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Good Times on the Road

Dec 31, 2012
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My Dad once said he wasted a fortune traveling with his family when he was younger. He also said he never regretted a penny and it was money well spent. I agree.

EDIT: 5/28/2014 to add our 4th camper, a Cougar 325SRX Toy Hauler

I have always kept a travel diary and I recently computed some numbers. I purchased an Aerolite camper in June 1998 when the boys were 2 and 4 years old. Our first trip was to Topsail Beach, NC and my brother Greg went with us. Over the years we had many guests. Nephew Cory spent many nights with us along with nieces, sisters, the boy's friends and Mom and Dad. My brother and his wife eventually bought a camper also and we often camped together as well as meeting up out west in Utah and Yellowstone Park. Then my future wife started joining us in her small Tioga motor home.

I thought it would be fun to write a blog post that only includes photos of our three campers in various parts of the country over the years. Bradley did not go with us on the 2012 summer trip so the numbers I am about to list are a little lower for him. Laurie's numbers are lower also as her stats start in earnest with the 2010 trip to Maine. But Tucker, myself (and Bradley except for the summer of 2012) have traveled 118,019 miles on 120 trips and have slept in campers for 481 nights from 1998 to May 2014.

Aerolite travel trailer purchased in June 1998. We logged 24,820 miles, 24 trips and 94 nights

Jun 5, 2000 Mon 1:10 PM EDT
Abilene, KS
Bobby, Tucker

Jun 3, 2001 Sun 4:42 PM EDT
Badlands, SD.

Jun 4, 2001 Mon 4:16 PM EDT
Mount Rushmore, SD. We walked to the visitors center but the fog was so heavy we could not see the monument.
Bradley, William F.

Jun 6, 2001 Wed 5:16 PM EDT
Rest area in NW Montana.
Tucker, Bradley

Jun 13, 2001 Wed 9:06 AM EDT
At a campground west of Yellowstone Park. We drove on to the park but it was closed and we had to turn around. Tthey eventually received 18 inches of snow, in June.

Jun 14, 2001 Thu 3:16 PM EDT
Medicine Bow National Forest, south east Wyoming.
Tucker
Forest River Wildcat 5th wheel purchased in Nov 2001. We logged 71,499 miles, 83 trips and 310 nights.

Jun 2, 2002 Sun 6:17 AM CDT
Camped just inside Texas on the eastern side on I-10. It is 873 miles to the other side of Texas.
William F., Bradley, Tucker

Jun 8, 2002 Sat 3:13 PM EDT
Northern Arizona. We are about to get into a terrible sand storm.

Jun 10, 2002 Mon 3:04 PM EDT
Monarch Pass, Colorado
Tucker, William F.

Dec 30, 2002 Mon 8:58 AM EST
First campground. It was not open so we camped in the parking lot.
Tucker, Bradley, Cory

Jun 6, 2003 Fri 2:56 PM CDT
Monument Rocks in western Kansas.
William F.

Jun 6, 2003 Fri 4:15 PM EDT
Near Monument Rocks in western Kansas.

Jun 10, 2003 Tue 6:38 AM MDT Alt: 3975
Portal RV Park in Moab, Utah.

Jun 13, 2003 Fri 11:19 AM EDT
Highway 12 in south east Utah.
Tucker, Bradley, Cory, William F.

Jun 7, 2004 Mon 8:26 PM MDT Alt: 5250
We met brother Greg and his family at Yellowstone CG at the north entrance of Yellowstone in the town of Gardiner, Montana.
Bradley, Sarah, Tucker, Cory

Jun 9, 2004 Wed 10:39 AM MDT Alt: 7273
Northern Yellowstone Park.
William F.

Jun 10, 2004 Thu 5:20 PM MDT Alt: 3851
Near the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. We drove around a huge thunder storm that caused a tornado in Sheridan, WY not far from here. The other half of the sky was clear and sunny.
Cory, William F., Bradley

Jun 13, 2004 Sun 7:55 AM MDT Alt: 5420
Campground in the Black Hills of SD.

Jun 20, 2007 Wed 7:57 AM MDT Alt: 3449
US 26 on the North Platte River, Nebraska.
Bradley, Tucker

Jun 20, 2007 Wed 10:20 AM MDT Alt: 3891
Courthouse and Jail Rocks near the North Platte River, Nebraska. Photo by Tucker Daniel www.nps.gov

Jun 21, 2007 Thu 8:12 AM MDT Alt: 10754
Snowy Range Pass, south east Wyoming. Snowy Range

Jul 1, 2007 Sun 5:52 AM PDT Alt: 3733
Going to Death Valley from Lone Pine, California. It is 5:50 local time. We wanted to get through most of Death Valley before the temperature got so hot. Death Valley National Park

Jul 1, 2007 Sun 9:38 AM PDT Alt: -93
South Death Valley. Death Valley National Park
Bradley

Jul 2, 2007 Mon 4:55 PM MST Alt: 4033
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument on US 89 in northern Arizona. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Bradley, Tucker

Jul 2, 2007 Mon 8:25 PM MDT Alt: 4441
Cameron, Arizona. We found a real deal on diesel fuel.

