NEW HAMPSHIRE: SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 6, 2016

We hit the changing of autumn colors in New Hampshire at the most perfect time. The end of September through the second week in October is a good time to expect peak color in the White Mountains. The White Mountains is an 800,000-acre forest extending into western Maine, offering outstanding scenery. ‘The Granite State’ is … More NEW HAMPSHIRE: SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 6, 2016

MAINE: MT. DESERT ISLAND, ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, BAR HARBOR, KENNEBUNKPORT SEPTEMBER 19-29, 2016

MAINE LOBSTERS Maine lobster is a sought out sweet and succulent delicacy. This wasn’t the case 200 years ago. Not only did early Maine settlers use lobsters as fertilizer, it was the main menu item for prisoners. Lobsters live on the ocean floor for seven years before they reach the legal catch size of 1.5 … More MAINE: MT. DESERT ISLAND, ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, BAR HARBOR, KENNEBUNKPORT SEPTEMBER 19-29, 2016

YELLOWHEAD HIGHWAY ACROSS CANADA TO NIAGARA FALLS AUGUST 31, 2016 TO SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

YELLOWHEAD HIGHWAY: After saying our last goodbyes to the Alaska Caravan, we zipped across Canada in six days so we could arrive in Chicago by September 5th. The Yellowhead Highway connects the four western Canadian Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Starting in Stuart, British Columbia, the first day we drove 612 miles … More YELLOWHEAD HIGHWAY ACROSS CANADA TO NIAGARA FALLS AUGUST 31, 2016 TO SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

HYDER, ALASKA & STEWART, BRITISH COLUMBIA AUGUST 27-30, 2016

We are at the finish line of our two-month Alaska RV caravan tour. It is the end of August and the colors of autumn are prominent. We made many friends to go visit and share stories in years to come. Alaska was vast, rugged, beautiful and an experience we will always remember (hopefully). Steve was … More HYDER, ALASKA & STEWART, BRITISH COLUMBIA AUGUST 27-30, 2016

GLENN HIGHWAY TO PALMER, ALASKA AUGUST 16-17, 2016

GLENN HIGHWAY: Glenn Highway parallels the Mentasta and Wrangell Mountain ranges and spans the fertile Matanuska Valley. The drive provided incredible mountain views on our way to Palmer, Alaska. PALMER ALASKA: Historic Palmer and its many colony farms dates back to Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal relief program as a 1935 depression era farming experiment. … More GLENN HIGHWAY TO PALMER, ALASKA AUGUST 16-17, 2016

ALONG THE KENAI PENINSULA TO SEWARD, ALASKA AUGUST 12-15, 2016

KENAI PENINSULA: The 163 mile drive from Homer Alaska to Seward Alaska was chock full of amazing, beautiful, natural scenery. We drove past Cook Inlet water on our left and Caribou Hills on our right, then through Kenai National WildLife Refuge, then Chugach National Forest, arriving in Seward at the base of the Kenai Fjords … More ALONG THE KENAI PENINSULA TO SEWARD, ALASKA AUGUST 12-15, 2016

FAIRBANKS AND DENALI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA JULY 28 – AUGUST 6, 2016

FAIRBANKS, ALASKA: Founded in 1903, Fairbanks had a reputation of colorful bars, brothels and belligerence. Gold was discovered 16 miles north of Fairbanks. It is the second largest city in Alaska and lies along the banks of the Chena River in the Tanana Valley. University of Alaska Museum of the North is filled with exhibits … More FAIRBANKS AND DENALI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA JULY 28 – AUGUST 6, 2016

ALASKA HIGHWAY MILEPOST 930 DAWSON CITY TO TOP OF THE WORLD HIGHWAY CONTINUE TO THE END OF ALASKA HIGHWAY MILEPOST 1,422 DELTA JUNCTION JULY 24-27, 2016

