House is set. Rig is packed. Might as well get the road and travel to warmer climes for the winter.
We were pleasantly surprised with the service at Thor!!!
We then headed back east and revisited Ohio, Pennsylvania and some wonderful towns in upstate NY. Then for our last night, we stayed at a winery in the finger lakes. Along the way we also found a casino.
This is episode is the last one for our Northeast 2019 trip.
With over 6,000 miles of memories and problems, it was wonderful!!!!!
Thunder Rocks in Allegany State Park
Here’s links to my pictures of:
Notre Dame Cathedral Also, check out the video below !!!
Here’s a video of Aura (the light show at Notre Dame Cathedral) in Montreal
We drove on another beach and pulled a car out that was stuck in the sand. We visited some cute towns in Nova Scotia and also the capital, Halifax.
Here’s pics of Levis and ile d’Orleans Quebec, Levis is across from Old Quebec on the St Lawrence River. ile d’Orleans is an island on the St Lawrence.
Here are pics from a waterfall park (Chute de la Chaudiere) it was really really nice.
And pics from Quebec City
We arrived back to Nova Scotia and stayed a few days with our friends Patty and Andrew. Then headed south-west through Nova Scotia.
We visited Tiverton and went on a whale watch and took these pics.
And check these photos out of Truro, Victoria Park and the Tidal Bore
Here’s videos about being locked out of our rig, when the lock failed:
We spent a total of 10 nights on PEI. This episode we talk about the Eastern side of the island and the trials of getting off of it.
When we got back to Nova Scotia, we stayed with our friends Andrew and Patty. Visited Tatamagouche, wait till you hear about the train ! We then visited Cape Breton Island, wow!!!
Not sure if you know, Nova Scotia translates to New Scotland. And Cape Breton is where the Irish settled, it’s so Irish, the street signs are in Gaelic.
Pics of places I talk about in the episode:
Here’s a video describing our route across PEI
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Here’s a video describing our route around PEI
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More photos to come, I’m still editing them 🙂
Here’s a few videos on the water heater replacement:
In episode 20 of my RelaxRV podcast I talk about how living on the road in our 30′ motor-home for four months changed my view of “size” and things.
It is a fact that today buyers aged 35-54 are the largest segment of RV owners, according to the 2011 University of Michigan study. This is the 1st time that the average age group of RVers are not retirees. During our travels we met a lot of young families living fulltime on the road while homeschooling their children.
While writing my notes for episode 20, I did some research and found a couple of articles and a great book that talk about the reduction of stress associated with downsizing.
In the article in WebMD (https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/cut-stress-simplify-life#4) the author talks about how living “smaller”, can reduce your stress by lowering time constraints. She also talks about the importance of “disconnecting” and reducing debt as associated with downsizing.
In another article “6 Reasons Downsizing Your Home Can Lower Stress” (https://seniordirectory.com/articles/info/can-downsizing-really-lower-your-stress) the author focuses on the financial benefits of downsizing.
And an interesting book (Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich by Duane Elginwhich looks at ways to live without being obsessed with “things” and may inspire you to start living a life that is simple, happy, and less cluttered.
So, take a deep breath in ……. let it out and relax.
There are links to the articles and to the book on Amazon (of which I am an associate and. Following the link will not cost any more in your purchase but I will receive a small financial boost for each purchase.
The photo for this episode is what happened when I was watching the gas pumps and not the top of the rig while filling up with gas.
Regarding the picture for this episode, we added shelves to our closets. Easy and functional.
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We headed south-west and stayed in Bannack State Park, where we were pleasantly surprised. It’s a great place for kids of all ages. Jackson (NOT Jackson Hole) is a small, warm, welcoming western town, here’s a link to Jackson.
Then we stopped at a RV shop and bought a new topper for the rig. Eric Stark is the owner and he has a great podcast that focuses on repairs. We called Dee and Kevin – see episode 8 – and had it shipped to their house (for free), as we planned to stay with them soon.
We stopped and saw Antelope and Bison at the National Bison Range.
Then off to Yellowstone N.P. Wow wow wow. Geysers !!!!!!!!! Hot springs !!! Elk and Bison!!!! Many hikes and a SWIM in the Boiling River !!!!
We could see the glaciers even before we arrived at the park. There was a lot of road construction outside of the park which slowed our travel. But oh well, because Glacier is so beautiful !!! We did many hikes including our 1st hike on the Continental Divide, we saw Bighorn Sheep, Moose (mom and calf) and came face to face with Mountain Goats ! Wow wow wow ! We will be coming back.
I’m still figuring out the Podcast, formatting and file sizes and how it sounds on your end)
Stayed in (and liked) Billings Montana then off to White Sulphur Springs and it was cold, sleeting and snowy and this was in August 2018 !!!!!! Remember you are in the Rockies.
We wanted to get out the cold and figured a glass of red wine would help so we looked and found 2 bars, “The Lane” and “The Sockman”. We figured Stockman sounded more like Montana so we went in a met a couple of locals (transplants from PA). We sat, talked, laughed, and made life longs friends with Kevin and Dee.
We find that even with the stresses, RVing is fun and fantastic !
We visited the Mall of America (the largest mall in the US) then stayed in Wisconsin, nice. We visited the Badlands National Park in South Dakota where Trish developed Heat Exhaustion !!!! It was over 100 degrees when we did an easy (for us) 4 mile hike. Here’s a link to the signs of heat emergencies. Then off to Montana (big sky country) and the Purple Mountains Majesty.
We started our 1 year long road trip on July 8th 2018, but befoe we left I fried our battery cutoff switch and blew the solenoid behind the BCC (battery control center) which killed our camera system on the rig (back up and side view) and is killing the house batteries faster than normal.
And if that ain’t enough stress, our generator died in 90 degree weather. So with the hot weather we are staying in more campgrounds than we expected and thus spending more money than we expected.
The stress continues.
After weeks of working on the solar we finally get it installed, but we still need to wire the inverter to the rig. All that while heading into the final weeks of my career as a RN. All of this is new to me, RVing, solar, retirement, podcast production etc. So, be patient I will continue to tweak this podcast. Paul, remember to breathe …..
I talk about Stress Management Tools.
Share with me where you RV or Caravan. And how you travel.
I have backpacked, tent camped in a campground and now traveling in a RV (class A) and will be doing our 1st night boondocking in April 2018 ! Looking forward to a free nights stay and all of the challenges that come along with it.
This is the 1st episode, I will focus on RVing and its stressors. It is a work in progress so if you have any comments or suggestions, let me know at email@example.com
I will talk about our RV travels (trip planning, travel updates, problems encountered in relation to the RV, our travels AND how to deal with those stressors and stress in general.
When things go wrong while traveling on the road in a RV, how do you relax? Take some deep breaths? Take a walk? Talk about the problem? Or find something to take your mind off of the problem (find a diversion)?