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In Search of the Fall Foliage

{Dates of visit: Oct 2-Oct 7, 2013}

What are full-time RVers to do when they find themselves in Upstate New York at the beginning of fall? Well, they take advantage of the situation and check out the spectacular fall foliage that New England has to offer...of course.

As I mentioned in a previous post, my sister, Marylou, and brother-in-law, Craig Bosveld, took some time off from work to travel around New England with us for almost 3 weeks. Fortunately, my sister and I actually do like each other...although it hasn't always been that way...and our husbands get along well. Plus, they have their own rig, so we weren't tripping all over one another and could have some time apart before that sisterly love reverted back into sibling hatred (kidding).

Our first stop was Wellesley Island State Park in the Thousand Islands area. The park is situated on the St. Lawrence River and has some great bike trails. It was a nice spot to unwind and hang out by the water (and do yoga, of course).

The Struggles of Living Toxic-Free On The Road

I know the reality of the situation. Let's face it, I live inside a mostly plastic home with vinyl flooring and wallpaper (that's now been painted over). We use gasoline to propel us down the road to our next location and, occasionally, to run the generator. It's not exactly Eco-friendly on many levels...but then again, compared to a regular sticks and bricks house (not to mention needing 2 separate vehicles due to our work schedules) maybe it is, to a certain extent.

Gone With the Wynn's has written a great post explaining just how green one can be by trading in the traditional "American Dream" of owning a 1500+ square foot home with a nice green lawn (and perhaps a pool) and a vehicle or two for commuting to and from work for a 200 square foot home, no lawn, no pool and one towed vehicle for excursions. Being fairly Eco-conscious people, living in an RV with limited fresh water and waste water storage, we are now more aware of how much water we…

Driveway Camping in Upstate New York

{Dates of Visit: Sep 11 - Oct 2, 2013}

Since we were technically still in our first year of travel, our main goal was to visit as much family as we could and my sister, Marylou, was next on the list. We were trying to time our visit with the return of my brother-in-law, Craig, from Afghanistan. But there's not always a guarantee when it comes to the date and time a solider returns from war. Lots of things can change.

So, that's why we ended up driveway camping at my sister's house near Watertown, New York for three weeks. Yep, you read that right three weeks.

Now, I love my sister dearly but, as with most siblings it seems, it can be easy to outstay one's welcome. Especially when you can't just put regular life responsibilities on hold for an extended period of time. My sister still had to go to work, as did my nephew, Brandon. And Clark and I learned pretty quickly that most families eat at regular times and sit down to dinner together every night...or at least my …

Tourist Time at Niagara Falls

{Dates of Visit: Sep 5- Sep 11, 2013}

No matter how much we think we loath "tourist traps" we often find that, with an open mind, they are sometimes worth visiting (like House on the Rock and everything in New Orleans). I've never really wanted to go to Niagara Falls. (Truth be told I've never even put Hawaii on my list of places to visit because I imagine it to be completely overrun with tourists and/or felons running from Dog, the Bounty Hunter. And don't get me started on Disneyland or Disneyworld.) I dislike touristy places overall. But, well...Niagara was pretty much on our route and there wasn't much we could do except stop and see what all the hubbub was about.

We opted to stay at Four Mile Creek State Park for two reasons. First, it was the cheapest place around and second, it was likely to be the least touristy. We were correct on both accounts and the park was actually quite beautiful.

 One of the nice things about staying at Four Mile Creek was th…