The travels of the Two RV Gypsies in 2009
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Trip #2 - 2009
|11. The detective told the two RV Gypsies to start traveling again because it will be years before the trial in Orlando, so they left Markham Park on March 29, 2009 - destination: ALASKA for the summer, with short stops along the way. They arrived at Lee's Country Campground in White Springs, Florida on March 31, 2009 and left White Springs on April 2, 2009. Photos can be found by choosing #11 on the above map.|
|12. Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- April 2-4, 2009 Styx River Campground in Robertsdale, Alabama. It rained heavily all the way there and it was a scary drive at times. The driving area and most of Alabama was under tornado watch the entire drive the two RV Gypsies were there. The park has an indoor pool and hot tub, but they were closed - what a disappointment. Also in this section, there are photos driving through Mobile, Alabama and a visit to Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, Alabama, plus a cruise on The Southern Bell River Cruiser and the Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama and more. Check out #12 on the above map for photos.|
|13. Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- April 4-6, 2009 Lakeside RV Park in Livingston, Louisiana where the two RV Gypsies met Midnight and Snowflake. Then they continued on to the International Festival in Baton Rouge and a brief tour of Louisiana's Old State Capitol building, the Baton Rouge River Center and the USS KIDD. Check out #13 on the map above.|
|14. Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- April 6-8, 2009 Turtle Bayou RV Park in Wallisville, Texas. Since MOB broke down in Louisiana, time here was mostly spent getting MOB fixed. But the two RV Gypsies met Elvin Hayes who is in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Check out #14 on the map above. (Note: MOB stands for My Orange Baby, the orange HHR tow car of the two RV Gypsies. A tow car is often referred to by RVers as a toad.)|
|15. Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- April 8-10, 2009 - Admiralty RV Resort in San Antonio, Texas. There is so much history here, including, of course, the Alamo, the City of San Antonio, Japanese Gardens and Mission San Jose. The two RV Gypsies met new RV friends here. Check out #15 on the above map for photos.|
|16. Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- April 10-12, 2009 Circle Bar RV Park in Ozona, Texas, listed as "the biggest small city in America." The local attraction here is the Davie Crockett Statue and museum - a hero at the Battle of the Alamo. The two RV Gypsies also went to San Angelo State Park and saw prairie dogs, a long-eared jackrabbit, and wild turkeys. There was a hail storm the night before they left. Check out #16 on the above map.|
|17. Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- April 12-14, 2009 - MT. View RV Park in Van Horn, Texas. The majestic landscape here is amazing. The two RV Gypsies took a trip to Guadalupe Mountain National Park in Pine Springs, Texas, an 86,416 acre park bordering New Mexico that boasts to be the highest point in the state of Texas at 8,749 feet - Guadalupe Peak, and the two RV Gypsies hiked up the mountain - OMG - talk about aching feet! Check out #17 on the above map.|
The two RV Gypsies took a bit longer stop on the way to Alaska -- April
14-17, 2009 - Sunny Acres RV Park in Las Cruces, New Mexico,
in order to visit their friends, Jerry and
Carole who live in Las Cruces. It was a wonderful two days seeing the
White Sands, The Space Mural and more. Thank you Jerry and Carole
for entertaining us and showing us around.
Check out #18 on the above map.
|19. Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- April 17-19, 2009 - SSS Valley Vista in Benson, Arizona - Here the two RV Gypsies hiked Chiricahua Mountain, a strenuous hike with amazing balanced rock formations, plus toured Dragoon Mountain which was also amazing. Check out #19 on the above map.|
|20. Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- April 19-21, 2009 - Saddle Mountain RV Park in Tonopah, Arizona. Here Karen went to the El Dorado Hot Springs to relax a while. Then the two RV Gypsies went to Eagle Tail Mountain Wolf Sanctuary and got to meet some amazing wolves and the two people who work hard to care for them. The two RV Gypsies really urge you to visit them when you are in the area. Check out #20 on the above map|
|21. A bit longer stop on the way to Alaska -- April 21-27, 2009 - Mountain Lakes at Lytle Creek, California located at an elevation of 3,200 feet in a secluded, scenic valley. It has twin lakes and a stream running through the park. The two RV Gypsies spent time with Karen's youngest sister, Ilse. Ilse, Karen and Lee went to Venice Beach and later rode the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up Chino Canyon. It was Ilse's first time on an aerial tram and she was nervous. They also hiked part of Big Bear Mountain. Check out #21 on the above map.|
|22. Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- April 27-30, 2009 - Kaweah Park Resort at Three Rivers, California near Sequoia National Park. - Designated in 1890, Sequoia National Park features many trees which are named after famous United States Generals. The world's most voluminous tree, the General Sherman Tree, is located in Sequoia National Park. Also featured in the park are the Crystal Caves, Lodgepole Village, and the Trail of Sequoias. Check out #22 on the map above. This was one of Karen's favorite places.|
|23. Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- April 30-May 3, 2009 - Indian Flat RV Park in El Portal, California. Here the two RV Gypsies visited Yosemite National Park. Amazing photos of Bridal Falls and more are posted. Check out #23 on the map above.|
|24. Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- May 3-6, 2009 - The City of San Francisco and North Petaluma KOA in Petaluma, California. The two RV Gypsies walked the Golden Gate Bridge. They also went to the Armstrong Woods State Reserve and saw the giant redwood trees. The weather was cloudy and there was lots of fog but photos are posted on the map above anyway. Check out #24 on the above map|
|25. Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- May 6-8, 2009 - Bear Mountain Resort & Campground in Redding, California. Here the two RV Gypsies went to Shasta Dam - the second largest dam in the continental United States, got up close to four more deer, and also went to the Sundial Bridge, which is amazing. Check out #25 on the above map.|
Another quick stop, this time at American RV Resorts in Talent Oregon. Arriving on
May 8th and leaving on May 10th. Finally a campground with internet.
