Out and about in the west – Summer & Fall 2017!

WOW….a whole summer and most of fall has passed us by! Where does the time go? This has been a very busy time for us and we apologize for not posting in the blog as often as perhaps we should have to keep up with it all.

Living the full time RV life is quite a busy life.  AND “it’s always an adventure!”  How did we ever get anything done while we were still working?

We spent the summer out west and in Canada, and visited some beautiful National parks along the way.  After leaving Utah we made our way through the state of Idaho going south to north and had stops in Twin Falls, Boise, Riggins & Coeur d’Alene.

IDAHO

Welcome to Idaho!

 

While in northern Idaho, we took a brief left turn for a one week trip to nearby Spokane, Washington where our good friends from back in Lebanon, Ted and Dawn Thompson, reunited with us.  They were in the middle of their summer adventure to various different states and Washington was where we were able to connect.  We had a BLAST!  Three out of the four of us graduated high school together so it was time to break out the 1973 and 1974 (our year) yearbooks.  Dawn did not graduate with us, but was very much entertained(“It doesn’t affect me!”) by our reminiscing of times and people gone by.

Canada

Welcome to Canada! From Washington we made our way through Montana as our gateway into Canada.  We crossed over the border in Rooseville toward our destinations of Calgary, Cochrane, and Banff National park in Alberta.

Cochrane & Calgary, Alberta

 

Banff National Park

Once in Banff we met up with friends, Jack and Sherry Butler from Annapolis, MD, whom we met only last year while spending our winter in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Glacier National Park

We spent a week in Banff and then from there caravanned with Jack and Sherry back to the USA and to Glacier National park.

After a few weeks in Canada back into the USA and Montana!

Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park

After a week in Glacier we traveled to West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National park.  What a wonderful three weeks we had!  Jack and Sherry, we cannot wait to do it again!!!  The beauty of this lifestyle is meeting wonderful people who all have something very much in common; the modern day nomadic lifestyle.

South Dakota

Buffalo Roundup – Custer State Park

After leaving Yellowstone we parted ways with Jack and Sherry,  as they headed to the Grand Tetons and we headed through Wyoming to our destination of  Spearfish, South Dakota for our second New Horizons Owners Group rally. This is a rally that is held in a different state every 18 months by owners of New Horizons RV’s.  It’s informative, supportive and lot’s of fun.  And once again, we get to meet up with many new people and reunite with others we’ve met along the way to owning a New Horizons RV.

After the New Horizons RV rally ended, we ventured south through Deadwood and spent some time in one of our favorite places – Hill City, South Dakota.  We revisited the Prairie Berry winery and Wind Cave National park and got to visit with our favorite RV park owner, Rita Pohribnak at Creekside Mountain Resort.

We also spent some time with fellow New Horizons full time RV’ers  Al and Marge Gramlich(originally from Pennsylvania), and attended the annual buffalo roundup in Custer State Park with them.  They also taught us how to play the card game Hand & Foot which is a lot of fun and can get quite interesting!

Nebraska

Scottsbluff National Monument

Our first stop on the journey back to Florida, had us stopping in Gering, Nebraska to take in the Scottsbluff National Monument. This was an important 19th-century landmark on the Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail, which most pioneers traveled to get to the west.

Now we start our slow ride back to our winter nest for this year again, Ft. Myers, Florida.  This is where we’ll relax, (Yoga for Carol, Pickleball for me!) for four months and plan our 2018 adventure.

We’ll be sure to again take you with us by sharing our adventures and pictures along the way!

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