Vermont and New Hampshire

Last night I stayed at a free campground I found. They actually mow the area, have fire rings and pit toilets. I met a couple there that took a year off from their careers as engineers to travel in an RV. I told the woman that they should try to find a way to do their jobs remotely so they can travel longer. I told her that I work remotely as a lawyer. She told me that she has seen my blog. I said ‘hobo lawyer?’ and she said ‘yes’. I didn’t think that many people have seen my blog. I rarely tell anyone about it since I mainly started it so my family knows where I’m at and what I’m doing. I hope other people enjoy it too though. She said my blog came up on a website that lists full-time travelers’ blogs. Today I enjoyed driving part of the 100 Route Scenic Byway in Vermont which is a scenic two lane curvy road that goes by a lot of country homes, general stores, antique shops and places that sell maple syrup. I then went to Fraconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire and went to Flume Gorge in the park, which is beautiful gorge. I am now camping at another free campsite in New Hampshire. I love my campsite because it is very quiet and secluded without any neighbors nearby. I love hanging out with other people but I also love the peacefulness of just being alone in a beautiful forest. I am going to camp here until after Labor Day weekend so I can avoid the holiday traffic on the roads and since I have a great campsite with cell service so I can get some work done and research online where I want to go next 🌻

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Hiking Day in Connecticut

It turns out there isn’t a lot of fall foliage to see just yet but since I am traveling through New England over the next couple of months I have plenty of time to see the changing leaf colors. I didn’t do any interstate driving today because I wanted to drive the more scenic roads. I drove around pretty Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. I then drove to Macedonia Brook State Park in Connecticut to go on a hike. I hung out with one of the employees there for about a half hour because he wanted to talk to me about traveling in a truck and 5th wheel when he retires next year. I suggested a van because it’s a lot more convenient but I realize vans aren’t for everyone as usually people that are new to living on the road want more of the conveniences of a home that they are use to, such as having showers and regular bathrooms. I much prefer my van to traveling with the truck and 5th wheel I had several years ago. I saw a sign for the Appalachian Trail on  the way to the park so I went back to it and hiked part of it. While there I met a nice couple that’s backpacking sections of the trail. I was thinking of doing the same  thing somewhere along the Appalachian Trail, maybe in Vermont or Maine, since I have my backpack and my backpacker tent in my van. The Appalachian Trail is approximately 2200 miles long. It goes from Georgia to Maine. A lot of people try to do the whole thing but not many make it to the end, which would probably be me if I attempted to do it. I am happy just hiking sections of it 🌳

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New England and Fall Foliage Tour

I was going to head to the Catskill Mountains this morning but when I woke up I pulled out my Lonely Planet book called USA’s Best Trips. I had bookmarked the page that is titled ‘Fall Foilage Tour’ which is a road trip that goes through the New England states with the best viewing spots for the changing leaf colors, so I decided that’s what I’m going to do. Part of the road trip has views of the Catskill Mountains. Most people would probably be embarrassed to admit this but since I don’t embarass easily because I care less and less about what people think of me the older I get l admit that I actually thought New England was a state, like New York 😁 but now I know it’s an area consisting of several states – Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampsire, Vermont and Maine. I am looking forward to going to all of those states.🌿

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Boo Boo Bear Day!

I woke up early this morning and drove to the end of the port to the same park I was at yesterday to watch the sunrise with NYC in the background. I hung out with this nice guy that drove there on his motorcycle. He said he was at the Sturgis motorcycle rally I was at a few weeks ago. He told me that he drives there every morning to watch the sunrise and clean up the park because he said the city doesn’t. He had on this reflective shirt that said ‘Babe’ on the front of it so I guess that was his name. We watched the ship that my son works on dock at the port. I was so happy to see my son! I went on the ship as his guest. They even let me eat at the delicious buffet with him of which I definitely over indulged. He then gave me a tour of the many venues on the ship that he works at as a lighting technician. Everyone I met that works with him kept telling me how great he is and how he is always willing to help where needed. His boss told me they were short a lighting technician for one of the venues and knew he could count on my son to take on the extra work until they got a new one. Even the people he doesn’t work with directly had great things to say about him. I am one proud momma! I stuck around to watch the ship head to sea. My son hung out on this thing that pops out of the side of the ship while it was taking off so we could wave at each other. I didn’t put a close up picture of my son on here because I didn’t think he would want me to because I keep calling him ‘boo boo bear’ on here. I think it is cool that we both live in homes that move and that go to exciting places. He is off to Bermuda and tomorrow I will be off to the Catskill Mountains 🏞

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I am Going to See Boo Boo Bear Tomorrow!

I am so excited to see my son! He made me promise to not call him ‘boo boo bear’ in front of anyone (I did that at his old school and some of the other kids started calling him that 😬). Today I went to the Tear Drop Memorial at the end of the port that is a beautiful park with memorials for the 911 victims that lived in Bayonne. Bayonne is a quick train ride into New York City. You can see the New York skyline from the park. At one of the memorials there was a touching letter that a 16 year old girl wrote about terrorism to god and to the people that died in 911 and to their families. I really like that NYC erected a building taller than all of the other buildings in the city to replace the twin towers because it sends a message to the terrorists that we won’t let them terrorize us. I don’t plan on going into the city. I have been there many times. The last time was with my son about 4 years ago when I was a full-time RVer with a truck and a 5th wheel. IMG_9980IMG_9972IMG_9971IMG_9970IMG_9975

