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history book clipartBRIEF HISTORY OF KAREN & LEE
AND HOW THEY BECAME FULL-TIME
RV GYPSIES
Karen & Lee Duquette - the two RV Gypsies
Karen and Lee met and married at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Click on either of these two photos for photos of their first date and wedding
wedding photos of the two RV Gypsies
Renee Duquette
Then they were blessed with the birth of their daughter Renee and their son Brian.
Click on Brian's baby photo so learn more about Brian, or read about his tragedy by clicking on the "Brian" button above.
Brian Lee Duquette
trailer
While living in Tennessee, Karen & Lee started tent camping, then bought a pull trailer. Eventually, they sold their house, moved to Florida in their trailer, and lived in an RV park in Davie, Florida full-time.
Lee was a union electrician and they travelled wherever there was work. So they moved around a bit in their trailer, and eventually ended up in Florida in 1979. At that time, they bought a house in Hollywood and settled down so their children could stay put through their high school years.
the two RV Gypsies' HHR toad, MOB
Karen & Lee spent three years researching trailers/motorhomes and decided that they would prefer a motorhome, not a pull trailer. They sold their big full-size conversion van and bought a Chevy HHR because they read that it would make a great tow vehicle, known as a toad. Karen named the car "MOB" which stands for My Orange Baby.  
townhouse
They put their house up for sale and sold off most belongings, except for the necessities of life. Then they each put in their retirement notice at work so they could become two RV Gypsies and travel full-time even on their limited, fixed budget.
Two RV Gypsies' RV - AWO - All We Own
They bought their motorhome (RV), and chose a 40-foot Winnebago Vectra RV and named it AWO which stands for "All We Own" because they no longer owned a house, (but they do have a car). Click on the photo at the left to see photos of AWO on the date of purchase.
MOB - All Dressed Up
The two RV Gypsies wanted their tow car (toad) which is known as MOB (My Orange Baby) to somewhat match their motorhome, so they gave it a make-over with decals to match the design on the RV. Check out the photos of how MOB got redesigned by clicking on the photo at the left.
family of the Two RV Gypsies
Then came the time for the two RV Gypsies to leave their children and grandchildren and travel the USA and Canada full-time. Here is love to all four of you while we are gone. But we will be back often to visit you because we will miss all of you.
This was the hardest part of becoming a full-time RV Gypsy. But the hardest part of our entire lives was learning that while we were on their first road trip, our fantastic son Brian was murdered in his own home in Orlando, and the family will never be the same.

Time passed and after driving over 16,000 miles in 7-months time, including almost 3 months in Alaska, the two RV Gypsies decided that their toad, (known as MOB "My Orange Baby") just wasn't big enough. Plus MOB really took a beating on the Alaska Highway in the Yukon. So the two RV Gypsies splurged on a 2010 Ford F150 Lariat crew cab with cab cover, custom ordered.

the new toad of the two RV Gypsies
It is a very long truck and the cab cover makes it look longer, so the truck became MOB #2 - "Monster Out Back" - So they went from towing MOB #1- My Orange Baby to towing MOB #2- Monster Out Back.
MOB3

Time passed and the two RV Gypsies decided that they wanted a 4-wheel drive jeep so they could enjoy some off-road adventures. So they went from towing MOB #1- My Orange Baby to
MOB #2 - Monster Out Back to
MOB #3 - Mega Off-road Buggy.

  Unfortunately, MOB #3 only made it from Florida to California, then it totally died. It needed a part that was not being made anymore. The two RV Gypsies really goofed buying the jeep because they wanted to rough it up on dirt roads with it. So they had to buy another car. Karen really tested her brain to name MOB #4 but managed to do so and since it has no luxury options, this toad became: MOB #4 - Minimal Of Bling. Karen hates this toad - it is small and cramped.
Mob number 4
License plate of the two RV Gypsies
This was the license plate on the front of MOB #1.
License plate of the two RV Gypsies This is the replacement license plate on the front MOB #2.  Because bad road conditions make it necessary to change this plate now and then. This one has also gotten messed up. They cost a lot of money, and this time the protective shield on it caused the problem because sand got between the protective shield and the photo.

NOTE: There's a wild side to everyone, the thing we are born with that makes us who we are. The need to push ourselves and take on new adventures. To walk, hike, climb, jump, and leap into the great unknown. Presently, the two RV Gypsies' wild side is the need to make each day different and connect with their own inner peace. Granted, their wild side changes with each year, but the excitement of being an RV Gypsy with no permanent house, other than their RV, leads them down the wild path that is right for them.

The two RV Gypsies would like to introduce you to their Great-Grandchildren Anthony Brian and Gabriella Lee - Sept. 2016

 

This photo may get changed from time-to-time.

 

LoveAnthony and Gabriella

A partial summary of the life of the RV Gypsies traveling the USA and Canada since 2008:

- The two RV Gypsies have done something exciting in every USA state including Alaska, plus a lot of Canada: British Columbia, The Yukon Territory, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Campobello Island, PEI, and Nova Scotia. Driving through a state does not count as being in the state, they must do some fun stuff while there.

