Monday, October 26, 2009

Where have we been?

Here's a recap of where we've been so far in 2009:

Del Ray Beach FL – Educational Paperback Association annual meeting
Denver CO – ALA annual

Christmas RV Park, Christmas FL
Merritt Island FL

Tampa/St Petersburg FL
Key West
Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine
Travel to Maryland

Knoxville MD
Annapolis MD
Newfoundland PA -- Pocono Weekend
Travel to New Hampshire
The Boston Marathon

Upper Hudson River Valley NY
New York – BEA

the Cape
Travel to Michigan – Niagara Falls, Chautauqua Institution
Brighton MI

Chicago – ALA
Northern Michigan – camping on Lake Huron
Brighton MI
Ohio – camping with Bobbie’s family

Sterling State Park (MI) on Lake Erie
visits to Brighton and Ann Arbor

still in Michigan
travel to PA/ MD

Knoxville MD
10.23.09 travel to Texas

Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine FL

Chautauqua house

B & L at BNP

Molly at Mackinac Mill Creek Campground in Michigan

at Sally's farm

Fort DeSoto Beaches (FL)

Back again . . .

Well, it's about time to get this blog up and going again, don't you think? I know many of you would agree. We're not promising every day posts, and maybe not even every week. But we'll check in when we can and share a few notes and photos.

We arrived in Austin Texas after a 3-day drive west, leaving from Knoxville Maryland. It felt SO GOOD to be on the road again, seeing new terrain even from a highway. We had a lovely stop in Hot Springs Arkansas -- wasn't on my destination list but was a delightful surprise. We stayed at the National Park campground, small and one of the older ones, and we were fortunate to gain a spot on the river. The next morning we toured Hot Springs downtown, visiting the old bathhouses and getting a sense of what it was like during the Golden Age of Bathing. The architecture was stunning -- each building was different, two are still waiting to be restored. There are several open springs throughout town and the water is very hot. It's weird because the town lies within the National Park boundaries but is separate.

This was a great break before we began our 9 hour drive to Austin. We arrived after dark but managed to get set up before the rain began. Today it's still raining and we've stayed inside catching up on email and work. I'm thrilled to be in Austin and look forward to exploring this cool city -- music, barbeque,and a different Texan sensibility.