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We once met a couple at the Escapees Rainbows End RV Park in Livingston, Texas who told us that after a year of fulltiming they were going home because they had seen it all and done it all and there was nothing left to do.

They said they had been from border to border and ocean to ocean. And that included going to Alaska! The husband said they left their daughter’s house in Seattle on June 1st and were back in her driveway July 4th. “We never saw an animal all the way up and back,” he added. “But we about destroyed our motorhome and toad.” The list of damages included, as I recall, broken windshields, tire blowouts, and a broken axle. No wonder they didn’t see any animals at the speed they must have been traveling.

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t see all of New Jersey in a year. Everywhere you go in America there is more to see and do than you’ll ever live long enough to get around to. I know, because we’ve tried!

From the hauntingly beautiful Hudson River Valley to the wild shores of Oregon and the white sands of the Mississippi coast, you really have to work at being bored when you travel in an RV.

Coastal view 5

Some of our best RV adventures have been when we left the main highways behind us and went exploring the side roads and small towns in search of the overlooked treasures that most people never even hear about. How do we find these hidden gems? By asking people in the places we visit, by internet research, and by reading local interest books. A good place for you to start is our weekly Overlooked America series in this blog. Each week we feature a different state and tell you about the places the tourist brochures usually ignore. Here is a link to our latest installment, Overlooked Colorado.

You could make a career out of just trying to visit and experience all of our National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites alone. Click any state on this map supplied by the National Park Service and you’ll find enough to keep you busy for months.

The other day my pal Donna McNicol posted this link to the 20 least visited Western National Parks Units. I’ve lived in the West for most of my life and I’ve only been to three or four of them. I guess I’d better get busy!

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Thought For The Day – We may all be on the way to the nursing home, but there’s no reason we can’t take the scenic route.

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  5 Responses to “So Much To See And Do”

  1. We’ve been lucky enough to have visited all but 5 of these parks, and had no idea they were the least visited Western National Parks. Some places we liked more than others, but all were beautiful and well worth visiting. Have fun!

  2. We also have visited all but 5. It is neat that many of your readers send you info that you then circulate back out to the masses. Great way to communicate for us that do not have hours a day to surf the internet. I must be a little faster than you because I would never want to be sentenced to spending a whole year in the state of New Jersey. It is free to drive into New Jersey but you need to pay a toll to get out of the state. Thanks for the great job you do Nick.

  3. I imagine that the wife of that man might have been oh so ready to stop rving too…it would be terrible to be glued to the car seat every waking hour…which must surely have been the case to cover that amount of territory in just a year!!

  4. I really enjoyed your link to the 20 Least Visited Western National Park Units. Wish there was a way to save it to my hard drive. I did notice one error though. We have visited #12 Tonto National Monument and we were able to drive to it on Highways 87 and 188 from Phoenix. We then made the decision to take the Apache Trail back to Phoenix. A beautiful but very scary drive home!

  5. What an informative post, Nick. Thank you. Especially enjoyed the 20 least visited list. We’re here at Pancho Villa SP in NM & it’s beautiful! We’re self-contained & aren’t big fans of RV parks so the size & relative remoteness of the park suits us.

    Also wanted to convey my thanks for the post about your black tank. Jim thought our tank was empty but the indicator kept telling us it was 2/3 full despite Jim using the black water rinse feature. So, in honor of Miss Terry, I got a flashlight & looked down the hole. There was some–there’s no delicate way to say this–poop- soaked toilet paper, on the rim just below the large opening. I got out the fly swatter & used the end of the handle to push all that stuff down & flushed the toilet with about 2 galloons of water. Viola! The indicator now reads empty! Frankly, I don’t think we were using enough water to flush it all down. I have to tell you–I was determined to get to the bottom of this problem & it felt great to do so. I simple could not resign myself to a life of looking at an indicator that said 2/3 full when I knew it wasn’t. My thanks to you & Miss Terry for the positive role models you were for me in toilet problem-solving. I’m gonna sleep well tonight!

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