The Blue Ridge Parkway Sunset

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic 469-mile winding road from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. We traveled on the top ridge of the mountains as we drove the southern end of the Parkway.  The road twisted and turned and each new vista […]

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Alice Visits the Biltmore Estates

The Biltmore Estates located in Asheville, North Caroline is definitely a destination place to add to your list.  The day we visited, we decided to get off the hiking trails for a new activity and have a play day in town. The Vanderbilt family built the magnificent 250-room French Renaissance chateau over a six-year period […]

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The Cades Cove Bike Ride

A Cove is known as a relatively flat valley between mountains or ridges.  Cades Cove is in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and also part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Cades Cove is an 11-mile, one-way loop that winds in the valley where wild life and an old community history […]

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Animals of the Great Smoky Mountains

We did it! Our first bear sighting in the wild occurred and it did not happen when we were hiking. We will always remember the Smoky Mountains for this reason. Our sighting happened when we were safely in Alice! We had just finished our hike in the rain at Rainbow Falls and the sun had […]

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Tunnels, Alice and the Blue Ridge Parkway

After spending several days in the Great Smoky Mountains we were looking forward to driving from the mountains to Asheville, NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I had been on the Blue Ridge Parkway in northern Virginia growing up so being back on this parkway was very special.  We stopped to take a picture by […]

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Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The highest elevation in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Clingmans Dome standing at 6,643 feet above sea level.  This peak straddles two states and is the tallest peak in Tennessee and the third tallest peak in North Carolina.  Clingmans Dome is also the highest peak on the 2,174 mile Appalachian Trail that runs […]

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Arapaho National Forest Colorado Trip

We love Colorado and have been there many, many times over the years. Our problem is, we can’t decide what season we love the best in the Rockies. Summer is beautiful with all the mountain flowers and sunshine. Fall is magical, especially when the Aspens are changing colors. Winter is wonderful for skiing….we love to […]

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Running for Scones

As I have mentioned before, I LOVE to run. I also love to eat scones. When we lived in McFarland, Wisconsin, I would run many days with my amazing friend and runner Anne. (Anne is a wonderful running coach, you can find her at Pace Perfect). On the weekends when Anne and her family would […]

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Underground Storage for Alice

Where do we store Alice when we are not using her? Alice is big and tiny at the same time. She is about 7 feet wide which is about the width of a large pickup truck. She is 24 feet long so she is too long for many normal parking spaces and about 11 feet […]

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Apostle Islands, Wisconsin

Apostle Islands has been on our list of places to visits for several years. We lived in McFarland, Wisconsin (just south of Madison) for 3 years and we spent our weekends traveling to many different parts of this beautiful state. However, we never made it all the way up North to the Apostle Islands. This […]

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A Tour of Alice

It was a sunny and warm December day and we had been missing Alice so we got her and took a drive through the country outside of the Kansas City area.  It was a joy to see Alice again after being in storage for 6 weeks! Since many people have asked us what Alice looks […]

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Copper Peak is High Flying

Steve and I spent some time last summer at the Apostle Islands in Northern Wisconsin and at Porcupine Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  It was a beautiful trip and we highly recommend visiting the area. Copper Peak was one of the highlights of the entire trip. Bessemer, Michigan Since we had been on the road […]

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Our 1,500 Mile Weekend

We left home Friday morning at 4:00am and 12 hours later we were in  Boise, Idaho in Alice (our RV Sprinter Van) headed back to Kansas City.  We had just bought Alice, had our one hour introduction to our first RV and were ready to get on the road.  We had 1,500 miles to cover […]

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