Introduction

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What seems like a lifetime ago, we lived and worked full time in Miami. But that life ended in June 2018 when we sold our home, retired and moved into a 33-ft fifth wheel. My name is Connie and my wife’s name is Vivian. It’s through our personal ambitions; mine – nature photography, Vivian – fishing, and our love of traveling and learning that we let go of our work life in the city and began living the RV dream. Up to now, we’ve been living that dream for the past four years.

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Most of the time, our home on wheels is parked on an RV lot in Outdoor Resorts on Chokoloskee Island, Florida. We are fortunate to own the lot, a home base surrounded by wilderness, and that which gives us easy access to the water. Chokoloskee is a 150-acre island in the middle of the Ten Thousand Islands of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounded by Everglades National Park. It is located on the far side of the ‘bridge to nowhere‘ and it is exactly where we want to be when not traveling.

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Our respective passions for photography and fishing were born out of the Everglades, both a physical place and a way of life for us. Being avid Everglades canoe and kayak paddlers, our dream has always been to live on that island. The RV made that dream happen.

The RV also made another dream come true and that is to travel the United States while taking our time doing it. Since July of 2018, we have pulled the RV across the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ four times and each time have come back several months later bringing memories of our American tours.

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We savor the locations, explore the wilderness parks and forests, tour the cities, and learn American history and culture through its museums and residents eager to share their knowledge and experiences.  After a combined total of 25 travel months from July 2018 through Oct 2022, we have only just begun to explore what this beautiful country has to offer. Enjoy this slideshow of highlights from our travels over the years. And if you enjoy this photos, please check out my website.

Through our blog entries, we hope you join us on our travels because we’ve had countless great experiences, some close calls, many unexpected good and bad events, and we’ve learned so much. Our view of the United States continues to grow and deepen. Here are a few of our favorites over the years.

Jul 29, 2018: Putting Our Home in Motion

“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” Roy T. Bennett On a steamy summer morning in south Florida deep into hurricane season, we connected the RV for the second time to the brand new Demco Recon hitch installed in the bed of the brand new Ford F350 diesel truck.…

Jul 6, 2019 – Fightin’ for our Rats

Feeling relieved to have survived the 120-mile drive on I-95, we happily pulled into Santee State Park’s spacious Cypress View Campground. We backed in easily to our site that appeared to be the only empty one in the middle of a holiday weekend. The next day, we visited Fort Sumter and Charleston and came back…

Oct 6, 2019 – Limping Back to Florida

By the time we got to Mississippi, we were road weary. And Mississippi didn’t help that either, it just seemed as weary as we were. It was a sad place in many ways with remnants of tragic history made mostly during the Civil War. We came to Vicksburg to continue our casual studies in American…

Jul 1, 2020 – The Quirky, Creepy, Beautiful and Magnificent South Dakota

South Dakota has the world’s largest ball of invisible twine – I know because I’ve seen it. No doubt, every state in the union has idiosyncratic attractions; some historically meaningful and others just plain idiosyncratic. And as we have happily discovered during our RV journeys, many are quirky art installations installed along highways – such…

Aug 26, 2020 – Running from Laura

Sometimes intentions are just that. Vivian and I had every intention of spending quality time in Arkansas this year, mostly because we didn’t get to do it as planned last year. That’s when Vivian broke her ankle while fly fishing the White River on the first day of our month-long Arkansas adventure. Consequently, reservations got…

May 12, 2021 – O’Keeffe’s Faraway Place

“Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.” Georgia O’Keeffe In the summer of 1929, a 32-yr-old artist well known by that time as an influential and successful modernist painter, drove her Model T automobile cross country from New York to a “faraway place” in northern New Mexico.…

June 26, 2021 – A Science Lesson Brought to you by Yellowstone National Park

This blog is inspired by our first visit to Yellowstone National Park. But I will warn you now, I am going off on a tangent, sort of a Bill Bryson “Short History of Nearly Everything” kind of tangent. Many years ago, I picked up an oversized book at the local Borders bookstore titled “The Animal…

Aug 25, 2021 – Full of Grace

The RV parked for six weeks in northern lower peninsula of Michigan was not normal for our home on wheels. August 8th, the day we drove to our 6-wk home was out of the ordinary as well, beginning with a flat RV tire 30 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. That event, which could have…

May 10, 2022 – The Unexpected are Reliable

Our RV travels, which began in 2018, are about discovery and learning. And what we discovered quickly is that you can expect the unexpected. We also learned that we can prepare for those unexpected events, but more importantly, we learned to keep all challenges in perspective. During our first year of RV travel, we met…

Jul 24, 2022 – Wisconsin Part 1: Drifting Through Summer

It was laundry day, which is why we stood in the County Seat Laundry in Viroqua, WI talking with one of the owners. Within the time of a normal wash cycle, we learned quite a few things about the people living in this area of Wisconsin. Up until that conversation, Vivian and I were so…