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    Encourage Me Whilst Traveling

    Hello ALL,
    My DH and I will be starting our retirement traveling very soon. I would love it if you'd give me info about where you live---City and/or State--and tell me why we'd enjoy seeing your part of the country. We're starting out in Michigan, and as of this typing, have not as yet decided if we're going North first, South?, East?, or West? However, our hope is that we will encompass all of this wonderful God's country, as I like to call it. Please play travel agent for me, and help me learn about where YOU live. Like those of you who are already full time RVers, I'm downsising my sewing/quilting parafenalia, so hearing from you, too, would be helpful, and strongly encouraged. THANKS SOOO MUCH IN ADVANCE.
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    Head South It is Mardi Gras time till Wednesday,March 5th, Ash Wed. That is Lent,Spring Fiesta in Natchez, Miss, and Jazz Fes in New Orleans in late Apri. We also have Cajun Country, Tobasco , Gulf Coast, fishing, Quilt Shows, as well a Strawberry Festival...I live in the States Capitol, Baton Rouge just 75 milles from New Orleans...come see me ????

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    Well I'm in Wisconsin and I wouldn't recommend here! We're going to head to TN soon. I think KY and TN are just lovely this time of year. The trees are starting to bud and it's starting to get warm. And lots of good food along the way. Have fun on your travels!
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    I'm from Long Island NY. We have great beaches and you can stop in New York City b4 you come out this way. You could spend a lot of time in the city seeing museums, show, and various restaurants. I don't know if there is anyplace in the city to park camper
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    At the top of my list would be natural wonders. The Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone and Grand Canyons, Niagara Falls, the California Redwood forests....etc.

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    0March is Crane time here in the Platte River valley in Nebraska. Exit 305 on I80 is the Crane nature center and there are loads of viewing spots here as they migrate north in vast amounts.
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    OH, how I envy you. I'd be traveling south for March and around the Great Smokey Mountains/ Ashville, NC and Tennessee/Kentucky/Virginia for later Spring and early Summer. The Northeast is beautiful in the fall, as is New York City sites. There's the Padacah Quilt Show in April .... so much to see and do that's off the beaten path would be my choice if I could. Look forward to hearing about your travels. Are you going to blog your way around the country? It would be a wonderful read.

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    Best part of where I live is you can visit pretty much anytime and have some beautiful weather. There are no rv parks downtown but there are many beach rv parks starting on the very north county beaches all the way to the Mexican border and all the way through our "back country" of San Diego county. We have the San Diego safari park, in Escondido, the World famous San Diego zoo which is located in beautiful balboa park down town San Diego, and don't forget Sea World.
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    Well, I am in the most southern part of California - actually a few miles south of San Diego, 7 miles north of Mexico. Our average year round temperature is 70 degrees, very little rain, as San Diego is technically a desert. We have beautiful beaches, Balboa Park is next to downtown and fun to walk around and lots of museums. There is the Salk Institute and Scripps Aquarium, the World Famous San Diego Zoo (which is in Balboa Park), San Diego Safari Park is out in Escondido (about 20 minutes from down town). There is so much to see I can't name it all, if you run out of fabric or have the need to touch fabric - there is Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day store and Rosie's Cupboard quilt shop. (There are other shops but will save that for another time.)

    Oh, I forgot the Hotel Del Coronado. It is really something to see and visit. And the beaches around it are beautiful. Walking the main drag in Coronado is fun.

    We are roughly 2 hours south of Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm if you are into amusement parks - and from there is Los Angeles and all it has to offer. (I love the LA Art Museum with the La Brea Tar pit.) The drive up the coast frm San Diego to LA is fun. You have La Jolla, Del Mar, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo, San Clemente. I haven't been to Venice Beach in many years but I know people that go up from time to time.

    Okay - that's good for now - we have baseball starting in April....

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    I enjoy where we live, because there's not a whole lot of people in the entire county. We're 7 miles out of the biggest town in the county, the county seat, population of town is approximately 2,800, population of entire COUNTY is roughly 9,500. The best part is there's NO big box stores, just locally owned stores, but we have just about anything that we need.

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    I would head south as it will begin getting warm down here and the temps can be brutal. Come south while it's still enjoyable. Louisiana is my home state as well. New Orleans is a great place to visit. The World War II museum is outstanding. You will not find better food anywhere. There are some interesting places in Louisiana, St. Francisville is a small town outside of Baton Rouge where there are some cool antique shops. Natchitoches, LA is in central Louisiana and is celebrating its 300th birthday this year. It's a pretty little town with a river that goes down the middle. I'm a native Texan and can recommend Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Also, the Texas hill country, Fredricksburg area, is a fun place with vineyards and wineries. If you're into space travel touring NASA south of Houston is also fun. There's a town called Kemah down around Houston that has a fun boardwalk and some good restaurants. Austin is a music town and there are clubs and bars on 6th street that are fun if you enjoy that. Great Mexican food and BBQ in Austin. If you enjoy spending time at the beach you could head over to Gulf Shores, AL. Beautiful water and white sands. Hope this helps. We spend a lot of our time traveling. Enjoy it, but always like getting home to my kitties and my sewing room!

