Bessie the RV is getting a face lift. The renovations began with the kitchen and living area, and this article shares updates to Bessie’s bathroom.
Fellow RVers traveling to Florida via Alabama…. boy do we have something wonderful to share with you!! In search of a place to lay our heads after a long day of travel, we stumbled upon a small, absolutely beautiful RV Park in Florala, Alabama (which is just miles from the northern Florida-Alabama state line). It’s in a great location… and just an hour north of Destin, FL (our destination).
Until 2 weeks ago, Lake Jackson RV Park was a State Park. But the city bought it, hired a friendly and knowledgeable Park Manager (who happens to come from Ohio, too), and is hoping to build it into something special. Well, I can tell you that it’s already special.
After months of indecision about whether to keep Bessie, our Class C RV, or upgrade to something larger to be more comfortable, we have finally made a decision.
Many of you have been in our shoes and have faced the decision of whether you want to keep your RV or upgrade to something bigger/better. We’re pondering whether we should keep our current RV that is reliable and sort of close-ish to being paid off, but isn’t as comfortable as we’d like it to be. Or, should we purchase something that “fits” us better, but will be more expensive and could potentially have loads of problems. We’re torn.
If touring creepy, historic prisons and getting a “behind the scenes” look at a famous movie filming location is your cup of tea, you are in for a treat.
We had the pleasure of visiting The Ohio State Reformatory, located in Mansfield, Ohio, a prison that was built in 1886 and closed in 1990. This magnificent structure was built for young first-time offenders to have a spiritual rebirth and later became famous for violence and inhumane conditions. It housed over 155,000 men over the years, and is now a museum and historical site.
We used our Harvest Hosts membership and Roadtrippers.com to help us plan an interesting and adventurous Memorial Day weekend. One of our stops was at Mohican Adventures, an extravaganza of fun outdoor stuff, including an Arial Park, go-karts, and a large canoe livery. We decided to try a seven mile canoe trip because it sounded like an awesome family adventure. I envisioned us paddling down the river, in total control of our boat, smiling and enjoying the scenery. Although traveling seven miles would be challenging, I believed it would be manageable. I’ve never been in a canoe before (except during 6th grade camp, which was a long, long time ago), but I thought, “How hard can it be?” Well….
I had a health scare. I was admitted to a local hospital overnight for some testing. It happened while my husband was having his own medical issue. We were hospitalized in two different hospitals in two different cities at the same time. We had great support from family and friends and we are both totally fine.
It’s taken me a lot longer than intended to share our experiences at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. As I looked through my images and videos, I found that they tell a powerful story on their own (with a little commentary from yours truly). The following are my Five Favorite Gettysburg Moments:
Picture this. You drive through winding, hilly country roads and finally turn onto the long driveway of a farm. After parking, you open the door to your RV and pause to take in your surroundings. You see green rolling hills and bright, golden sun kissing the crops and vegetation that surrounds you. You hear the wind as it rustles through trees and the light clucking of chickens, funny little snorts from pigs and the far away baaaaah-ing of a herd of sheep. You smell earth and clean air, with tinges of farm aromas. There is no one else around. It feels peaceful … and alive.
I’d like to interrupt this RV Travel Blog to share a bit of introspection on the concept of a “Path.” For the third time today, the word “Path” was used in conversation with me. Although this is a common word, and I probably hear it daily without thinking of it, today I heard “Path” three times before noon. It’s as though a quiet voice is whispering, “Pay attention.”
Hi, I’m Chris. For the past few years, my family and I have absolutely loved spending time together in Bessie the RV. Like most first-time RVers, we’ve had lots of great experiences (and a few not-so-great moments) along the way.
This spring will mark our third year of RVing. Although we wouldn’t qualify for a “RV Blackbelt” just yet, we are definately “Newbie Ninjas.” We’ve learned a lot in the past couple of years and have some helpful insights to share, particularly for those who are just getting started in their RV journey.
I’m not exactly Daniel Boone when it comes to cooking over a fire. I much prefer to cook my family’s meals inside of our small but comfortable RV kitchen or outside on an electric skillet. After more than my share of unevenly cooked food, burns and borderline asphyxiation, I am determined to master campfire cooking this camping season.
After spending time at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center (more about our visit to Gettysburg in our next article), we headed to Adams County Winery to relax, enjoy some wine, and to park our RV for the night. Adams County Winery is a Harvest Hosts destination, a part of a nationwide network of wineries and farms that allow RVers to stay on their property overnight at no cost (when you pay the $40-$44 annual membership fee).
