ON THE ROAD
ON THE ROAD
Welcome to Maynard Time! We do things at our own pace, and sometimes that means taking a long break in between posts. Sorry about that. We are located in a spectacular valley here at Quilcene National Fish Hatchery with tall majestic mountains on all sides of us and absolutely no television reception. We maxed out our phone data rather quickly thus posting blogs and any web use came to an abrupt stop.
The picture below gives you a bit of an idea of where we are located; however does not show that the mountains go on for miles.
We bit the bullet and purchased an RV Dish satellite and Wally receiver in hopes of using much less phone data; therefore freeing up our Android hot spots for our internet. I found it extremely difficult to not be able to get online with my computer. I'll admit it, I am quite attached to modern technology and find myself wondering what in the world I used to do without being "plugged in."
Our drive on travel day number three took us along Interstate 70 across Missouri to Weston Bend State Park in Weston, Missouri, a 279-mile trip. I never knew that Missouri was so wide.
One sight that we were very interested in was the Mark Twain National Forest in Rolla, Missouri, where there is over 750 miles for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking as well as canoeing, kayaking, and camping. Had we not already had our destination scheduled for the night, this would have been a lovely place to stay. Perhaps we can come back some day.
Another point of interest along Interstate 70 is the Bonnie and Clyde Shootout Souvenirs in Jefferson City, Missouri. Bonnie and Clyde were hold up in a couple of cabins at Red Crown Motel when a posse caught up with them, and well, you know the rest of that story. Crime does not pay!
Fulton, Missouri, is home to the National Churchill Museum, on the campus of Westminster College. The museum remembers and commemorates the life, times, and distinguished career of Sir Winston Churchill. There is an actual chunk of the Berlin Wall on exhibit at the museum. A stop at this small college town is well worth the time to take a step back and brush up on a bit of pretty significant history.
At days end, we were happy to reach Weston Bend State Park for the night, and it is a lovely campground. Unfortunately this is the only picture we have of Weston Bend State Park. We had a lovely site with trees in between each site that provided great privacy. The sites were angled on lush rolling hills. We were put to the test on those rolling hills when we struck out for a walk after a long day in the truck.
We give this campground an A+. Great job Weston Bend State Park!
Day number two on the road began with warm sunshine and an early morning walk marveling in all the beauty of J. Percy Priest Lake in La Verne, Tennessee. We needed this walk as we were looking at 321 miles ahead of us and 4 hr 45 min driving to our next stay-over at Casino Queen RV Park in St. Louis, Illinois. This was Benny's pick; he wanted to spend the night next to the Mighty Mississippi River, and we did, albeit in a casino RV park. Hey, we are in it for the adventure, and it's all good!
Our route to St. Louis was via Interstate 24 from Tennessee through southwest Kentucky and into Illinois. The drive was easy with quite a few spots of interest to stop, stretch our legs, and of course eat. We certainly can say that we have eaten our way clear across the United States (and it is showing). I am standing in my kitchen/living room writing this blog wearing my stretchy pants and feeling like a stuffed traveler!
The pictures above are of the Mississippi River, downtown St. Louis, and the Gateway Arch. We arrived too late to safely take a walk over to the arch, so the decision was made to visit the arch first thing the next morning; however, Mother Nature had other plans. The next morning we awoke to dark clouds and rain, so the arch had to be placed on a list of sights to visit on another trip.
Casino Queen RV Park, according to B&M rating, is rated a B. It is a great place to visit if you are going to spend time in the casino. They offer a shuttle back and forth to and from the casino, the RV sites are pull-through with full hook-ups including internet, a bath house and laundry, and the park is gated with security. The minus for us was that it was a parking lot in the city, and we were country mice gone to the hustle and bustle of city outskirts.
Of note, when traveling with and without reservations, take into consideration the safety of the area where you will be camping. Crime rate statistics can easily be checked through sites like NeighborhoodScout.com, City-Data.com, and SpotCrime.com. With a little bit of online research and listening to your 'gut' you and your family can feel more secure in your surroundings.
Our next stop is Kansas City, Missouri. Like and follow us as we make our way to Washington State in our 30' travel trailer. We call it HOME!
Springtime mornings in the south are a favorite time for us. Waking to cool crisp air, the symphony of bird song melodies, unfolding shades of new greenery, and stunning spring flowers is heavenly. On the morning of May 7, 2018, we had all the southern beauty but this was different than all the other spring mornings of our lives. This was the jumping-off point of Benny & Marsha's Great Adventure!
