Monday, May 06, 2019

Travel Schedule Summer 2019

Summer travel season is upon us. It's time to gas the campervan and hit the road. Exciting times are ahead! You can come along on the journey by registering for a postcard subscription on Patreon.

The subscription guarantees you a postcard on one of the places where I travel. Where are the 2019 summer road trips? I'm glad you asked! Some of my summer road trips for 2019 include these states:

All road trips began from home base in Tennessee.

May
Arkansas
Oklahoma
Texas
New Mexico

June
North Carolina

July
Road trip to Alaska

August
Road trip from Alaska

September
Explore upper East Tennessee. To include Abingdon, Virginia; Bristol, Virginia; Boone North Carolina

October
I'll be steering my campervan to any of the state's scenic byways. Possibilities include: Natchez Trace or part of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.

November
The land of Mickey Mouse in Orlando, Florida.

December
Christmas in New York.

These road trips are shaping up to be a fabulous summer! Be sure to join us on Patreon for postcards and special footage on all of my travels! Don't forget to always #BeBodacious.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Free or cheap places to stay in your van or RV live stream

This video is some of my best tips for finding cheap or free places to stay in your van or RV. I'm only able to travel so often by finding cheap places to spend the night. This lets me put more of my budget toward finding those great things to do on a road trip. A lot of us are familiar with parking overnight at truck stops and we've probably seen people ask if they can spend the night at Walmart when we've been shopping. But finding Free or cheap places to stay in your van or RV live stream goes way beyond that.

It's how to stay for free on BLM land, national forests and national grasslands. The possibilities are endless once you have an idea of where to look. The link above goes to a YouTube livestream where I gave my best tips. I hope the video will help you save money too.

Happy traveling! Always, #BeBodacious and don't let life get in the way of living.

You may also enjoy watching my video on Hilltop Fruit Market: Home of Candyland U.S.A. It's one of those fun things to do on a road trip that you might not expect.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Shopping at Hilltop Fruit Market: Candyland U.S.A. in Maryland

Shopping at the Hilltop Fruit Market (Candyland U.S.A.) was a fun if unexpected part of last trip to New York. I always take advantage of information at rest areas anytime we are on the road. This time, we were traveling because of a funeral and had limited time for stops. I explained to the travel representative at the Maryland Welcome Center that we hoped to do something quick and fun, she suggested Grantsville, Maryland was suggested without hesitation.

The tourism rep pointed out that it paralleled the interstate and has easy access both on off. We wouldn't lose any travel time other than a lower speed limit. Of the several things to do in Grantsville, Maryland that she suggested it was the Hilltop Fruit Market that caught our attention.

The products at Hilltop Fruit Market go way beyond good quality produce. This is the home of Candyland U.S.A. Buckets of almost every old fashion candy that I remember from childhood were spread out on the table. Select one piece or a bucket. It really reminded me of a larger version of what was available at the old Whiteway Five and Dime that I grew up with.

Hilltop Fruit Market also has local products galore. Jams, jellies, relishes and other items are neatly arranged on rows of shelves. Mixed nuts and other local products are prominent.

Although it was a short stop, it was fun. I'm looking forward to visiting again if we're ever near Grantsville, Maryland. Take I-68 East at Exit 19. Go through town to get the Hilltop Fruit Market. It will be on your left. There is plenty of parking lot both beside and in front of the store.

We passed Casselman River Bridge State Park on the way there. The historic bridge was used in the early 1800s. It was the longest single span stone arch in the U.S. when it was built. The state park is open from 8:00am to sunset. Stopping to explore was out because of the rain, but it's on my list of things to do in Grantsville on the next trip.

Another bridge that we saw on our trip to New York was the famous Verrazzano Narrows bridge. You may want to read about it here.

Check out my Instagram video on Hilltop Fruit Market to see what a cute place it is.They don't refer to it as the Home of Candyland U.S.A. for nothing!