What a great weekend trip with the Georgia Conservancy! We camped (me in our Airstream, everyone else in tents) at the Altamaha Regional Park in Brunswick, GA, about 20 miles upstream from Darien GA on the side of the Altamaha River, and then paddled on Saturday from our campsite to Darien, somewhere around 15-20 miles.… Read More Altamaha River – Mar 2013
We celebrated Memorial Day Weekend with friends at the Virginia Highland Haven Airstream Park just north of Floyd, VA as part of the Southeastern Camping Unit (thanks to Joe and Annette Conoly for herding us cats). Joe led the armada down the Little River for close to 7 miles – gorgeous views, flowers and pristine… Read More Virginia Airstream Park – May 2015
Glam, mud and studs. That pretty much captures our fabulous day at the Atlanta Steeplechase, held at Kingston Downs near Rome, GA. We tailgated in our Airstream along the fence on the backstretch and had a front row view of the riders and horses (if you are not familiar with a steeplechase, it is basically… Read More ATL Steeplechase – April 2015
We had another “Springstream” weekend of Airstream love recently in Hiawassee, GA, up in the north Georgia Mountains with about 20-30 fellow Airstreams and other interesting trailers. I (we) had a great time, between paddling on Lake Chatuge (solo and with the Southeast Camping Unit armada), food, friendship and music. For whatever reasons I took… Read More Springstream – April 2015
Recommended to us by hiking friends Dave and Terry, we attended the Tucson Rodeo! The rodeo is a festival/celebration of the cowboy/cattle herder/horsemen, and participants are young, old, male, and female. And it is a great place to pick up a little cowgirl! We had an unbelievable day watching the rodeo: blue skies, stunning views… Read More Fiesta De Los Vaqueros (AZ) – Feb 2015
This is not your father’s camper. Oops… my bad; maybe it is! During Modernism Week in Palm Springs, CA there was a vintage camper collection on display that was to die for. There were approximately 50 various Airstreams, Streamlines, Greyhound buses, Shastas… too many different and unique brands to remember. The common theme was that these… Read More Modernism Week (a) – Feb 2015
Palm Springs, CA is my shiny new object, particularly as it relates to residential real estate. This town gushes with architectural design, to the point that you could write a book about great architectural design and never walk more than 3 blocks! The silly part is trying to provide just a few good examples when… Read More Modernism Week (b) – Feb 2015
Palm Springs, CA is rich with architectural design, and one of the areas you see this reflected is in commercial buildings. Banks, county buildings, hotels… you name it; there are examples from a number of noted architects that, in particular, demonstrate mid century modernism. Here are but a few examples.
Having woken up in our boon docking site nestled somewhere between the Picacho Mountain Wilderness and the Imperial Valley Sand Dunes, we used this day as a pretty relaxed “road day”. Both Lucy and Rosie got a little off-leash exercise (keep in mind Lucy is at least 17 years old – and still runs like… Read More Road Day, Southern CA – Feb 2015
I don’t know exactly where we are (other than on BLM lands in southern California), but we are camped for the night and late this afternoon had some absolutely beautiful views from our “campsite” of the Picacho Mountain Wilderness. My bride, a little campfire, a cold beer, a little dinner… all is right with the… Read More Somewhere (CA) – Feb 2015
R If you don’t like gorgeous desert sceneries, biking/hiking on endless miles of dirt trails, beautiful desert flowers, and reasonably private campsites, you may not love the McDowell Mountain Regional Park campground. But it seems like everyone else in the world loves this place – hard to get a campsite, so reserve in advance. North of the… Read More McDowell Mountain RP (AZ) – Feb 2015
Situated in the Sonoran Desert at the base of the Superstition Wilderness (Tonto National Forest), Lost Dutchman State Park feels like you are cast out in the middle of the desert (oh, that’s right – you are). Our campsite has 360’ of intense beauty that changes constantly as the sun makes its daily journey. Tans… Read More Lost Dutchman SP (AZ) – Feb 2015
Well, I’m running down the road trying to loosen my load… We departed Grand Canyon and thought it would be cool to visit Winslow, AZ on our way to our final destination. How cool is this? Don’t let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy! The two women you see me with are… Read More Winslow (AZ) – Feb 2015
A German Sheppard with opposable thumbs could probably take great pictures of the Grand Canyon, but here are a few of ours captured earlier today. The Grand Canyon, particularly if you have not visited, is nothing less than spectacular – takes your breath away. You could see the rapids on the Colorado River, but being… Read More Grand Canyon (AZ) – Feb 2015
Assume for a moment that there are not a million acres of beautiful desert surrounding you, and you have just landed in this really quaint town called Borrego Springs, CA. Borrego Springs has had a champion (since passed away) named Dennis Avery (heir to the Avery Dennison label company) as a huge benefactor. Aside from… Read More Borrego Springs – Jan 2015
