Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia SC

Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia SC

Lying in the Sandhills region of South Carolina, Sesquicentennial State Park is a pine-filled respite from the nearby state capital of Columbia. Featuring over 1,400 acres of forest, camping, picnic areas, trails, and a lake, “Sesqui” was once a popular swimming destination in the 1950s and 60s as visitors traveled to Centennial Lake with their families and friends. Although now closed to swimmers, current visitors continue to enjoy boating and fishing in the lake and the surrounding streams. Completed in…

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Asheville, NC – Land of Amazing Craft Beer

Asheville, NC – Land of Amazing Craft Beer

I love craft beer. This is probably obvious to anyone who’s read the blog before or scrolled through some of our photos on Instagram. I specifically love a well-brewed craft beer, created with purposeful intent by someone who honestly cares about the end product and sharing that finished good with the public. I’ve been homebrewing on and off over the last decade or so, starting out with the most basic methods and gradually working up to the all-grain process, which…

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Bolar Mountain Campground, Warm Springs VA

Bolar Mountain Campground, Warm Springs VA

Colder nights began to settle in as we embarked on our journey south, leaving the hills of western Pennsylvania for the mountains along the border between Virginia and West Virginia. Our drive took us over 200 miles, through a tiny section of rural Maryland followed by a wide swath of the West Virginia countryside as the changing leaves displayed their best autumn colors on all sides. We paused for lunch and to stretch our legs at Seneca Rocks in the…

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Caledonia State Park and Points West

Caledonia State Park and Points West

Autumn in the northeast is a time of transition, as the temperature slowly dips lower and the leaves gradually shift from lush green hues to fiery orange, deep red, sunny yellow, and all shades in between. The time came for us to depart with the intention of chasing warmer weather south to eventually experience our first winter not surrounded by icy snow and freezing winds. After a slight but enjoyable delay in my hometown, our journey began with a short…

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Relaxing and Recharging in Cross Roads PA

Relaxing and Recharging in Cross Roads PA

To paraphrase the mathematician and author John Allen Paulos, “Uncertainty is the only certainty there is…” We’re just about ready to return to the open road, after an unplanned extended stay in my hometown. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of my parents, we once again rolled Cecil into their driveway and set up home for a few weeks longer than intended, due to some needed temporary medical treatment. Shortly after arriving here for our planned visit, I was diagnosed…

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Our First Six Months with the RV

Our First Six Months with the RV

After a summer filled with exploring new places, we’ve returned to a familiar location for a few weeks to visit with family, plan the next leg of our ongoing journey, and reflect on our first six months with the RV. We’re both still novice RVers, but we’ve learned a bit during our summer travels that might be interesting to share with anyone following along, or anyone considering the RV lifestyle.  Let’s jump right in! The RV is both our home…

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Back to PA – Locust Lake State Park

Back to PA – Locust Lake State Park

After wrapping up our tour through Vermont, we steered the RV west back into New York for a brief stop at Love Apple Farm before venturing onward to Locust Lake State Park in Pennsylvania. Love Apple Farm features pick-your-own fruit from the expansive orchard of apple, peach, plum, and cherry trees, as well as a large farm market with local produce, meats, cheeses, and freshly baked goods. After a delicious lunch at the cafe, we stocked up on fresh fruits…

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Stowe VT and Emerald Lake State Park

Stowe VT and Emerald Lake State Park

Driving the RV, as opposed to either of our former small to average-sized cars, has been a bit of an adjustment but not as drastic a change as I originally anticipated. As soon as you get used to the physical size and increased stopping distance, you’re pretty much good to go – paying constant attention, of course, to other drivers and pedestrians. We’ve only encountered one overpass (so far) on a back country road that was too short for the…

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Lake Carmi State Park – Franklin VT

Lake Carmi State Park – Franklin VT

As we bid farewell to upstate New York and headed east to Vermont, the road signs upgraded the deer crossing cautions into moose crossings. During our brief nine days in Vermont, we sadly did not see a single moose despite what the signs indicated as a possibility. We crossed into Vermont on US Highway 2 (Bridge Road) which leads over Lake Champlain, just one short mile south of the Canadian border. Our stay at Lake Carmi was filled with reminders…

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Buck Pond Campground – Vermontville, NY

Buck Pond Campground – Vermontville, NY

As we rolled along Route 3 across New York, the dense growth of pine lining the roadside gradually thinned as small ponds and gentle streams sprouted outside our windows. The horizon opened to reveal low mountain ranges in the distance surrounded by fields of wild flowers blooming golden yellow and creamy white. A couple of road signs warned us to be wary of deer, as well as looming “Bumps” – but an upstate New York Bump is nearly imperceptible compared…

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