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WHEN IS A TRAILER AN RV?

November 18, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

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FROM MOUNTAIN HIGH TO SEA LEVEL

June 11, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers We summited Mt. Washington, an important mountain near Gorham, New Hampshire.  In addition to being the highest peak east of the Rockies and the very first tourist attraction in America, Mt. Washington is also known for having recorded the highest wind speed of any place in the world – 231 mph, which blew by in April 1934. As regular readers of our articles know, we don’t try to tell you all the statistics and details about everything we see, preferring to whet your appetite to see for yourselves.  But there are a few things about our Mt. Washington visit that you might find interesting. First, at the start (mountaineers might call it “base camp”), they warn you that it’s not for the faint of heart.  The 8-mile narrow road with no rails overlooks gorges, and cars heading downhill are required to stop to allow the upward bound to pass by without losing momentum. There are four traditional alternative ways to reach the top.  1) climb on foot four or five hours along one of the steep trails; 2) take the stage coach van to the top; 3) hop aboard the cog railway; or 4) drive your own vehicle (no RVs allowed for obvious reasons) at your own pace.  Those who pay the toll to drive, as we did, get an enjoyable CD that guides them along, plus gives history and tales of the mountain for the motorists’ listening pleasure.  In addition to factual and safety information, the narrator speaks about those who have... Read more



HOT, HOT, HOT IN NEW ENGLAND

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers With almost 500 campsites at Salisbury State Beach Reservation (“a state paaak,” as they say around here), we pictured Sunday morning at the dump station as being a line of rigs as long as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  Our first strategy for avoiding the check-out-dumping-rush-hour was to wait until most campers departed by 11 a.m., but when we didn’t see any packing-up activity by neighbors at 7:30, we decided to make a run for it early.  We were first in line at the dump and out of there 20 minutes later.  Most campers were locals wanting to stretch out their weekend as long as possible. There’s not much to report since the Cape Cod blog a few days ago, but since we’re moving inland into Vermont and New Hampshire, where we won’t have hookups, and since we’ve received some helpful comments from readers, I’ll send this out anyway. Mussels await the return of high tide along the Merrimack River shoreline. Friday, with our trailer parked at Salisbury, we drove a very few miles to tour the New Hampshire coast.  Like most of the shoreline New England villages, the settings for homes are wonderful.  Rhododendrons and wild roses are blooming, so it’s a colorful experience. Two places we found interesting:  Portsmouth Harbor and Hampton Beach.  I’ll let two photos tell those stories. With temperatures in the mid-90s last Friday, swarms of area residents went to Hampton Beach, New Hampshire,... Read more



LIVING HISTORY IN NEW ENGLAND

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers “History”: Remember Fifth Grade when you learned the words “Plymouth Rock”?  And there were all those other names, like Lord Baltimore, Benjamin Franklin, Jefferson Davis, Roger Williams, William Penn, Benedict Arnold, etc., etc.  Since arriving in the colonial states of the East, we often find these names as part of the landscape on the narrow roads we A Motorhome nests among the Provincetown area dunes travel. If it's New England, there's gotta be a lighthouse photo Plus others, like “Moby Dick” author Herman Melville, The Kennedys’ hide-away Hyannis Port, Explorers John Cabot and Henry Hudson, Captain John Paul Jones, and seaman Nathan Hale, Chappaquiddick, portrait painter Gilbert Stuart, radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi … around every curve is another name that I had heard but with which I had not become personally acquainted.   There are many more and, I’m sure, many more to come in the weeks ahead. The bell rang – move to “Geography” class.  In doing a bit of research on the computer (working off battery in our dry-camping situation) I discovered that there are only four Maritime Provinces.  It changed in 2001 when Newfoundland and Labrador officially merged.  The other three, Prince Edwards Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have stood their ground, so to speak. Moving along to “Science.” I mentioned that I did online research.  Here’s fact that amazes us: ... Read more



YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT RECENT BLOGS

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Readers have responded to my recent blogs with information that I think you’ll find interesting. John Kyler asked, “What reference material did you use to locate your campgrounds?  It sounds like a little nerve-wracking, but enjoyable trip.” BARRY’S RESPONSE: The way I select campgrounds is by turning where Monique says to turn.  After we agree where we want to be and what we want to see, such as Washington, D.C., as the planner and navigator, she puts her heart and soul into routing us, She takes her time pouring over maps, travel guides and articles torn from RV magazines, researched further on the Internet.  Once she has the route carved in stone and we actually hitch up, we use her routing as a basis, but go wherever our wanderlust directs us. Freedom is Wonderful, which brings us to an important message:  This is the Memorial Day Weekend, a time when we honor our nation’s servicemen and women who have given their all to keep America free, whose service to our country has preserved our access to a free press; preserved our right to worship in the way we want or not to worship at all; to be entitled to fairness before the law; to learn and discover; to travel where we want in the RV best suited for our lifestyle.  Like I said, Freedom is Wonderful.  To those who have died over the centuries for our liberty, we give our deepest thanks. Now, to resume our travel planning.  We try not to make reservations,... Read more



