Two RV Gypsies: Full-Time RVers
2012 travels of the two RV Gypsies
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1. The two RV Gypsies wintered in
Florida from January 2012 through April 30, 2012 - Photos
are posted of family and friends.
|2. May 9, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies drove their RV to Fort Myers, Florida to take their sister-in-law out to lunch, then they drove to Englewood, Florida to visit friends. Among other things, they went to the Eagles Club for a fun night of live music, slow dancing, a good dinner, and lots of fun with their friends. Karen and her friend PeeWee also went to a beading class and made a bracelet. They were also in the Englewood area in 2010 and 2011. Photos taken downtown Old Englewood are posted here of some really pretty painted benches.|
|3. May 12-14, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went to DeLand, Florida to visit friends, DD and Forest Pierce, that they knew when they lived in Connecticut. While there, they took a nice walk around a lake, went to the community center for a spaghetti and meatball dinner, and played lots of games. Photos are posted of the scenery around the lake area.|
May 15, 2012 - After an overnight stop at Atlanta South RV Resort for a rest, the two RV Gypsies went to McDonough, Georgia on May 16, 2012 and visited some wonderful extended family members, went to dinner, and played lots of Yahtzee, NO photos were taken during this stop.
|4. May 18, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went to Clarksville, Tennessee and enjoyed McGregor Park River District, some history of Clarksville, a statue of Wilma Rudolph, plus Historic Collinsville, and dinner and fun with friends, Larry and Paul.|
|5. May 20, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went to Mount Vernon, Illinois and enjoyed Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. This was the first stop on this trip where the two RV Gypsies did not know anyone who lives in the area. A VIDEO OF THE RAIN AND HAIL STORM has been posted.|
|6. May 21, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went to Hannibal, Missouri. Photos are posted of Mark Twain's Boyhood home, a lighthouse, Lover's Leap, Mark Twain Cave PLUS a few photos from a 30-minute spur-of-the-moment car ride from Hannibal to Louisiana.|
|7. May 24, 2012 - through June 2, 2012 The two RV Gypsies explored Iowa and had dinner with a friend. Check out the botanical gardens, Adventureland Amusement Park, Living History Farms, a Sculpture Park, Fort Custer MAZE, the site of Buddy Holly's plane crash, the city of Clear Lake and more.|
The two RV Gypsies had to leave their RV at the Winnebago factory in Iowa to get the damage from the RV fire repaired. This took six full weeks, so the two RV Gypsies decided to drive their toad from state to state and hotel hop until their RV got repaired - a lot of day trips because they tried not to go too far away from Iowa in case their RV is ready sooner. Scroll down to see where the two RV Gypsies went and what they did during that time and throughout the rest of 2012.
|8. June 4, 2012 - the two RV Gypsies started their hotel hopping and went to Redwood Falls, Minnesota then on to Blue Hills, Minnesota and the Jolly Green Giant.|
|9a. June 5, 2012- the two RV Gypsies went to Fargo, North Dakota. Photos are posted of the Walk of Fame and more.|
|9b. The two RV Gypsies went to Jamestown, North Dakota. Photos of the rare white buffalo are now posted, along with the World's Largest Buffalo statue.|
|10. June 6, 2012- the two RV Gypsies drove Highway I-24 in North Dakota and it turned out to be the drive to some of the world's biggest stuff. Photos are now posted of The World's Largest Holstein Cow and The World's Largest Sandhill Crane and the Enchanted Highway|
|11a. June 7, 2012- the two RV Gypsies went to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and enjoyed the scenery.|
|11b. The two RV Gypsies also stopped at the Painted Canyon, which is part of TR NP.|
|11c. Wildlife at Theodore Roosevelt National Park|
|12a. The two RV Gypsies took a day trip from North Dakota into Montana and explored Wibaux, Montana.|
|12b. Then the two RV Gypsies went to Makoshika State Park. They expected it to be a lot like Theodore Roosevelt National Park since it wasn't that far away, but it was really quite different, and in some ways nicer. Both places had amazing scenery. Sometimes a state park is just as amazing as a national park.|
|13. June 9, 2012 The two RV Gypsies drove Highway 24 in North Dakota to see more of The World's Biggest stuff.|
|14. June 10, 2012 The two RV Gypsies explored the International Peace Garden in Dunseith, North Dakota which is right on the Canadian border so they were able to stand in one spot and be both in the USA and Canada at the same time. How great is that!|
|15. June 10, 2012 The two RV Gypsies crossed the border into Boissevain, Manitoba, Canada.|
|16. June 11, 2012 The two RV Gypsies went back to North Dakota and stopped in Rugby and found themselves at the Geological Center of North America.|
|17. June 12, 2012 The two RV Gypsies explored various parts of Minnesota: Rainier, International Falls, Voyageur National Park and more.|
|18. June 13, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies ventured into Canada once again for another day trip - this time in Ontario and hiked Nestor Falls. Lee got attacked by a Grouse.|
|19. June 14 and 15, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went to Duluth, Minnesota|
|20. June 16, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies took a day drive along North Shore Drive and came across many interesting things. Unfortunately, it was a rainy day so they missed out on a lot of fabulous opportunities to do even more that day, but they did manage to take some interesting photos.|
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two RV Gypsies' adventures in South Dakota (click here to see all three
June 18, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies explored the Terry Redlin Art Center and Palisades State Park in South Dakota. They are now very big fans of the artist, Terry Redlin.
