Monday, October 13, 2014

Summer Summary

We left Mesa, Arizona, last year on April 22 and returned October 3. During that time, we towed the RV 7,515 miles and drove the truck an additional 3,820 miles. That means we drove a total of 11,385 miles. In 2012, we made our second trip to Alaska. That summer, we traveled at least 10,000 miles. All this means, meandering through the middle of this wonderful country we live in can mean driving more than a trip from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas to Alaska and back to Denver, Colorado. No wonder we were tired after our travels this summer.

During the past summer, we traveled through 15 states and stayed in 41 campgrounds. What were some of the sights we saw? In May they included the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, TX, and the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

We also visited the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

We were in Tennessee and Kentucky during most of June. First we attended a rally for owners of Mobile Suites RVs like ours. While there we had our RV and truck weighed and were happy to learn we were well withing the maximum weights for both the truck and trailer and we were fairly balanced from side to side.

One of our stops in Kentucky was at the Town Branch Brewtillery, where they make both bourbon and beer. The beer is aged six weeks in bourbon barrels and is probably the best beer I have every tasted.

July took us to Ohio and Indiana. In Ohio, our main focus was on the graves of ancestors.

We had some warranty work done on our RV in Howe, IN, and also visited Amish Country.

We moved on to Wisconsin, where we visited the Cana Island Lighthouse on Lake Superior.

During August, we continued our travels through Wisconsin and took a boat tour to see the Apostle Islands Sea Caves on Lake Superior.

Moving on to Minnesota, we visited the Spam Museum.

Then we were on to South Dakota, where we hiked in Badlands National Park.

September brought us to Colorado and time with family and friends before moving on to Arizona. It was a wonderful summer. Now, it is good to stop traveling for a few months.


  1. I agree. It's been a good summer, but I'm ready to stay in Mesa awhile.

  2. So glad we were able to catch up with you in MN. You surely did have a busy summer but seen some wonderful sights. we will head out in about 2 weeks.

  3. We wanted to visit the SPAM museum in September, but we read they were closed as the museum is being moved to the downtown area.