But first, a quick look forward to 2013 which will take us to new places and adventures. We have committed to a three-month work camping gig in Idaho…that means we are going back to work (actually volunteer!) …we will have jobs again…we will have a boss...we will have a schedule. This is the first time we have signed on to be work campers and are really looking forward to the new endeavor. We will be at the Dent Acres Campground which is administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Dworshak Dam and Reservoir near Orofino. The park lies in north-central Idaho which is teaming with wildlife and rugged beauty. There should be plenty of hiking, kayaking, fishing, and swimming for Spirit. We will work 4 days on and 4 days off so that should give us plenty of time to explore northern Idaho.
After work camping, we will head to Glacier National Park and then across the beautiful Canadian Rockies. In the late summer/early fall, we will turn to the west coast of the U.S. to once again enjoy the salt air and Dungeness crab in Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest. When the leaves begin to turn yellowish-orange and frost appears on the ground, we will make our way to the panhandle of Florida where we will stay from November thru February. Exactly how we get there and where we go from there we are not sure. And that is what we love.
So here is a portion of the “tops” list (to be continued with more categories in the next post). Items are not listed in any particular order. Click on the title for a link to the blog posts.
Top 10 Museums
|The museum opened in 2010 and is first class. Exhibits are engaging and come to life with the audio wands that entertain visitors with sounds of the instruments and informative narratives.|
|The Titan Missile Museum is staffed by well-trained tour guides who keep you spell-bound with the suspense of the Cold War and the precarious situation of having an armed warhead ready to be launched.|
|This museum describes the reasons and hardships that people faced when they crossed the rugged west under some of the harshest conditions. This museum was a wonderful surprise and held our attention in a subject that we knew nothing about.|
|The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is much more than a memorial to a western legend. It contains exhibits on western art, Native American Indian Tribes, firearms, and a section on natural history of the area.|
|The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a great way to immerse ones' self in the desert ecology of southern Arizona It is a myriad of zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, and museum that belongs on the "must see list" for anyone visiting Tucson.|
|Palm Springs, California may be known for its shopping and restaurant scene but this zoo is a real gem and very much appreciated by the locals.|
|Taliesin West was the winter home of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright and an excellent display of his architectural creativity and genius.|
|This world-class aquarium will entertain you for hours so plan on spending a bit of time at this aquarium perched right on the bay.|
Top 10 Places (and things) We Ate
|The "Mo Club" is known for their simple, yet delicious, burgers cooked on the flattop.|
|Get to Charlie's early because they sell out well before noon.|
|Our first Sonoran Hot Dog was from El Perro Loco - a hot dog stand in a parking lot. It was delicious and we were hooked.|
|Fried fish and shrimp tacos are the specialty of this Ventura landmark.|
|This monster sandwich is the "Tipsy Texan" which is stuffed to the max with brisket, sausage, and coleslaw - better get the fork and knife.|
|Who can resist the double cheeseburger with onion rings?|
|What is better than BBQ and beer served on brown paper that you eat with your hands? Nothing!|
|Tony's is known for their clam chowder and have won the national clam chowder cook-off for the last three years, even beating the New England competition. We went there for lunch, dinner, and bought a frozen quart to go.|
|What can I say about this cheesy goodness? Under the cheese skirt is the burger patty, lettuce, tomato, pickles and all the other burger fixin's.|
Tune in to the next post for more of our "top" picks from our second year of RV'ing. We love to hear from you so please let us know from your travel experiences what is "tops." After all, we don't want to miss anything.