22. June 19, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and explored Falls Park, Falls Park Waterfall, and the sculptures in downtown Sioux Falls. Two pages of photos are posted.
|23. June 20, 2012 The two RV Gypsies took a day trip into Winnebago, Nebraska and learned some history at the Indian Gardens. This has nothing to do with Winnebago RVs.|
|24. June 22, 2012 The two RV Gypsies enjoyed a leisurely day at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center In Austin, Minnesota and Lee went to the Spam Museum. DUH! said Karen, who would not go to the Spam Museum with Lee.|
|25. June 23, 2012 The two RV Gypsies went to La Crosse, Wisconsin and visited the Shrine of Our Lady Guadalupe. They also enjoyed a leisurely walk through the Riverside International Friendship Gardens in La Crosse.|
|26 - June 24, 2012 The two RV Gypsies went to Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden & Museum in Cochrane, Wisconsin and Grandad Bluff in La Crosse. (The photos from Grandad Bluff have been misplaced, but the other photos from La Crosse are posted)|
|June 25, 2012 was a travel day and relaxing evening - no photos taken.|
|June 26 & June 27 the weather in Iowa was in the high 90's and 100 degrees, so the two RV Gypsies went to a water park. No photos were taken. June 27 was fun at the water park, but also a a sad day because Brian could not be on this earth to celebrate his birthday, and that just isn't right. It really hurts to know how violently Brian died, and the hole in our hearts will never heal. Brian is missed more than words can say. It's not right to lose a child, and it is twice as wrong to lose Brian the way we did. He did not deserve that. Damn you Douglas Lively. I hope you rot in Hell some day.|
|June 27-July 2, 2012 The two RV Gypsies went back to Iowa once again because they were told that their RV would be repaired by Friday, and it was finally ready the following Monday. They are sooooo tired of hotel hopping and the expense, even though they had a lot of fun. So they got their RV out of repair from the fire damage, and headed to Nebraska to visit family they have not seen in many years.|
- July 3-5, 2012 The two RV Gypsies finally got to Beatrice,
Nebraska to visit Karen's sister Eileen, Karen's nephew Dan, and Dan's
two children, Danni and Jonathan. The weather was 100 to 101, but the RV
was parked in a shady spot and that helped a bit. Dan gave Karen a motorcycle
ride from Beatrice, Nebraska to a restaurant in Kansas for dinner.
It was a wonderful visit.
