I’ll post a slideshow from our trip in a day or two, but for now, here’s a brief look at our trip to Florida:

Our camper in the redwoods

It took us two weeks, but we made it all the way across the USA. We left Chelan on March 6th, stayed with some friends in Vancouver, WA for a few days, and then began our long drive. The reason for this manner of travel was first of all to haul a trailer full of stuff – mostly my tools – to our son’s house in Auburndale, Florida. Because some wonderful people in Chelan gave us a motorhome, we decided to make an adventure out of it.

Kern River Valley

We went from highway 101 on the California coast, through the redwoods, and across the state toward Lake Tahoe. Then we turned south and drove past both Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. After finding that the Sequoia park was still closed for the winter, we drove through the Kern River valley, one of the most beautiful river valleys I have ever seen. Driving a 22 foot camper with a 6′ x 12′ trailer was a challenge on the narrow and winding road.

Falling off the south rim

As we approached Bakersfield, we had moved from winter to summer. Our next stop would be the Grand Canyon.  First, there was one day driving across the Arizona desert.

We drove along the south rim, stopping and taking pictures as we went. At over 6000 feet, it was still cold and very windy. Even so, this is a place every one should see once in their lifetime.

The Schwab family

Our next destination was St. Johns Arizona, to visit some old friends from Chelan. Although we didn’t get to stay for long, it was good to see the area where Paul and Kristi have been living all these years. After this visit, we drove across the Arizona and New Mexico desert, and into Texas at El Paso. Our next destination was Carlsbad Caverns, in Southwest New Mexico.

Carlsbad Cavern

The minor mechanical problem of a bad fuel filter added a full day to this little side trip. Climbing a very steep hill with a bad filter had us creeping over the top at about 5 mph. Once we hit the town of Carlsbad, the repair took only ten minutes. The visit to the caverns the next morning was well worth it. It’s a gigantic hole in the ground, with an amazing variety of rock formations over an area equal to several football fields.

The road goes on for miles

On the road again, we drove across Texas, all 880 miles of I-10, without seeing a bend in the road. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but just look at that picture.
It really is a huge state, full of range land, cattle, oil rigs, and refineries. It took us two days to drive across Texas, with our only adventure being a detour around Houston, through Galveston, with a stop to fix a dragging tailpipe.

Mark Twain was here

After a long drive across the raised freeway of Louisiana, we reached New Orleans. A taxi driver at a nearby truckstop offered us a free ride into the French Quarter, with plenty of local advice along the way.
We walked some, saw the riverboats along the river, and found a great little place to eat. Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Cajun shrimp – along with some live jazz – made for a memorable lunch in the Big Easy. On the way back to the truckstop, our taxi driver talked a lot about his travels and ours, and decided not to charge us for the ride!

White sandy beaches

As we hit Mississippi, we wanted to take a look at the towns the people from our church had helped after hurricane Katrina. When we drove through Gulfport, we were pleased to see a town that looked to have recovered from worst of the damage. We took a couple of hours to play on the beautiful white beach and warm Gulf waters. After a cruise through Biloxi and Pascagoula, we were ready for the home stretch.
We are now at our son’s house in Auburndale. We’re planning a short trip to N.J. to visit with family, as well as a couple of trips across Florida to visit with my parents, before we fly to Peru on May 8th.
Watch for more pictures from our trip…

2 thoughts on “Across the USA

  1. Thank you so much for taking us along on your trip across some of the beautiful USA. Continue to have safe travels and may God bless and keep you as you serve Him in Peru. We are so glad we can still keep in touch via the computer.

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  2. I’m glad you’re with us, Corinna. Thanks for the prayers and good wishes. We’ll keep in touch for sure.

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