Just when you thought you had seen everything there was that was beautiful, we entered Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, located in southern California. Wow. We camped at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campground, in the sites that have no facilities (no water or electric). Clearly these sites are the prettiest (and most private) in the campground.… Read More Anza-Borrego SP – Jan 2015
What a week in San Diego, CA! There is just so much to see and do here, all encompassed in beautiful weather. For our week in January, the lows were around 50 degrees and the highs were in the low 70’s. We enjoyed a couple of bike outings around Mission Bay (we were camped at… Read More San Diego – Jan 2015
The Yin to the Yang of the Mojave Desert is Palm Springs, CA. We only spent a couple of days in Palm Springs but got to celebrate Karen’s birthday at a great restaurant, go to a fabulous farmer’s market for some great fruits and veggies, peddle around the city on bike trails, go to a… Read More Palm Springs – January 2015
Here are a few pictures from our days at Joshua Tree National Park. I know this is repetitive, but 360 degrees of beautiful and interesting. PS: Last picture is a Joshua Tree; cover photo is a Cholla plant.
Death Valley is simply one of the most amazing places on earth – indescribably beautiful, and yet brutally harsh. Temperatures for us have been down into the high 30’s and low 40’s at night, and up to the 50’s during the day. We camped at Furnace Creek, took several hikes, and I played golf at… Read More Death Valley (CA) – Jan 2015
Going to the post-parade viewing of the Rose Parade floats is like going to the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque – you take a million pictures, and each one is better than the one before. AND, you have a hard time trying to figure which ones to delete. We viewed the Rose Parade floats this morning… Read More Rose Parade Floats (CA) – Jan 2015
Earlier this year we decided to go see the Rose Parade, made available to us by participating with an Airstream (WBCCI) rally. Because of the long drive and limited time, we needed to depart on Christmas day. We celebrated Christmas with the kids Christmas eve, had a great meal, opened presents, and enjoyed the kids’… Read More Travel to Rose Parade – December 2014
Located on the South Carolina coast halfway between Charleston and Savannah but in SC, we spent an abbreviated weekend here as part of rally of other like-minded RV campers (Hunting Island Hiatus). This is a stunning area and highly recommend. But get reservations early – this place is in high demand. Great place for biking,… Read More Hunting Island SP – Nov 2014
Had a (another) great weekend rally in the north Georgia Mountains in Hiawassee, with some interesting campers, characters and special guest Antsy McClain!
Between the carriage trails for hiking/biking, the beauty of Mount Desert Island and the stunning Maine coastline for paddling, pristine lakes… well… this is where to be. I paddled out of Seal Cove several times during our stay (there is a quiet public boat ramp there), and it was just beautiful. The carriage trails were… Read More Acadia NP (ME) – Sept 2014
Close to the most eastern most point in Maine (and the US), we camped at Cobscook Bay State Park in Dennysville, ME. What a gorgeous campground, but make sure you come provisioned with EVERYTHING you need – there is nothing around for miles. The views are simply stunning as the campground is located right on… Read More Cobscook Bay SP (ME) – August 2014
We camped at the Pemi River Campground in Thornton, NH, which is a private campground. While we generally try to avoid private campgrounds, this campground was great – a retro look and feel with lots of families with young kids – just really nice, and the people who own the campground have been fabulous and… Read More Pemigewasset River (NH) – August 2014
Think Cousin Eddie. We camped outside our friends’ house in Hampton, NH. We ate, drank, laughed, laughed some more, swam in the pool, and just enjoyed meeting up again with friends. It was interesting in the back yard: there were humming birds but there was also a humming moth (term may not be precise) that… Read More Hampton, NH – August 2014
We stayed a few nights in eastern Pennsylvania, with two nights in a very quiet Lake Towhee County Park in Bucks County; with a dozen campsites available we were the only ones there (apart from Ranger Rick, who made sure we followed park procedures). No facilities (no problem), but the park looked like it had… Read More Eastern PA – Aug 2014
What a great day in the Virginia Blue Ridge area! We drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway (stunning), visited the Mabry Mill (which is gorgeous and really interesting), and then headed down to Galax where the 79th Old Fiddlers Convention is being held this week. We then headed to the Blue Ridge Music Center where… Read More Blue Ridge Parkway (VA) – Aug 2014
Rosie and Lucy (and a few deer) say hi from Highland Haven, the Airstream Park near Floyd, VA.
