great food, and access to amazing outdoor opportunities, not even counting the National Parks. We…

Antelope Canyon Experience

If you’re not familiar with the name Antelope Canyon, you’d most likely recognize it from fine art photographs or ubiquitous screensavers: canyon walls in improbable shapes, textures, and colors that look more like billowing fabric than solid rock. Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon formed out of Navajo Sandstone, located in the Navajo Nation and just outside the…

Magical Bryce Canyon

Of all the National Parks we’ve been to so far, Bryce Canyon has had the biggest impact on me in terms of expectations vs. reality. I was familiar with photos of the red cliffs and unique rock formations, but honestly after being so impressed with Grand Canyon and Zion Canyon – all part of the same…

Bagpipes and Ziplines and Red Rocks

March 23 – We arrived at Bryce Canyon National Park yesterday, and I’m so blown away by it that it’s hard to focus on where we were before. We’re having some exciting weather here – thunder and lightning, hail and snow – with a couple of lulls to get to see the canyon (which isn’t…