TOUR AMERICA, 2020: KINGMAN, ARIZONA – THE GRAND CANYON STATE

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Places We Have Called Home In 2020

June 11, 2020

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Temperature 96 Degrees

Where Shall We Go In 2021

I could not believe it.  I actually slept until 7 am this morning!  I never, ever sleep that late.  I’m always up by 6:30 am at the latest.  But not this morning.  Gee, if I can only figure out what I did different the night before I would do it ever evening.

It was another beautiful day.  Abundant sunshine, crystal clear blue sky and a moderate wind.  We’re back to high temperatures but that is nothing new for this area.  I’ve already checked and our next stop, Williams, is about ten to fifteen degrees cooler on average.

What did we do today?  Not much.  Barbara did some wash and the day’s dishes.

I played around with our proposed route for 2021 and this is what I’ve come up with so far.

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When we finally leave Florida the beginning of April this is one possible route that we will take.  We will stop in Myrtle Beach to visit friends and then swing over to Asheville, NC to tour the Biltmore Estate.  We’ll make a stop in Front Royal, VA to visit our kids.  We’ll end up in Ives Run, PA for a visit with my sister and her husband.

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When we leave Ives Run we’ll head toward Ohio.  We plan on joining together with my son Paul and his wife to do some traveling together.  I have a preliminary stop planned for Sauder Village, Ohio which is the largest working historical village in America.  We’ll then swing up into Michigan, go across the Upper Peninsula and finally end up in Green Valley, Wisconsin.  This is probably where we will part ways.

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Our plan is to head west from Green Valley toward Yellowstone National Park.  Along the way we will stop at Wall Drug Store, Mt. Rushmore, Devils Tower and a number of other historical sites.

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The final part of the summer will bring us down south through Wyoming and Utah to our winter home in Yuma, Arizona and then Congress, Arizona.  All total we’ll cover about 4,500 to 5,000 miles which is our norm each year.  Our intent at this point in time is to make Congress our permanent winter home.  Will we purchase property at this time?  Time will tell.

So what does everyone think?  Any suggestions for historical sights, roadside attractions, or anything else?  Thoughts on which roads to travel and which to avoid?  Ideas on campgrounds, state or municipal parks to call home along our route?

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  Yea, I know it is really early to be thinking about 2021.  Sure, things can and will probably change by then.  This year sure proves that out.  As the saying goes, what will be, will be, the future is not mine to see.  Still I’m just one of those who likes to think ahead.

Something to think on when we get up tomorrow.

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Thanks for stopping by today. We always appreciate your company and your comments.  Until tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!

8 thoughts on “TOUR AMERICA, 2020: KINGMAN, ARIZONA – THE GRAND CANYON STATE

  1. Your trip routes look very interesting, and I look forward to reading about your travels. My only thought is about Michigan. Have you traveled along the western coast? We visit Pentwater most every year with extended family; the tradition started 1972. There are beautiful summer towns all along the coast. It would add days to your schedule though. In any case, enjoy the day!

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      1. You can park (car) at Channel Lane rd and Bridge street and walk along the channel to the lighthouse. and you can walk along the beach as well. Good ice cream in the state park confectionery right there. Good place to watch sunsets; everyone claps when the last sliver of the sun sets. Not sure when you will be there. The state park offers crowded camping with electric only, but right near the beach. 2 miles out of town is Hill and Hollow which offers full hookups, but be sure to get on the non-go-cart side. Up the road about 11 miles is Ludington. Ponchos Pond is highly recommended by my older cousin (life long RVer). You can also watch the Badger go out (or take it to Wisconsin). Further north are Frankfort, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey. Mackinac Island (no cars) is pretty, touristy area – can tour a fort there. Be sure to get fudge in Pentwater, Mackinac or both! You can tour the locks at Sault Ste. Marie. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, in the upper peninsula, is on our bucket list. As you can tell, I love Michigan. I hope you are able to enjoy a bit of it. Good place to eat in Pentwater – Gulls Landing or Village Pub. Eat outside with the view of Pentwater Lake. Or you can get Grinders and eat on the channel (you’ll see the spot when you walk it) at the park. I do have a post “Making Michigan Memories”. I’m sure I’ve told you more than you wanted to hear, but you can pick and choose. Happy Planning, and have a great day! Let me know if you have questions or need more info.

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      2. You’re welcome. I also thought of Mac Dune Rides which is 15/20 minutes from Pentwater at Silver Lake . There are campgrounds near Silver Lake as well. I hope you enjoy it – like I do!

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  2. The western coast of Michigan is just one place I hope to see sometime. Your trip across the country brings back wonderful memories. Enjoy, but then I know you will.

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  3. The Door Peninsula in Wisconsin is beautiful. We stayed in Bailey’s Cove last year. Lots of lovely lakeside towns and lighthouses all along the shoreline.

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