Time to Update the Blog and Hit the Road

We are about to get back into the RV world again instead of watching from the sideline.  We just had two new AC units installed at the house – Ughhhh – and everything setup for our extended absence.  Plus, Liz is doing better and ready for an extended trip. WhooooHooo!!  We did take three weeks at the end of May to meet some of my retired friends from work at the beach in NC, to get our yearly service from Freightliner in Gaffney and to spend a week at Lake Lure, NC at a nice motorcoach resort that we discovered so it hasn’t been a complete drought.  More on our trip a little later.

Below is a map of our upcoming adventure which will start on August 18th and end sometime the last full week of October.


An onlooker witnesses an annular solar eclipse. MY1211 1500684 CC: YS4
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Our first stop will be in South Carolina to view the eclipse (see previous blog post).  We have tickets for the Roper Mountain Observatory in Greenville, SC.  It’s in the path of totality and they have programs all weekend on the event and will have astronomers on site during the eclipse to explain what is occurring during each

phase of it.  I’m sure it’s going to be crowded, but they have five viewing areas for everyone and I think it will be a lot of fun.  Certainly a once in a lifetime experience.  Now, please please let the weather cooperate.  One word of caution came to us from, of all places, Amazon.  We ordered solar eclipse glasses from their site that were listed as meeting all the necessary safety specs, but Amazon notified us and said that the seller has not verified that  they do in fact meet the specs and not to use them!!  So be careful and double check your purchase.  Thankfully they notified us and they are refunding our money.  Here is a link to the Roper Mountain site.  They have info on the eclipse too.


We then head to Illinois and will visit with my mother and other friends along the way.  We hope to  finally make it to Michigan this year for at least a week (Travis Bay).  We had a month planned last year that included the UP, but we had to cancel due to assisting my mother with moving to another room in her health care facility.    Then we travel to Nappanee, IN to Newmar.  We have had issues of premature wear on our furniture and Newmar has agreed to re-upholster all of it even though we are out of warranty.  I have to say that they are a company that stands behind their product.  Newmar says that it will take seven working days to do the job which will cut briefly into our next event which is the Hoots Rally in Marion, NC.  Hoots is a group of Newmar owners who also frequent the iRV2 forum.  From there we motor to the Outer Banks of NC to again meetup with fellow retired friends from my former job before we work our way back to Sevierville, TN for a week.  Finally we travel to Lake Lure, NC to enjoy the late October foliage before heading home.

Here are some pics from our last trip.

BBQ in Asheville, NC
One of the Many Breweries
Liz at Lake Lure
Hendersonville, NC – A Great Little Town
Motor Coach Resort Lake Lure, NC
Apple Valley
Apple Valley – Our Site
Apple Valley
Montana on Alert

I look forward to sharing with everyone our upcoming travels and hopefully can provide some information that will be helpful to everyone in their travels.

Safe Travels…


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