Check out #26 on the map above.
|27. Arrived May 10th at Thousand Trails in Florence Oregon and left on May 13. Some really great photos are posted on the map above - extreme dune buggy rides, sand dunes and more. Check out #27 on the map above. This is one of Karen's favorite places.|
|28. Arrived May 13th in Silver Creek Washington and left on May 15. Photos of Seattle and Mount St. Helens and more. Check out #28 on the map above|
The two RV Gypsies arrived in British Columbia, Canada and visited Harrison Hot Springs, Hell's Gate Aerial Tram,
Hixon Falls, Vancouver, Capilano Suspension bridge, and Grouse Mountain. They also saw some crazy
drivers and wonderful chainsaw sculptures. Then they arrived at Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway, plus Liard Hot Springs,
Citrus Lake Provincial Park and more
|31. ALASKA - Tok, Chicken, Mount Wrangel, Valdez, Glacier View, Palmer, Portage, Whittier, Seward, Kenai Fjords, Soldotna, Anchor Point, Homer, Talkeetna, Mt. McKinley, Denali, Fairbanks, Chena Hot Springs, North Pole, Delta Junction, Richardson Highway, Glennallen, Palmer, Anchorage, Wasilla, Haines, Hyder - campgrounds, hiking on glaciers, glacier excursions, ATV rides in the backcountry, jeep ride in the backcountry, covered wagon tour, dog cart ride, ice museum, hot springs, jet boat ride, float plane ride, lots of wildlife and more|
|USE the Alaska Button above for tons of photos in Alaska and lots of wildlife or view Alaska later and continue scrolling down to see the rest of 2009 as the two RV Gypsies make one more stop in BC, then back into the USA.|
|32a. Stewart, British Columbia|
|32b Hyder Alaska- close up encounter with Grizzly Bears|
|33. August 31, 2009 - September 2, 2009 - Roosville, Montana - Glacier National Park - several falls, Hungry Horse Dam, Black Bear, and wild horses. Check out Site #33|
|34. September 3-5, 2009 - Anaconda, Montana - Fairmont Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, mud pots, & the 45th parallel of latitude Halfway between Equator& the real North Pole - Check out site #34|
|35. Big Horn, Montana (Buffalo Country) September 7-8, 2009- Yellowtail Dam, and amazing scenery while boating "Montana's Best Kept Secret" OK-A-BEH|
|36. Wyoming (the 44th state) and Crazy Woman Campground - September 9, 2009|
|37. Badlands National Park - South Dakota plus the jackalope, the Corn Palace, Wall Drug (as seen on the travel channel) and more. - September 10-11, 2009|
|38. Mall of America - Minnesota, plus some windmills - September 12-13, 2009|
|39. Forest City, Iowa - the Winnebago Factory - Grotto of The Redemption - and a rose for Brian Lee Duquette|
|40. Wisconsin - the Cranberry Festival, and Wisconsin Dells and the non jet boat ride|
|41. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and a visit with a friend, Cam Chapman - plus the famous boat featured on the Travel Channel|
|42. A day trip to Chicago, Illinois with our host and personal friend, Cam Chapman - Wrigley Field, - and Historic Route 66|
|43. St. Louis, Missouri and the Gateway Arch|
|44. Metropolis, Illinois - the Home of SUPERMAN|
|45. Cadia, Kentucky - and the Land Between The Lakes (LBL)|
|46. Corbin, Kentucky - Cumberland Falls, plus the birthplace of KFC and some raccoons|
The two RV Gypsies arrived back in Florida, visited friends in DeLand, then on to south Florida. Then Karen went on a line dance cruise to the Caribbean, October 24 through November 1, 2009 (no photos posted of these places). Photos taken while in south Florida each year are either in the "photos" button above, or as #1 on the beginning of each USA map page. They resumed their RV travels on April 17, 2010.
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