Year six ended and year seven began, once again parked at the home of our great friends, Dayle & Bud Davis.
You can easily see our home, parked near the shop here at the "Davis Ranch." We stayed here for just a bit more than a month this year, doing our usual medical & dental things and also renewing our friendships. My good friend and former co-worker, Jim Jones was kind enough to make his annual flight to Granbury airport to pick me up for our usual morning flight.
The month flew by, as it seems that all of our months do, now days, and on May 5 we were heading north to Wichita, KS for some time with our friends the Hollingsworth's and to visit Kirk's mother and sister, as well as other friends and family in that area.
After a week in Kansas it was once again on the road, this time traveling east to make a visit to our daughter-in-law and our grandchildren at Ft. Knox, KY. Since our son and their husband/dad has left for a year in Iraq, we felt that it was important to stop and lend what support that we can. We don't normally travel as quickly as we have on this trip, but with the obligations that we have, our trip to our summer stop is to be the fastest travel that we have yet made in our years as full-time RV people. We traveled as far as St. Louis in our first day on the road.
Day two brought us to Camp Carlson, the campground and park on Ft. Knox, Ky. This park is not open to the public, but as guests of an active duty soldier, we are allowed to stay there, just as other visitors. Camp Carlson is a very nice park and is very inexpensive to stay in. But the real reason for this stop is family.
We spent a week in Kentucky and then were off again, this time traveling north through Ohio. We traveled just past Cleveland area our first day and stopped for the night near Lake Erie. We took time out to do a little touring around the area, as we had never stopped there, even though we did travel through the area many years ago. We spent the evening exploring the area.
Our next stop was a short hop up the road to an RV park that was near Niagara Falls area for a day of exploring the state park there. The falls are spectacular, and the gorge and river are amazing as well. This is an area that is on our list for a return visit one day.
Next day it's back on the road again, and off to Massachusetts and then to Maine for the summer! We spent two more nights on the road, making what for us would normally be a month or more of travel in only two weeks, and with one sitting still! We found New York to be a state with fair to poor highways and the most toll roads that we have ever experienced. We spent $48 in tolls just in New York and nearly $70 total. The New York through-way is in fair condition most of the way with some areas very rough. When we crossed into Massachusetts the road improved.
We spent our first ever night at a Jelleystone Park in Massachusetts and it was quite reasonably priced. It was a nice, but older park. From there we traveled north to Maine, eating lunch at the welcome center and arriving in Bangor about mid-afternoon. We then had an easy drive of about 100 miles for out final day, into Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, our summer home.
While here job was doing some maintenance, giving guided tours of the refuge and some construction. We stayed until Labor Day had passed and then it was time to hit the road once again. Upon leaving Maine, we headed west into Canada with Quebec City as our destination.
We spent four days in the Quebec area and that really was hardly enough. We loved the "Old City" and also got out into the countryside to visit a Huron "First Citizen's" village and also the Ile'd Orleans, which both very French. Our next stop was Montreal.
Montreal, a city island is an interesting place but it is also much too large a city for our taste. We did find the street entertainers to be very good for the most part. We then visited Ottawa, Canada's capitol which was beautiful, even with constant rain. We next headed west across Ontario in search of sunshine! We found it near lake Ontario. We spent one more night in Canada and then headed to Michigan.
We traveled through Sault Ste Marie and down to the area of Mackinac Island for a visit to the area where my paternal grandmother grew up. After three days there we next moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on the banks of Lake Winnebago.
After a visit to the Air Museum, we drove out to a small town where we visited the place where the Republican party began and also a cookie factory. Our next stop was the small town of Spring Green, where we visited the "House on the Rock" and the Frank Lloyd Wright home. From there we moved on to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to visit our good friends, Keith & Pat Williams.
We visited quite a number of sites around Cedar Rapids and all too quickly the days flew by and we were once again off to our next location. We made a stop in southern Iowa at the Terrible Herbst's Casino to visit with our friends Nolan & Joanne and then traveled on to the Kansas City area.
After a week on the farm, we were off once again to Wichita, Kansas to visit family and friends, then back again to our friends in north Texas for a stay of a couple of months. From there we went south to San Antonio Missions National Park for three months.
On April 5, we returned back the the home of Bud & Dayl Davis where we ended our seventh year of Our Great Adventure.
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