Spaghetti Dinner And Poker Night – Homosassa Springs, Florida

Spaghetti Dinner and Poker Night – Homosassa Springs, Florida

Nature's Camp Grounds provided a "Old Florida" experience and spot to ready the boat for launching in Tarpon Springs. We used the laundry facilities and enjoyed a spaghetti dinner and poker in the activities room at the campground. We liked the spaghetti, but really stunk at the poker game. We got to tour the small town of Homosassa Springs and have lunch at Mac Rae's Restaurant. We bought some grouper at this cute little fish market in town. They had quite a selection, many we never get to see in northern Michigan. We really are in Florida now!

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If You Rest… You Rust!

If You Rest… You Rust!

The crew of Kismet is On the Move Again! It may appear that we are eating our way back to the boat. We are! Not much to report on during our road trip south to Florida to pick up Kismet, however we found some exceptional food stops along the way. When trailering our boat, or driving back to where she is stored, gives us an opportunity to explore some little towns off the expressway. Shan Chinese Buffet was tops on our list, it was just a fluke that we happened upon it, as it was out of town, off the beaten track…

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Cross-Country Trek – Kismet Is Heading West

Cross-Country Trek – Kismet is Heading West

Our boating exploration hiatus is over. Two years ago we set our sights to head west this summer for four months, mainly to cruise Puget Sound up into British Columbia's Desolation Sound  and maybe even the Broughtons, time permitting. On our way we'll put the boat into the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah. It's been nine months since we had a cruise of any significance – the Tennessee River from Grand Rivers, Kentucky down to Rogersville, Alabama. We are happy to say that the planning is over, the boat is prepared, goodbyes to family and friends (always difficult) were made…

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The Little Red Tug Is On The Move Again

The Little Red Tug Is On the Move Again

The little red tug, Kismet, is on the move again, we're headed south this fall to cruise the Tennessee River; a 220-mile trip (approx.) from Grand Rivers, Kentucky to Rogersville, Alabama. First stop was Cloverdale RV Park in Cloverdale, Indiana. Not a lot going on here but it was a very friendly stop for the night and very quiet and peaceful. I think Jim thought this sign was speaking to him personally, being such a kid at heart himself.

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Heading Home

Heading Home

Heading back to Spanish, time to load our boat onto the trailer to drive back to the states. This was the first bad weather day of our trip. No sooner had we got the boat secured onto the trailer and into the parking lot when it started to rain hard. You can tell from the photos how dreary it was during our trip home. Heading over the bridge at Sault Saint Marie was a little stop and go as we neared customs. Not long after crossing the Mackinaw Bridge, we were looking for a place to camp for the night…

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Little Red Tug Cruising Through Zion National Park

Little Red Tug Cruising Through Zion National Park

Red Tug Alert! Zion National Park is a short cut for us to Lake Powell Who would have thought the SECOND sightseeing attraction on that day in Zion National Park was Kismet, our little red tug. Everywhere we stopped to pull over, people seemed more interested in taking photos of our boat than the scenery. I'll have to admit, we did stand out a bit driving on those rocky hairpin turns and entering a few tunnels. I'm sure the last thing anyone thought they'd see on that day was a bright red tug traveling through the majestic Zion National Park.

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Stopping Short Of Zion National Park

Stopping Short of Zion National Park

Finally getting into the rockiness of Nevada, Utah and Arizona. Our goal is to arrive at Lake Powell beginning of the week and we've picked a great driving route that will allow us some arid vistas and views. Although we're not really stopping to sightsee along the way we've enjoyed driving through the territory we've covered so far. We left Las Vegas this morning with much anticipation because we're heading to Springdale, a small tourist town just outside the entrance to Zion National Park. Initially we thought we might camp out in the park but after reading a few cautionary…

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Skirting Las Vegas

Skirting Las Vegas

We decided to forgo activities in Las Vegas this trip because we were so anxious to get to Lake Powell and go boating. We found Hitch'in Post RV Park, a nice park, for a one-night stay, on the outskirts of town and enjoyed hot baths and a quick take out dinner from the bar just outside. The park has great security but it makes you wonder why they need penitentiary style gates to gain access to the site. Yes, just a quick stop in Las Vegas this time, got to get back on the water. 15 PRIME ACRES – LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION…

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A Night At Whiskey Flats RV Park

A Night at Whiskey Flats RV Park

After a long days drive we were happy to come across Whiskey Flats RV Park in Hawthorne, Nevada. Not a lot of opportunities to find a places to stay for the night in this wide open, arid countryside. The town of Hawthorne lies just beyond Walker Lake, a beautiful, almost mirage like, lake in a dessert setting – this afternoon the skies were dark and stormy off to the east of us, we were happy to find a spot to rest for the night. The park was nice with all the amenities a camper might need. Clean showers, a little…

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Nineteen Years + Four And Counting…

Nineteen Years + Four and Counting…

Très Romantique! Some people may not think camping out on your anniversary is the romantic thing to do but in our case it certainly was. A beautiful spot in Cisco Grove - California's Tahoe National Forest did the trick for us. All by ourselves in a 406 site campground, nestled in the Donner Summit with a campfire, a bottle of wine, a simple dinner and each other... priceless!

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Camping In Santa Cruz

Camping in Santa Cruz

First night out of Portland took us to Yreaka, California, we couldn't find our appointed campground next to the Klamath River, but lucky enough for us we had noticed this nice Rest Area/Information Center nearby. A couple of other RVer's were setting up their rigs to spend the night and we decided to do the same. Lots of room, just them and us and it was actually a very nice spot with a small river right next to the parking lot. It was very quiet until just after we went to bed when the trucks started to show up and…

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First Of Many New Adventures – “Boaterhoming” On Kismet

First of Many New Adventures – “Boaterhoming” on Kismet

Battle Ground State Park, in Washington State, was the spot for our first "Boater Home" experience. Since we had just driven six miles off the freeway to check out this park, we were happy they had availability for us to spend the night. We choose the first site available, right by the entrance, since it was a very thick woods and being new at this type of camping and trailering a big boat behind the truck, did not want to contend with low lying branches or too sharp of a winding curve in the road further into the campground. We…

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Olympic National Park – Hoh Rainforest, Washington

Olympic National Park – Hoh Rainforest, Washington

You guessed it – raining on the day we went to the rainforest, but we have to say it only added to the experience. A slight drizzle lasted during our entire hike through the forest. One of the most colorful and absolutely beautiful fungus's we have ever seen. We weren't in the little town of Forks very long before we realized we were in the midst of "Twilight Zone." Since the popular movie, Twilight was shot here not too long ago the little town has become something of a tourist attraction for those interested in vampires. When Jim saw the…

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