My mother generously gifted us three nights in a timeshare condo where she owns shares. Given our last-minute planning timeline on this trip, our booking options were limited and we ended up in Pinetop, Arizona; a bit east of where we had intended to travel, but a very fortuitous detour. The condo resort is located Read More →

We left the trailhead near the Art Loeb trail to drive to Charlottesville, Virginia where John’s Uncle Rich lives. This was a long drive to make straight through. We initially set out to take the Blue Ridge Parkway a majority of the way, but the fog didn’t allow for any views and the curvy mountain road was Read More →

As part of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, the Ocoee River near Ducktown, Tennessee was host to the first whitewater Olympic events held on a natural river. Not that it was entirely natural by the time of the Olympics – a significant amount of engineering went into preparing it for the events. It is still Read More →

The hike from Amicalola Falls  to Springer Mountain was just a stop on the way to our true destination – John’s second hometown of Blue Ridge, Georgia. He spent his childhood in New Port Richey, Florida, where we spent a month preparing the van for this trip, but moved to Blue Ridge for those oh-so-important formative teenage Read More →

I finally managed to sort through all the photos we’ve taken since arriving in Florida, and I wanted to share a couple of highlights from our time in Florida before leaving on our trip. We were delayed due to the time it took for the service center to get parts for the RV (first a Read More →

Day 1: Aug 12, 2013 After a month of modifying and servicing our campervan, we finally set out from John’s mom’s house on the morning of Monday, August 12. After our goodbyes to John’s mom Patricia and her kitty Sweetie, we drove off into the sunrise. Our first planned stop was the nearest Sugarloaf Mountain. Read More →

Several days ago we spent the weekend with my immediate family at Silver Springs State Park where 550 Million gallons of water per day come out of the spring formation!  Although it rained most of the weekend except for several hours each morning, we took advantage of  the few hours of clear skies we had. On the Read More →