(FYI: Karen's sister Eileen passed away January 2015).
|28 - July 6 - 7, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went to Kansas and the Wizard of Oz Museum. The temperature on these two days hit 103 with lots of humidity and the RV just could NOT cool down enough because it was parked in the sun, not in the shade, so they had to find indoor things to do. The museum was actually interesting.|
July 8, 2012 - Weather in Kansas was 105 degrees and very humid. The RV Gypsies were parked in a campground with no shade and it was just impossible to be outdoors. This provided time to do some RV cleaning and organizing and updating the website. No photos taken these days because it was just too hot to go outdoors.
|29 - July 9-10-11, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went to Oklahoma and went to several state parks and an outdoor windmill museum. They stayed in a campground in Guthrie, Oklahoma and did not have any internet, nor any cell phone service. Bad AT&T!|
|30 - July 12-13, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went to Amarillo, Texas and they were in awe when they went to Palo Duro Canyon and took a jeep ride down to the floor of the canyon. The Two RV Gypsies also visited Cadillac Ranch and The Big Texan Steak Ranch Restaurant, which has been featured on TV.|
|31 - July 14, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies spent the day in Tucumcari, New Mexico and drove around the town photographing murals. What a pain that is - trying to follow a map around town to photograph the murals in order, only to find cars parked in front of many of them, or that some murals were actually inside closed up buildings. Bummer. But some nice photos have been posted. Then the Two RV Gypsies drove to a state park hoping to see the beautiful scenery advertised, only to find that the best parts of the state park is only accessible by boat. But even so, the Two RV Gypsies got some nice photos.|
|32 - July 15 - 17, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went to Albuquerque, New Mexico and they watched a roadrunner catch a lizard. They also went to Boca Negra Canyon to see lots of Petroglyphs, rode up the Sandia Peak Tramway, and explored the Puye Cliff Dwellings.|
|33 - July 18 & 19, 2012 - The Two RV Gypsies visited their friends, Jerry and Carole Gerig, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Only a handful of photos taken because once again, it was just too hot to go outside.|
|34 - July 20, 2012 - The Two RV Gypsies went to Wilcox, Arizona and visited Chiricahua National Monument, watched a double rainbow grow, and had a deer run into the side of their car. They did not hit the deer, it ran into them. All they heard was a thud. And since everyone keeps asking, no, the deer did not die, it ran away. Yes, the car had more than enough damage.|
|35 - July 21-22, 2012 - The Two RV Gypsies drove to Tucson, Arizona and went to Saguaro National Park and Sabino Canyon National Monument to learn about cactus.|
|36 - July 23-26, 2012 - The Two RV Gypsies went to Gilbert / Mesa, Arizona to visit Lee's sister and nephew and see Picacho Peak, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, and explored Fry's Supermarket to awaken their taste buds and amaze their eyes.|
|37 - July 27, 2012 - The Two RV Gypsies parked their RV in Quartzsite, Arizona and drove their toad to the City of Lake Havasu, checked out the world famous London Bridge, then made a quick stop at Parker Dam. Photos are posted of beautiful scenery.|
|38 - July 28, 2012 - August 4, 2012 The Two RV Gypsies went to Southern California visiting Karen's sister Ilse, nieces, and nephews. They visited Santa Barbara Pier, Knotts Berry Farm and the amazing Getty Center, plus spent a lot of fun time with wonderful family. Karen was raised in Southern California.|
39 - August 5 - 8, 2012 The Two RV Gypsies went to Las Vegas, Nevada and went to Red Rock Canyon and Red Springs. The two RV Gypsies returned to Las Vegas on September 12th to see Terry Fator, the fantastic singing ventriloquist (He is so amazing).
40 - 45 - August 9 - 20, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went to several
state parks and National
Parks in Utah.
46 - August 21 through September 3, 2012 - The Two RV Gypsies went to Grand Junction, COLORADO and took a day trip to Glenwood Springs to tour the city by Segway. They also visited the Vietnam Memorial in Fruita, Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and art sculptures in downtown Grand Junction.
The two RV Gypsies also went to Buena Vista, Pikes Peak, Alamosa, Cortez, Royal Gorge Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mesa Verde, and Four Corners USA. Photos of each place are posted.