Jan 2, 2010 Sat 10:48 AM EST
The Mann's home on Long Island, New York.

Apr 1, 2010 Thu 6:27 PM EDT
Ocean Waves Campground, Outer Banks, NC
Bradley, Tucker

Jul 10, 2010 Sat 6:31 PM EDT Alt: 59
Lubec, Maine. The farthest east town in the US.
Tucker

Apr 22, 2011 Fri 3:53 PM EDT
Last photo of our Wildcat. We traveled 71,499 miles on 83 trips and slept in it 310 nights. My boys grew up in that camper.
Tucker
Keystone Copper Canyon purchased in April 2011 and sold in Mar 2014. We logged 21,700 miles, 13 trips and 77 nights.

Jun 21, 2011 Tue 12:35 PM MDT Alt: 4547
Route 66 near I-40 east of Albuquerque, NM

Jun 22, 2011 Wed 1:56 PM MDT Alt: 9006
On NM route 4 near Los Alamos, NM. We stopped here for lunch.

Jun 23, 2011 Thu 3:16 PM MDT Alt: 4258
South east Utah on Mexican Hat Rock Road.
Laurie

Jun 23, 2011 Thu 7:24 PM MDT Alt: 6028
We wanted to get to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on this day so we were driving late in the day but the late day sun made the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument look very nice.
Laurie

Jun 23, 2011 Thu 7:33 PM MST Alt: 5853
We wanted to get to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on this day so we were driving late in the day but the late day sun made the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument look very nice.
Laurie, Bradley, Tucker

Jun 26, 2011 Sun 10:07 AM PDT Alt: 2494
Near Panamint Springs, Death Valley. We drove up a very rough road and hiked to a water fall.
Bradley, Tucker, Laurie

Jun 26, 2011 Sun 1:57 PM PDT Alt: 3738
These mountains had no snow when we were here in 2007.

Jun 28, 2011 Tue 9:14 AM PDT Alt: 4916
Cousin Judy's home in western Nevada.

Jun 30, 2011 Thu 8:53 AM PDT Alt: 5365
Great Basin National Park.

Jun 27, 2012 Wed 9:17 AM MDT Alt: 3433
I had photos and GPS coordinates of this place from 2007. There are miles of fence posts with boots on top. We returned to the same boot we had photographed in 2007. It looked like it had not aged at all in 5 years.
Laurie

Jun 27, 2012 Wed 4:58 PM MDT Alt: 7910
Small town on I-80 in south east Wyoming.
Laurie

Jun 27, 2012 Wed 5:13 PM MDT Alt: 8054
Tree rock on I-80 near Laramie, Wyoming. This tree was here in 1867 when the railroad came through and it is said that locomotive firemen often stopped their trains to give the tree some water from their engines. This type of tree can live as long as 2,000 years.

Jun 28, 2012 Thu 9:07 AM MDT Alt: 10855
Snowy Range west of Laramie Wyoming
Tucker, Laurie

Jul 1, 2012 Sun 3:05 PM PDT Alt: 7460
Lassen Volcanic National Park. A very neat place.

Jul 1, 2012 Sun 3:27 PM PDT Alt: 8240
Lassen Volcanic National Park. A very neat place.
Laurie, Bobby

Jul 1, 2012 Sun 3:38 PM PDT Alt: 8469
Lassen Volcanic National Park. A very neat place.
Tucker

Jul 3, 2012 Tue 3:24 PM PDT Alt: 153
Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park near Crescent City, CA.
Tucker, Laurie

Jul 3, 2012 Tue 2:26 PM PDT Alt: 10
Beach at Crescent City, California.
Laurie, Tucker

Jul 6, 2012 Fri 5:14 PM PDT Alt: 2372
US 2 in eastern Washington.
Laurie
There is an interesting blog post about this building here. I first saw this building in 1984.

Jul 6, 2012 Fri 5:54 PM PDT Alt: 2522
An old school house on US2 in eastern Washington

Jul 10, 2012 Tue 9:54 AM MDT Alt: 6351
Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park.
Laurie

Jul 11, 2012 Wed 10:06 AM MDT Alt: 3680
Near Devils Tower in north east Wyoming.
Tucker, Laurie

Jul 11, 2012 Wed 2:40 PM MDT Alt: 2636
Badlands of South Dakota
Laurie

Mar 22, 2014 Sat 10:56 AM CDT Alt: 341
Last photo of our Copper Canyon in Meridian, Mississippi.
Laurie, Bobby
2014 Cougar 325SRX Toy Hauler purchased in Mar 2014

Mar 22, 2014 Sat 11:03 AM CDT Alt: 261
The new toy. A toy hauler.
Laurie, Bobby

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