For more details, click to read my Harvest Hosts articles:
I am delighted introduce you to Glynis Valenti, who has graciously agreed to share this wonderful article as my very first Guest Post (it’s purely coincidence that I’m also mentioned in the article). Glynis has a way with words. Her writing, in combination with her photographs, work together to weave beautiful, introspective stories that invoke emotion, yearning and connection. This powerful combination is beautifully illustrated in the article below about Wanderlust, something that resonates with me, and I suspect will be meaningful to many of my fellow RVers. This article originally appeared in Times Leader on Sunday, March 15, 2015.
In the spring of 2014, we adopted Hairy Barry, a sweet, lovable Flat-Coated Retriever with some serious anxiety issues, most of which appeared when camping in our RV. Barry’s “not-so-good” behaviors include running away from our home/campsites, severe Separation Anxiety, obnoxiously barking at other dogs, and an over-active prey drive.
We spent six days having a blast at Niagara Falls, NY and Watkins Glen, NY and surrounding areas, including Watkins Glen State Park, Robert E. Treman State Park, and Taughannock Falls State Park. We hope you enjoy our Finger Lakes Region Series:
This is the fourth article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region.
After visiting Niagara Falls, NY, we enjoyed all that Watkins Glen has to offer, including a stay at Watkins Glen State Park, an incredible visit to The Gorge, and a lovely afternoon at Seneca Lake’s waterfront. The fourth day of our Finger Lakes Journey found us departing from Chateau LaFayette Reneau Winery, our gorgeous Harvest Host destination, and headed over rolling country roads toward Cayuga Lake, the longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in New York.
Almost three years ago, I got bit by the RV Travel bug. What began as a curiosity turned into a wonderful hobby and I now count myself as one of the many “RV Enthusiasts” in this big world. I never envisioned my newly discovered passion for RVs would lead me to another new hobby- Blogging. But as I began recording our RV adventures and musings, I started to see the advantages of creating a blog to chronicle these experiences and to connect with other RVers. My very first blog, www.cuontheroad.net was born.
This is the third article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region.
After an incredible visit to The Gorge and enjoying all that Watkins Glen State Park has to offer, the third day our Finger Lakes journey was spent enjoying Seneca Lake and the town of Watkins Glen. Our evening ended with being wowed by the lakefront views at a winery in Hector, NY.
A Small Village With Big Attractions
The Village of Watkins Glen has a population of about 1,860 people. As small as this town is, it’s quite famous for several things. In addition to The Gorge, the town also has a NASCAR racetrack, called Watkins Glen International. The town is steeped in racing history, including the famous street race, Watkins Glen Grand Prix, which takes place on the hilly roads of the State Park and in the town of Watkins Glen.
This is the second article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region.
After two days in Niagara Falls, NY, we braved the potholes and traffic on I-90 E and then took 14 South to Watkins Glen, NY (which took about 3.5 hours in Bessie the RV). Once you get off I-90, it’s a gorgeous drive that took us through the historic town of Geneva, NY, and past wineries and farms along Seneca Lake.
RVing BEFORE Harvest Hosts
Picture this. You are on vacation. For several days, you hopscotch to various destinations so you can thoroughly explore an area. Or maybe you’ve been driving for hours and need a break. Out of necessity, you are grateful to come across the parking lot of a rest area, Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club to rest your weary head.
RVing AFTER Harvest Hosts
Now picture this… at the end of a long day of traveling, you pull into a winery or a farm. An incredible landscape unfolds before you with beautiful flowers, trees, a vineyard, and sometimes, animals. You step out of your RV, take a deep breath, pull up a chair and slow down for the night in lovely, peaceful surroundings.
We decided we wanted to buy our first RV. We had a strong desire to get “out there” and experience life. Since we were inexperienced with just about every aspect of camping and RVs, we rolled up our sleeves and began our research. For months, we traveled to RV lots, read classifieds, visited State Parks all over Ohio, and watched YouTube endlessly. Finally, we had a sense of what we were looking for and narrowed down the myriad of RV options to a Travel Trailer or a Motorhome. Here’s a look at our observations and conclusions about Travel Trailers (and Pick Up Trucks), Class A Motorhomes and Class C Motorhomes.
We are asked versions of this question regularly. Usually, it’s asked from a place of genuine curiosity. Every once in a while it’s asked sarcastically, and followed by the humming of “Dueling Banjos” (that creepy music from the movie “Deliverance”), or better yet, with an enthusiastic, “Shitter’s Full!” (an ode to Randy Quaid’s motorhome-driving character in the movie “Christmas Vacation”).
A while back, I wrote a few articles about our wonderful, anxious dog, Hairy Barry. So many readers really seemed to enjoy his story (and identified with our struggles) that I wanted to provide an update on how The Hairy Dude is doing.
Want to know more about what worked and didn’t work to help our newly adopted anxious dog, Hairy Barry? Click here to check out the article series: “The Hairy Barry Chronicles.”