47 September 4 & 5, 2012 The Two RV Gypsies explored the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert in Arizona. They also posted a surprise flashback from 1987 on this website.
|48 - September 6 - While in Arizona, the Two RV Gypsies explored Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument - plus drove through Oak Creek Canyon to get to Sedona.|
|49 - September 7, 2012 The Two RV Gypsies went to the Grand Canyon, South Rim and stopped at the lookouts along Desert View Drive. They also went to another section of the Grand Canyon and walked on the glass Skywalk. A flashback to the year 1987 is also posted here - check it out and have a good laugh.|
|September 10-16, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went back to Las Vegas, mainly to see Terry Fator - who was absolutely fantastic. But while here they also saw The Jersey Boys and other shows. Additional photos have been added to site #39 above - including the Valley of Fire where the two RV Gypsies got caught in a sudden flash flood.|
|50 - September 18, 2012 The Two RV Gypsies went to Baker, Nevada to see Great Basin National Park. September 17th was a one-night rest in between Las Vegas and Baker - no photos) no phone nor internet at either campground.|
|51 - September 19-20, 2012 The Two RV Gypsies went to Provo, Utah which is not too far from Salt Lake City. They celebrated Lee's birthday there. McCoard's Mystery Corn Maze photos are posted. Photos of the Great Salt Lake are also posted.|
|52 - September 21 The Two RV Gypsies went to Soda Springs, Idaho to see a special geyser erupt.|
|53 - September 22 - 24, 2012 The Two RV Gypsies went to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Grand Tetons National Park, and on a covered wagon cookout ride. .|
|54 - September 25, 2012 The Two RV Gypsies went to Yellowstone National Park and got caught in their second hail storm this trip. This was the third time that they have been to Yellowstone - 1987, 2009, and 2012 and even the flashbacks from 1987 and 2009 have been posted because each page is a different area of the park.|
|55 - September 28, 2012 The Two RV Gypsies went to the Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis, Wyoming. This is a beautiful state park (with no entry charge) and has the world's largest mineral hot springs. Definitely highly recommend by the two RV Gypsies.|
|56 - September 30, 2012 The Two RV Gypsies went to Estes, Colorado and explored Rocky Mountain National Park. & some snow.|
|57 - October 3, 2012 - The Two RV Gypsies went to Raton, New Mexico and walked down to the heart of the Capulin Volcano.|
|58 - October 3, 2012 - The Two RV Gypsies went to Santa Fe, New Mexico and saw the miraculous spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel and more.|
59 - October 6-8, 2012 The two RV Gypsies went to the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. What a wonderful experience.
|60 - October 9, 2012 The two RV Gypsies went to Van Horn, Texas and visited Guadalupe Mountains National Park for the second time (they were there in 2009 also).|
61 - October 10 & 11, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies went to Big Bend National Park in Texas, and the Rio Grande River that divides the USA from Mexico.
|62 - October 13-14, 2012 The two RV Gypsies went to Fort Hood, Texas to visit Karen's nephew Chris, who is stationed at Fort Hood. The two RV Gypsies learned a lot about tanks, especially the Abrams. Thanks Chris.|
|63 - October 17, 2012 The two RV Gypsies went to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. This was very disappointing to them. They did not realize that the national park was just a small area within the city. However, there was a nice loop road with a tower that gave a beautiful 360 view of the surrounding area. Then there were a row of bath houses in the city that is the main attraction. Karen thought there would be outdoor hot springs to relax in, like she found in other locations, but this was indoor bathhouses with bathtubs filled with healing mineral water. Not what Karen wanted or expected.|
|64 - October 19, 2012 The two RV Gypsies went to Arkansas. They have seen some really beautiful FALL FOLIAGE, and the the two RV Gypsies went on a zipline adventure. The two RV Gypsies did some easy hiking, saw the Buffalo River (which is a National River), and just enjoyed the scenery and fall foliage.|
|65 - October 23, 2012 The two RV Gypsies went to Tupelo, Mississippi to see the birthplace of Elvis Presley.|
66 - October 31, 2012 The two RV Gypsies celebrated Halloween in
DeLand with some really great friends.
Photos are posted. - see Karen be a real life skunk.
67 - November 11, 2012 Karen Duquette went with friends to Daytona
Beach for a few days and they toured
Ponce De Leon Lighthouse. Yes, Karen climbed up the 203 step spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse.
|November 22, 2012 - Thanksgiving with family and fun with family in November 2012|
|Christmas 2012 with family in Broward County, Florida|
|December 27, 2012 Green Cay Nature Center, Boynton Beach, Florida with Karen's friend from Sweden.|
|December 29, 2012 Arthur H. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Boynton Beach, Florida|
|New Years Eve 2012|
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