My goal in providing this is really for our personal record -- We want to be able to get a synopsis of what we did in 2016. For the many tales and memories along the way, we can refer to the individual posts along the right sidebar that are organized monthly.
Meanwhile, we look back fondly on what was a great 2016 and the end of our 7th year on the road!
In 2016 we started in Cedar Keys, Florida and ended up in Virginia Beach, VA. We spent 120 days in Florida and another 51 in Virginia which accounted for almost half the year.
We stayed in 70 campgrounds during the year and camped anywhere from an overnight stop to a full three weeks in one location (Portland when I had eye surgery.) 16 times we stayed a week or more at one place including eight days in July at brother Marty's cabin in the Sierra's and a full week in December at Key West.
So here's my take at some of the highlights of our travels:
One of our goals during the year was to get to know more of Florida. We were in Cedar Keys on the Gulf Coast when the New Year began. That was an interesting place with some history. I learned that John Muir of Sierra fame actually visited the area in 1916. It was part of his 1000 Mile Walk to the Gulf which originated from Indiana.
While north of Tampa, we toured the museum in Tarpon Springs and learned about the sponge industry of years ago.
We got to see a golf tournament not too far away.
We also saw an LPGA event in Ocala. We saw Christie Kerr and Paula Creamer but neither were competitive that week.
Bob and Patty
Ed and Candace
Marge and George
Mike and Helen
Howard and Linda
Joe and Carolyn
Bill and MargWe had a couple of 'at the right place at the right time' moments during the year. Our first , we were leaving the Roadrunner in Florida and going back to Virginia to celebrate Brooks' first birthday. We had just read on FaceBook that long time friends Steve and Teresa were spending a few weeks in Hilton Head.
Steve and TherressaAnother was being about to catch up with Cousin Kevin and Wife Sue (here with one of their three sons Tristin).
But back to our travels early in the year. We spent some time around Tampa and Hudson in Florida, and then made a quick trip back to Virginia Beach to celebrate this guy's first birthday.
Next it was off to Macon Georgia for another Habit for Humanity Care-A-Vanner Build. We got to work with these fine folks and make some new friends. We had worked there before with the two couples on the left.
It doesn't take too much to tire Grandpa out sometimes...
Bob and SueA few days later, we found ourselves north and in Bakersfield country at Tehachapi visiting with Paul and Bobbi at their beautiful place. We met them in 2010 at a Habitat Build in Santa Fe and have seen them almost every year since then.
We inched farther north past Fresno and then took a couple of weeks to stay in one place at Chowchilla. We had time for golf and day trips to see Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Nephew Nate and wife Angela
We were here on the West Coast to see my brothers and wives at another Warner Brothers Reunion. Brother Marty has a cabin in the Sierras with a parking space, power and water for the Roadrunner. We enjoyed a week together this time.
We had lots of activities plus some good downtime. One day we went to Big Trees State Park.
It was a beautiful time together and we continued on our travels. The first night out from there, I pulled into a station and put gasoline in our diesel pusher. Oops. Not good. We got towed and six hours later we were all fixed up and made it to our campground for a few days at Travis AFB.
Then it was north to see the California Redwoods again before making it over to the Oregon Coast.
Years ago we traveled north-south along the Oregon Coast, but this time we went in the other direction. It was breathtaking, spectacular and one of America's most scenic areas.
Our first time seeing the Oregon Coast we liked the Newport area and returned there.
Yaquina Lighthouse in the distance
We got back on the road and made our way as far north as the Columbia River before turning east. Pam and I were fascinated by the history of Lewis and Clark and made it a point to see as many of the places they traveled when seeking the 'Northwest Passage'. We spent a few days in Astoria OR and made it out to Cape Disappointment
And to Fort Clatsop where they spent a winter after reaching the Pacific Ocean.
Back in Portland while recuperating, long time friend Kimberly came by to see us at the campground. We hadn't seen her in years and it was nice of her to come by.
Multnomah Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Another one of America's scenic places is Montana. We had hoped to go by and see Glacier National Park again, but weren't able to do that. During our first summer on the road in 2009, we had the chance to visit Montana and thought it was amazing. It still is.
Though we didn't get to see as much of the state as we would have liked to, we see a lot of the wonderful vistas and sweeping valleys and meadows in Montana.
We had done some route planning and wanted to see Custer's Little Big Horn. This time it was right on the way so we were able stop for a couple of hours at Custer's Last Stand (Little Bighorn National Battlefield),
We continued on our trek back to Virginia for a few weeks with stops at the famous Wall Drug
and Sioux Falls -- where we got to see Steve and Therressa again since its their hometown,
Steve and TherressaIn Des Moines, we carved out time to visit the Iowa State Capitol
then St. Louis to see more RV friends
Geri and ArtNext we went to Memphis. In Memphis we went to Graceland.
Chocolate gravy and biscuits. Only in Alabama
But for the six weeks we were in VB, we tried to take advantage and spend lots of time with Brooks, Kelly Jon and Adam and Melissa in Fairfax.
Steve and TaraLater that night we also got to see friends Barbara and Ross but somehow forgot to get a picture.
Down in Florida, we spent a week at Lakeland
We made it a point to stop in Fort Myers for a couple of nights and got to see Tom, Carol, Christa and Bonar.
And after a short stay in Red Bay, we beat feet and headed back to Virginia Beach and a spot again at Sea Mist RV Campground.
We were able to spend time with our kids and Brooks during the holidays and look back with wonder on all that happened during 2016.
Adam, Melissa, Pam, Me, Brooks, Jon and Kelly
Christmas Day Picture
I told myself this edition was going to be a 'summary' and I'd hit the high points. That translated into a very long post. But this will serve its purpose for us-- we can look back in one place and see some of what the year included.
If you have persevered through the entirety of this, I thank you. We love hearing from you and always look forward to your comments and when you send them -- your emails. Thanks for joining with us in this great adventure. It's something we feel very privileged to be doing and look forward to many more years of it.
Thanks again for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles! Happy New Year!