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Thread: Encourage Me Whilst Traveling

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    Travel the West

    When my husband and I retired, we loaded our trailer and headed West. So much to see and God's beauty abounds everywhere. Now we are slowing down some, so we find a nice place to make our headquarters for a while. For summer, the New Mexico mountains near Chama, NM are cool and beautiful. Here you can day travel into Colorado, see Santa Fe and Taos and ride a wonderful old steam train, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic railroad from the mountains to the high desert. The Rio Chama RV park in Chama is a great place to stay a while.

    During the winter - Nov. thru March, Arizona is lovely. The Desert Trails RV park near Tucson is great. You can walk the Saugaro desert, see Old Tuscon Movie studios, visit Tombstone, old mines, and the park is busy with activities to get involved with. In between times, Texas has many great sights and very nice state parks. Hope you have fun and enjoy your travels

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    Smile

    I'm so very much enjoying all of your responses. THANK YOU.......THANK YOU!!!!!! Please keep them coming. If I hadn't been the one who initiated this request, I'd certainly be happy to just sit back and read all the posts. But since I am the one who initiated this, I'm truly grateful to all of you. I'm hoping this will be fun, as you all seem happy to share your cities/states with me. Looking forward to 'seeing' all of you when we get your way.
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    Wink Traveling with Technology

    I'd like to share a blog that I write about using technology while traveling and ways it can help you stay safe and connected. One page is also a list of links for crafting that I find valuable for new ideas as we go to different places. Wouldn't want to run out of projects! There are pages on taking your music with you, surfing safely, connecting to public wifi, finding free books and connecting with family back home. I used to teach teachers how to use technology and now I share with our new friends across the country.

    Blog Home http://www.traveling-with-technology.blogspot.com/

    Crafter page http://www.traveling-with-technology...after-net.html

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    My Missouri Ozarks are beautiful--trees, lakes, and nice people.
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    How fun it will be!!!

    I want to share with you what we did a few years ago. We travelled for about 5 wks and as we did not know what to choose from all the beautiful places to go, we decided to play "the" game from a book my DH had read years ago.
    It is from Jules Verne (in French) and was written in the 1900.

    You can read about it here. (in english) http://www.julesverne.ca/vernebooks/jvbkwill.html

    We decided to go see what the places he described in his book looked like ,100 years later. He made a game board with the States we wanted to go to and we sort of followed some of the "rules" that were written in that book but not all.
    We did as described in the book and we rolled a dice. Of course we took more than a week to go from one place to another: it was a vacation after all. Some days we travelled 75 miles and some other days we travelled more. We we driving a car, not an RV but it would not make a difference I don't think. Just have to ajust the trip to your liking. This game allowed us to start and head down to places we might not have thought of going.

    I was kind of disappointed that the dice had us start at Niagara Falls because I had been there before and I wanted to see places I had not been to.. Our board was made so that, if we rolled the dice to go there, we "jumped" right to another place that happened to be Chattanooga Tn. But having to cross the Canada-US border anyway, we decided to go anyway to Niagara Falls as I had not seen it from the US side.



    I read in your profile that you like reading. May be you want to read this "adventure novel"
    Here is the board my husband made and by which we played the game.

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    being from the East side, we deliberately left off the states on our side of the continent as we have and had plenty of opportunities to visit them once and a while.
    I experienced writing a blog (in french) during this trips and friends really "travelled" with us. my blog is awful with plenty of learning curves but nobody minded. It was so much fun.

    When are you planning to leave and
    How long are you planning to travel?
    I can't wait to see what you will decide...
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    Lucky you! If leaving soon, I would travel south first. We live in Galveston TX which is an island off the coast and we have had low temps in the 30's and 40's for the past few days but to us that is frigid. It is supposed to warm up tomorrow to the 70's. I would go on line or call each state and some cities for their tourism catalog too . We have everything in Texas since it is such a large state. I think Kentucky (my home state) has a lot to see. There is the bourbon trail, a monastery that makes cheese, of course My Old Kentucky Home is in Bardstown, Louisville has a lot to offer also. Have a wonderful, safe trip.
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    I'm in Houston so we are close to NASA and Galveston - wonderful sightseeing places and great beaches. Also lots and lots of museums and cultural opportunities. We have a copy of the Magna Carta on display until Aug. 17 at the Museum of Natural History. It is awesome.

    And of course, if you can, time your visit for the end of October/first of November for the International Quilt Festival.

