Shenandoah and Monticello, Virginia

The Appalachian Mountains are not short of beautiful vistas, and the same is true of Shenandoah National Park. Fall brings a special glow to the mountains and a sunny day makes for a perfect drive along Skyline Drive. Nearby, the University of Virginia and Monticello, both institutions associated with Thomas Jefferson, are worth a visit.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

Crossing eastward through North Dakota, we didn’t expect to see anything as beautiful and exciting as Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Until then, we hadn’t heard about this park, at the meeting of the Great Plains with the rugged Badlands. A great habitat for bison, elk, wild horses, pronghorn, and prairie dogs, the park has three sections brought together by the Little Missouri River. The park features a colorful Painted Canyon and the old Maltese Cross Cabin, where President Roosevelt once lived. The Scenic Loop Drive took us past several overlooks and trails.

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One Year RV trip – Half Way Point

As Christmas rolled around, we stopped back through Knoxville, TN to surprise family with a visit. We also celebrated six months on the road as full time RV-ers, reminiscing the highlights of our journey and making (vague) plans for our trip through summer.

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Potato Potahto on the Moon – Idaho

One of the world’s most productive potato areas, south-eastern Idaho, is also the home of the spectacular lunar terrain that makes up the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Crossing the arid land heading west, US 20 seem to go on forever, flanked by spiky shoots of volcanic rock where the only living things seemed to be fragrant sage-brush bushes, with no bird or other critter in sight.

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Grand Tetons

It is with good reason that this impressive mountain range has the descriptive “grand” in its name. The Grand Tetons’ razor back walls reach up to 13,776 feet, spawning over 45 miles from north to south, backing up to Yellowstone National Park. Once home of the Shoshone tribes, the park is now home to over 300 species of birds and more than 900 types of flowering plants.

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