KLONDIKE HIGHWAY 2 TO DAWSON CITY, YUKON: The route from Whitehorse to Dawson City began as a trail, used first by Natives, trappers, prospectors and then by gold stampeders during the Klondike Gold rush of 1897-98. The Klondike Gold Rush began with the discovery of gold on Rabbit Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River. … More ALASKA HIGHWAY MILEPOST 930 DAWSON CITY TO TOP OF THE WORLD HIGHWAY CONTINUE TO THE END OF ALASKA HIGHWAY MILEPOST 1,422 DELTA JUNCTION JULY 24-27, 2016

ALASKA HIGHWAY: MILE 0 DAWSON CREEK TO MILE 918 WHITEHORSE YUKON, CANADA JULY 16-23, 2016

DAWSON CREEK: milepost 0 The Alaska Highway begins in the town of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada. Mile Post 0 in the heart of Dawson Creek is a famous icon that has been photographed many, many times. The Alaska Highway is also called ‘Alcan’ for the Alaska-Canada Military Highway. It begins at Mile 0 in … More ALASKA HIGHWAY: MILE 0 DAWSON CREEK TO MILE 918 WHITEHORSE YUKON, CANADA JULY 16-23, 2016

BANFF AND LAKE LOUISE, CANADIAN ROCKIES JULY 11-14, 2016

BANFF NATIONAL PARK: Banff National Park was established as Canada’s first national park in 1885. Inside the park are two communities; the town of Banff and the hamlet of Lake Louise. BANFF: The soaring peaks of six mountain ranges surround the alpine town of Banff. Banff Avenue offered shopping and multiple restaurant choices. After a … More BANFF AND LAKE LOUISE, CANADIAN ROCKIES JULY 11-14, 2016

CANADA BORDER CROSSING-HILL SPRING, ALBERTA CANADA JULY 3-7, 2016

Steve and Patty met the Adventure Caravan group of 20 RVs in Great Falls, Montana. For 61 days from July 4th to September 2nd we will be traveling and touring the Canadian Rocky Mountains, attending the Calgary Stampede Rodeo, and driving to many scenic places in Alaska. Southern Alberta: We passed large fields of rolled … More CANADA BORDER CROSSING-HILL SPRING, ALBERTA CANADA JULY 3-7, 2016

SAN CLEMENTE, ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA FEBRUARY 2016

SAN CLEMENTE: We stayed at the San Clemente State Beach campground. It was a great location, on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, views of San Clemente pier and Amtrak railroad line. We walked from the State Park to San Clemente Pier and up the hill into town. Many shopping excursions and lunch dates on … More SAN CLEMENTE, ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA FEBRUARY 2016

OJAI AND SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA JANUARY, 2016

OJAI, CALIFORNIA: Patty’s oldest sister Ginny lives in Ojai with her husband Rocky and three cats; Alice, Boots and Shadow. Ojai, California is always fun. The Ojai Valley has been regarded as a magical place for thousands of years, in part due to its unique geography. The valley runs perfectly east-west, making it one of … More OJAI AND SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA JANUARY, 2016

PISMO BEACH, OCEANO SAND DUNES, MORRO BAY JANUARY, 2016

PISMO BEACH, CALIFORNIA: We started out January of 2016 by traveling south to the classic beach town of Pismo Beach, California. Pismo Beach is located on California’s famous central coast, half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles along Pacific Coast and 101 Highways. The Pismo Coast Village RV Resort is one of our favorite … More PISMO BEACH, OCEANO SAND DUNES, MORRO BAY JANUARY, 2016

END OF 2015 WITH FRIENDS, ANNUAL NEW YEARS EVE PARTY IN TIBURON, CALIFORNIA DECEMBER, 2015

NEW YEARS EVE IN TIBURON: Every year since we can ‘short term’ remember we have gone to Mickey and John Dimmick’s house in Tiburon to celebrate New Years Eve. Their house provides wonderful San Francisco Bay sunsets to end the year on a special note. Mickey and John’s gourmet menu always tops off the fine … More END OF 2015 WITH FRIENDS, ANNUAL NEW YEARS EVE PARTY IN TIBURON, CALIFORNIA DECEMBER, 2015

