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Friday, September 19, 2014

End of our 13th RV trip

My wife and I started RVing in North America in 2002 only after renting a small motorhome in Italy,Norway and New Zealand (three different trips) ,just to make sure we can “live” 24/7 together and if we both like to RV,well it all went great, so in 2002 we purchase an used 1999 5W and a F-250 7.3LT 1994 ,used it for 4 years and traded them both in 2006 for the rig we own now,since then we RV every summer for 4-5 months each trip to different States/Provinces always starting from the same place we ended the trip in the year before.

Hwy 49 MO-Refulling stop...

our trips can be seen on our blog www.danyshula.blogspot.com

Few days ago ,at the end of our 13th RV trip we stored our rig for the winter  and are ready to fly home till next Spring.

This year we started near St.Louis MO and ended in Salida CO

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We love nature ,hiking,waterfalls,history and especially meeting people and  we try to “hit” the main points and do all these things we love on every trip.

Here is a short summery of our another fantastic experience:

We meet Rick & Pat in a Crossroads RV rally few years ago ,they kindly helped us store the rig at the end of our 2013 trip near St Louis and get an easy start in 2014,great folks ,it was a pleasure meeting and sharing time with them,it sure would be much more difficult with their help.

  Camping near Waterloo IL Shula,Rick & Pat St . Louis

Sam & Donna were perfect hosts at the beginning of our trip in Missouri ,we parked in their driveway and had 2 wonderful days together,and as you can see mostly eating….including Sam’s famous pizza.

Sam's Home made Pizza O'Fallon MO

In Jefferson we went to visit the Governor's mansion house and meet Roberta that was our tour guide ,a wonderful lady  that insisted that we meet later on at her house to meet Robert her husband and although it was a very short visit we shared lovely hours together.

Jefferson MO Capitol  Jefferson MO

We meet Paula years ago while hiking in the Tetons and stayed in touch since then,it was very nice when she drove all the way from Kansas City to visit us on the 4th of July when we camped in Bennet Springs S.P MO.

Bennett Springs S.P MO  Bennett Springs S.P MO

 

Missouri ,Arkansas,Oklahoma,N.Texas and Colorado provided endless Rv camping opportunities,mostly near a lake ,river or in a central location for us to do some side trips.

Oachita Lake AR  Little Rock ARBeaver Lake C.O.E C.G  Beaver Lake C.O.E C.GBeaver Lake C.O.E C.G 

We hiked,

Mount Nebo S.P AR  Sugar Loaf Mountain AR

Palo Duro Canyon S.P TXPalo Duro Canyon S.P TXMount Magazine ARMount Nebo S.P ARPetit Jean S.P AR

Kayaked,

Meramac River MO

Attended special events

Boati Gras-Fairfielday AR  Boati Gras-Fairfielday AR

Went to shows

Branson MO  Branson MO

Did ATV trips

Salida CO   Salida CO

Volunteered to put a cement floor for a friend.

Salida CO   Salida CO

In Oklahoma city we meet Claire that showed us around  ,we really appreciate Claire taking the time from her business to be with us –Thanks.

Oklahoma City  Oklahoma City

Lonnie&Hazel  from Anadarko OK  completely strangers to us answered a post on a RV forum and asked us to stop at their place for a while as they are interested to hear about our tradition,we jumped on the opportunity and for sure stopped to meet this great couple,Lonnie is the most decorated Comanche in the US Military and Hazel is a British born that plays on keys in the  church,I learned so much about the First Nation People –Thank you Lonnie& Hazel,it was a honour spending time with you.

Anadarko OK   Anadarko OKAnadarko OK   P1100226

 

Marvin& Linda ,friends we meet years ago in Vermont were on there way from Colorado to Texas while we were driving the same route but on the opposite direction , so made a point to meet next to Palo Doru Canyon next to Amarillo and spend 2 great days.

Paulo Duro Canyon S.P TX  Palo Duro Canyon S.P TX

We meet Lynn&Jackie during a hike 9 years ago for maybe only 2 hours and we just “clicked” stayed in touch through the e-mail (bless this tech) and finally meet  in Salida Colorado.They offered us to store the rig at their place and made everything to make us feel at home,including taking us all the way to Denver to catch our flight.We do not have enough words to thank them for their generosity.

Salida CO  Salida CO

 

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We love Rving,hiking and seeing the grass grow….but meeting people that we can call them friends is the sherry on the cake,it enriched our lives , we are very thankful and happy –may our paths cross again.

This is a short version of what we experienced and felt along this journey and I do not know enough English to put in words these “miracles” ,WE ARE LIVING OUR DREAMS ….

On the way home we stopped in Toronto to visit our son,wife and our grand daughter

6 comments:

Karen and Tony said...

Great photographs! I've enjoyed following along. Have a good trip home and see you next year!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

We were truly honored to have you as guests at out home.Hope you are safely home soon and that things have calmed in your homeland, We pray for you guys all the time.Hope to see you again on one of your trips. Sam & Donna.

Jim and Sandie said...

Perfect summary of your wonderful summer. Look forward to your posts from Israel and your return next summer.

Donna W. said...

great summary and loved the pic collage. you did more in your short time here than most do in a lifetime.
safe travels

Liza Pilon said...

You've been going on adventures for so long, Danny. Do you have an exact list of places you want to visit? The world is vast, and what better way to explore it than with an RV, right? You guys sure are pretty awesome for seeing the world in that way. Here's to more safe trips! All the best! :)

Liza Pilon @ Prairie City RV Center

Cristina Hamilton said...

You've come a long way with your RV trips. I guess once you see the beauty of taking those kinds of trips, it gets hard to shake them off. I don't blame you, though. The adventures that are present on road trips with an RV are endless and utterly breathtaking. The experience is a wonder. Thank you for sharing your lovely experiences with us, Danny and Shula! Take care always! :)

Cristina Hamilton @ Mount Comfort RV