We were really going to do it, drive clear across the United States from Brooks, Georgia to Quilcene, Washington and be a 'magnanimous' 2,782 miles away from our beloved family and friends for four months! Yikes! Apprehension, nervous excitement, fear of the unknown, eagerness, and enthusiasm were jostling around in my head, but Benny was full of eagerness and ready to get the adventure on the road. We were at the point where we felt there was no turning back or change of mind to hold us in comfortable surroundings; so we were on our way!
Our route took us clear through and around the Atlanta area, up through North Georgia, across a little stretch of Alabama, and into Tennessee. I must admit sheepishly that I was full of trepidation on the busy crowded interstates with the 18-wheeler's blowing by us and narrowing of lanes due to road construction here, there, and everywhere! Bless Benny's heart he was more than patient with me and powered through. He was calm and cool under the pressure and got us to where we needed to go with precision and safety. Thank you, Benny!
Our first overnight stop was Poole Knobs Campground, a part of J. Percy Priest Lake, in La Verne, Tennessee, just outside Nashville. After pulling into the hilly campground we found another camper in our reserved site. We scratched our heads a little bit and talked with the person occupying our site, who after realizing his mistake offered us his site. We agreed to switch sites, and the problem was easily solved. (Actually it worked out great for us because his site had a better view than ours.) We were happy campers, had dinner, enjoyed the evening, and fell asleep excited about the day ahead of us.
Poole Knobs Campground is a beautiful campground, and we give it an A for beauty, cleanliness, and safety. The area has many outdoor activities, recreation, and is in close proximity to Nashville, Tennessee. If you are going to be in the area camping, check out the US Army Corp of Engineers website for more information and reservations.
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As many of you know, our Great Adventure began at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in Awenda, South Carolina, on January 15, 2018. I was apprehensive about leaving our grandchildren, our girls, sons in law, friends, church, and home to strike out into the unknown.
The departure was more difficult than I anticipated because lots of tears were shed by some of the grandbabes and of course, me. We were halfway through our 6-hour trip before my tears finally abated. I constantly had to remind myself that all would be well and three-and-a-half months would probably pass quickly.
A couple of weeks after moving into our trailer, Abby, and beginning our duties at the refuge, the beauty of the Lowcountry had captured a piece of my heart. Oh, and not to mention the quick friends we made with the rangers, biologists, and other volunteers. We felt as though we were exactly where we needed to be at this point in our lives.
My duties were administrative with the refuge Headquarters and with Visitor Services at the Sewee Visitor Educational and Environmental Center. I was certainly out of my comfort zone at first but soon felt great passion and confidence for what I was a part of, and later became so much more than thankful for the experience!
Hello there. We are Benny and Marsha Maynard and are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime! We have just become emptynesters and are ready for adventure. Not that our last 45 years haven't been adventurous with 2 daughters and 9 grandchildren, they have, but we are once again doing life as a "couple," and that changes the whole ballgame.
We purchased a 30' pull-behind Crossroads RV trailer and are in the midst of selling our house, storing our possessions for the next year, and traveling the United States full-time in the trailer.
Our first trip will begin on January 14, 2017, at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in Awendaw, South Carolina. We will be volunteering at the refuge from the middle of January all the way through the month of April. Awendaw is on the east coast of South Carolina, located 29 miles northeast of Charleston. We visited Camp Romain last month and were able to go ahead and set up camp and leave Abby behind. So that's what we did. We winterized her, locked her up, and planned to move-in a few weeks later.
Low and behold we got word yesterday morning that a "bomb cyclone" was blowing in and affecting the entire east coast from Tallahassee, Florida, upwards with snow, ice, and high winds. In a panic and worried about our soon-to-be new home, Benny rushed over to Awendaw to check on Abby and below is what he found...
He found her hunkered down safe and sound, warm and cozy with no loss of power in 1-2+ inches of snow and ice. We just don't expect that kind of weather down south along the east coast, and we are relieved that she is okay.
For those with the question, "What are you going to do about your business?" The answer is that Heart's Ease Naturals will continue to produce all-natural skin care products on this adventure. We will be filling orders no matter where our tiny home is located. Just place your order online, pay online, and wait for your wonderful all-natural products to arrive at your doorstep.
As you can see, our adventure has begun even though we have not officially "moved in," so keep an eye out as there will be many more adventures to share. Stay warm folks!