Updated: 02/21/18

Frequently Visited Destinations        Other Destinations

We have visited all 48 contiguous United States and the State of Alaska.
For a jewel to be applied to a state, we camped in the state and visited at least one attraction in the state.
We have already re-visited some states and will re-visit others.


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Frequently Visited Destinations
(Updated after we revisit the area or event)

        Crawford County 
        Harrison County 
        Perry County 
        Spencer County 
        Washington County

Higgins Lake (MI) Area         A GREAT DESTINATION, especially for families 

HitchHiker International Rallies and Tours    Many HitchHiker event postings are included with other destinations. 

Woodward Dream Cruise    MICHIGAN - Detroit's Northern Suburbs Owners of 30,000 classic, muscle and customized vehicles display their 'pride' and 'joys' at this one-day event. 


Other Destinations


Late 2016 and 2017 - late 2016 was reserved for Mary Lou's right knee replacement and 2017 travel was limited by continual truck repairs. We did travel to group outings in Western Michigan in 2017.

Tall Ships - 2016 We saw the Tall Ships in Bay City, MI  in July, 2016. Our campsite was about four miles from our viewing location for the ship's arrival and eight miles from where they docked in the Saginaw River. We were able to drive and park conveniently for our sail on the Appledore IV. We were shuttled from the off-site parking lot to and from the city park where the Tall Ship were docked.

North Coast Gulf of Mexico - 2015  (2 of 2)  >  Florida Visiting the panhandle of Florida was a first for us. We were familiar with most of the rest of the state ... but ... not the panhandle. Our purpose in visiting this part of Florida was to see the shore and water of the Gulf.

North Coast Gulf of Mexico - 2015  (1 of 2)  >  Mississippi and Alabama Our previous visit to Mississippi and Alabama in 2006 was limited to the north part of the states due to hurricane recovery efforts near the Gulf of Mexico.  Traveling through these two states, we enjoyed the shoreline. In Alabama, we visited friends in Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan.

New Orleans - 2015 This was our first visit to New Orleans. It was a city we wanted to visit for three reasons - see the French Quarter, walk through an historic above ground cemetery and eat a biegnet (French donut).

Louisiana - 2015 Our plan to visit Louisiana in 2006 was delayed due to the devastating hurricanes. In 2006, the campgrounds were filled with workers helping to restore services and rebuild homes and businesses. Many areas have recovered and are thriving, other areas are making progress, some areas will probably never fully recover. The reality of this was apparent as we traveled this beautiful, diverse state.

Creole Nature Trail - 2015 The Creole Nature Trail, part of Louisiana's Outback, is an All-American Road comprised of more than 180 miles of scenic roads. The Trail takes you through coastal marshlands, prairies and along 26 miles of natural Gulf beaches.

Natchez Trace Parkway - 2015 The Natchez Trace began as ancient animal trails. The passage and its parts were called the Chickasaw Trail, Path to the Choctaw Nations, Boatman's Trail, Natchez Road, Nashville Road, Mail Road.  It acquired the name "Natchez Trace" sometime after its heavy use dwindled in the 1820's.  The most famous period for this trail was from 1790 to 1820. (We spent ten days on the Trace - we travel slow and took a couple rainy days off.) 

2012 thru 2014 - We did not travel to major destinations during this time. Our travels were limited to rallies in the State of Michigan due to Fred's hip pain. His successful hip surgery in September, 2014, opened the door for us to begin traveling in 2015.

Big Bone Lick State Park and Rabbit Hash, Kentucky - 2011    Big Bone Lick SP is known for the Pleistocene Megafauna Fossils found there - the extraordinarily large bones (mammoth and mastodon) found in the swamps around the salt lick. The Rabbit Hash Historical District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 4, 2003. It includes 330 acres, 12 buildings, 6 structures and 3 objects.   

General Jackson Showboat - 2011    This 300' paddlewheel showboat is docked in Nashville, TN on the Cumberland River. The showboat cruises to downtown Nashville and back. This was the second time we enjoyed a lunch cruise on the General Jackson.

