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From Canada to Michigan

Are we in France?? New Hampshire....who?

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After yet another beautiful hike, we packed up and said our goodbyes to New Hampshire and Shane's two pals from the campsite, Brad (Wizard) and Drew. Once 'landing' in Montreal, we found out the Canadial National Railway Museum was just around the corner from our campsite. It is the biggest and best we've ever seen ( and we've seen a few).... The day in Montreal was beautiful. We spent the whole time in the old part and loved it, more Keith and I, (Shane wanted to go back to the KOA and swim). You really do feel like you're in Europe, only they're nicer:). On Monday, we headed West, stopping in to see Ottawa, Canada's capital. The architecture and gardens were amazing and the roads were a little small for the RV.
On we drove.....our destination, Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan. Laurie and John, THANK YOU!!! What a place! Half the fun was getting there, we stopped for cherries ( cherry capital of the US), but found out that season ends in July..... The Mackinac Bridge was impressive. Once we arrived at the fabulous state campground, we rode our bikes staight to the lake. When we saw that clear water and the giant dunes, we said.....'New Hampshire who?' I thought we were in the Carribean until my toe touched the water. Swimming made all the hours of driving disappear. Love Michigan. We all climbed a 450 foot dune that seemed like a 90 degree drop going down, and worse coming back up. We HIGHLY recommend this place, everything about it was great. Shane met some great Michigan kids, Ben, Jack, and Gracie- who came w/some great parents as well. The rain made it easier to say good bye, we'd love to come back.
Now we are driving driving driving. Michigan to Wisconsin to Minnesota to ......North Dakota! We stopped in Superior, Wisconsin for the Dragon Boat Festival, a big rowing party on the water, did a little laundry in Fargo.....the sunset from the road went on for hours and the sky seems to be growing in front of us.......KBS

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New Hampshire: LIVE FREE OR DIE

The (WOW) White Mountains

We made our way out of the Fingerlakes to Vermont. With the Anthonys and Thackers away, our plans were to go right through. It was just so beautiful we decided to camp for a night. We would love to come back to explore with the 'locals' sometime, sorry we didn't meet up.
We are now on day 6 of our journey sitting at the base of Mount Washington in the parking lot of the COG RAILWAY. (the only place we have managed reception for any communication device!) We love this area! So many waterfalls, gorges, beautiful hikes, trees, and chipmunks (evidentally the main wildlife):). Our days have been filled with hikes up mountain trails, squeezing through caves, swimming in waterfalls, and evening plans for a campfire cancelled by rain, all the better for well needed sleep. The state motto says it all: Live Free or Die. We are off to catch a train!!
KBS
Recommended hikes and fun:
The Basin to Lafayette Campground (passing by Lonesome Lake to cool off) - do it in that order, the hike up from the Basin is amazing, but would be lost if you hiked down.
Swimming in any one of the waterfalls
Riding bikes on the Recreational Path along the river.

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The Finger Lakes

THOUGHTS FROM SHANE...........

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Yesterday, 8/10/09, we biked to Buttermilk Falls and swam there. After we swam we hiked further up the falls where Dad and I walked under a waterfall. Before we did that, we hiked to Lucifer Falls, a 115ft. waterfall. After all of that, we left to Seneca Falls State Park. Today, 8/11/09, we started the day off by exercising on a playground near Cayuga Lake. We started our journey to New Hampshire, but we decided to stay in Vermont at the Running Bear Campground and now I'm sitting here writing this.

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Departure.....25612

4am it's not

It's 7:30 AM with 25,612 miles on the odometer, only 10,000 more to go. In the honor of keeping it a journey (not a destination), we blew off the 4 AM departure previously set, and settled for 7. This was partly due to the fact that, no matter how much time you have to pack, it all comes down to the night before.....(for me anyway:))
First stop: Fingerlakes Region in New York, a mere 8 hours away.
Things we'll remember about this day:

  • Waking Shane up for the day had the same feel as Christmas morning.
  • Sad feelings watching Hampton watching us--driving away.
  • The night before, how to fit three months worth of three people into three hundred square feet or less....

Thank you to our family and friends for sending so many well wishes and and helping us make this happen, all will be missed.

More later....KBS

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Two Weeks To Go!!

Getting Ready

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Well, it is midnight July 26, 2009 and I am up making lists of what I should pack for the trip.....13 days to go. The official date of departure is August 8, 2009. Starting a travel blog was way up there on the list so I can mark one off. Only 99 to go.
We now have official house sitters for the three month trip! A great relief to know our home will be in good hands:).
More later, we are just learning about the blog thing. KBS

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