We arrived at Highland Haven Airstream Park in Copper Hill, VA and were greeted with friendly smiles, beautiful views and cool temperatures (yeah!). Today we visited Floyd, VA, which turns out to be a REALLY cool town. After dinner we headed to the Floyd Country Store (home of the Friday Night Jamboree) where we were… Read More Airstream Park (VA) – August 2014
We had the honor of visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial, not much more to say. Haunting. We will never forget.
Absolutely gorgeous campground in the north Georgia mountains! We met up with friends, paddled in the lake, hiked on some trails, and were rewarded Saturday night with a blue grass concert from John Nix and the Country Cousins. Does it get better than that?
Note: Sorry, this is not a new post, just fixing a broken link to an old post from back in 2014. Still, pretty cool to look back! Up for a long weekend at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, camped at the Elkmont campground with a site right on the river. While physically located near Gatlinburg,… Read More Smoky Mountains NP (TN) – June 2014
A splendid few days in the keys! We were extremely lucky to get reservations at Bahia Honda State Park. Beautiful weather, although a bit windy; didn’t seem to keep the locals away.
One of our favorite campgrounds ever, Fort DeSoto County Park is the perfect getaway near St. Petersburg, FL, particularly if you like nature, camping, kayaking, beaches, biking… you get the picture. Went out this morning and paddled right alongside porpoises, and saw all kinds of bird wildlife, including an Ospree. Yesterday I was paddling side… Read More Fort Desoto CP (FL) – May 2014
Like every other Florida State Park we have been to, Oscar Scherer State Park is terrific. Located in a fairly densely populated area between Venice and Sarasota on the Florida gulf coast, you would never know you were camped in an urban area. Hiking, bike trails, kayaking – awesome. We watched a parent bald eagle… Read More Oscar Scherer SP (FL) – Jan 2014
We got to Topsail a week early so we could work. Sometimes it’s lonely at the Top! A lot of empty sites – the poor folks in Site 145 (how sad). What a great time, great people, lots of fun, obviously better pictures of the event from others. Topsail is a great SP in Florida,… Read More Canopener (FL) – Jan 2014
Can you say Hoss? That’s right – this is where Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza hales (or went to school, or something). Alpine, TX – pretty close to the middle of nowhere, but home to Sul Ross State University. Now you are surely saying, why didn’t you say so? NOW I know where you were!
If this isn’t just the coolest place on earth, I don’t know what would be. Marfa, TX is pretty much in the middle of nowhere (not too far in a relative sort of way to Big Bend National Park); artsy, fartsy mixed with throw down farmers and cattle hands. Fabulous destination if you have a… Read More Marfa (TX) – October 2013
The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is another one of those events where words are superfluous. Attached are a few shots out of literally hundreds – each one better than the next. We were fortunate to join in the Airstream group and as such were parked for the weekend right next to the field where the balloons… Read More ABQ Balloon Fiesta (NM) – Oct 2013
What can you possibly say about the Grand Canyon that either hasn’t already been said or simply doesn’t need to be said? We arrived at the North Rim campground 6 hours before the government shutdown, so the next morning the rangers came around and told us we needed to vacate within 48 hours. Fortunate for… Read More Grand Canyon North (AZ) – Oct 2013
Probably one of the least well-known national parks in the country, Great Basin NP is actually in Nevada, but not far from the Utah line. But it is not close to ANYTHING! Camping is basic boondocking, but it is gorgeous. Due to truck issues, our trip here was curtailed, but hope to be back again!
Capitol Reef NP (Capitol Reef National Park) really unique in that while the national park is stunningly gorgeous with intricate rock formations, at its center is a lush valley replete with rushing streams and a canopy of trees and fruit trees from when the Mormons developed orchards of apples and other fruit. We happened to… Read More Capitol Reef NP (UT) – Sept 2013
For anyone who has traveled to the western national parks, you already know that most of them are comprised of breathtaking views, and Canyonlands National Park is no exception. Canyonlands National Park We traveled off road on some of the 4 wheel trails. They are more than a little intimidating; I would have preferred to… Read More Canyonlands NP (UT) – Sept 2013