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Retirement has really opened up the opportunity for travel - and we're having a great time.  Here are some photos of our RV, photos from our trips this year, and a list of previous travels.

The RV



Carri-Lite XTRM5
 

Our RV is a Carri-Lite CLS36 XTRM5 - a 36' 5th wheel trailer pulled by a Ford F350 diesel with dual rear wheels.  The trailer is highly "personalized" - we've replaced the recliners, sleeper sofa, bedding, and TVs.  In 2009 we converted the brakes from electric drums to hydraulic discs and replaced the entire suspension with the Mor/Ryde IS system.  Each wheel is completely independent.  We also upgraded from 16" G-rated tires to 17.5" wheels and Goodyear G114 H-rated tires along with adding a PressurePro tire pressure monitoring system. 
 

New Samsung Fridge

In 2014 I replaced the original propane/electric refrigerator with a larger Samsung residential fridge.  For the complete conversion process step-by-step click here

Paint and Decal Refurbish
In December of 2014 we had the fading and peeling decals removed.  We had the stripes painted on and the "Carriage" logo decals replaced with new ones.  It looks almost like new again! 


2016 Travel

An overview of 2016 Travel is on the Home page.  To visit the detail pages click here.

 

2015 Travel Archive

An overview of 2015 Travel is on the Home page.  To visit the detail pages click here.

 

2014 Travel Archive

 An overview of 2014 Travel is on the Home page.  To visit the detail pages click here.

 

2013 Travel Archive

Family Reunions in Missouri

Centralia MO   Lunch with relatives from my mother's side (Martin). 
  Troy MO   Meeting Jack Berry, my 4th cousin, for the first time.   
  St. Louis MO   A visit with Marge, the twin sister of Carol's mother Phyllis.   
  Jonesburg MO   Jonesburg Gardens RV Park,  

Visit with Jim and Ruth in Ellijay GA

Ellijay GA   A side trip to Amicalola State Park. 

Tour of Colorado visiting Gunnison, Montrose, and Durango

Gunnison CO   Visiting Bill and Margaret at their cabin near Gunnison and side trip to Crested Butte
  Montrose & Ouray CO   Visiting Frank and Carolyn in Montrose and side trips to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Ouray
  Durango & Silverton CO   Visiting Jack and Jackie in Durango with side trip to Silverton  CO

Richard's 50 Year High School Reunion in Albuquerque

Albuquerque NM   Richard's 50 Year High School Reunion at the Navajo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, photos of our former abodes, and lunch with Jack, Jackie, and Jan

2012 Travel Archive

South Carolina - Christopher's graduation and the Biltmore Estate

In May we attended nephew Christopher's graduation from Tri-County Tech.  As usual, we had a great time visiting with Candy and Charles, and seeing some of the sights in the area, including Reedy River Falls in Greenville, and the famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

Key West & New Orleans

Following Christopher's graduation, we drove down to Key West for a week and made a stop at some antebellum plantations near New Orleans on the way home.

Ponderosa Colorado  - with Annette's family

In July we attended niece Tiffany's wedding in Albuquerque, along with Suzanne's and Annette's families.  After the wedding Annette's family joined us at Ponderosa Campground in Colorado.  Suzanne's family went to the Grand Canyon.

Port Aransas  - stayed at a different RV Resort called Gulf Waters

We visit Port Aransas on the Gulf Coast near Corpus Christi once or twice a year.  We usually stay at Pioneer RV park but this year we stayed at Gulf Waters - quite a bit nicer.

 Las Vegas - for our 45th Anniversary

Carol and Richard flew to Las Vegas to celebrate our 45th Anniversary We stayed at Caesar's Palace, saw Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil "O", and had dinner at the Stratosphere Tower.  Sorry, no photos - what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!  Well OK, I'll include one photo, of us in the desert - Carol had to get off the bike to take this photo.

 

2011 Travel Archive


Disney World
 

We took Austin and Noah to Disney World for four days and five nights.  We stayed on the Disney property at Port Orleans and had breakfast or dinner "with the characters" several times.  It was the first airplane flight for Austin and he did just fine.
 

Florida 2011
 

In March we took the RV to Navarre, FL to meet Carol's sister Candy and her husband Charles.  We stayed at Emerald Beach RV Park and visited the Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola Lighthouse, Blackwater State Park, and the Air Force Armament Museum. 

Other trips ...
 
Other trips included:
  • Port Aransas several times, once with Annette's family.  We stayed in the RV while they had a cabin in the same RV park.
  • Rockport and Canton, TX for Carriage Travel Club rallies. 

2010 Travel Archive


Disney World
 

In April we took Macy and Jackson to Disney World for five days and six nights.  We stayed on the Disney property at Port Orleans and had breakfast or dinner "with the characters" four times, at:  Crystal Palace, Chef Mickey's, Donald's Safari, and with the Princesses at the Norway pavilion.  It was the first flight for both them.  Macy giggled and laughed during takeoff and Jackson sat there with big eyes.
 


