Saturday, August 19, 2017

Journey to the Path of Totality

Maps, fully stocked with water, diesel, propane, food and booze. We're ready for anything as we take on another August adventure. No, Carly ­čÄ╝, it's not a Learjet but an Airstream going to see the total eclipse of the sun.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Final Push Home

Cheraw State Park was another nice find in SC. The park was empty and we were treated to waterfront property. On to Ponte Vedra, FL to meet Rufus, the newest family member. After a final night at our fave FL park, Anastasia Island SP, we ventured down the interstate to our little corner of paradise!!!

Thanks for following along. We'll be posting from the big eclipse next week!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Virginia Does it Again

With a late start out of NJ, we made it to the Shenandoah River Valley by 5:30pm. As much as I generally dislike KOAs, we hit the jackpot in the town of Luray. A beautiful campsite welcomed us to the grassy knolls and distant mountains of VA.

Charlottesville is on our mind tonight as fanatics exercise their right to free speech and excite the media into a frenzied state of incessant and sensationalized reporting. God help America.


Union Square was a perfect central location for touring the city in three days. We went through $50 in subway fares with a major Metro hub just a couple blocks from our hotel.

Friday was mostly spent exploring lower Manhattan's waterfront. A ride on the Staten Island ferry capped off the tour.

We couldn't resist a stop for lunch at the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. It was packed!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New York, NY

Oh how I ❤️ NY!

Ally is taking her turn babysitting. We left Solo for a few days in NY. Lunch at Mister Dips in Brooklyn was first on the list. Then, we shared a solemn couple hours at the 9/11 Memorial. The Oculus transportation hub at the WTC connected us to our subway and hotel in Union Square; close to my old stomping grounds.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Long Beach Island

Brookville campground was a decent stay at the NJ shore. Wednesday morning we ventured to LBI for lunch and a little boutique shopping. Fun stop!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dinner on the NJ Shore


Amish, Mennonite, Shaker: It's Simple and Fascinating

Lancaster County is beautiful and famous for the simple lifestyle of its population. It's such a curiosity to see in 2017. They must think we're curious too.

Anyway, here a quick read from USA Today on why America loves camping:

Lancaster PA

There is a considerable difference between camping and parking for the evening. Now that we've moved out of the mountains and into more congested areas, it becomes a parking situation. Luckily, we have not had to spend the night in the Walmart parking lot. However, sometimes we're just grateful to have a nice place to park and a clean shower. Such was the case last night in Lancaster Pennsylvania. A rear view with green pastures, horses and pretty farm outbuildings was compensation for close neighbors.

Back to the heat, we had a simple dinner of BBQ leftovers and watched "Ozark" in the air conditioning.

Bill made pressure-cooked steel cut oats for breakfast Tuesday. Yum!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mountain Mindset

Sunday morning worship consisted of an easy hike to the Anna Ruby falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Continuing our journey northeast, we had a great barbecue lunch on the patio with Solo at Moe's Original BBQ in Asheville. A gorgeous ride through the Smokies took us to Hungry Mother State Park for a campfire and popcorn dinner. It was nice to sleep with the windows open and enjoy still of the night.

Virginia is two for two on our most appreciated campsites list.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Day at Camp

The fresh, cool mountain morning air was a welcome treat from the ghastly hot temps in SWFL. We made a full breakfast and worked it off with a couple of hikes. One easy trek with Solo and a heartier one without Solo.

Our surroundings were so beautiful we just relaxed at camp all day. We broke out the deck of cards and played 500 rummy, crazy eights and the most fun of all: spades!

Dinner included shrimp on the barbie, grits in the pressure cooker, and a delightful green salad. And of course toasted marshmallows for dessert!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Unicoi State Park

Helen GA is a little Alpine village in the Appalachians. There is a lovely state park and plenty of outdoor activities for family fun. Steph told us about this area and we were lucky to get a campsite for a couple of nights

Friday, July 28, 2017

470 Mile Markers Later

Florida is a big state!

Morning has Broken

And so we begin another journey north. Florida summer camping is not for the unadventurous. We stayed at a favorite state park off of I-75 for the first night. It is rich with nature and critters large and small. Friday morning greeted us with this sweet little family pictured. Paynes Prairie Preserve is a special spot and a convenient respite as we head out of the FL heat.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Amsterdam Airport

Amsterdam Airport is world class; fresh, modern and busy. Security is tight, extremely efficient and amazingly professional. In addition to wooden shoes, blue Delft pottery, cheese, licorice, chocolate and tulip bulbs, it has lots of top shelf shopping options.

We had a great journey down the Rhine River and are happy to be heading home!

Thanks for following along. ­čśś

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cologne to Amsterdam

Dinner with the captain was very enjoyable. His crew was piloting the ship during our meal. We cruised overnight and docked in Amsterdam during lunch on Wednesday.

Buses were at the dock at 1:30pm for a guided tour of the city. We also had a guided tour on the canals where we had a quick look at the Anne Frank house.

A small group of us arranged for tickets to the Van Gogh museum afterwards. We hopped the #2 tram and found the museum to be quite inspiring, despite the massive crowds. It was the first rainy day of the trip and half the city seemed to be visiting the museum, too.

We took the tram back to Central Station, had a beer and famous French fries before the short walk to the ship for dinner.

Although we didn't ride bikes in Amsterdam, nearly a million other people did! Crazy mayhem!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cologne Germany

The ship was in full throttle cruise mode Tuesday and so was everyone on board. It was great to have a lazy morning with no agenda. AmaPrima docked in Cologne just after lunch. Cologne is Germany's fourth largest city.

We took the bikes out in the drizzling rain and explored miles of path along the riverfront. We navigated to Cologne's only surviving structure of WWII bombings, the Cathedral. The Cathedral was built to house the bones of the three kings (Magi).

Kölsch beer was a must-try before heading back to the ship. A dinner invitation from the captain was waiting in our room. Very exciting!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

R├╝desheim to Koblenz

We staked out some seats in the shade for the afternoon cruise to Koblenz. A scenic highlight of the trip unfolded with each bend in the river. Steep, sloping vineyards decorated with castles and quaint towns provided a picturesque and dramatic landscape for four hours.

When we arrived in Koblenz Germany we were feeling our afternoon of rosé! Hankering for food, we walked around town and found a burger and fries. It was a nice change from the formal dining option on the ship.

A lovely day ended with a lovely sunset.


The bikers were off the boat by 9am to begin the morning ride along the river bank and up through some vineyards. It was another spectacular day of peddling in Germany.

Back to the boat at noon, we walked to town and had a Rüdesheim coffee. Yum! It's basically an Irish coffee but with local Asbach brandy. Our kind waiter offered to take our picture and decided to photobomb one too. Haha.

AmaPrima left the dock at 2pm for an afternoon of cruising to Koblenz.