Celebrating Nine Years of Wandering

Nine years ago this summer we purchased our fifth wheel and set out on the first of our many RV journeys across the United States and Canada.

During these nine years we have traveled to the west coast and back, crossed the Rocky Mountains and Continental divide several times, wandered around Florida,  enjoyed campgrounds in our beautiful home state of Georgia, and made the ultimate RV journey to Alaska. We’ve visited National Parks, National Monuments, State Parks, tourist traps, historic sites and museums. We’ve seen the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, most of the Great Lakes, many rivers, creeks, streams and lakes. We’ve enjoyed birdwatching, wildlife viewing, wildflowers blooming in every season, sunsets and sunrises. We’ve attended RV rallies, met many friendly and interesting people, and made new friends.

In all, we’ve camped in 41 of our beautiful United States including Alaska. We discovered that there is something interesting to see and do no matter where you are.  Here are a few of our most memorable experiences.

We learned not to head north in early April because you never know when it might snow!

We had the park to ourselves at Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne, Minnesota
We had the park to ourselves at Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne, Minnesota

One very hot day in August we made the hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah.

We hiked to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah
We hiked to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah

We enjoyed many magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean as we traveled south on the Pacific Coast Highway from Washington to California.

Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast

We felt small beside the Redwoods in California.

Redwoods National Park, California
Redwoods National Park, California

In Yosemite National Park, we took a drive on Glacier Point Road to the Washburn Overlook.

We took a drive on Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park, California
We took a drive on Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park, California

On the American side of Niagara Falls we took the Cave of the Winds tour and stood on the Hurricane Deck underneath Bridal Veil Falls.

On the Hurricane Deck at Niagara Falls in New York
On the Hurricane Deck at Niagara Falls in New York

We visited the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park, Minnesota twice and walked across it once.

Headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park, Minnesota
Headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park, Minnesota

We enjoyed walking around the bases at the Field of Dreams Movie Site in Dyersville, Iowa.

Field of Dreams Movie Site in Dyersville, Iowa
Field of Dreams Movie Site in Dyersville, Iowa

The highest point of the Blue Ridge Parkway was one of the highlights of our several visits to the parkway.

Highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Being snowbirds in Florida is a great way to spend the winter.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida

You can’t beat the views from some of our campsites.

It’s been a wonderful nine years and we have so many great memories! Although our future trips will probably be closer to home we are looking forward to many more adventures.

Ready to Wander

After spending the summer enjoying a Staycation at home, we are getting ready to hit the road for a fall road trip.

This summer flew by with our visits with grandchildren, going out with friends, boating, and sitting on the deck watching the world go by. We also took care of doctor visits, work around the house, and necessary repairs on the RV.

But it’s been 5 months since our last road trip and it is almost time to take off again.

Where will Titanium #107 go next? Stop by and say hi if you see us in a campground or honk and wave if you see us going down the road!

Looking Back on our First RV Trip

Has it really been eight years since we bought our RV and took off on our first adventure across our beautiful country?

We purchased our Titanium fifth wheel on June 29, 2006 and spent a couple of nights in the dealer’s lot to get familiar with our new home on wheels. After returning home to Georgia it took about two weeks to pack and get ready for our maiden voyage. With no reservations and no set itinerary we set out on our two month adventure across America and into the Canadian Rockies.

Here are a few highlights of that first amazing journey:

Grand Canyon North Rim - Vista Encantada
Grand Canyon North Rim – Vista Encantada (Arizona)

 

 

 

Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)

 

Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park, Montana

 

Columbia Icefields, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Columbia Icefields, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Devil's Tower National Monument, Wyoming
Devil’s Tower National Monument (Wyoming)

 

Mount Rushmore National Monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota
Mount Rushmore National Monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota

We were hooked!  We knew this was the first of many amazing trips to come.

Three nights in Palmer, Alaska

I’m sure many of you are getting bored to tears with all my posts and photos so I will condense our three nights in Palmer into one post.

Day 60: Sunday, July 14, 2013. Talkeetna to Palmer, Alaska. Big Bear RV park, Site 56. 145 miles traveled. We are actually closer to Wasilla but the RV park has a Palmer address.

Moose cow and calf crossing the road
Moose cow and calf crossing the road

After all the excitement and fun we had in Talkeetna we hated to leave but there is still more of Alaska to see. The drive was uneventful except for seeing a moose cow and her calf cross the road in front of us.

Our first order of business after getting set up was to go to Walmart a mile down the road to get some much needed supplies. When we got back we met some fellow Titanium owners from Missouri who were parked in our row.

Day 61: Monday, July 15, 2013

Our plan for a drive on Hatcher Pass Road was shortened by fog but we enjoyed our drive as far as the Independence Mine

Day 62: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A trip to the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska and then a shopping trip to Fred Meyer for our final grocery shopping before heading to the Kenai Peninsula.