Florida Winter Tour - 2011    Please join us as we travel to Florida for our first extended stay during winter. We plan to tour areas of state we have not previously visited.

Big Cypress Seminole Reservation - 2011    This page is a short tour of where we stayed for a month in Florida.

Rodeo at Big Cypress - 2011    The rodeo complex is a large facility. It was a fun evening of entertainment.

Keys & Key West - 2011    Join us as we travel to Key West - another 'first visit' for us.

Billie Swamp Safari - 2011    We enjoyed a full day here at one of the attractions on Big Cypress Reservation. We took three airboat rides and rode the swamp buggy twice. It was a totally fun day.

Everglades City - 2011    One day was spent at Everglades City. A long way to go for lunch but we were there to visit the Florida Everglades National Park. And, see alligators. During our travels, we found the 'smallest' post office in the United States.

AH-TAH-THI-KI Museum - 2011    The museum is located on the Big Cypress Reservation. Its slogan is "A Place to Learn. A place to Remember." It is a very informative attraction filled with Seminole and South Florida history.

Weeki Wachee Springs - 2011     Do you believe in Mermaids? We saw them here. It was a underwater ballet performed by mermaids. A short river tour on a pontoon boat was also available.

The Zephyrhills Area - 2011     We were in Zephyrhills to visit friends. While were there they gave us a tour of the area. We have captured what we saw including the launch of Discovery and Airstream travel trailer 'planted' in the ground.

Join us On the Road to Michigan as we leave the sunny south for the wintery north.


CRUISE to George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico - 2011    We took our first cruise the end of January. Our visit to George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico were very enjoyable. We shared the cruise with Michelle, Steve, Ashlyn and Lily. Use this page to reach the links for commentary and photographs from each day of our cruise.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum - 2010    is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We visited the museum while we were visiting friends in the area.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula - Our Visit - 2010    This page includes information about our travels and several destinations. We were in the UP primarily to attend the Michigan Good Sam Summer Samboree in Escanaba. While in the UP, we toured Escanaba, Peninsula Point, Indian Lake, a parade in Manistique and other points that interested us. Follow the links below for some of the other activities and destinations during our time in the U.P.

Big Spring (Kitch-iti-kipi) - 2010    The Big Spring is located 10 mile northwest of Manistique, MI in Palms Book State Park. Using a manually propelled cable controlled observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies.

Escanaba, MI - 2010       We were in the UP primarily to attend the Michigan Good Sam Summer Samboree in Escanaba. While in Escanaba we visited Ludington Park - the Delta County Historical Museum, Sand Point Lighthouse and Boat House were worth the time. We also attended a concert by the Escanaba City Band.

Hoegh Pet Casket Company - 2010     The company was established in 1969. It is the world's largest manufacturer of pet caskets and has the only model pet cemetery in the world. It is located in Gladstone, Michigan.

Bay de Noc Lure Company - 2010    Located in Gladstone, Michigan, this family owned fishing lure company still makes their lures almost 100% by hand.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting - 2009    The Illinois Renegades Cowboy Mounted Shooting Club held a competition at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

On The Road Miscellaneous - Spring 2009     This page includes comments and photographs that are not specific to any destinations we visited during our 2,600 mile Spring, 2009 trip from Delaware to our home. The first part of our trip can be seem on our Pennsylvania page below.

Dixie Stampede - 2009    Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It is billed as the 'Best Value in the Smokies'. Their one-price ticket includes admission, the Carriage Room show, a fabulous four-curse feast and a full scale arena spectacular.

Cowpens National Battlefield - 2009  The site of one of only a few successful double envelopments in history. This battle is recognized by historians as one of the most important of the American Revolution.   

Kings Mountain National Military Park - 2009    For many years the federal government remained largely indifferent to the significance of this battle site. Only through the efforts of many people and organizations did it get the recognition it deserved.

