HISTORICAL INNOVATIONS TO NATURAL WONDERS ALONG THE MICHIGAN’S GREAT LAKES

 

As we continued our journey along the Great Lakes, we found a lovely place to set up camp along the shore of Lake Erie at Sterling State Park.

 

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FUN ALONG THE SHORES OF LAKE ERIE

There are very few things in life as fun and exciting as seeing new things. After four years of full time RVing, we’ve started visiting places a second or even third time. Of course, we are always finding new things to do in areas we’ve visited before like going to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls a few weeks ago. However, the past few weeks have been filled with entirely new-to-us places as we’ve been making our way along the Pennsylvania and Ohio coastlines of Lake Erie.

 

 

Our first new-to-us stop was Presque Isle, a peninsula located in Erie, Pennsylvania. It’s name in French means “almost an island.” It became a state park in 1921.

 

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FIVE TIPS FOR FIRST TIME RVERS

 

It was a beautiful day as we drove north on the 101 freeway towards Santa Barbara. The rugged sandy bluffs rose high along the California coast while the sunshine sparkled across the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Thing 1 and Thing 2, then 8 and 5, were trying to sit patiently in the backseat as we drove towards our campground. This was our first outing in our new-to-us folding camping trailer.

To say my heart was happy would be an understatement. I was giddy with excitement. I couldn’t wait to start making fun family camping memories. Brent and I already had so many from when we were kids and we wanted to give the same thing to our boys. Not only that, we were ready to relax for the weekend after a long week of work. We were ready to kick up our heels, sit by the fire, and maybe go on a few hikes in the Los Padres National Forest.

An hour later we arrived at our campsite and the boys jumped out of the van. They were busy checking out the campsite when I noticed Thing 2 wasn’t wearing shoes.

“Put on your shoes, honey. There might be something sharp.”

“I don’t have them,” he replied playing in the dirt.

What?

No shoes?

Of course, he has shoes. What sort of parent forgets shoes when they go camping? I started searching the van but no luck. In our excitement to hit the road for our first camping experience, we had let him run out the door happy but barefoot.

Ooops.

Determined not to let this ruin our weekend, we headed up to the camp store. There we bought a pair of flip-flops that he could wear to protect his feet. We may not be going on any long hikes over the weekend but they would be perfect to wear to the swimming hole on the Santa Ynez River.

Wondering if there are things to do (besides remember your child’s shoes!) to make your first time out in your new RV go more smoothly? Read on!

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LET THE SUMMER RVING BEGIN!!!!

 

Summer time is officially here and that means we have set off on our Great Lakes Summer Tour!  We’ve already made some great discoveries as we started driving to our first location, Niagara Falls!

 

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KENTUCKY: HOME TO THE WORLD’S LARGEST BAT AND LONGEST CAVE

 

A state known for its bluegrass pastures, horses, fried chicken, baseball bats, and caves, Kentucky is rich in history, culture, and nature. A few weeks ago, we had driven right through the Bluegrass State on our way to visit family in Indiana. After our time in Indiana, we decided we couldn’t head north without first turning around to give Kentucky some love.

 

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