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I’m really not sure where January went! We returned to the boat on January 1st and now it’s January 31st! Once back on the boat we had to deal with all the Bahamas provisions from our failed 2023 Bahamas adventure. There were cans and mason jars everywhere!! We also discovered that the floor of the dry store had dropped out and needed to be fixed. First order of business was to get that dry store fixed so we had some place to put all the…Continue Reading “A Busy January!!”

On the Road again… Dec 3rd at 9:50 am we pulled out of the cabin and started south for the winter! We were packed to the top and excited to see Mom and visit the boat. We had a video production project that needed to be completed by the end of December so we wouldn’t be moving the boat from Titusville just yet. But we did plan to go over at some point to Titusville and at least get it unpacked and set up for…Continue Reading “Heading South”

Back when Stew and I lived in Erie our tradition was to celebrate Thanksgiving at the cabin with the kids. We usually did our Christmas there as well, then the kids could celebrate in other ways with other people for Christmas. This year Alyssa and Cole both wanted to do Thanksgiving at the cabin (and so did we). No one could arrived before Thursday so we moved the main meal to Friday so no one had to rush to arrive. Once Cole arrived we decided…Continue Reading “Thanksgiving at Pine Creek”

The rest of October and November seemed to just fly by. October 17th, the day after arriving home from our road trip, the high-speed internet was installed. That changed everything because we now had real-time access to the internet. I started most days with a 10-mile bike ride on the bike path, which I loved! The fall colors and falling leaves created a beautiful backdrop to my ride. I also started doing some wall pilates that I enjoyed (most days). We had a few jobs…Continue Reading “Rest of Fall at Pine Creek”

I wanted to drive to Benezette, PA for my birthday this year. Benezette is known for its elk population and as I noted in earlier blogs I did not get to see elk in Yellowstone, Tetons, or Rocky Mountain National Park!! The elk just seem to elude me. I have previously taken the trip to Benezette with my parents over 10 years ago. We saw NO ELK on that drive! A few deer, but no elk. Even though Benezette bosts of thousands of elk, we…Continue Reading “Birthday at Benezette”

We left Erie on Monday morning and headed to Pine Creek. I was anxious to see the fall colors, even if a little late. They did not disappoint. We were finally home from our trip and what a great trip it was!! TRIP STATS Number of Miles: 8248 MilesNumber of Nights: 49 nights (7 weeks)Number of Nights camping in the car: 34 nights Number of National Parks: 8(Badlands, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Bryce, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Rocky Mountain) Number of National Memorials/Monuments: 3(Devils Tower, Grand Staircase-Escalante,…Continue Reading “Finally Home (Pine Creek) – trip stats & cost”

October 12, Thursday – We left our “Love’s Truck Stop” and headed east on I70. We stopped off in Kansas City, Kansas which is where Stew grew up. We tracked down his old address and neighborhood and spent time driving around checking out all the changes. Stew lived there from birth to until he was about 8 years old (1969-1977). We spent the day driving and stopped in Boonville, MO at a rest stop for the night. Rest areas are far nicer to sleep in,…Continue Reading “Heading to Erie!”

October 10th, Tuesday – We left our nightly pit stop in the Utah Welcome Center and headed for Colorado. We stopped in Fruita, CO at their recreation center and library for a much needed shower and some WIFI. The rec center was really awesome. I had the chance to talk to a woman in the locker room that was retired and living in Fruita. She told me how great it was – weather etc. She also told me about the Grand Mesa drive (which we…Continue Reading “Colorado”

We woke up in Hanksville at Stan’s Burger joint and convenience store. We got cleaned up in the restrooms and filled all our water jugs. Stew got coffee and I got hot water from my Dandy Blend morning drink. Perfect little spot for the night. Heading east on Rte 24 we drove through the Canyonlands. We decided to do a few hikes while in Canyonlands: Mesa Arch Trail and the Whale Rock Trail among others. We debated whether to camp and do Arches National Park…Continue Reading “Canyonlands and Arches National Parks”

We left Kim’s with lots of tears and hugs and down the road we went. We drove right past Las Vegas without even a glance and headed for Cedar City Rest Area where we stayed for the night. This was our first time car camping in a rest area but I did not want to head to the hills and all that dust. The rest area has facilities and the car would stay cleaner without all the dust blowing around. We made some dinner and…Continue Reading “Our Drive through the Grand Staircase”