Hendrick Motorsports and Lowe's Motor Speedway - 2009    If you are a NASCAR fan, this is the area to visit. Near Charlotte, South Carolina you will find many of the team headquarters and shops.

New River Gorge National River - 2009     Contrary to its name, it is believed to be one of the oldest rivers in North America. The New River is in West Virginia.

Monticello - 2009    Thomas Jefferson's home is located near Charlottesville, VA. In 1768 Jefferson began leveling the Monticello mountaintop for a house. Thus began a 40-year period of design, construction and remodeling to create his "essay in architecture".

Hagley Museum - 2009    Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802.

Pennsylvania - 2009    We had three stops planned in advance in Pennsylvania. - meeting an Army buddy, lunch with the author who helped us with our Web site and to pick up a utility trailer we purchased on the Internet. In addition, we visited the City of Hershey - Chocolate Town USA. 

Pacific Northwest - 2008    This link will display details and links to the various pages about states and attractions we visited on our travels from August through October 2008. (Indivudual links below also connect you to the pages on this summary page.)

On the road from CO to MI - 2008    We enjoyed our drive through Colorado. It is a very scenic state. We were able to connect with some friends on our way through which added to our enjoyment. 

The Eisenhower Center - 2008    The center consists of five buildings - a visitors center, his boyhood home, a museum, his Presidential library and Place of Meditation. 

Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home and Museum - 2008    Walter was three years old when his  locomotive-engineer father and  Missouri-born mother moved the family to Ellis, Kansas in 1878. The museum gives details of how he went from his career in the railroad field to chairman of the board of the Chrysler Corporation. 

On the road in UT - 2008    We enjoyed our time in Utah. It included visits to three national parks - Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches.

Arches National Park - 2008    On April 12, 1929, President Herbert Hoover signed the legislation creating Arches National Monument, to protect the more than 2,000 arches, spires, balanced rocks, and other sandstone formations. On November 12,1971, congress changed the status of Arches to a National Park.

Bryce Canyon National Park - 2008    The 55 square mile park is best know for the beautiful rock spires and the dark night sky. An American Indian name for the area translates as 'red rocks standing like men in a bowl-shaped canyon.'

Zion National Park - 2008    Covering 229 square miles, it is Utah's oldest National Park. The name "Zion" meaning "place of refuge" was given to the canyon by Mormon Pioneers. Unlike some other national parks where you are at the canyon rim looking down, in Zion, you are on the floor of the canyon looking up.

On the road in Nevada - 2008    After leaving the Reno area, we drove 470 miles diagonally across Nevada. We saw an Army munitions area, mountains, the town of Rachel, and other sights. It is during this time that we experienced a tire failure. 

On the road in Northern California - 2008    Our drive included Del Norte County, Crescent City and the Newton B. Drury Parkway on the road to Zion National Park.

Redwood National and State Parks - 2008    We toured the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Stout Memorial Grove and Walker Road.

Crater Lake National Park - 2008    Crater Lake National Park, established in 1902, protects the deepest lake (1,943 feet) in the United States preserving it for generations to come.

On the road along the Oregon coast (Page 1 of 4) - 2008    On the road along the Oregon coast (Page 2 of 4) - 2008

On the road along the Oregon coast (Page 3 of 4) - 2008    On the road along the Oregon coast (Page 4 of 4) - 2008
The Oregon coast was beautiful and many attractions were nearby. In the north sandy beaches and huge rocks share the shore, farther south the sand dunes are predominate but the water is always rough. The State of Oregon provides many pull-offs, view points, waysides and state parks where the public can enjoy the views. Most of them are free of charge. We enjoyed the Oregon coast for fifteen days.

Tillamook Air Museum - 2008    To us, the main point-of-interest was not the contents of the buildings. It was the history of the huge World War II blimp hanger. One of two built at Tillamook. It was the first of 17 wooden blimp hangars built along the U.S. coastlines during WWII.