- The two RV Gypsies crossed the Continental Divide in 8 different places, plus the 45th Parallel of Latitude - 1/2 way between the Equator and the real North Pole in three different states.

- They saw The NORTHERN LIGHTS while at Lake Superior in Upper Michigan
- They rode 12 Aerial trams (gondolas),
- rented ATV’s 6 times, but Karen really got hurt once.
- enjoyed 35 Botanical / Japanese Gardens / Rose Gardens / Arboretums, etc.,
- canoed with alligators several times,
- fed wild donkeys,
- rode a helicopter to a glacier in Alaska and went dog-sledding,
- rode a wild dune buggy on a steep sand dune in Oregon - three times,
- flew in a float plane in Alaska and landed on a lake to watch for bears - (and saw evidence of a drunk bear),
- walked on or cruised to 19 glaciers in Alaska, some of them more than once,
- panned for gold in Alaska - twice,
- watched a grizzly bear catch and eat a fish - many times,
- got caught in 5 different hail storms,
- relaxed at 17 hot mineral springs,
- rode in 7 jet boats in class 3 & 4 rapids, often doing 360 degree turns with power stops,
- rented a jet ski on the Columbia River,
- visited 31 museums,
- had a moose look in their RV window,
- had a big red-headed woodpecker peck on a window of their RV,
- rode a motorcycle from Nebraska into Kansas and back again,
- relaxed on 10 Riverboat cruises,
- rode the second fastest and third tallest roller coaster in the world,
- sand boarded down a sand dune,
- rolled down a sand hill,
- took Segway tours 17 different times in 15 different states including 2 places in Canada.
- walked on the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon,
- walked on the Skywalk in Canada
- walked across the New River Gorge on the 24-inch wide CATWALK, 851 feet above the water,
- climbed 1,300 stairs in one day,
- mastered a staircase to the top of a 100-foot tall water tower and back down again,
- swayed on 18 suspension bridges,
- had a standoff in a one-way tunnel  with two-way traffic in Kentucky
- got soaked at numerous water parks,
- enjoyed target practice at a shooting range,
- tubed down a river with mini waterfalls,
- tubed down a Liberty Mountain Snowflex mountain in Virginia (without snow)
- hiked to 133 waterfalls,
- enjoyed white water rafting several times,
- photographed many whales and whale tails while on cruises, plus several breaches
- rode 7 different zip lines.
- drove through two trees in California


- Plus: Lee got attacked by a grouse while hiking, and even had a squirrel climb up his leg.
- Karen met Elvin Hayes who is in the Basketball Hall of Fame and he toured their RV,
and the two RV Gypsies had dinner with Dallas Seavey who finished 6th in the famous Iditarod race in 2009. Karen had her photo taken with Neil McCoy.


- The two RV Gypsies went to 74 National Parks / National Monuments, Four Corners USA, the International Peace Garden, 72 state parks, 52 lighthouses, 14 forts, 6 volcanoes, saw Terry Fator perform twice,  rode through locks on the Erie Canal, experienced Spook Hill, visited Mt. Rushmore, Mt. Saint Helens, Devils Tower, Devils Gate, Independent Rock,  Mackinac Island, Hells Gate, Stone Mountain, 12 dams, Grouse Mountain, The Alamo, all of the Great Lakes plus the Great Salt Lake, 3 Alpine/Barbarian towns, 7 amusement parks, 12 caves, Mayberry USA, several natural arches, Armstrong Redwoods, Avenue of the Giants, the home of the Cabbage Patch Dolls, Solomon's Castle, Blowing Rock, Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Niagara Falls, the Corn Palace, International Peace Garden (twice) , and so many more places in the USA and Canada - more than what could possibly be named here, but these are a few of the highlights. All of these photos can be seen by using the TOC button above.

The two RV Gypsies have seen and photographed lots of wildlife: alligators, armadillos, Bald & Golden Eagles, Grizzly & Black Bears, beavers, big horn sheep, bobcats, bison, white buffalo, caribou, chipmunks, coyotes, deer, donkeys, elk, fox, goats, gopher tortoises, groundhogs, a grouse, guinea hens, hawks, horses, Llamas, a leaf bug, rabbits, a lynx, moose, mountain sheep, ospreys, owls, peacocks, pelicans, prairie dogs, pronghorns, ptarmigans, puffins, raccoons, red foxes, red headed woodpeckers, squirrels, roadrunners, roosters, sandhill cranes, sea lions, sea otters, seagulls, seals, white swans, black swans, turkey vultures, turkeys, turtles, whales, white goats, yellow-bellied marmots and much more - (plus wolves but they were in a sanctuary - no longer total wild).

ALL OF THE ABOVE PHOTOS ARE LISTED UNDER THE TOC BUTTON ABOVE.

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