Rolling in a RV

One of the best things about the RTR gatherings us that we get to meet and become friends with people who have had vastly different life experiences, who have lived all over the country and world, and who bring new and different ideas into discussions.

(Dec. 20, 2018) — Veterans Park covers a large area and has picnic tables under shelters, dumpsters, and a few water faucets. Upkeep seems to be minimal. Some of the tables are broken and everything is a little overgrown but it’s a nice place to camp especially since it’s free!

(Dec. 14, 2018) — Loners on Wheels, an RV club for single people, was started in 1969. As membership grew a decision was made to establish a permanent headquarters so in 1996 the club bought a small RV park in Deming, New Mexico.

(Dec. 12, 2018) — Teako Nunn’s collection of large fiberglass statues started with a muffler man that he bought on eBay to stand in front of his RV dealership.

(Dec. 11, 2018) — Fort Selden was established in 1865 to protect settlers and travelers in the Mesilla Valley from attacks by outlaws and Native Americans who considered the area their territory.

(Dec. 5, 2018) — Years of overgrazing, logging, river diversion, and invasive non-native plants had destroyed the wetlands and flood plain of the Rio Grande in central New Mexico when President Roosevelt gave the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corp the task of restoring the area.

(Nov. 27, 2018) — The Wheelwright Museum is small with several gallery featuring changing exhibits of thought-provoking contemporary artwork by local Native American artists.

(Nov. 21, 2018) — Our last visit to Zion, almost 5 years ago, was very short because we did not have campground reservations so we had to drive straight through. This time was different

(Nov. 7, 2018) — One of the best sections of Historic Route 66 starts about 5 miles west of Ash Fork, Arizona and continues for 170 miles all the way to Topock, Arizona. We wanted a place to spend the night and found a good spot listed on freecampsites.

(Oct. 30, 2018) — General Phillip Sheridan, who fought for the Union in the Civil War, was appointed head of the Department of the Missouri in 1867 by President Grant with orders to keep the Native Americans living on the plains under control and restricted to reservations.

(Oct. 26, 2018) — Reasons to travel the backroads – very little traffic, slower speeds, interesting scenery, and giant Transformers! We spotted Optimus Prime guarding the parking lot of Mike McCubbin’s body shop at the eastern edge Stillwater, OK and immediately turned around to get a closer look.

(Oct. 23, 2018) — Mammoth Spring pumps out nine million gallons of water an hour. A dam built in 1887 created a small lake and provided power for a flour mill, cotton mill, and cotton gin. In 1925 the Arkansas-Missouri Power Company bought the rights to the dam and built a hydroelectric plant that was in use until 1972.

(Oct. 23, 2018) — Oral and Myrtle Wallace’s tiny 14’x 14’ country store, built in 1931, had a barber chair and a four seat diner. The couple sold home grown fruit and vegetables, chicken dinners, apple cider, and moonshine.

(Oct. 16, 2018) — The giant shoe was built in 1948 for Mahlon Haines as an advertisement for his shoe company. It has five stories, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room.

(Oct. 15, 2018) — This is an unusual campground. It’s really just a parking lot for the employees of three local hospitals but there are also 20-30 RV spaces with electricity and water.

(Oct. 12, 2018) — Philadelphia is a vibrant city, rich in history and culture, with enough variety to keep everyone entertained for days. The streets are laid out in a grid and the level terrain is perfect for strolling.

(Oct. 10, 2018) — The first slaves in Pennsylvania were brought by the Dutch in the 1630s but after Pennsylvania became a British colony slavery was not a popular practice due to the beliefs of the Quaker, Methodist, and Baptist settlers.

(Oct. 4, 2018) — Interesting exhibits, historical artifacts (including Washington’s campaign tent) and audio visual displays make this museum a good place to learn about the events leading up to the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War.

(Oct. 2, 2018) — The Second Continental Congress agreed upon the Articles of Confederation shortly after the 13 colonies declared their independence from England in 1776. The articles served well during the Revolutionary War for conducting business in the US and with foreign countries but they gave little power to the federal government over the states.

(Sept. 11, 2018) — It was past Labor Day when we visited and very few of the 381 sites were occupied, giving us many choices. We found one that was level, shady, and roomy. The sites vary greatly and most that we saw are not very good – close together, mucky looking, and not level. The park could use some work.

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