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Bay of FUNdy

Bay of FUNdy

A little more than a week ago we made a plan to meet up with fellow traveling families, Adv-o-DnA and Mali Mish. We’d met both last year on our travels to Alaska and were looking forward to catching up with them since we decided to head North instead of South...
Grand Manan

Grand Manan

We spent 3 days exploring the island and camping on the coasts. The island is quiet – really quiet. Tea time seems to be a major event in most towns. The Eastern side is more open and has sand beaches and a Provencial Park. It’s the more populated area and...
Loonies and Toonies

Loonies and Toonies

While in Maine, we finally cracked open our guidebook for Canada. Still, we had to hit the final Junior Ranger badge in the U.S. at St. Croix before crossing over. This might be the least-visited National Historic Site in the U.S. and possibly the most thorough ranger...
Acadia Lobstah

Acadia Lobstah

The major stop on our trip through Maine was Acadia National Park. Of course, a Junior Ranger badge was earned, but the highlight for Bode was probably the pop-overs at Jordon Pond. For the rest of us, it was the lobstah at Thurston’s Lobster Pound down in Bass...
Salem Witches

Salem Witches

Bode has been wanting to go to Salem, MA ever since the day he read about it in his U.S. history book. You might think that it’s just a silly attraction, but witch-hunts and scapegoating are still just as relevant today as they were back then. Road-school...
Bahston

Bahston

We were anxious to get rolling north and crossed into New York and were into Connecticut before we knew it. We had hear good things about Mystic, so we made a detour south along the coast to see the two little towns that make up the area. Lots of people milling about...
A week in Jersey

A week in Jersey

We had scheduled a weekend to visit my old high school friend/college roommate, Alli, who lives a very busy East Coast Life. She travels constantly (for work and for vacation) and has two kids in varying activities. This was their one free weekend we could manage for...
The Road to Philly

The Road to Philly

We meandered up through Virginia and found a campsite in the National Forest before crossing over to West Virginia at Harper’s Ferry. Lots of interesting history here, and despite the heat we took in all the exhibits and Bode got another Jr. Ranger badge. Next...
Virginia

Virginia

When I was 5, my friend and I listened to her Dolly Parton record over and over. We sang and danced around her pool table. Fast forward to 1986, when I was in high school. Word spread fast about the new theme park Dollywood. I’ve wanted to go for at least 30...
Rolling Low and Slow

Rolling Low and Slow

Our destination for the rest of the summer will be Newfoundland. The farthest north and east you can go on the continent – sort of. We’ll work out the details on the way. So, we set a course northeast. Bode insists he’s on summer vacation – he...
More Texas Projects

More Texas Projects

We drove back to Texas to wrap up a few more bus projects, a few more doctor visits and a little more time with friends and family. The bus list is endless, but there was one major goal that wasn’t on the bus list: get dad’s convertible running and take it...
Voodoo on the Bayou

Voodoo on the Bayou

24 hours in New Orleans! Free jazz in the park, Voodoo Museum, shrimp po-boys, crawfish, more free jazz in the French Quarter. More sleep than usually happens in the Big Easy. Followed by beignets and a a visit to the Jean Lefittet National Park. Ranger badge...
Florida Springs

Florida Springs

When living outside, with no air conditioning, the best way to beat Florida’s heat and humidity is swimming. We headed north to the Ocala National Forest and its system of natural springs. With the heat at bay, we only needed to worry about...
Badges, Gators and Shark Teeth

Badges, Gators and Shark Teeth

It’s not all theme park rides around here. Bode knocked out 2 Junior Ranger badges at Big Cypress and Everglades National Parks. Luckily, these alligators seemed uninterested in the kid leisurely filling out his workbook on the boardwalk. We also hit Shark Tooth...
The Keys

The Keys

Four years ago, we met Diana and Zilvanis in Patagonia. They were on bicycles, and had traveled there in 18 months. 18 months! Diana was pregnant, and having a hard time on the bike. So, she climbed into our bus and traveled with us for about a week and a half to...
Rockets and Visitors

Rockets and Visitors

We headed east to Port Canaveral to watch the SpaceX rocket launch. It had been postponed a few times, but we’re flexible. The campground at Jetty Park was really nice, with shuffle board and lots of bike riding space. VW buses always attract other buses. Not...
Hogwarts Express

Hogwarts Express

Bode turned 11 and we went to visit Hogwarts. For those of you who haven’t read Harry Potter, just know that this is a very big deal for a nerdy 11 year old. His birthday present was a 2-week unlimited visit to Universal Studios, Universal Islands of Adventure...
Eastbound and Down

Eastbound and Down

Loaded up and truckin’. The birthday boy did get his letter from Hogwarts, so a ‘quick’ trip to Florida was next on the agenda. Based on our estimates of “haulin’ ass” we figured we could get there in 3 days. It took four....
Texas Projects

Texas Projects

Springtime in Texas is actually pretty nice. It’s warm, but not quite hot. The mosquitoes haven’t arrived yet. And, bluebonnets in the hill country. We managed to goof off exactly the right amount in Austin, before heading down to Houston and Galveston....
Down to Texas

Down to Texas

We put away our ski gear and packed up the bus for a still-to-be-determined summer of fun. Bode has an 11th birthday coming up and he’s pretty sure he’ll be getting a letter from Hogwarts, so we had planned a route to Florida where a Harry Potter world...