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    Seeing how it REALLY cold here and more snow on the way ... just wave and keep on going .... SOUTH!

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    When I retired (DH was already retired), we climbed into our RV and headed north from Oklahoma City. Went north all the way to SD and then headed west to the Oregon coast and then south just past Sacramento. Stayed with his brother for a week or so and then headed home. We were gone 9 weeks and I enjoyed every bit of it. I wish we could do it again but my health just won't allow it. I hope you see everything you ever dreamed of seeing. We never traveled over 200 miles in a day. Once we just went 35 miles and stopped. lol Have a wonderful endeavor in your travels.
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    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!

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    North Platte, Nebraska has the largest railroad repair yard in the world. There is a visitors observation tower where you can watch as long as you like. A few miles West is Ole's Big Game Lounge full of stuffed animals and the best steaks in Nebraska. A few miles East is Kearney with the Archway over the interstate. It is full of history and has a grand tour. There are numerous antique shops and fabric shops just off the interstate. Happy Travels!

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    DOGGRAMMA: You may want to rethink that part about heading to KY for a few more weeks. It is 14 here this morning, after a nasty ice storm sunday night. But they promise us spring will come. you are right though, we do have the "40 shades of green" springs.

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    Google "Americas most beautiful drives". There are several books like that. When we retired, we used one of those books like a diary. We went on most of the drives and added the date when we did it. Tells you something about every state. We found plenty of other places along the way. Have fun!

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    First of all, congrats to you both on your upcoming retirement! Its an exciting time. Being from northern Michigan, and previously a RV owner and traveler, I would encourage you to take the time to relax and enjoy this magnificent country we live in. Take the time to "smell the roses" along the way. One quick thought, if you want to select a area and live there for 5-6 months,consider "workamping" at one of the parks offering working opportunities. Often, this allows you a great way to become familiar with an area, venture out on your days off, and have an inside track on the local area from those you work with & for. Also it allows you to"exchange " your work for rent an benefits at the RV park. Its great on a budget. We did that for about 8-10 years until mu husband's health mandated we stop made many great friends long the way, and stretched the budget. Also there is a magazine called "Workamper News" you an subscribe to that shows you places looking for workers, which is a good way to get started. Good Luck& enjoy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    At the top of my list would be natural wonders. The Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone and Grand Canyons, Niagara Falls, the California Redwood forests....etc.
    There are 5 beautiful national parks in Utah, all worth a visit and, I am told, God lives in Yosemite!

    Our NC Outer Banks is also a beautiful place to visit. There are also historical sites of interest there as well.
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    Congratulations and much enjoyment for you both. I live not far from you, in Lake Orion, MI. I would go to the Smoky Mts. , beautiful place. Have fun!
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    Florida is beautiful this time of year. Daytime temps in 70's & 80's. Don't wait too long though because it gets HOT! I am in SW Florida. We have beautiful beaches and Sanibel Island. Lots of areas to hike, etc.

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    No place like Maine in my experience. If you come in from the west you get to see the lovely mountains and then travel to she sea to visit lighthouses, quaint coastal villages, whale watching trips, LOBSTER. What's not to love about Maine????

    I would wait until at least May to make it up here though unless you love cold, snow and ice :-)

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    Atlanta Georgia here and the 2014 Quilt Shop Hop starts the week of March 10-16. Also we have the North GA mountains, Dalonega and Helen, GA. The Georgia Aquarium, Stone Mountain Park (RV park available), The World of Coca-Cola and Lake Lanier (RV Park available). Drive 2 hours north and your in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, ie. Asheville (Biltmore House), Pigeon Forge/Seivierville, TN), and 3 hour south and your in Savannah, GA...Tybee Island, St. Simons, Cumberland Island and the beach. Lots to see and do...or just relax.

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    I live in Grants Pass, Oregon. We have the Rogue River and beautiful weather. It hardly rains in the summer but rains all or most of fall and spring and snows a little in the winter. Well worth the drive. We are an hours drive from the coast and an hours drive from Crater Lake. Come and see us. Lots of parks where you can park your RV and take your car to see the scenery.

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    I grew up in Windsor and fondly remember thinking all the rich people lived in St.Clair Shores. Starting out now in the winter? Then I guess you'll head south! Nothing I loved better than to get in the car and wander. Have a wonderful time.
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