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Join Richie as she takes you on her Road Warrior journeys from coast to coast. With her sense of adventure and husband and dog by her side, Richie will share the sights, sounds and adventures of being in her RV. The best part is the people you meet along the way. We want to hear from all nature lovers, so be sure and share your treks from the roads, parks and campgrounds. Happy Trails!

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  1. Shadow Parked in Place (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    A Place to Park

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    At least once a year our destination is a landmark National Park. Since we live in the middle of the US, this usually means traveling a long distance to get to “A Park That’s a Place”. And that results in looking for a Place to Park for overnight stops.

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  2. Oak Mountain (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Alabama – Heart of Dixie

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    Searching for the Heart of Dixie? Look to Alabama for some Southern surprises.

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  3. Badlands National Park (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Badlands National Park: South Dakota

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    The Badlands is leftover volcanic terrain, strange and beautiful, but most inhospitable. There’s hardly a living thing out here except rattlesnakes and prairie dogs. But it’s a wonderful place to tour and camp on your way to South Dakota’s Black Hills.

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  4. SOFA Convention (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Blacksmithing in Troy, Ohio

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    Isn’t it funny how somebody’s peculiar hobby can introduce you to a whole new world? Such was the case when I attended a blacksmithing convention in Troy, Ohio with family members.

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  5. King Waldorf(Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Camping Canada’s Niagara Falls

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    We return to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls time and again because the area has so much to offer. It’s all the stuff we like to do – outdoor, natural splendor, and touristy. We revisited several favorites and added some new experiences, too. The weather was perfection, and it’s a gorgeous ride cruising Niagara Parkway. The drive is dotted with islands of flowers and fountains, and the profusion of colors is simply wondrous. Walking paths alongside disappear invitingly into lush woods, and the air is clean and crisp.

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  6. Lake (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Camping Canton

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    There are many reasons to visit Canton, Ohio, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame and nearby Amish country. Canton also boasts several first-class hospitals, which was the reason for our recent unscheduled stay.

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  7. Colter Bay Photo by Richena Holbert

    Colter Bay Village: Grand Teton National Park

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    The beautiful thing about traveling in an RV is that you’re always at home. Sleeping in your own comfy bed, a pantry full of favorite foods, clothes hanging neatly in a closet instead of crammed into a suitcase. And when you move from place to place, you never have to unpack.

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  8. Deadwood SD (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Deadwood, South Dakota

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    Should you find yourself in the Black Hills vicinity, gallop into Deadwood for some great western-style fun. This town is famous for its Gold Rush days, circa 1875, and for where Wild Bill Hickok was killed. The HBO series, Deadwood, has rekindled interest in this lively little town.

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  9. Devils Tower (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Devils Tower, Wyoming

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    Why would you want to see a big rock?

    Because Devils Tower is more than just a geological oddity.

    There’s something deep and profound here that led Native Americans

    to hold this as a Sacred Place.

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  10. Dog Creek Campground (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Dog Creek at Nolin Lake And Cub Run Cave

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    Ever wonder where the locals go? Try this little gem in central Kentucky!

    Dog Creek Campground is located on the east end of a sprawling valley flooded to create Nolin Lake. There are many campgrounds on Nolin Lake, but lovely little Dog Creek is just the right size to suit us. There are only about 50 electric campsites, each generous in size, with plenty of green space between and thoughtfully angled so you're not wedged against the neighbor’s clothesline of wet bathing suits

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  11. Mill (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Down by the Old Mill Stream:Spring Mill State Park - Mitchell, IN

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    Don’t you love finding a new favorite spot to camp? Or maybe it’s a place that everyone seems to know about and you’re just discovering it for the first time. Our recent trip to Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Indiana proved to be just that.

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  12. Driveway camping (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Driveway Camping

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    There’s plenty of reasons we love RV’ing, and the list got a little longer in the weeks following Hurricane Sandy. Many RVers offered their rigs as temporary shelter to embattled East Coast residents. Power, heat, refrigerator, and sleeping quarters all in a rolling relief package. Bravo to the kind souls who lent out their campers to those in need!

