THE BIG SPRING TRIP – LOUISIANA AND TEXAS

The big spring trip. It’s become a family tradition we all look forward to after our long Midwestern winter.

This year’s route took us more than 2000 miles in 10 days – from Florida, through southern Louisiana, into the heart of Texas, and back home to Iowa.

After collecting R’Velle from the consignment company that cared for her over the winter, we restocked with groceries and our belongings and hit the road, our excitement for the trip ahead overriding the exhaustion of the late night flight the evening before.

That first day our drive from Orlando to I-10 and through the Florida panhandle was long. And, other than a rainbow following a quick afternoon downpour, the view really didn’t change much.

 

 

An overnight stop at a campground near Tallahassee allowed me to start unpacking our supplies that had been stored during the winter. Bedding, towels, bins, and blankets had been haphazardly stacked and strewn around the RV and it was making me crazy! I sent Doug and the girls outside – and out of my way so I could work!

 

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HONOR OUR VETERANS AT AMERICA’S MOST INSPIRING WAR MEMORIALS

 

We’ve planned some of the most beautiful destinations to remember our veterans. The sacrifices of our service members can be hard for the average civilian to comprehend and appreciate, but these war memorials use sculpture, architecture and intelligent planning to create evocative spaces for contemplation and remembrance.

 

World War II Memorial — Washington, D.C.

 

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TAKING ON TENNESSEE

 

We are deep into spring with green grass, flowering trees, and mild weather. It’s a perfect time to put the jacks down in the beautiful state of Tennessee.

 

Chattanooga

 

 

Last summer, you told us to visit Chattanooga and we are so glad you did. It’s now one of our favorite cities to visit.

 

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CHOOSING A TYPE C RV FOR OUR FAMILY

 

This is R’Velle. She’s 32 feet of Type C joy that transports our family of four plus two dogs from our central Iowa home to destinations far flung and nearby.

 

 

Though we aren’t full time RVers, both my husband Doug and I are self-employed, which allows us the flexibility to travel as we wish, and to work from practically anywhere. We homeschool our daughters Brenna, age 10, and Caelan, age 8.

R’Velle was an impulse purchase. Spring 2014 was late in arriving. Winter just would not release its grip on the Midwest and my family had a severe case of cabin fever. The Camping & RV Show at the state fairgrounds seemed like the perfect opportunity to push aside our ‘winter blahs’ – and maybe we would find something for our camper, a 16 foot expandable travel trailer (a hybrid combination of hard sided trailer and pop-up camper), lovingly called ‘The Coyote’.

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A TASTE OF WASHINGTON’S COAST

 

We began the first leg of our trip through the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with a visit to the Waterfront at Potlach RV Park. Today we continue on with our trip visiting Grayland Beach State Park. We arrive after a leisurely 80-mile drive and still have the majority of the day ahead of us. This is the beauty of exploring the Olympic Peninsula, as camping destinations and places to visit are within short proximity to one another.

After we set up camp, we hop into the truck and make our way down the road to the city of Westport.  According to the Chamber of Commerce, we learn that Westport bills itself as the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World.” That was not surprising to us as the marina was full of some pretty big fishing boats. The Westport Marina is also a great place to set your crab pots and pull in buckets of Dungeness crab. Crabbing, not fishing was our activity of the afternoon and we could hardly wait.

 

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