SONOMA COUNTY; STEVE’S BIRTHDAY, THANKSGIVING, CAITLIN’S BIRTHDAY, CHRISTMAS NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER, 2015

We finished out our first year of RV life in Petaluma, California. Family birthdays, holiday meals, gift giving in our motorhome, fine Sonoma wine tasting kept us busy for two months. STEVE’S 65TH BIRTHDAY PARTY AT PETALUMA KOA RV PARK: We arrived back in Sonoma County at the Petaluma KOA just in time to celebrate … More SONOMA COUNTY; STEVE’S BIRTHDAY, THANKSGIVING, CAITLIN’S BIRTHDAY, CHRISTMAS NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER, 2015

MOUNT SHASTA, LAKE SHASTA, WHISKEYTOWN WATERFALL, REDDING, CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2015

DROUGHT YEAR 2015 – MOUNT SHASTA AND LAKE SHASTA: Driving south from Oregon, we were shocked by the lack of snow on Mount Shasta. Mount Shasta showed bare rocky slopes with zero snow pack. The perpetual snow cone is gone until the drought is over. In the grip of a historic drought, California’s Shasta Lake … More MOUNT SHASTA, LAKE SHASTA, WHISKEYTOWN WATERFALL, REDDING, CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2015

CRATER LAKE, BEND, ASHVILLE, EUGENE, OREGON SEPTEMBER 2015

CRATER LAKE, OREGON: Steve and Patty had a nice day visiting Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States. We watched the park film about the massive volcanic eruption between 6,000 and 8,000 years ago that led to the sinking of Mount Mazama. The caldera cooled allowing rain and snow to accumulate and eventually … More CRATER LAKE, BEND, ASHVILLE, EUGENE, OREGON SEPTEMBER 2015

GRANTS PASS AND JACKSONVILLE, OREGON SEPTEMBER 2015

Fernandes Family Reunion – Grants Pass, Oregon: On Labor Day Weekend, the Fernandes family consisting of Steve’s sisters, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, gathered at Patricia and Herb Heier home in Grants Pass, Oregon. It was great weather and good food for all attending. Hawaiian style Pig Roasts is a Fernandes tradition. Steve learned from the … More GRANTS PASS AND JACKSONVILLE, OREGON SEPTEMBER 2015

PORTLAND OREGON AND COASTAL OREGON AUGUST 2015

PORTLAND, OREGON: We made a quick stop to Portland to visit Patty’s niece and family. We were treated to many great tasting restaurants; NE Portland’s historic Elementary Kennedy School in the McMenamins Cypress Room, SW Portland Bamboo Sushi, Pearl District Deschutes Brewery and NW Portland Andina Peruvian Restaurant. Steve and I explored the Pittock Mansion … More PORTLAND OREGON AND COASTAL OREGON AUGUST 2015

SEATTLE WASHINGTON AUGUST, 2015

We stayed in Seattle to visit Steve’s family; daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren. The KOA campground in Kent was next to multiple wild blackberry bushes. We had a good time picking berries, making jam, and eating homemade cobbler. We visited Pike Place Market, the Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Exhibit, Underground Seattle, University of Washington, Lake … More SEATTLE WASHINGTON AUGUST, 2015

STANLEY IDAHO, SAWTOOTH MT. RANGE, SALMON RIVER, YANKEE FORK GOLD DREDGE, CRATER OF THE MOON, AUGUST, 2015

STANLEY, IDAHO SAWTOOTH MTS, SALMON RIVER: Stanley, Idaho sits in the bend of the Salmon River in the White Cloud Mountain Range. Castle Peak at 11,815 feet is the highest peak. Stanley is a funky western town but promises excellent salmon fishing. Steve and grandson Austin fished on the Salmon River from Lower Stanley to Mormon’s … More STANLEY IDAHO, SAWTOOTH MT. RANGE, SALMON RIVER, YANKEE FORK GOLD DREDGE, CRATER OF THE MOON, AUGUST, 2015