....and get lost in beautiful places. We were more than a month on the road and traveled more than 3,000 miles to reach our current location, Riverdale, North Dakota.
We experienced amazing locations and would like to invite you to get lost together with us. As usual, my camera was the canvas that painted the most fascinating scenes. Since we gathered so many images, I decided to take only a few pictures of each of the locations we had the privilege to stay and to start a separate blog for the surprising Badlands in South Dakota.
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The Eastbank Campground near Chattahoochee, GA, was our first stop and the reward for six hours on the road was a wonderful sunset.
The area around Spanish Fort, AL, is known for its seafood and the Bluegill Restaurant was a great find to feed us after another day on the highway.
A Class A motorhome is like a big sail and it reacts like a boat going through the strong winds of Louisiana. We were very happy when we checked into our "harbor" at John Schneider’s Place, the home of General Lee and Bo Duke. Having dinner with our dear friends Karla and John was the icing on the cake.
We love USACE campgrounds and the Cottonshed Park in Arkansas was no exception. Wonderful views and a campsite on the hill.
Washington, AR, was one of the great finds off the beaten path. Full with history and answers to trivia questions, such as “where was the first Bowie knife forged”.
Our campground in Barling, AR, was close to Fort Smith. We enjoyed strolling along Main Street, the stories told by the murals across from the train station, and the investments in keeping down town vibrant.
The Keltoi Winery in Oronogo, MO, was definitely off the beaten path. The owner had a strong connection to Ireland. One of his wines was labeled “7 Wives” and it was a joke on a friend who was married seven times. A little Stonehenge visualized the life of his friend. On a side note, the wine was excellent and the vintner was a great story teller. After Koltoi we stayed at the Seven Springs Winery. The road to the parking lot was such a roller coaster ride that I did not dare to take any pictures.
Staying at Winterset brought us close to Hollywood. John Wayne was born here and the museum near his birthplace is outstanding. Do you remember the Bridges of Madison County movie? Well, Winterset is in Madison County and we could visit a few of the bridges and shed a tear walking down Main Street.
Imagine a Frank Lloyd Wright House in the middle of nowhere? Do not go further than Independence, Iowa. What a surprise!
Have you ever heard of Ellsworth, Wisconsin? It is the cheese curds capital of the world and the home of our dear friend Katie. Visiting her was such a highlight, watching the Percheron horses grow was an extra perk, but helping with the birth of a Percheron foal was magnificent. His name is Pegasus and we look forward to see him next year.
Blue Mounts State Park was another diamond in the rough. We were able to watch the largest Bison herd in a Minnesota State Park and to spend time at the Pipestone National Monument. Native American Indians were not always friendly to each other, but when they came to Pipestone to get material for their peace pipes they buried their hatchets and were in peace during their stay at this sacred place.
Pierre, the capitol of South Dakota was our last stop prior to entering the Badlands. One of the smallest capitals in the US but one that shines.
We have seen many images of the SD Badlands, yet passing the entrance gate to the National Park brought us to a world which we have never seen before. More to come and we hope you enjoined traveling with us.