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Friday, November 28, 2014

Go Where you Want, Sort Of!

A beautiful thing about living full time in your motorhome is not having a planned path or schedule.  This allows you to plan your direction and take time along the way to see things that others tell you about.

We planned our way from Redding, California to Arcata to Brookings, Oregon to Florence, Bend and onto Marsing, Idaho.  We made some route adjustments along the way.

The weather was nice and hot in Redding . . .

...  and nice in Arcata.

But Brookings was way to cold so we headed to Grants Pass which was perfect. Ellen had noticed, while in Brookings,  a blind spot in her left eye. In Grants Pass we had it checked out.  It was a macular hole. The macula is a lining in the center of the retina. It gives you your central vision and hers was obscured.

Fortunately we were just three blocks from one of Southern Oregon's finest retina specialists, Dr. Rinkoff, who performed the emergency surgery.

So we adjusted our route again spending the next two months in Medford and Redding as Ellen's eye recovers.

This kind of incident would ruin your vacation, but for fulltimers it is just a new home for a season.  Learn more at Southern Oregon Side Trip

Pete.Ellen Mattson

Lassen Volcanic National Park

From Bubbling Pots to Plug-Dome Volcanoes

We have never heard from anyone about Lassen National Park. In fact we did not know the real name is Lassen Volcanic National Park.  As we left our daughter's home in Paradise, California, Lassen was a short jaunt.

We were very surprised and pleased with our decision to visit.  The park is full of dormant volcanoes, boiling springs, mud pots, steam vents, trees and mountains galore.  The park encompasses 165 square miles, has 200 hundred natural lakes and hundreds of miles of hiking trails.

We visited in early September. The weather was beautiful and the crowds few. We only had the squirrels to keep us company.

We could only stay for the weekend as there is no cell service and we need to be accessible by our clients. 

This is a great park to hike, relax and enjoy beauty as God created it.  See more at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Pete.Ellen Mattson

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

On the Road Again

When we first started RV travel we did not know we were full-timers.  So while we sold all our possessions, we kept our house in Atascadero, California and rented it.  In June our incredible "Angel Renters" moved to Alaska and we had to find a new family. We did and they appear to also be fabulous renters.  But it took two months to find them and get the house ready.

But now, we are On the Road Again.  We headed up California's Highway 49, the Gold Highway.

We spent three days on the road an arrived at our daughter's house in Paradise, where we will spent a few weeks working on new construction.

When we leave Paradise we will head to the Northwest but have no idea of the path.

Thanks for traveling with us and click here for the week in detail California Highway 49

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Truly Beautiful Bridge

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

What kind of bridge has a parking lot and restaurant in the middle of the bridge and goes under the water?  The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel!

The ride under 75 feet of water is fantastic; fantastically close to scraping your roof on the ceiling.

Find our why this bridge-tunnel is truly beautiful at The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Bridges of North America, Part 2

50 more amazing bridges for your review. Which one is the most beautiful?

The New Cooper Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina?

Royal Gorge Colorado, built in 1929?

Pueblo, Colorado, River Walk

Come back next week to see our pick, Pete.Ellen Mattson

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Bridges of North America, Part 1

Bridges are incredibly useful saving hours of driving or allowing you to get to places that otherwise are not accessible.  And many are truly pieces of art.  Every state and province have them and we bring you 100 of them in our two-part series.

"The shot heard round the world" came from the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts.

Not a bridge, but too beautiful to not show you!

The London Bridge, now in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

 See dozens more for the USA and Canada and learn about their structures and history at The Bridges of North America, Part 1

We thank God for the amazing talents of the engineers and designers who created these beautiful and useful bridges.

Pete.Ellen Mattson

Flags Across America

Our Flag Photo Collection travelogue was fun to create and has gotten high praise, such as "Best post ever!" Here are couple of photos and you can see them all  at Flags Across America

From Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to Paradise, California to ...

Dover, Delaware to Washington D.C. ...

the flag of the USA waves proudly standing for the freedom we enjoy as Americans.

