Waterfront Camping

There’s nothing better than having a view of water from our campsite. During our twelve years of part time RV’ing we have found waterfront campsites in many different places.

Skagway boat harbor as seen from our campsite
Pullen Creek RV Park, Skagway, Alaska
Watching for whales in Haines, Alaska
Oceanside RV Park, Haines, Alaska
View of Mount Redoubt from our campsite
Deep Creek Beach State Park, Alaska
We enjoyed watching the boats going out in the bay our last morning in Homer
Baycrest RV Park, Homer, Alaska
Sunset over Lake Seminole at Eastbank Campground
Eastbank COE Campground, Georgia
Morning sky from our site at Goose Island State Park
 Goose Island State Park, Texas
Relaxing behind our campsite at Inks Lake State Park, Burnett, Texas
Inks Lake State Park, Burnett, Texas
Cypress Trees in Lake Bistineau
Lake Bistineau State Park, Louisiana
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Maumelle COE Campground, Arkansas

This post was inspired by  Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday – Water.

Favorite Alaska and Canada Wildlife Photos

Five years ago this week we were on the road to Alaska from Georgia. Once we crossed the border into Canada, I spent every day looking for wildlife. There were many “WOW” wildlife sightings in both Canada and Alaska.

I’ve been thinking about posting some of my favorite wildlife photos from the trip and today I finally got the boost I needed to put it all together. When my friend Ingrid at Live, Laugh RV posted that the theme for her very first Wednesday photo inspiration was wildlife, I immediately started going though the thousands of photos from the trip.

If you would like to participate or see other posts inspired by Ingrid, click on over to Ingrid’s post Wandering Wednesday.

Here are just a few of my favorite wildlife photos from our Canada and Alaska adventure.

Elk in loop 63
Elk near our campsite in Jasper National Park, Alberta
Bear in British Columbia
Soon after entering British Columbia we were in Mount Robson Park and saw this grizzly beside the road
Black Bear eating Dandelions
Bear in British Columbia
A small herd with calves
Bison herd with calves near Liard River Hotsprings in British Columbia
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Moose in Denali National Park, Alaska
Black Bear Cub
Black Bear Cub in Valdez, Alaska
Stellar Sea Lions on day trip to Juneau
Stellar Sea Lions on wildlife cruise from Haines to Juneau, Alaska
Whale Tail
Humpback Whale on wildlife cruise from Haines to Juneau, Alaska
Two Sea Otters Valdez
Sea Otters on Columbia Glacier cruise from Valdez, Alaska
Pod of Orcas with calf
Pod of Orcas with calf on Columbia Glacier cruise from Valdez, Alaska
He was looking at me
Eagle at Deep Creek Beach, Alaska
Pair of Eagles
Pair of Eagles on Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez, Alaska
Puffins
Puffins on the Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez, Alaska

 

 

 

The Middle of the Road

Whether it’s towing our fifth wheel to get to our next campground or taking a scenic drive after setting up camp, we spend a lot of time in our truck when we are wandering around the U.S. and Canada. While Henry drives, my time is often spent looking through the windshield of our truck at the lines in the middle of the road .

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Driving through Nebraska
Moose on the Alaska Highway
Moose on the Alaska Highway
A paved section! Top of the World Highway
Top of the World Highway, Yukon
Big Thompson Canyon Hwy 34 Colorado
Big Thompson Canyon Hwy 34 Colorado
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Tunnel on the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
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Tunnel in Utah
Miles and Miles of Texas
Miles and Miles of Texas
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Terrifying icy road conditions in Minnesota
Storm over the Bighorn Mountains
Storm over the Bighorn Mountains

Wandering Dawgs is five years old

March, 2018 marked the fifth anniversary of the WanderingDawgs blog. I  started the blog in 2013 as a way to keep friends and family up to date on our journey from Georgia to Alaska and back. I never dreamed that five years later I would still be blogging.

Thank you to everyone who visits Wandering Dawgs. I really appreciate all the visits, likes, comments and shares over the years.

Every now and then I check on the traffic statistics for the blog. Here are the top five posts of 2017.

Number 1: For three years in a row, the most viewed post is Starting the Lonesome Dove Cattle Trail. So far, it is the also the number one post for 2018.

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Lonesome Dove Trail Map courtesy https://www.etsy.com/shop/AntiqueMapsofTexas

Why is this the most popular post? I can only guess that there are as many other Lonesome Dove fans out there that are frustrated because there isn’t more information available about the actual trail that the fictional Hat Creek Cattle Company followed when they took their cattle herd from the Rio Grande in south Texas to Montana.

Number 2: The second most viewed post of 2017 is Wandering Around America One State at a Time – New Mexico.

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View from Sandia Crest

Number 3:  Palo Duro Canyon – the Grand Canyon of Texas.

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Palo Duro Canyon

Number 4:  Wandering Around America one State at a Time – Tennessee.

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Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains at Cades Cove

Number 5:  Wandering Around America one State at a Time – Utah.

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Henry standing under Delicate Arch

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will come back soon to see what we are up to.

Spring Flowers and the Suwannee River

It’s been two years since our last visit to Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs. During that stay we did a lot of exploring around the park, the town of White Springs, and nearby Big Shoals State Park. I posted about those adventures at  Way Down upon the Suwannee River.

We returned to the park this February. The carillon tower is a focal point in the park and one of my favorite things about being there is hearing the the bells from the carillon chime on the quarter hour and hearing Stephen Foster’s music throughout the day.  Unfortunately, the carillon wasn’t working this year.

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The carillon at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center

We didn’t visit the museum on this trip but there are interesting exhibits about Stephen Foster and his many songs.

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Stephen Foster Museum

Even though it was only February there were some beautiful spring blooms. Gotta love Florida!

One day we took a drive to Suwanee River State Park near Live Oak to check it out. High on the banks above the Suwanee River, we enjoyed a walk on an easy trail to the confluence of the Suwanee and Withlacoochee Rivers. Beside the trail were relics from riverboats that once traveled up and down the river.

We enjoyed wonderful views from an overlook at the confluence of the two rivers.

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Confluence of Suwanee and Withlacoochee Rivers
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Bridges over the Suwanee River
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Withlacoochee River

After our walk we sat on a wooden swing overlooking the Suwanee River enjoying a picnic lunch. Doesn’t get much better than that.