Working, puppies and prepping for 18 months on the road

You might be wondering where Gizmo is this summer.  It’s been a busy one for us.  I have gone back to work at MidCoast Hospital for a temporary summer job.  I decided to return to the bedside and worked full time in the Emergency Department.

First Day

First day back at the bedside full time

I had been a Nurse Director for the 16+ years before we started traveling.  I have had a great time caring for patients again and plan to continue to do this for the remainder of my career as a nurse.  I’m currently in Skowhegan, Maine, at a great little campground, Two Rivers Campground,  preparing to take the TNCC (trauma nurse core curriculum course) over the next two days.  We are planning on spending a minimum of 18 months on the road when we leave this fall.  I am planning on taking 1-2 nurse travel assignments in this time period.  In preparation for this I am making sure that all of my certifications are up to date, and I even got my California nursing license.

The main reason we have not written a blog for the summer is we have a new puppy.  Her name is Sierra (yes after the Sierra Nevadas) and she is keeping us very busy!

Coming Home

The day we picked her up! Just 9 weeks old!

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Acadia National Park- Rainy Days Can Be the Best!

Maine is going to get hit hard by a Nor’easter today on Mother’s Day.  We have been camping since Tuesday afternoon and we have only seen 2 days with dry hours since we arrived 5 days ago.  The rain has not stopped us from having a great time.  I personally think it can add to your visit if you come prepared.  We do not travel to this area without a really good rain coat, lots of layers and a determination to enjoy no matter the weather.    When I reflect on my favorite days in Acadia National Park the rainiest and wildest days stick out as some of my favorites.IMG_9764   Continue reading

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Sink Your Teeth Into This…

We moved up the East Coast to Virginia one week ago today.  We drove the 800 miles from Florida in two days, with a plan to settle in for 2-weeks in Virginia while the Maine weather warmed up.  This was our first trip to the Thousand Trails in Chesapeake Bay, and we lucked out with a campsite.  We are in E-6, a 30-amp full hookup site, right on the banks of the Piankatank River. IMG_7293  Continue reading

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Want to go to Florida?

On March 20th we were camping at Falling Waters State Park in Florida and experiencing some of the best weather we had had all year.  It had been a wet and somewhat cool winter in Southern California.  Wet enough to end the drought there.  We were booked for four nights at Falling Waters and then we were scheduled to start up the east coast.  The weather on the coast was not looking anything like spring and we were not ready to leave this nice warm weather.  We considered staying at Falling Waters a few more days.  Our camping neighbors were scheduled to leave the same day as us and they were in a non-reservable site.  We thought about grabbing that site for a few days when they left.  Then we wondered if we should call Thousand Trails to see if we could get in to their resort in Orlando on a 2 day notice.  It would add about 250 miles to our trip but there would be no other additional costs for camping.  We laughed at the thought, figuring there would be no vacancies, but we decided to try anyways.  I called and the lady asked if wanted 2 or 3 weeks.  We opted for 2-weeks and just like that, we were making an unplanned trip to Orlando.

I am really glad that we decided to make this last minute detour to Orlando.  Our plan for next year was to take a year off from traveling west and spend the winter in Florida.  This will allow us to leave a little later in the fall and to save some money on fuel.  We were both pleased with the Orlando Thousand Trails.  It is a huge park and we were fortunate to get a great site in the “I” section.  This area is a little more remote than some of the other sections, which is exactly what we were looking for.  The sites in this area are spacious and very level. IMG_6960 Continue reading

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Beaches, Waterfall and Spiders With Glowing Eyes

This past week we relaxed for four nights in a great Florida State Park.  We had booked 4 nights at Falling Waters State Park. IMG_6884 This is a good place to stop if you are traveling on the I-10.  The park is located in the town of Chipley and even though it is close to Interstate 10 it feels like you are out in nature.  The park is home to Florida’s “tallest waterfall”. Continue reading

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New Orleans- Green Beer and Beignets

We arrived in Louisiana yesterday for a short 2-night stay. We were not sure if we just wanted to rest between two driving days or spend the day exploring New Orleans.  John and I had been to New Orleans once before but it was a long time ago.  This morning we decided we would drive into the city and spend a few hours walking around.  One of the things we wanted to do was drive across Lake Pontchartrain on the causeway.  The bridge that crosses the lake is 24 miles long and is the longest bridge over water in the world.  It has two spans, one south and one north. The first span was completed in 1956 and the second in 1969. The spans are supported by over 9000 pilings  There is a $3 toll for cars going south but not on the return north.  This was a great way to get from our campground up near the I-12 down to the city.  Once you are on the bridge it is clear sailing for 24 miles with beautiful water views all around you. Continue reading

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Tombstone Arizona

We picked the perfect day to visit Tombstone, Arizona. It was a windy day and this only added to the ambience of the town. The wind was whipping up the old dirt Main Street and made it feel like we walking through an old western movie set. Continue reading

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