Monday, August 7, 2017

a hitch in our gitty-up

We're on the Ohio/Kentucky border since Saturday afternoon.  Our fine ride has come into the campground with a bit of a limp.  We have check engine light on, rough idle and strong smell of gas. It being the weekend, we will have to wait till Monday morning to have a local shop take a look at it.

We did manage to get to visit with more Inmans while we were here, not as much as originally hoped, but we ended up being less mobile than planned.  We talked and talked, took a picture and received more pictures.  We will be back, we promise.

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Charlene, James, Libby and Fred Inman

I also realized that my clothes had all fallen down in my closet.  One side of rod was pulled out.  My dearest "tells" me that I have brought too many clothes and that is what caused the problem.  Now I ask you, what's a girl to do when it was  to be a 4 month trip in all kinds of weather?  Amazing man that he is, he was able to fix the problem.  I have also removed some of the items to make the weight lighter.

It's now Monday afternoon and all is well with our ride.  It had an O ring that gave up and caused the problems.  We got very lucky that the gas leak never hit a hot engine area.

So, just to keep things exciting, Freds' body decided to give him a kidney stone.

The fun keeps rolling on!
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Road to Michigan

Peshtigo Wisconsin was an interesting stop for us.  The city owned, Badger RV Park and many of the RVs were decorated for Christmas.  Seems it was a family reunion and that was their theme for the weekend.  I did not get a chance to take pictures of the RVs, but did get some of the campground.
After dinner and showers we went walking around in town.  Sunday evening and not much happening here.  We soon found ourselves in front of the Fire Museum.  This town suffered much loss of property and many of the inhabitants lost their lives during an enormous forest fire. Unfortunately, the museum was closed when we arrived there.  Oh well, another time ....

Next stop on our eastward roll was Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.  This is our second time here to watch the tankers moving materials thru the Soo Locks.  We camped at the city Aune-Osborn campground, which is right on the St Mary River.  It's pretty relaxing to sit in your lawn chair and watch the boats glide by.  At least we think so.  First night we ate at the Antlers(see pic below), where I had yummy walleye fish and Fred had a burger. Second night we ate at Frank's Place and had the spaghetti pie for two.  We had some again last night and still have another nights worth.  Guess we would say it was more for 4 than 2.

We're now near Ann Arbor and will be meeting some friends that we met while at Bettys' RV in Abbeville La.  Looking forward to sharing travel/camping stories.

Tomorrow we're off to Ohio.  First stop is to visit Warren G Hardings home. Then on to visit some Inman family who live near Cincinnati.

Onward we roll,
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saint Paul & Minneapolis

A delightful area.  We arrived here early yesterday afternoon, so had time to explore a bit.  We stayed on the Saint Paul side of the twin cities.  Took a great 1.5 hr tour  of the James J Hill mansion. He was a railroad baron, the Great Northern Railroad. He also contributed greatly to the area, including being a founding member of the Minneapolis Art Museum.  F. Scott Fitzgerald grew up in this same neighborhood and was a play friend of some of the Hill children. This is a beautiful area to walk or drive and take is some of the beautiful scenery and  large houses.  There are also some chic $$$ restaurants not to far away.

We then ambled across the street to visit the Saint Paul Cathedral. Pretty impressive looking from the outside, even for us jaded European cathedral seekers. Worth the look if you're here.

German wood worker left his face in elaborate door frame


Today we went off exploring some areas of Minneapolis. First stop was the Mill City Musem. The Washburn A Mill was built in 1866 along the St Anthony Falls and opened in 1874.  The mill suffered a gigantic explosion, caused by flour particles filling the air and destroying most of the mill. At the time of the explosion the roof went 100 feet in the air, according to eyewitnesses.  In 1880 a new mill was built, which became Gold Medal Flour.  The mill finally closed in 1965 due to financial reasons.
Across the river you can still see the original Pillsbury Mill dating back to the 1900s.
The Mill City Museum is well worth the time you will spend there.

St Anthony's Fall

Original Pillsbury Mill from 1900s

large vacuum added after explosion

Last stop for the day was the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  James J Hill donated many of the art works he had collected, especially Corot. They have 2 Pierre Bonnard pieces, which made us francofiles happy. It has a diverse and extensive collection, well worth viewing.  Our feet were finally saying "time to go".

street art


We move on to Wisconsin tomorrow night, then two nights in Upper Michigan at a favorite spot, Sault Ste Marie. Stay tuned.
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Last weekend in Washington state

Well, our time in the northwest is winding down.  We are camped in eastern Washington, awaiting the arrival of the younger Inmans.  Should be a good ending to part one of our 2017 summer trip. We did enjoy much good weather while here, which is amazing.
We managed to see some of our friends, but unfortunately not as many as we had hoped.  We were really not in Seattle area long enough to see everyone.

Our next destination is Maine.  We will have  visited all the lower 48 states!!!
Along the way we will try to have my cousin Maurice join us camping.  When we reach upstate New York we will enjoy some family time with cousin Kitty.
Onward we roll!
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


We're a week into our new travels, enjoying time with DJ and Diane, Inman cousins. We are just south of Denver.  At the moment I am outside enjoying a little wine and appetizers, while hearing an occasional bit of distant thunder.

We started off with a show of western art at the Denver Art Museum.  The show included not just art works, but sculptors, music and film. Had a view of the library, which was located next door.


Yesterday, we went to visit The Wild Animal Sanctuary, about 25 miles outside of Denver.  This was established by a family that decided there was a need to save abused, abandoned or neglected animals.  This rescue operation began 34 years ago and has expanded Internationally.  The animals are sometimes abandoned by private owners who thought it would be cute to own a lion as a pet.  We spent a good four hours watching lions, tigers, bears, ostrich and wolves in their new habitat.  We were treated to a "song " by some of the wolves, which was quite fun!

walkway above the animals

Our cousins took us to  one of their favorite hiking areas, just 10 miles from Denver, Roxborough State Park.  The vistas here seem to go on forever.  The highlight of our hike was the beautiful red rock formations along our path.

We have had just a wonderful visit with our Inman cousins.  We have enjoyed good food, lots of wine and many laughs.  We will miss them as we move on with our travels.
Stay tuned,
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mardi Gras in Louisiana

We're in Abbeville LA, enjoying Mardi Gras parades,food and making new friends.
Our base is Betty's RV Park in Abbeville.  She has 17 sites, not all easily identified when you first get here.  We are one on top of the other, but none of us cares after your first night here.  Betty invites one and all to happy hour at 4:30 every day.  Everyone brings some food to share, which often becomes dinner for all of us. Its all about sharing road stories,info about places to see and just good laughs.
In addition,Betty will gather us all up to go to a local crawfish boil place, or a platelunch at another place not to miss. Another time we all followed her to a family operated accordian maker/repair shop for a tour. It included lots of cajun and creole music to demonstrate how accordians are used.  We learned that none of the cajun music is written down, it is all passed on by hearing and seeing it played.  Quite amazing.

Did I mention happy hour? That's an important gathering time here at Betty's.

We went to Scott LA for a wonderfull small town Mardi Gras.  It was quite fun and we caught lots of beads.

We had a crawfish boil on site at the park last night.  What an amazing time, first keeping the live crawfish in the buckets, then eating them.  You break off the tail and pull out the meat, which can be eaten as is or dipped in  whatever mild to hot mayo dip you choose.  Yummy! Tonight we have the remaining tails in an alfredo pasta.

oh, time to go, its happy hour :)

Fred and Michelle
Traveling the country so you don't have to!