Columbia River Maritime Museum - 2008    The museum presented Columbia River and Pacific Ocean maritime history through artifacts, fishing vessels, ship models, paintings, photographs and interactive exhibits.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument - 2008    On May 18, 1980 at 8:32a.m., a massive explosion blew the top 1,313 feet and much of the bulging north face of Mount St. Helen away. It shot of dense plume of smoke and ash 80,000 feet into the air and released a mile-wide avalanche.

Mount Rainier National Park - 2008    Mount Rainier in Washington is 14,411 feet at its crest. We entered the National Park at an elevation of 2,023 feet. The visitors center on the south side of the mountain is at 5,400 feet.

Seattle, Washington - 2008    During our two days in Seattle we enjoyed a cruise of Elliott Bay, the Space Needle and  a ride on the Monorail to downtown including Pike Market.

On the road in WA - 2008    The ride in Washington was beautiful. Hood Park,  Ice Harbor Lock and Dam, Sacajawea State Park and our visits with family and friends added to the enjoyment. Later we visited Westport, Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens.

On the road in ID and OR - 2008    Travel with us as we drive through Idaho and Oregon - see Idaho Falls, Palisades Reservoir, Sumpter Valley Dredge and the Geiser Grand Hotel through our lens.

Hells Canyon and Hells Canyon Dam    Hells Canyon is the deepest river-carved gorge in North America -- almost 8,000 feet at its deepest. Hells Canyon Dam was the last of three constructed in Hells Canyon by Idaho Power. It was put into full power production in 1968.

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center - 2008    The story of the Oregon Trail is presented using realistic exhibits.

Craters of the Moon National Monument - 2008    At first glance, this unearthly landscape appears like some bizarre alien world. The stark lava features led early travelers to compare the area to the moon's surface.

Experimental Breeder Reactor 1 - 2008     The EBR-1 was a breeder reactor because it "bred" more plutonium-239 atoms than the uranium atoms it consumed. It is a National Historic Landmark.

On the road in SD and WY - 2008    Ride with us on our route through South Dakota and Wyoming including our visit to the Irma Hotel

Grand Teton National Park - 2008    See our experience in the Teton Range - including several views of Grand Teton and our ride on the River Road.

Yellowstone National Park - 2008    Travel with us to the many geysers and other attractions in this beautiful national park.

Buffalo Bill Historical Center - 2008    The center, located in Cody, WY, is organized into five sections (museums) - Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Cody Firearms Museum and the Draper Museum of Natural History.

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial - 2008    The Shrine of Democracy located near Keystone, South Dakota

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - 2008    THE gathering place for thousands of motorcycles of all kinds is Sturgis, South Dakota. 

Pipestone National Monument - 2008    Within this park are the pipestone quarries where the red stone used by American Indians to make ceremonial pipes is found.

Fayette Historic State Park - 2008 The town is nicely restored. Shipments of 229,288 tons of iron were made from Fayette.

On the road in MI-WI-MN 2008    Our drive through Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota

Kentucky State Samboree 2008 Our first Good Sam Samboree outside of Michigan 

Missouri - 2007  Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site, Shepard of the Hills Fish Hatchery, Table Rock Dam

Arkansas - 2007    Eureka Springs: The Great Passion Play, Christ of the Ozarks, Thorncrown Chapel and Inspiration Point,  plus the Wal-Mart Visitor Center in Bentonville

Branson 2007 - Shows    This page includes only the shows we saw as part of a tour with Hitchhikers of America International.

Maritime Provinces - 2007    This page includes our travels to and from Maine, including Lake Placid in New York, Whiteface Mountain in New York, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Vermont and Maine revisited. Then, on to the Maritime Provinces on a 14-day HitchHiker International Tour. After the tour, we visited Marconi National Historic Site of Canada, The Miners' Museum, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada, the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historical Site of Canada and the Louisbourg Lighthouse before heading home.

