As promised in my last blog, we started the grand adventure on Tuesday, July 13th. Sometimes these things just have a plan of their own. Join us on an alternate grand adventure. Read More »

Androscoggin River:

This river, which enters Main from New Hampshire about half-way up the Maine-New Hampshire border, is so beautiful that we decided to float the river in our canoe. The campground where we are staying in Bethel Maine has a drop-off service. They take you and your canoe or kayak, (or theirs,) ten miles upriver and drop you off. The river is about 50 yards wide in most places. It is placid enough for amateurs to handle, but it is not without its thrills. In some of the chutes you get to going over five miles per hour and of course you have to watch out for the “V” shaped wakes that mark submerged rocks.

It took us about three hours to make our way down river, including a lunch stop about half way down. The river is very interesting, for there are over a dozen islands along the way. You can pick either channel so you could float this river section several times and see new scenery every time. The trees are just now starting to show their fall colors. The temperature outside our window was 34 degrees this morning. It was in the high sixties for our trip. We think the peak colors will be in about a week.

At least now we have good justification for hauling our canoe 9,000 miles across the country. Right now I am thinking that I will be feeling some canoe paddling muscles that haven’t been used for a long time when I wake up tomorrow morning.

This campground has been a real haven in a storm. I finally decided that the computer was never going to be fully healed after our virus attack. I tried backing everything up and then I wiped the disk clean and started over from zero. The campground has DSL service and a connection to their LAN. I spent more than a day hooked to their internet connection downloading all of the Windows service packs and updates. I only lost a couple of important things, and I am still working on a way to retrieve some of that. Anyway all of my really important programs are fully functional. Hooray!

Here is a photo of the Androscoggin River. Bye for now and love to all from Gary and Judy in Bethel Maine.

Androscoggin River, Maine

Canoeing on the Androscoggin River near Bethel Maine, Gary Dinsmore

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“…watching the tide roll away…” is part of the lyrics from Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay. You get the feeling the person is whiling the time away doing nothing. Sort of like watching grass grow, and that can be somewhat boring. A tidal bore in the Bay of Fundy, however, is anything but boring. Read More »

Urban Canada:

Well we have visited Ottawa Ontario and today we drove through a bit of Montreal Canada. Al Sinner drove us into the National Air Museum in Ottawa and it was a very fine museum indeed. Al drove as cool as a cucumber while Audrey, Gary and Judy gave conflicting directions and offered irrelevant commentary on everything that caught our attention. Read More »

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Rebuilding the Bicycle:

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Winthrop Washington:

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The Forest Loop Drive:

Hey Guys. Have you ever had your sweetie pick up a glossy travel flyer and say, “Hon’ look! There is this really neat loop drive through the forest along the Rogue River. Its only 30 miles long. You just get off at exit 61 and drive through the back country for a little ways and then you get right back on the Interstate at Wolf Creek. Its just a little way out of our way. You aren’t afraid to drive this little bitty ol’ motor home through the beautiful forest are you? Huh, sugar plum daddy, boop boop de boop!” Read More »

Davis Camp in Bullhead City:

We have been out of touch for a few days. Sporadic cell coverage and no e-mail. We have been able to link up with some of our new found friends at different campgrounds that we have been at. We have been up and down the Colorado River for most of the last month. Read More »

Hi from cold Nebraska:

We have been touring State Parks in Nebraska for the last two days. First we stayed at the Niobrara State Park. It is at the confluence of the Niobrara River and the Missouri river. It was rainy and terribly cold. The rain stopped by morning and we did get most things dried out by the time we were ready to pack up. Read More »