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Captain's B.Log Star date 8.24.09

"The worst of all fears is the fear of Living" Teddy Roosevelt


Teddy Roosevelt had it right! As we are looking out at the Badlands of North Dakota at T.R. National Park, it is amazing as we travel across america. The trip has been fantastic, the highlights from the captain's chair has been Lucifer Falls in the finger lakes, seeing the work of the conservation corps in the 30's brings to mind what we should be doing now. Travelling up to New Hampshire, sad we were not able to connect up with our friends the Thacker's or Anthony's in Vermont, but know that will have to be a separate visit. Hiking the Basin in New Hampshire with the continueing waterfalls following the path being the favorite. The trek up to montreal after that was good, the city is probably more suited for an adult weekend, but Shane was a trooper. He has done great with all the hiking, biking, dune climbing. During the long travel days getting his school work done that doesn't involve Mother nature is working out well. From Montreal we adjusted our plan and headed through Ottawa after being told how Old world the capital is. Ottawa and its sister city Gatineau were everything we had heard, unfortunately it is not an city conducive to RV's so didn't get to spend as much time there as we would of liked. Leaving there heading through Canada to enter Michigan from the top side has plenty of great lakes,streams, camping that could be a whole other trip. Roads there need some work though. Travelling to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore about 2 hours south of Mackincac Island was another great tip from friends. The first day riding our bikes to Lake Michigan and swimming in the crystal clear water was heavenly. The other highlight was hiking the steep dune which was extremely challenging. For every 3 steps back up the dune you would slide back 2. The weather had been good during the day with rain at night time beating on the RV. Sleep was good.
Heading west from there has been the long trek in the RV with us now having 3500 miles under our belt. One of the great parts of this is being flexible, we were leaving Wisconsin going into Duluth Minnesota saw a boat festival on Lake Superior. We stopped, enjoyed the festival, rode the bikes for several hours and got back on the road. There we changed our plans again and decided to stop at Teddy Roosevelt's Nat. Park instead of taking the route 2 north route to Glacier national Park. Driving West seeing the landscape change, and the several hour long sunsets makes the road travelling worth it. Heading to Glacier national Falls next!!!.

We miss everyone, thanks for keeping in touch.

Posted by kbs 09:41 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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You will love Glacier- but drive carefully! Great hikes, spectacular views, many lakes, lots of campgrounds, bears. The Canadian side is Waterton where I remember horseback riding as a kid.

by ParkerMom

good reading so far - have a great time. tc

by tcamp6

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