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Old 03-15-2020, 01:22 PM   #21
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I'll take the Grand Tetons/Yellowstone over French cathedrals any day.
I thought the same way until I took a voyage on the QM2 to europe for my 20th anniversary. I was in awe to be standing in those cathedrals, able to reach out and touch the tombs of famous figures, kings and the like I had previously only known from history books and school. All reduced to the lowest common denominator, death. I imagine my first trip to the Grand Canyon will cause my heart to sing like it did in Paris and London.
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Old 03-15-2020, 01:39 PM   #22
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I agree with your late wife. There is so much to see and do - amazing stuff - that I have no real desire to travel outside the North American continent. I'll take the Grand Tetons/Yellowstone over French cathedrals any day.
One of the neat parts about traveling here in an RV is the ability to actually SEE the country. Anything requiring an airplane, boat, or train for that matter limits the "scenery" and the ability to stop and enjoy whatever you encounter.
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Old 03-15-2020, 01:55 PM   #23
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Every time I suggested something like this to my late wife she came back with "why, there are thousands of places in this country I haven't seen yet."

Got to admit, she did have a point.
X 2 there is plenty of things to see and do in the good old USA. I retired 15 years ago after working 45 years and never got to see all scince DW was a bit younger and we never got to take the big retirement trip.



So I say head some where in the US you never been. Later RJD
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Although we've traveled the West a lot, in our RVs, over the 36 we've been married, we would NEVER trade our many trips outside the US.
Yes, North America have so many beautiful and wondrous places but the same exists in many places outside of NA.
For example, New Zealand and Europe. Even Paris, which I didn't want to visit, turned out to be the most beautiful city I'd ever been to.
We'll continue to travel overseas as long as we can.
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Although we've traveled the West a lot, in our RVs, over the 36 we've been married, we would NEVER trade our many trips outside the US.
Yes, North America have so many beautiful and wondrous places but the same exists in many places outside of NA.
For example, New Zealand and Europe. Even Paris, which I didn't want to visit, turned out to be the most beautiful city I'd ever been to.
We'll continue to travel overseas as long as we can.
Us too..next year going to Africa to do a safari. Loved Italy, Germany and England. Also went to Borneo to see the orangutans. Would love to go to New Zealand.
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Although we've traveled the West a lot, in our RVs, over the 36 we've been married, we would NEVER trade our many trips outside the US.
Yes, North America have so many beautiful and wondrous places but the same exists in many places outside of NA.
For example, New Zealand and Europe. Even Paris, which I didn't want to visit, turned out to be the most beautiful city I'd ever been to.
We'll continue to travel overseas as long as we can.
I suppose I should clarify. I would like to see Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, Africa, Switzerland, and Italy is a special favorite for the kids. However, the lack of a leg makes travel rather more difficult and then as retirees, there is the (not so) minor matter of economics. Given the way the markets are panicking, it is a real concern.

So I will be content here in the USA absent a a lottery win.

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Sometimes the best thing to do (pisses off my wife) Just point your vehicle in a direction and go. There is always something to see. The only problem with that these days is finding a campground but have been lucky so far. Maybe just select a topic (see National parks in the northwest, see the Rocky Mountains, ....)
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The only restriction I have from DW is not a hot location.
If you start out in August I would travel due north or maybe NE. Try Nova Scotia and PEI in September. If you want to stay in this country then western MI and the UP and down the east side of WI.
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Old 03-15-2020, 05:41 PM   #30
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Sometimes the best thing to do (pisses off my wife) Just point your vehicle in a direction and go. There is always something to see. The only problem with that these days is finding a campground but have been lucky so far. Maybe just select a topic (see National parks in the northwest, see the Rocky Mountains, ....)
This is why it's nice to be set up for boondocking more than just overnight in a Walmart or Cracker Barrel parking lot.

At least out West that opens up tons of possible campgrounds, many without the need for reservations or paying a fee.
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I will be retiring from a lifelong job with the same company next August. DW says we should take a celebration trip.

Have you been in a similar situation and where did you go? The only restriction I have from DW is not a hot location.

We are about 2-3 months out ourselves, and have been wondering what to do for a celebration. Thinking maybe a fly-in fishing trip, or maybe a St. Louis Cardinals game in a luxury box seat and then hitting the casino, maybe a cruise, (that ones' out the door. Ha.) OR maybe hooking up and heading out. Just can't decide! Any suggestions will sure help! (We have no interest in traveling outside the U.S.)
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Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. When my husband retired after working 32 years with the same company, we decided to do something out of our comfort zone. We had always wanted to go to Alaska. We flew to Anchorage and rented a 25 foot Minnie Winnie from Great Alaskan Holidays and spent 3 weeks traveling around. We had the time of our lives.We had never camped before. Fast forward several months after the trip, and we ordered a Forester. For 3+ years we have been traveling around the US having many fun adventures.
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Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. When my husband retired after working 32 years with the same company, we decided to do something out of our comfort zone. We had always wanted to go to Alaska. We flew to Anchorage and rented a 25 foot Minnie Winnie from Great Alaskan Holidays and spent 3 weeks traveling around. We had the time of our lives.We had never camped before. Fast forward several months after the trip, and we ordered a Forester. For 3+ years we have been traveling around the US having many fun adventures.
Hard to beat traveling in a MH in Alaska during the summer months.

Nothing quite like almost round the clock sunshine which gives you hours and hours more per day to enjoy the state's beauty.
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Thanks for all the congrats!

My brother and son have traveled extensively around the world and shared their adventures. Nothing has looked as good to us a campfire in the Rockies.
The brother is also an experienced RVer in the US.

For us, it's the plane that puts the damper on travel. I have a few miles passenger flying and I quit after they started the security checks. Told the guys at work that if you want me to go somewhere, I'm driving.
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Old 03-16-2020, 07:43 PM   #35
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Thanks for that comment. DW and I talked about doing something different like that and not RVing. I was really tempted to do some type of sailboat cruise in the Caribbean. But... we have not been to the Wisconsin, Minnesota, UP area and this might be the time to go.
There are Great Lakes cruises too.

https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=2030
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We are exactly 90 days ahead of you, EOM May 2020 and she's out. I've made camping reservations 1000 miles away from Tennessee and we are going to take our time getting there and back. Celebration Trip is a good way to describe it. Go for it !
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For us, it's the plane that puts the damper on travel.
That's why if I ever go overseas again, it will on the Queen Mary 2. Hopefully the industry will survive current events, they just sent me an email that all operations are suspended.
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