Enjoy, Pete.Ellen Mattson

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Favorite Photos #5 Washington D.C.

This week our favorite photos are from our visit to Washington D.C. in June 2007.  The weather was fabulous, sunny and low humidity.  Enjoy!

The US Capital looks spectacular through the trees

The Korean War Memorial is new and very life like

To see all the photos link to Washington. D.C. Photos

With love, Pete and Ellen

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Favorite Photos #4

In eight years we have taken 72,994 snapshots.  We say snapshots as we are not professional photographers. But we have certainly learned at lot from practice!  And we have learned from friends who are professionals: Dave Garth, Melissa Jean and Peter Boonisar.  We have learned to frame our photos well, and from our "pro" friends learned the importance of lighting, taking photos from different angles and elevations, and finally learned to "see the potential" for a good photo.  Thank you to our friends and for those following this blog, we hope you enjoy our Favorite Photos #4.

Friendly crab on the beach at Emerald Island, North Carolina

"Pet" alligator in pond at Cycle World, Daytona Beach, Florida

Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens, Pawleys Island, South Carolina

You can review all the photos in #4 at Favorite Photos #4.

Thank you for stopping by, love, Pete and Ellen

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden

When we moved to Atascadero, California in 1977, there were eight wineries in North San Luis Obispo County. Today there are over 200!  Some of these are small growers with simple but enjoyable tasting rooms. And then some, like Sculpterra, are as ornate as Hearst Castle.

The gardens are just gorgeous!

But what makes them fabulous are the sculptures!

Come here to enjoy the beauty and oh, yeah, don't forget to taste the excellent wines!

See our complete review at Sculpterra Travelogue

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Man-Dog Travelogue

Traveling without your spouse is different. Pete and Mandy head out alone for a 1,200 mile trip.

Check out how they did! A man and his dog

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ORI - Outdoor Resort Indio, The Ultimate Motorcoach Resort

The Coachchella Valley is beautiful.  What was an arid and sandy desert is now lush, probably with more landscaping per square mile than any other resort area in the world, including Hawaii.

Outdoor Resorts Indio (ORI) ups the ante in the neighborhood with flowers, trees, grass, shrubs and water features covering every square inch of the resort.

Living here gives you the feeling that you are in motorcoach heaven with endless beauty. More importantly the resort is filled with like-minded motorcoach owners who are engaged in the myriad of activities that abound.

Golf, tennis, pickleball, dinners, shows, sport car outings, motorcycle trips, classes, dinners with friends in their outdoor kitchens, swimming, walking, the list is endless.  If you are bored at ORI, it is because you want to be!

To learn more and see more of ORI visit Outdoor Resorts Indio, California

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Eight Year Recap

We have enjoyed eight years of full time motorhome travel. We are by no means setting any records. Just last week in Los Algodones, Mexico we parked next to two couples. One couple was in the 16th year of fulltiming and the other 20 years!  However we have learned that most fulltimers while living in the motorhome fulltime are not traveling as we are. Most take a couple of years to tour the USA and Canada and visit all the famous places they have heard of. Such as Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks. Then they settle in to live in usually two places, one in the South for the winter and another for the summer. Or one in the winter and full time travel during the warmer months.

We didn't know that's what we were supposed to do, so we have kept on moving! Here are our last eight years of bread crumbs.

This year we have a lot of family to take care of in California. So our travels have been very limited. Not to disappoint, we continue to produce weekly travelogues with information valuable to RV travelers.  To view the 642+ page of our information visit Big Rig Bible, The Full Time Motorhome Guide

Laminate Flooring Exposed

Laminate flooring is a wonderful choice for a solid surface floor in your RV.  It is a very easy installation in a home; a little trickery in an RV, but it will transform your worn out carpet with an upscale look.

Its take a lot of labor, but the material cost is reasonable.  We'll show you the process step-by-step. And we show all the tools you'll need for each phase.

Study the lessons, take your time and your floor will be the talk of the town RV park.

Here is your class at How to Install Laminate Flooring