Category: National Park

40+ Foot Motorhome Too Big? Our Thoughts On It!

OK…So now that camping season has officially been started, here’s a post that is long in the making. And we will start by jumping to the end…Buy What You Want. Don’t worry about if you will fit. When you have been traveling as long as we have, you’re bound to get the same questions over and over again. One big question on people’s minds is if they buy a 40+ foot motorhome will they have issues finding places to park it or may fit into our National, State or County parks? Well…The answer is yes and no as to getting into parks. We started out our travels in a 2008 Gulf Stream Tour Master that was a 43-foot diesel pusher and tow vehicle. Well, you know the saying….Location, Location, Location. It really is going to depend on a few factors like where you may want to go. First off, remember that our highway system across the US is made for big rigs. As such, you will NOT have an issue traveling on interstates, highways, expressways, nor most roads for that matter. Sure, you can come across a bridge that can be to low, but that will be on side roads, parkways, town roads, etc. We personally have not yet run into any issues with not being able to go somewhere we wanted based on size.  Ok, wait, there was one….State HWY 1 in California. It...

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National Military Park In Vicksburg, MS

                Vicksburg, MS, being located right on the Mississippi River, with it’s many hilltops that over look the Great Mississippi River, played a very important roll in the Civil War. President Lincoln knew it was the key to winning the south. There were many battles that were fought here. Many strategies plotted here. Many soldiers lost their lives here. The National Military Park, located in Vicksburg, Mississippi, is a great National Park that is located right in town. It’s an easy park to explore with a loop road that you drive with many stops along the way with lots of memorials, signage and canons, canons, and more canons. Below is one of several beautiful structures commemorating the many soldiers that died in the siege in Vicksburg. Overlooking some of the battlefields you can really get the feel for the closeness of the battles that were fought here. The park does a great job of showing you just how close these fights were by marking the battle lines with colored signage right down to what regiment was on that line. (blue signs for Union and red for Confederate.) These red and blue markers of canon and soldier locations can be clearly seen as you look across a section of rolling landscape, thus greatly putting the battles that took place here all into perspective. This was fought hand to hand, canon to...

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Hiking Mammoth Cave National Park, Exploring Caverns And An RV Park Review

While traveling south we took a few days to explore the Mammoth Cave National Park area in Kentucky. If you are not familiar with this area you should make some time to be. Mammoth Cave National Park is Kentucky’s oldest tourist attraction, a World Heritage Site, and International Biosphere Reserve with 53,000 acres of natural preserve and the longest cave system in the world with over 4000 miles of passages and 400 miles of mapped passageways. One thing we learned too late was to plan ahead, a few days before you get there is not enough time. It’s not your typical National Park where you can just go and explore the cave. Nope. Guided tours are given daily and are very popular. Reservations are not necessary but highly recommended, as certain tours will sell out quickly. Which is what we found out. We are not ones to enjoy exploring areas with huge crowds; school tours are very popular here. The most popular tour has a capacity of 118 people! Yup, you heard me right. 118 people, all trying to hear the tour guide. Kids everywhere. Not our idea of fun. A couple of the other tours seemed interesting and small enough, however, with there limited runs, they were sold out when we were there. That’s what we get for waiting til the last minute and not researching before hand....

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Exploring Vermont – Part Two

With close to two weeks in Vermont, I felt we had seen a lot and done a lot. I did not feel rushed nor did I feel deprived of seeing anything. One of the excursions that was interesting and informative was Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, Vermont. One of the premier dairy farms in Vermont, it’s been around since the 1800’s. George Perkins Marsh, Frederick Billings, and Laurance S. Rockefeller, successive residents of the estate were some of the earliest advocates of land stewardship, conservation and ultimately served to start our National Parks System. If it were not for these individuals, we would not have the great National Parks we all enjoy today. The grounds are immaculately kept; you can tour the barns where they still house the descendants of the Jersey Cows that Frederick Billings imported centuries ago. Just down the street is the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park where you can enjoy more of what these great men left to us. There were lots to see and do on this still working farm and museum. This still working farm and museum are located in the town of Woodstock, Vermont. Vermont is full of these quaint little towns. We had a great time exploring a bunch of these small towns. Woodstock, Quechee, Stowe, Waterbury, Randolph, just to name a few. All have their own uniqueness and charm. In Quechee they...

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