June - August 2017
  • Day0

    And we're off... (Newport, Vt)

    June 24, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    At 5:30 a.m. we officially began our cross country trip. Our first stop was in Rouses Point, NY to see our good friends Sonya, Norman, Kayla and Peyton Lague. The look on their faces when we pulled into their driveway was priceless. We certainly surprised them like we had hoped. After coffee, the Lague family gave us a warm send off and we headed for our first official stop...Niagara Falls, NY. We enjoyed seeing the falls from the various lookouts. After the falls, we decided to travel a little further so, we spent the night in a truck stop outside of Buffalo, NY so we'd be ready for an early start the next morning for Nashville, Tennessee.Read more

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  • Day1

    Next stop....Nashville, Tennessee

    June 25, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today was a long travel day. We made it to Nashville Tennessee and were able to spend the evening at the KOA campground with our niece Morgan Pare and her boyfriend. Although it was only a few hours, it was so nice to see her and to spend some time together. They gave us some places to explore tomorrow before we continue on to St. Louis.Read more

  • Day2

    Exploring Nashville

    June 26, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We decided to spend an extra day in Nashville at the KOA campground. They had a shuttle that took us downtown to where the "action" was and we had a great time. We did a backstage tour of the Ryman Auditorium, home of the "Grand Ole Opry". It was a great tour with a tour guide who had story after story. We have a new appreciation for the country music legends. We enjoyed walking on Broadway St. going into the bars and listening to some great talent...those who are trying to "make it" here in Nashville I suppose. We especially liked the Jimmy Buffet Margarita Ville bar. They had a great female singer. We also enjoyed the famous "Tootsies". This has a back alley entrance from the Ryman Auditorium where performers would slip out to while waiting to go on stage. The story goes that several never made it back to the Ryman to perform. We had dinner at Pucketts, a recommendation by the campground staff as well as Betsy. We met some nice people and enjoyed the southern ribs.Read more

  • Day3

    Betsy and Lydia (St. Louis, Missouri)

    June 27, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Our first inconvenience has happened....leaky shower. So before leaving Nashville today Robert first had to fix the shower drain in the RV. Thankfully there was an RV store next to the campground so we could get parts. We left Nashville and traveled to St. Louis to spend the evening with Betsy and Lydia. We missed Buck who was away on a business trip though we enjoyed a conference call with him. It was great to see Betsy and Lydia again as it's been several years.Read more

  • Day4

    Our day with Ashley (Kansas)

    June 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Today was a windy travel day to Junction City Kansas to visit our niece and great nieces, Ashley, Rita and Ruby (Pare) Rice. (Ashley's husband Steven is currently deployed in Romania.) This was our first time meeting Ruby and we hadn't seen 4 year old Rita in over 2 years. They loved playing with their Mon Oncle even though they had a tough time keep all of the French terms straight. Everyone is a pepere or a memere in their world. The girls had a blast spraying their Mon Oncle with their water guns as he was trying to grill dinner. It's going to be tough saying good-bye to them in the morning.Read more

  • Day5

    Colorado bound

    June 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We said good bye to Ashley and the girls this morning and then drove to Fraser, Colorado to spend the next few days with Meghan and Randy. The landscape was so varied on this drive. Kansas was flat, farm fields were in abundance with lots of wind towers. Then the majestic Rocky Mountains popped up in front of us in all of their beauty. The are simply spectacular though I will admit, I'm not a fan of traveling over the Berthoud Pass in an RV. The views are outstanding but the hairpin turns were not my idea of a fun time. Robert had to remind me to breathe. It's off to Rocky Mountain National Park tomorrow. We're hoping to see lots of wildlife.Read more

  • Day6

    Rocky Mountain National Park

    June 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Today we went to Rocky Mountain National Park with Meghan. Though I was not fond of the steep narrow road, (thank goodness we were in Meghan's car and not the RV) and I had to close my eyes a couple of times, this has to be some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. The views were simply amazing. My pictures do not do it justice. We entered the park by the west, Grand Lake entrance and drove on the Trail Ridge Road up and over to Estes Park. Along the way we pulled off at the various pull offs to see the views and the various wildlife. At the Alpine Visitors Center we climbed the extra steps to reach the 12,000 ft elevation point. Meghan was basically running up while Robert and I were doing our fair share of huffing and puffing as well as stopping to catch our breaths. It was differently worth it to see the 360 degree views. Robert was in heaven with all of the elk we saw and how close they were to us....something that never seems to happen when he's out here hunting. We also saw moose, big horned sheep and marmots. It was certainly a day we won't forget. We ended the day with a delicious dinner at Tabernash Tavern with Randy and Meghan and were more than ready for bed when we arrived back at Meghan's.Read more

  • Day7

    Visiting Meghan and Randy (Fraser,Co)

    July 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 40 °C

    We're still in Fraser, Colorado with Meghan and Randy. We went on a 5 mile hike with the dogs today not far from their apartment. It was a nice trail through the woods shared with mountain bikers facing the mountain range. Of course once again the scenery was beautiful. Although we didn't see any wildlife this time, the wild flowers were beautiful, my favorite being the Colorado Columbine. It was also nice to walk through the woods with no bugs.Read more

  • Day8

    Mike and Tina's (Cheyenne, Wyoming)

    July 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We're now in Cheyenne, Wyoming with Michael and Tina Pare. It's been way too long since we have seen everyone. Our great nieces Keara and KeAhna have grown so much. Another first... we met our new 8 month old niece KaMare. And tonight we have 2 guests with us in the RV.Read more

  • Day9

    Reconnecting with nieces and nephews

    July 3, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 27 °C

    We're still in Cheyenne at Mike and Tina Pare's house. It's been great seeing everyone and spending time with our great nieces and nephews. We got to meet Xhandyre who's almost 3. They kept us very busy. Meghan and Randy also came up to spend time with all of us. We had a great 4th of July cookout with lots of great food. As is the norm, Tina out did herself for all of us. We're going to miss everyone when we leave for Utah in the morning.Read more