Feb 132018
 

Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was one of the world’s best-loved personalities during his lifetime, and even though he died over 100 years ago, he remains an icon in American literature today. Born in the small settlement of Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835, Samuel Clemens was the sixth of seven children born […]

Jan 022018
 

In the early days of 16th Century Europe, the New World was more myth than reality. Maps of the day showed the Americas as “terra incognita”, a vague landmass of undetermined size populated by sub-humans. Many maps included wildly imaginative drawings of sea serpents attacking ships and devouring unlucky sailors who ventured too far into […]

Dec 212017
 

It’s a long way from where he held office in Washington, D.C., or from his humble beginnings in Kentucky and Illinois, to Redlands, California. But in this friendly city that is regarded as the “Jewel of the Inland Empire,” we discovered a memorial to one of America’s most beloved presidents. Though Abraham Lincoln never visited […]

Missouri Back Roads

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 102017
 

Note: This story is from a 2009 issue of the Gypsy Journal. We love getting out on the back roads and exploring small town America. We like to find an RV park to use as a base and make day trips throughout the region, poking around in the hidden corners and small towns that get […]

U.S.S. Cairo

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 122017
 

On a visit to Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, we spent some time exploring the U.S.S. Cairo Gunboat and Museum and learned about the ill-fated Civil War ironclad gunboat. One of seven ironclad gunboats named in honor of towns along the upper Mississippi and Ohio rivers, the heavily armed U.S.S. Cairo was a formidable […]

Even More Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 012017
 

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog. This is the third in a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I really don’t […]

Déjà Vu

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 182017
 

Terry and I had a sense of déjà vu as we drove through Shreveport and Bossier City and then on across Louisiana. Didn’t we just take this route in our Winnebago motorhome a month earlier when we returned home from our aborted trip out west? Oh yeah, I remember it well! Anytime I drive Interstate […]

Our Last Night

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 162017
 

After the nice folks at Cummins in Bossier City, Louisiana solved our fuel problems, we left there Wednesday afternoon heading east on Interstate 20. We only drove about 90 miles, stopping at Pavilion RV Park in West Monroe for the night. It’s a nice park, with easy access on and off the highway. We stayed […]

Jan 192016
 

There is probably not an RVer anywhere in America who hasn’t heard how terrible Interstate 10 across Louisiana is. To hear some people tell it, not only will that road shake your rig apart and loosen the fillings in your teeth, it will send women into labor even if they aren’t pregnant, and will create […]

Dec 262015
 

When we tell people that we are fulltime RVers, one question they frequently ask us is what is our favorite place in the country. That’s like asking a parent which child is their favorite. We have so many “favorites” that I could never choose just one. One winter Terry and I made our first visit […]