Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Little RV's 2014 Year End Wrap-up - Part 2

In June we finally left Washington State.  We had been there for 11 months but medical issues had us stuck there much longer than we wanted to be but we finally  made our escape.  Part 1 of our 2014 year end wrap-up can befound here.

We left off in North Dakota where we added our first new state sticker, for this trip, to our visited states map.

We really wanted to spend time in some of the states we missed the first trip through. Little did we know just how much time we will be spending in Minnesota. As we left North Dakota we filled both of our fuel tanks in preparation for the drive to Minnesota. Unfortunately we filled them with gasoline rather than diesel. We have a diesel engine. This was a costly and very time consuming mistake. We ended up spending more than two weeks in Knife River, Minnesota while the entire fuel system in our truck was replaced.
During this extended stay we had to make the painful decision to have Grant (our dog) put to sleep. We made it through that awful month and Grant is traveling with us in spirit.

After we got our truck out of the shop we beat it out of Minnesota. Next stop, Wisconsin! We really wanted to "do" the Great Lakes during this trip. Along the way we found some great casino campgrounds that were very inexpensive. We liked the casinos so much we plan take advantage of their offerings whenever possible. Michigan was next on our itinerary.

In Michigan we accidentally found ourselves in the middle of an antique tractor parade. I never knew there was such a thing but we now have photographic evidence of its existence.  We were camped at another casino in St. Ignace, Michigan which was a great central point for seeing the sights. 

One of our favorite day trips was to Mackinac Island. It was like going back in time. 

After Michigan we had planned to drive the next leg of our trip through parts of Ontario, Canada. That didn't work out so well because they kicked us out of Canada. We eventually did visit Canada without the Little RV. Niagara Falls from the Canadian side is absolutely amazing.

Our next stop was Vermont and we got there just as the fall colors were at their best. I loved Vermont and would love to go back one day.  New Hampshire was up next but it rained the entire time we were there so we didn't get to see much.  We did have a nice relaxing stay for a few days.

The icing on the travel cake was Maine.  I had been looking forward to Maine for a very long time and it didn't disappoint. What an amazing place.  Did I mention the lobster

We rode out the rest of the camping season in Maine and when everything closed down we made tracks for Connecticut.  The day after we arrived our most recent grandchild was born a few weeks early.  How's that for timing?

We stayed in Connecticut for a few weeks and enjoyed some time with family. We had reservations in Florida for the month of  December so we had to get moving again. On November 12th we left Connecticut and stopped for the day in Pennsylvania at another casino.  We had an incident on the interstate with a traffic cone and some extensive cosmetic damage was done to the Little RV. Since it is only cosmetic we decided to move on and get it fixed later.  We were also trying to outrun a very cold front.

We moved on through Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and finally Florida. 

We really enjoyed St. Augustine and stayed for the Thanksgiving weekend. It's another of those places I would go back and spend a longer period of time getting to know the area.

On December 1st we pulled into our campground for the remainder of the year. We were visiting with Rob's Mom, Sister and family and his brother along with his new love. Her name is Julie also. It was a whirlwind of a month between getting the Little RV back in shape with a wash and wax and some long overdue maintenance, Christmas shopping and shipping, celebrating birthdays and Christmas with Rob's family we were busy, busy the whole month. We pulled the Little RV 6,532 miles last year.

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