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    April in Georgia is so flowering and beautiful! May and June are usually nice too but probably up North for July and August, then the fall here is gorgeous! I live just outside Atlanta, and recommend Stone Mountain Park for a nice place to stay. Be sure to hit Intown Quilters (Stone Mountain Park is at one end of 10-12 mile long Stone Mountain Freeway, aka Hwy 78, and Intown Quilters is at the other end less than a mile off the freeway!) for a brights and batiks fix, and then head for Jekyll Island on the Georgia Coast, about a 6 hour drive from Atlanta. The campground there is wonderful and so friendly! Take a historic tour of the island and learn about it, walk on the quiet beaches, eat some great Georgia shrimp and enjoy relaxing before you go to Florida....about an hour south of Jekyll. PM me with questions; I've lived in the Atlanta area all my life and gone to Jekyll for many, many vacations so I have a lot more I can tell you!
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    With all the freezing weather you are having at the moment I'd like to suggest Australia, especially Queensland which is the state I live in. I guess it might be a tad difficult to drive your RV . I hope the weather improves greatly for you (as well as the rest of your country) and that you have a wonderful time no matter where you venture.
    Stay happy & safe.

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    I live in FL six months and KY 6 months. Just waiting for i t to warm up. LOve spring and Fall in KY . born there.I think I have the best of both worlds. hehe cmaras1234
    "I do not understand ,how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to" ( and mine is my summer houseboat on a beautiful KY lake.) quote by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

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    [QUOTE=mhollifiel;6608302]There are 5 beautiful national parks in Utah, all worth a visit and, I am told, God lives in Yosemite!

    That happens to be true about Yosemite. We go at least twice a year - some years more. When we drove thru the tunnel leading toward Yosemite Valley, it took my breath away and does it every time! Then when you drive up to Glacier Point - there is a very tight turn but you would go slow anyway because the view is absolutely spectacular! For my husband and I - it is heaven on earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retired Fire Chief View Post
    I'm in Saginaw and even though some of Michigan is remarkable, I'm from Louisville KY and I think Kentucky really outshines Michigan by miles. You should plan to go to Louisville for derby week. Festivities start the week before the race with hot air balloon races, a huge parade through town that is reminiscent of Macys parades, thunder over Louisville that is one of the largest fireworks displays in the US - there is something going on every day. And there is so much else to do in the city, the wonderful Brown theater, casino's on the river if you are a gambler, wonderful shops - need I say more!
    Actually, everything starts two weeks before Derby, it's called Derby Festival. Thunder is April 12 and it IS the biggest fireworks show in the country that is not the 4th of July. Thunder Over Louisville is a huge air show that kicks off Derby. I'm pretty sure I heard the Blue Angels will be here this year. If you are thinking about coming to Louisville for this call the Galt House NOW to see if there are any rooms left. That is the best view. The Indiana side of the river always looks less crowded. There is a restaurant called Buckhead's that sits right on the Ohio that is great to watch Thunder from. There is a Tumbleweed Restaurant on the KY side that is also really great to watch it from. Free seats are on the riverfront wherever you can find one. But Kentucky is a beautiful state this time of year. During mid-April for just about two weeks we have all these flowering dog weed trees in bloom.

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    Oh, do come to Charleston, South Carolina! There's so much history here. Fort Sumter where the "shot fired was heard around the world", harbor boat rides, beautiful, grand plantations, aquarium, the Joe ball park that hosts the River Dogs!, The Citadel, beautiful beaches for ski doos, Art galleries, the USS Yorktown Air Craft Carrier, the Hunley, a submarine from the Civil war, LQS, wonderful people, and even though it is chilly now, around 40 degrees and rainy, the weather is supposed to turn warm and sunny again. That's what's so great about living here; the weather. We have the 4 seasons but they are usually short lived and then we have that wonderful sun again. Spring is my very best time of the year as we have BEAUTIFUL flowers blooming everywhere you go. And don't forget our old, huge live oak trees hanging with Spanish Moss! There are great restaurants, cafes, and other wonderful places to eat, bakeries, shopping, Come, you won't be disappointed...
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    I was born and raised in South Dakota. The beautiful Black Hills are located in the western part of the state. Mount Rushmore is a definite must see. The Badlands (located in the central part of the state) are very unique..quite, nice visitor's center. SD is also home to the world's only Corn Palace, located in Mitchell, SD. DeSmet, SD is one of the towns that Laura Ingalls Wilder lived in and wrote her famous books about. Did you ever hear of Little House on the Prairie, Little House in the Big Woods? Have a wonderful, safe, and blessed time traveling together. Enjoy each other every day. By the way, we also have some nice quilt shops here. Java Hut Quilts and More in Huron is new and fun. Other nice ones in Sioux Falls, Chamberlain, Winner, Dell Rapids, Watertown, Rapid City. These are several miles from each other (since our state is very rural) but well worth the trip, just in case you "need" a fabric-fix. (Tee Hee)
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