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December 2005 Travel Log

December 2005 Travel Log

12/31/05: Panama City, FL: Happy New Year! I hope your past year has been as wonderful as ours. When we started traveling fulltime, we knew we would be moving slowly and enjoying life along the way. And move slowly, and enjoy life we did. In 2005, we drove the motorhome 9,280 miles visiting 22 different states. We parked our home in 36 different locations, spending from 1 night to 5 months in any one location. From our home, we've watched the sunset into the Pacific, and rise from the Atlantic. We've soaked in natural hot springs in the desert, toured the first Confederate White House, explored our Nation's Capitol, hiked the "Grand Canyon of the East", and visited numerous historic locations. From the large picture window in our living room, we've waken to magnificent views of the rugged desert, ocean front beaches, serene lakes, lush meadows, and majestic mountains. We met dozens of old friends on the road and made a hundred new ones. Life has been great for us as we continue to see ALL of America the Beautiful. 2006 promises to be even better.

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November 2005 Travel Log

November 2005 Travel Log

11/30/05: Mary Esther, FL: The other day, we had a "Boomer" fix! Bob and Nancy Colbert are friends we've met through the Escapee Boomers group. They noticed we were in Florida and they were passing this way. We met them for Brunch the other day and caught up on what we've each been doing. Seems they won't be going to Quartzsite this winter either. It's always great meeting old and new friends on the road. At work we continue to have employee issues. We hire a new employee, they work and train for a day or two, then quit! We try to be up front with them on what is expected and how physically demanding the job is. Oh well - only 30 days left with this hassle! Work has been taking up almost all of our time, so there's nothing exciting to report on. Since this has been a pretty boring month for the travel log, here's a few pictures of our campsite and Hickory Farms "store".

Campsite at Hurlburt Field USAF CampgroundHurlburt Field USAF CampgroundOur Hickory Farms Kiosk, with Jennifer, Otto, and Connie.

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October 2005 Travel Log

10/31/05: Mary Esther, FL: Happy Halloween! You can tell by the above expenses for the month, it wasn't a cheap month! The constant drive from New York to Florida, with gas prices around $2.90/gal wasn't of much help. Currently, gas is down to $2.42. We can only hope it stays this low, or goes lower by the time we start moving again (slowly). Also, since we're not workamping for a free site, we had to actually pay for a campsite! Guess we got used to having a free site. But we still have a full hookup site for around $11 a night. That sure beats the $25 - $40 prices the commercial RV parks are charging around here. This is the main reason we'll be working for Hickory Farms here. A seasonal job with Hickory Farms isn't a true workamping position. We're responsible for our own RV site. We asked for a kiosk in Florida that was located near military bases so we could enjoy the affordable family campgrounds opened to the military (active and retired). Here, at the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther, we had 2 USAF bases within 10 miles that we could stay at.

Boomer friends Bill Joyce and Diane Melde were coming into Florida and changed their route slightly to come visit with us. We've enjoyed a couple evenings of visiting and (of course) eating. One of the thrills of belonging to the Boomers group is we're constantly meeting friends somewhere in the country. You never know when, or where you'll run into friends on the road.

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September 2005 Travel Log

September 2005 Travel Log

9/30: Lake George Escape Camping Resort: Just 9 days left here and we'll start moving again! These past few days were spent with some doctor appointments, and cleaning. The Jeep and motorhome both got a very thorough cleaning. Unlike other workampers here, we didn't get much sap from the pine trees. It felt pretty good to not have any schedule to stick to. We could sleep in and do what we wanted, when we wanted. Kind of reminded us of the days of traveling before we started workamping. The trees are changing colors, but not as quickly as we hoped. Next week, we plan to take our last little trip in the area. We'll be driving across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, and probably into the lower part of Maine. Our mission is to view some scenic parts of these states, hopefully with the brilliant fall colors of the trees. But we have our doubts for the colors. It appears we'll be a couple weeks too early.

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August 2005 Travel Log

8/27: Lake George Escape Camping Resort: Many of the workers are getting a little 'slap happy', since most of them are leaving next week. We hope The AuSable ChasmRainbow Falls on the AuSable Riverwe'll only be working a few days each week in September. This will give us time to visit some of the places we came here for. Niagara Falls, Montreal, and New Hampshire/Maine are on our list. Today we headed back North to a tourist spot, advertised as the oldest natural tourist site in America. The AuSable Chasm is celebrating their 135th anniversary this year. Unlike many of the other tourist places we've visited, this place was almost worth the $24 admission.Lowering the raft in the AuSable ChasmIt's a natural chasm carved into the granite by the AuSable River. We hiked along and down into the chasm along very narrow trails. After the 45 minute walk into the chasm, we also had a 20 minute raft ride down the river through the chasm. It was interesting to watch them lower the raft down to into the river. Unfortunately, the river is very low this time of the year and the trip was pretty mild. We still had fun, but wished we had come here back in June. Afterwards, we headed towards Lake Placid to drive up on Whiteface Mountain. We missed this drive when we were here last month. Whiteface Mountain was used in the Winter Olympics in 1932 and in 1980. It's the fifth highest mountain in the Adirondack Park, but the highest that you can drive to the top at. The peak is only a little over 5000', which isn't that high compared to mountains in the West. But it's a big deal in New York. To get to the peak, you can either hike up the slippery and rocky trail, or take an elevator up. We chose the elevator, which involved going in a 475' tunnel into the mountain, then a 280' elevator ride straight up inside the peak. Since we took the easy way up, we hiked down the trail and were glad we took the elevator up. It was another beautiful, fun, and memorable day. Check out the 360 °panoramic view from the top of Whiteface Mountain. From here, you see Lake Placid and numerous other local lakes - even into Canada.

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