Bye Ohio and Pennsylvania and Hello New Jersey

It seemed like right after I left Ohio and entered Pennsylvania it immediately got more pretty. Last night I stayed at a travel plaza/truck stop and this morning I drove to Hickory Run State Park and went on a nice hike and then worked on my bed that doubles as my office with my back doors open with a pretty view of the park. Usually I don’t work that much but for some reason this week I’ve had a lot of work to do. I don’t enjoy my work but it pays the bills and having a pretty view of the park while working makes it a little better.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

I left really early in the morning before rush-hour and traffic was already bad and then at 7:30 am traffic was hardly moving. Since I didn’t have to be anywhere at a certain time I just got off at the next exit to park somewhere and hang out in my van to wait until rush hour was over. After I got off the exit I saw a sign welcoming me to the city I was born in. I pulled out my birth certificate and went to the hospital that was on it but found out it’s not the original hospital because the old one was torn down and at a different location. I then went to the address on my birth certificate that my parents lived at when I was born and knocked on the door (I am bold like that). A young man answered. I showed him my birth certificate and explained to him that his home was my first home. He was nice enough to let me walk around and take pictures. The first four pictures below are of the house and the playground I played at. I also told him I was traveling throughout the U.S. in my van. He was very interested in that so I showed him my van. He asked me a lot of questions about living in the van. His little brother also came out to see my van. I always like to show people my home and answer questions about living on the road. Hopefully I planted a seed in them to one day to do the same thing because I’m having an awesome time doing it. I then hit the road and had to deal with more bad traffic even though it wasn’t rush-hour anymore. I went to my great aunt’s house in Indiana. I haven’t seen her in at least two decades so it was nice to see her. She will be 92 in two weeks. She has a sharp mind and looks a lot younger than her age. I am hoping I inherited that gene. I then went to my second cousin’s house in Michigan. I also haven’t seen her in at least two decades. She lives in a beautiful house within walking distance to Lake Michigan. She was a lot of fun to hang out with, so was her boyfriend. We hung out on the back deck most of the day catching up with each other on whats been going on with our lives and showing each other family pictures on our phones. She told me I could stay here as long as I want so I’m going to stay at least a week. She has two spare rooms in her house that she said I could sleep in but I told her I like to sleep in my van bed. I will take advantage of the shower in the house though. Even though the neighborhood has million-dollar homes in it she told me about this homeless guy Otis that has lived in the nearby swamp for many years that sometimes comes to the house if he thinks there’s a party going on (they have lots of parties), which made me a little nervous. I am looking forward to checking out Lake Michigan tomorrow after I get a lot of work done 🌻

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Wisconsin Dells and Devil’s Lake

Yesterday I hung out at the Mississippi River that separates Minnesota and Wisconsin. Today I went to Wisconsin Dells which is a cute tourist town with lots of theme parks and water parks which I’m not really into but I did enjoy walking along the nice riverfront. I then headed to Devils’s Lake State Park on the recommendation of my brother-in-law that use to live in Wisconsin. It is a beautiful lake. I took a hike up the east trail of the lake where they have these cool rock formations with beautiful views of the lake. Since in Wisconsin I had to buy some Wisconsin cheese because it is supposed to be the best and it was the best, yum! 🧀

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Badlands

Yesterday I went to Badlands National Park in South Dakota and then camped for free nearby. I had a nice view of the park from all of my van windows. I parked about 15 feet from the edge of the cliff and was totally fine with it. I guess the beauty that is always around me is finally overcoming my fear of heights. Headed East tomorrow and that’s all I know, still deciding what places I want to stop at on my way to meet up with my son in New Jersey at one of the ports that the cruiseship he works on docks at. I am then planning on heading to Vermont, Maine and all the other states in that area, but of course my plans are always open to changing🌺

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Midget Wrestling, Motorcycle Ride and Awesome Freakin’ Music!

I stayed another night at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota. The night before last I heard for the first time this band called Blackberry Smoke. They are now one of my favorite bands. The Buffalo Chip is so huge that I put on my hiking shoes to walk around. It’s like it’s own little city set up just for the motorcycle rally. They have a church, outdoor gym, barbershop, swimming hole, laundrymat, gas station, grocery store, restaurants, bars, bike wash, lots of strip clubs (bikers love strippers) and more. My neighbors camping next to me gave me a ride on one of their motorcycles. I loved the feeling of the wind on my face going down the highway. We rode to the Full Throttle Saloon. I use to watch the reality show for the Full Throttle when I lived in a home with no wheels and had TV so it was kind of cool to actually see the place in person. They had midget wrestling there. A midget pimp was wrestling a midget cowboy. I wasn’t sure how to feel about that but then I figured they probably have groupies so they probably like it a lot. I stayed another night at the Buffalo Chip because Ozzy Osbourne played last night. It was $85 for the night which included the concert which was so so worth it. Ozzy was absolutely amazing! The last time I saw him in concert his voice was giving out and he was a little incoherent talking on stage but last night I felt like I was back when I was a teenager and saw him in concert for the first time. The whole crowd was so into it. I just loved feeling the energy of the crowd while watching the show. Afterwards I went to a dance club on the property with someone I met and danced my butt off for about an hour and didn’t go to sleep till 2:30 in the morning, which is very late for me. There is a stereotype that bikers drink a lot and get into fights. I did see a lot of drunk people, especially at 2:30 in the morning. However, although there were thousands of people there I didn’t see one fight and everybody was really nice to to each other and cool. It was the best atmosphere. I will definitely attend the rally again one year. This year was the 77th year having it. It is the biggest motorcycle rally in the world from what I’m told. I wouldn’t want to be here on the last day of the rally at the end of this coming weekend though because I’m sure the roads are going to be packed (I heard there is about a half million people attending the rally) so I hit the road again today 🚐

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