Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Remembering Acadia National Park July 2013

On the morning of July 29th, 2013, Tippy and I decided to visit Acadia National Park.  It is located east of Bangor, Maine and approximately 50 miles from Bangor.  There are three automobile-accessible National Parks on the East Coast - There's Acadia and Everglades.  What's the third?  See the end of this post.

This is the Loop Road.  It goes around and through Acadia National Park. - a beautiful drive with different scenery at every turn.

One of the attractions at Acadia National Park is Cadillac Mountain.  This sign directs us to the top.

View of the bay

Bald Mountain - Tippy says, "It looks like Ron's head.

View of the fog.  I'm told that there is an abundance of this in Maine.

We found this waterfall on the way down Cadillac Mountain.

Downtown Bar Harbor - Lot of tourist's shops - about like Gatlinburg, Tennessee or any beach town.

The harbor at Bar Harbor.

The third National Park on the east coast is Congaree Swamp in South Carolina

As time permits, I will post "Remembering" visits that we have already made to National Parks.  I think that we have already visited 17 - there are 57 in all - 7 are not accessible by automobile - so, we have 33 to go.  We will try to hit all 33 this summer of 2016.

Ron, Tippy-Too and Treky 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Tippy-Too, Three Weeks - How's She Doing

It's been about three weeks (May 7th, 2016) since the Homeward Bound Rescue group gave Tippy-Too to me.  Boy was I happy and I still am.  She has filled a big hole in my life.

Tippy-Too is definitely a "lap dog" - She likes to sit in my lap and sleep.  I kinda like it too.

She claims the couch at home.

She tries to claim Treky's driver's seat but that's a no-no.

She loves to roll on the grass and scratch her back.

Boy, that felt good.

She can play with her toy in Treky all day.

A satisfied dog and a satisfied old man.

Cute sleeping

She gets right in the middle of the bed at home.  Where am I going to sleep?

These are her "home" toys

She has a set of these for home and a set for Treky.  The water bowl is splash proof.

Do I sound like a proud old man?

PS:   Treky loves her too.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Remembering the Rio Grande & Big Bend National Park - 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Rio Grande & Big Bend NP

Big Bend is one of the larger National Parks and one of the least visited.

One of the most interesting areas and beautiful scenes is the Chisos  Basin area.  We went up into the mountains to get there.  Elevation of the Chisos Basin is 5400 feet.

Treky, II is a little over 20 feet long so we barely qualify.  There were some 15% grades up and down. 

There were lots of these signs and they meant business.

There is a deer there among the folage but it's hard to see.  The deer in SC are reddish brown.  Here they are battleship gray and fit right in with their surroundings.

Near the top of the Chisos Basin - Elevation 5400 feet.  There is a National Park motel and store at the top.

See that river - it's about 10 yards wide and about a foot deep.  It's the Rio Grande.  See the land on the left?  That's Mexico and the land on the right where I was standing when I took this picture is the USA.

Having watched ABCCBSNBCCNN, I expected to see a very large fence and armed National Guardsmen guarding our territory.  Tippy thinks that it's our cheap camera that is making those things disappear 

Speaking of Tippy - He was supposed to help me navigate these roads but as you can see, he's laying down on the job.

How am I doing in my new Big Bend cap? - 

Happy doing what I like.

My life is very very good!!!!

See yawl tomorrow,

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Thursday, May 26, 2016



Tamarack is devoted to the display and sale of goods made by West Virginia craftsmen and artists.

Tippy-Too is not allowed inside so she will wait inside Treky - Boy, Treky's got to get a bath when we get home.  He's muddy.

Art work that tells a story.

This applies to the next photo of the dying tunnel worker.

See previous picture

Front entrance to Caperton Center

No text from here on - All pictures are of West Virginia products individually made by local craftsmen and artists.

I enjoyed my walk through Tamarack - I hope you did too.

Next week, Ron, Tippy-Too and Treky will head west for a long (about five months) trip.  We have camped in 17 National Parks and have 33 more to go.  Seven parks are not accessible by automobile - they are surrounded by water or are under water.  We hope and plan to camp in the remaining 33 this summer.  We will be back home by Thanksgiving if everything goes OK.

There won't be any posts to this blog for a few days as we prepare for this next adventure.  But, don't forget us.

Ron, Tippy-Too and Treky