Marshall MI - 2006 and 2007    We  added to our Marshall, MI page while at the May, 2007 Good Sam Samboree

Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama - 2006     The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, Vicksburg National Military Park, Museum of Coca-Cola History and Memorabilia and The Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center   

New Mexico - 2006    Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

California - 2006    Calico Ghost Town, Dry Lake Bed camping, our visit with Mary Lou's cousins and on the road 

Las Vegas - 2006   NEVADA 

Hoover Dam - 2006    is in both ARIZONA and NEVADA 

Grand Canyon National Park - 2006    South Rim in ARIZONA

Arizona - 2006 (Eastbound)    Quartzsite-Desert Camping, Commemorative Air Force - Arizona Wing, the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and the Saguaro (Cactus) National Park-West

Arizona - 2006 (Westbound)   Petrified Forest National Monument/Painted Desert, Sedona - (Oak Creek Canyon and Red Rock Loop Road),  Montezuma Castle National Monument and the Williams, AZ area. 

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - 2006    NEW MEXICO - HitchHikers of America Tour Events (including: Acoma Pueblo and Old Town Albuquerque) and Our Experiences at the Balloon Fiesta

Texas - 2006    Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Hueco Tanks State Historic Site and the Quadalupe Mountains National Park.

Elk City Museum Complex - 2006    OKLAHOMA - Route 66 Museum, Old Town Museum, Farm and Ranch Museum 

Shawnee, OK - 2006   Santa Fe Depot Museum and the 2006 HitchHiker International RV Rally

Oklahoma City, OK - Fall 2006   Downtown Oklahoma City, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Oklahoma City National Memorial  

Marshall MI - 2006   Some of the sights around the area while at a Good Sam Samboree in May, 2006

Alaska - 2005    We were in Alaska for 57 days.  Our total journey covered 12, 591 miles in 103 days.

Badlands National Park - 2005    SOUTH DAKOTA - Badlands National Park and Prairie Homestead

National Parks of Canada - 2005    Jasper and Banff National Parks

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument - 2005    MONTANA

Iowa - 2004    Specific destinations and points along the way

Amana Colonies - 2004   AMANA,  IA - including HitchHiker RV Rally

Wisconsin - 2004    Various scenic points along the way - See below for specific destinations visited during our 2004 trip. 

The House On The Rock - 2004    SPRING GREEN, WI

Wisconsin Dells - 2004    WISCONSIN DELLS, WI
Upper Boat Trip, Lower Duck Trip

Circus World Museum - 2004    BARABOO, WI

National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame - 2004    HAYWARD, WI

Marengo Cave National Landmark - 2004   MARENGO, IN

Homestead National Monument of America - 2003   BEATRICE, NE

Kansas - Fall 2003                    CHANUTE, KS and NuWa Factory tours,
                                                                HitchHiker RV Rally

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center - 2003    HUTCHINSON, KS

New England - Fall 2003        CT, MA, ME, NH, PA, RI and VT    

Great North American RV Rally - 2003    LOUISVILLE, KY

Churchill Downs - 2003               LOUISVILLE, KY 

Southwest Michigan - 2003         SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN ( South Haven, St. Joseph,  Michigan Maritime Museum )

Allegan, MI 2003                           CITY, The Old Jail Museum, Fairgrounds

Lincoln's Boyhood Home-2003    LAWRENCEBURG, IN

Nashville, TN 2002                       CITY, Grand Ole Opry, Historic Homes, HitchHiker RV Rally

Trip - July, 2002                              HIGGINS LAKE, MACKINAW CITY AREA (EAST)  

Air & Space Museum - 2002         WAPAKONETA, OH
Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum

Tippecanoe 2001                                 INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Tippecanoe Battlefield

Indy, 2000                                               Indianapolis Motor Speedway - INDIANA

Vacation 2000                                    Land Between The Lakes - KY/TN

Vacation 1999                                    KANSAS/MISSOURI/INDIANA

Vacation 1998                                    WESTERN SHORE OF MICHIGAN

Vacation 1997                                    MICHIGAN'S UPPER PENINSULA 


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