Alaska
 

In June we took a cruise/land tour to Alaska and the Yukon.  The cruise ship was the mv Zuiderdam out of Vancouver, BC.  We sailed three days stopping in Juneau and ending in Skagway where we boarded the Whitepass and Yukon railway then continued via motor coach, river boat, and train. 

The tour took us to:  Vancouver, Juneau, Skagway, Whitehorse, Carcross, Moose Creek, Dawson City, Eagle, Tok, Fairbanks, Denali National Park, and Anchorage

We took a couple of days in Vancouver prior to embarking, and a couple of days in Anchorage after the tour.  One of the highlights was riding the famous McKinley Explorer domed railcar from Fairbanks to Anchorage with a stay-over in Denali National Park. 
 

RV Big Trip - 2010


Our big RV trip of the year in July:  New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado
  • Albuquerque, NM - visiting Carol's brother Gary and his family
  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Butte, Montana - visiting Carol's cousins and touring the mines
  • Billings, Montana - visiting Carol's friend Barbara
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield - where Col. Custer met his demise
  • Pikes Peak - rode the cog railway to the top
  • Creede, Colorado - an old mining town with a great mining museum
  • Ponderosa Campground, Colorado - our annual two weeks on the Conjeos river

Other trips ...
 
Other trips included:
  • Port Aransas three times!  In March for the ordination of Bishop Mulvey, and again in May and October for our normal R&R. 
  • Boerne, TX and Ruidoso, NM - for Carriage Travel Club rallies

 

Memorable 2009 Travel


Kauai, Hawaii
 
Our trip back to the Garden Island after a 20 year absence.   We discovered that Hawaii does have a "Winter".
RV Big Trip - 2009
Our big RV trip of the year: 
  • Independence, Kansas - visiting cousin Virginia and Dan
  • Centralia, Missouri - visiting cousins Pauline, Opaldene, Sandy, Gene and families ...
  • Elkhart, Indiana - getting upgrades to the RV at the factory
  • Clinton, South Carolina - for nephew Christopher's high school graduation

Ponderosa and 
Cumbres & Toltec Railway

 
In August we made our annual trip to Ponderosa Campground in Colorado.  Suzanne's family joined us again this year so we decided to take Austin and Jackson on the Cumbres & Toltec narrow gauge train ride.  Suzanne and Shane tagged along also.  We also visited the Great Sand Dune National Park and Zapata Falls, a lovely waterfall nearby. 

Other trips ...
 
Other trips included:

Lake Conroe, to attend the Carriage Travel Club Texas National rally.
Albuquerque (twice) to work on Carol's mother's house getting it ready to sell.
Port Aransas (twice) including side trips to Rockport and Fulton.
Lake Belton - just to relax. 

 

Memorable 2008 Travel

Cedar Ridge Park
Lake Belton, TX
This is a very nice park that we discovered in 2007.  It's spacious and has great views of the lake.  Wild turkeys abound.  We were surprised by a sudden cold front that took the temperature below freezing so we had to visit Walmart to pick up another space heater! 
 
Northern Italy and the Italian Riviera Two weeks in Northern Italy and the Italian Riviera.  A fantastic trip we had been planning for a while, with Carol's sister Candy and her husband Charles.  It was a Go Ahead Tour and they were great.  Our guide Matteo was extremely knowledgeable about Italian cuisine and history - and he was very entertaining.  The tour included Lago Maggiore, Torino, Barolo, La Morra D'Alba, Asti, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, Parma, Bologna, Florence, Ferrara, Verona, and Venice.  We are looking forward to doing more tours like this in the future. 
 
Ponderosa Campground
 
This was our "big trip" of the year.  The entire family - all the kids and grandkids - came to Albuquerque to celebrate Carol's dad's 90th birthday, then we all continued to Ponderosa Campground on the Conjeos River 17 miles West of Antonito, Colorado.  We were also joined by Carol's brother Gary and his family. 
 


Memorable 2007 Travel

Hawaii

Two weeks of paradise on Maui and the Big Island, and visiting our dear friends Tony and Pauline. 
Las Vegas
 
A week on the Strip so Carol could attend the Creative Painting seminars and convention.

Cedar Ridge Park,
Lake Belton, TX

Lake Belton is about 45 minutes North of Georgetown.   
Pioneer RV Park
Port Aransas, TX

 
This park is on the Gulf Coast with a boardwalk right to the beach.   
RV Big Trip - July 2007

 

Our "big trip" of the year: 
  • Albuquerque
  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
  • Arches National Park, Utah
  • Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  • Durango, Colorado
  • Ponderosa Campground, Colorado
Caribbean Cruise
Galveston, TX
 
Our 40th Wedding Anniversary celebration, with stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. 
Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque, NM

 
Our last getaway of 2007.