A FIVE-PART BLOG

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers YORK AND THE HOGS — As today’s title suggests, there are five parts to today’s blog, beginning with our discovering an interesting area to visit when you’re traveling in the Northeast.  The place is York County, Pennsylvania, between Harrisburg and Baltimore.  It proudly calls itself Another "Hog" owner arrives at the factory. No photos are allowed in the production plant. “The Factory Tour Capital of the World.” Before going further about all that’s available in that area, I’ll start out by saying that the only tour we took was the Harley-Davidson motorcycle factory.   Realize that technology is not high in Monique’s sphere of interests and I’ve never longed to straddle a “Hog,” but whattaplace! The robots that paint and form parts are magnificent.  The workforce’s devotion to producing a precision product is inspirational.  Everything on every motorcycle that goes through the stations is checked and rechecked all along the assembly lines. Most of the process is done by men and women because almost every bike is different. Large and small, various colors and models, some with ultimate accessories, others lean and mean – robots can’t be programmed to cope with the variety.  [And unlike Ozzie Nelson when the Nelsons went through the U.S. Mint in the 1960s, I didn’t ask for a free sample.] When we were staying near York, we carefully chose which factories to tour... Read more



RVING SWITCHBACKS – EAST, WEST, NORTH, SOUTH

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers I prepared an article years ago about the types of places you can park your rig, updating it several times — everything from private campgrounds to national parks to retail outlets and many more – 17 more to be exact.  If you’d like a copy, please email your request to neverboredrvers@gmail.com. It’s free. Annapolis, capital of Maryland. What a neat place!  We spent a day walking the streets of this interesting town, reveling in all-thing-Annapolis: historic homes and buildings, including those housing state From left, "Big Al" picks out crabs for us in St. Michaels, a town that celebrates its seafood, and we're ready for a feast in Annapolis government, the Chesapeake Bay waterfront, seafood, shops, and, most notable of all, the U.S. Naval Academy.  Very prestigious, and the midshipmen are all so handsome; that is, all except the midshipwomen, who Midshipmen -- with female middies in background at right are dolls.  I don’t mean to be sexist about this, but we were astounded to see how many of the middies are female.  And they all, both women and men, look so young and fresh. During the past week, we have qualified to put three more stickers on our map of states visited as RVers.  We stayed across the Potomac in Maryland while visiting Washington, D.C.  Then, we crossed the never-ending Chesapeake Bay Bridge near Annapolis (really only 4.3 miles, but it goes on and on) to the... Read more



IN THE SHADOWS OF SHENANDOAH

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers A continuing saga, which I call “Micro-Blogs” … In the uplands, the trees were just starting to come into their spring greenery.  In the valleys, the bright yellow forsythia, white and pink shrubbery and wildflower blossoms and lush green everywhere kept us enchanted for mile after mile (much akin to fireweed in the Yukon Territory). Looking out from Skyline Parkway at the Blue Ridge Mountains So Babcock, West Virginia, was a pleasant enough state park, but it wasn’t in its glory when we visited in mid-April.  Nor was Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, one of the most visited national parks in America.  The rhododendron bushes were leafy but have not yet bloomed, so we missed out on their rich hues, but the Shenandoah Valley is a place of beauty. Once we arrived at Shenandoah River State Park, Virginia, we were surrounded by healthy forests that we always enjoy, sprinkled with colorful trees, butterflies and the beautiful Shenandoah River. This valley is a tourist’s paradise, with its abundant caverns open to the public.  We picked the most renown, Luray Caverns in Luray, for a trek underground.  We seem to gravitate toward caves in our travels, having gone underground in at least a dozen and maybe closer to two dozen — that makes us expert cavern tourists. Far beneath the surface of the Earth is an enchanting lake, seen in Luray Caverns in Virginia A vintage Mercedes-Benz in Luray's... Read more



TAKING UP SPACE

April 6, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Friday we arrived in Huntsville, Alabama, “the Rocket City,” climbed the mountain to Monte Sano State Park, unhitched and set out for NASA’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center, where in the 1950s, a team of scientists, led by Dr. Wernher von Braun, designed and tested the rockets that put men on the Moon. Monique acceded to my whim to visit the center, mildly interested at best.  When we walked in, I was blown away by the exhibits.  I think Monique was even more impressed.  (Last blog I mentioned that the World War II Museum in New Orleans is a “must see.” This certainly is another “must see.”) I thought it was a hair dryer for King Kong -- turns out, it was the cones beneath the rocket. In hall after hall, what we saw and experienced was grand.  When we walked into the space center, we were overwhelmed with the grandeur, the spectacles, the active exhibits – and how the designers put into perspective the importance of the space program to our everyday lives. Our trip to Huntsville was our fourth or fifth deviation from the planned route.  When wanderlust calls, we enjoy the spontaneity of our trip, the ability to stay a day longer or leave a day early, the freedom to veer off the yellow-highlighted routes on the maps Monique worked on so diligently. If you’re wondering about all this freedom, it comes first with being retired (except for writing and photography).  It also means willingness... Read more



PLANNING YOUR ROUTE

March 1, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Today I was going to publish some of the comments received from our last blog, but a flash of thought took me in another direction.  I’ll convey your comments in the next article. On yesterday’s trip through several desert communities, we noticed RVs on the move.  We guess that for many snowbirds, the beginning of March is the onset of spring, and maybe our Canadian visitors need to get back across the border so they don’t lose health benefits. For most of us long-term RV touring travelers, taking off on a months-long journey can be done two ways:  planned or unplanned. Monique and I try to be spontaneous, but there are some realities that we have learned to take into consideration. In a couple of weeks we’ll be off on a six-month trip that will take us into 20 states, the District of Columbia and seven Canadian provinces. Having two goals to achieve this year is where the Our Mission: Fill in the Empty Green Spaces planning comes in, and spontaneity is where we expect to find adventure.  The two goals are; 1) filling out the U.S. map on our rig with all the continental states, including Alaska, and 2) experiencing the Canadian Maritimes (Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Labrador and Prince Edwards Island) plus Quebec and Ontario.  An additional goal is filling up on lobster and crab while on the East Coast. For those of you new to RVing or heading out on your first long trip, let me share what... Read more



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