How We Wrapped Up 2016

The month of December brings us to the end of another year. This year has had its ups and downs. January started with me taking a part-time job as we sat in Tallahassee trying to decide if we were going back on the road or staying put. It didn’t take but about six months for us to decide that what we really wanted was to be on the road travelling, so off we went. Our first trip was only for a couple of weeks to Louisiana and back to Florida. Come July we began what was supposed to be a 4 month trip to the New England states and back along the eastern coastline.  This marks the second time we have tried to visit the eastern coastline and had to cancel and head back home. The first time being back in 2015 when we first began our full-time travel.  

Our journey north started out good and for the first couple months we really enjoyed all the places we got to visit. The most memorable being our trip to Niagara Falls, followed by all the covered bridge sightings. Our time in the North Carolina mountains brought us or at least me some scary moments on the trip up and down the mountain, but nothing that I wouldn’t attempt to do again as the sights were beautiful and seeing the elk was more than worth the drive.

Unfortunately in September we were hit with a big setback when Greg had to have emergency surgery. Thankfully he is doing good and we are hopeful that in February he will have a second surgery to reverse part of the first one and once recuperated we will be back on the road enjoying this beautiful country. After two attempts of trying to see the east coast, we are going to forego that area for now and head west. We want to view some annual lots around Lake Fork in Texas, where we hope to settle one day, before heading to Monterey, California.  

CHRISTMAS

While staying in Florida, I was able to see two of the grandkids at Christmas time. I visited the one who lives in Louisiana right before Thanksgiving and since his mom is expecting a little girl in April, I decided to forego a trip back there until closer to delivery time.

Greg and I spent Christmas day out on the lake as we have a great RV spot on Lake Talquin that is known for great bass fishing.  We try to go out in the boat at least once a week at a minimum.  

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and we wish you all a very Happy New Year!

The Beauty of Niagara Falls

Since leaving Florida we have spent 45 days on the road and driven through eleven (11) states to get to Niagara Falls, which was the biggest place we wanted to visit on this four month trip. At first I wasn’t sure the trip was worth it, but once we got on the Maid of the Mist and got to see the falls up close, it was definitely worth it. I could not believe how big and tall and massive looking they were and the sound of the rushing water was exhilarating.  It was so worth getting wet on the Maid of the Mist, so we could have an up close and personal view of the falls. Although we had hoped to cross the Rainbow Bridge into Canada, we never made it back on our last day to do that. There is so much to see and do around the falls, it’s hard to do it all in just a couple of days.  If we ever make the drive that far north again, we will definitely plan to stay longer.

I refuse to admit how many pics I took, but I was able to narrow them down to a reasonable amount to post. But of course no matter how many pics I have here, seeing the falls in person is the best way to get the true effect.

The following is while we were on the Maid of the Mist boat giving us an up close look at just how beautiful the falls are. The boats get so close all you see is mist and hear the roar of the water. To have a conversation, you have to just about scream for the person next to you to hear you.

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Taken during the Maid of the Mist boat ride on approach to the falls

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View of American Falls while on the Maid of the Mist

The following pic is from the Observation Tower, which is 282 feet over the Niagara Gorge and the only place to see the Horseshoe and American Falls at the same time.  

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View from the Observation Tower

You can find all our pics from this beautiful trip by clicking here.

During our visit we stayed at the Four Mile Creek State Park. The sites were nicely spaced and they had a great playground for those that have kiddos, but the best part is they are right on Lake Ontario, which means you can see the most beautiful sunsets. This was another one of those times that I took way too many pics and had to narrow them do to a manageable size. While watching the sunset one evening I was also able to look out and see the Toronto cityscape in the distance. It was amazingly beautifulClick here to see all my sunset pics.

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View of Canada from Four Mile Creek State Park

Feel free to leave comments below about your own visit to Niagara Falls. Our next big stop will be in New Hampshire and Maine where I’ll be trading covered bridges for lighthouses, waterfalls and lobster. From there, we’ll be headed down the eastern coastline back towards Florida.