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  13. Fallingwater (Photo by Richena Holbert)

    Fallingwater: Mill Run, Pennsylvania

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    Our membership to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy was a great excuse for a road trip to Mill Run, Pennsylvania to see the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home, Fallingwater. 

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  14. First Landing - Photo by Richena Holbert

    First Landing State Park: Virginia Beach, VA

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    Sometimes first impressions are misleading. Such was the case with our visit to First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. This is a huge campground with direct beach access, and lots of amenities to please everyone. However, the check-in process was so confounding that we nearly gave up.

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  15. Greenbrier Camp (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Greenbrier State Forest

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    We’ve come to realize that bigger is not always better. Sometimes it’s the little places that offer the most charming experience. Greenbrier State Forest is one such gem, hidden deep in the West Virginia mountains. This is old-school camping at its finest. Small and slightly primitive, the campground offers only sixteen electric sites, tucked into lush and shady groves.

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  16. Gulf Islands (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Gulf Islands National Seashore: The most beautiful beach in Florida’s Panhandle

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    I came to Florida looking for sun and surf, and by happy accident found the most beautiful beach in the Panhandle – Gulf Islands. This is a National Park, unspoiled and pristine, with snow-white sand and emerald green waters. A lovely park to drive through and great place to camp.

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  17. Photo by Richie Holbert

    I Love Lucy – Jamestown, NY

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    We recently spent the day in Jamestown, NY - the hometown of Lucille Ball. Our visit happened to be on Lucy’s birthday weekend, which is also the date for the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. 

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  18. Oregon Trail (Photo by Tim Holbert)

    Jackson Hole Camping

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    We set up camp at Jackson Hole Campground on the Moose-Wilson Road and celebrated with some frosty local beer purchased at the check-in office.

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  19. Jellystone Park at Mammoth Cave (Photos by Richie Holbert)

    Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Mammoth Cave

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    Its Memorial Day weekend and we’ve traveled a couple of notches south to vacation near Mammoth Cave National Park in Cave City, KY. The national park offers only primitive campsites (which means no electric service) so we are staying a few miles down the road at an RV resort. In this part of the country, the term “RV Resort” is loosely applied and commonly means a giant family playground with lots of places to plug in a trailer. 

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  20. Folk School (Photos by Richie Holbert)

    John C. Campbell Folk School: Brasstown, NC

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    For the past 90 years the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC has been teaching the lost art of folk crafts in the picturesque mountains of western North Carolina. If you can make it by hand, you can make it here! 

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  21. Lake George (Photos by Richie Holbert)

    Lake George, New York

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    There’s nothing better than spending some time in the Adirondack Mountains at the height of the summer season! 

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  22. Lincoln Homestead (Photo by Richena Holbert)

    Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial & Lincoln State Park: Lincoln City, Indiana

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    Nestled in the woods of southern Indiana, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and Lincoln State Park are a surprising combination of great camping with a fascinating history lesson. These parks commemorate the area where Abraham Lincoln grew from boy to manhood, and where he earned his moniker as a Frontier Statesman.

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  23. Aerial view (Photo by Pat Bonish)

    Low-Key Hideaway: Cedar Key, Florida

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    If you want a great Florida get-away for you and your dog at a reasonable price, check out the Low-Key Hideaway at Cedar Key, Florida. Cedar Key is an island off the west coast of the Florida peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico. Cedar Key is 57 miles southwest of Gainesville and 143 miles north of Clearwater and Tampa.

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  24. State Park Beach (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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    Blend the pearly sands of Florida with a dash of Atlantic City and a pinch of Gatlinburg and you’ve got the delights of Myrtle Beach.

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  25. New Harmony (Photo by Richie Holbert)

    New Harmony, Indiana and Harmonie State Park

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    On the advice of well-traveled friends, we headed the motorhome to New Harmony, Indiana last fall. This special town is located in the south-western tip of Indiana along the Illinois border, and is well worth the trip.

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