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Old 04-18-2021, 04:33 PM   #1
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Excitement approaching 79

This is our 21st year on the road. Our 1991 Scamp 16 turned 30 this year, really pretty amazing.

We have not taken our Scamp on the road in two years. We had hoped to go back to Newfoundland but the Canadian government doesn't see it my way so we've decided to head to Paradise Valley, Nevada.

We're all excited to be heading out. We're feeling a bit like it was our first trip. Ginny said yesterday it was a lot easier getting read for the road when we were 58, 20 years have taken something out of our abilities.

We plan a leisurely drive hoping to be back in Florida by November, We presently have no route planned and it's open to change depending on the country, Canada's borders and the crazy whim of a fork in the road.

Of course we're from Florida and it's different from some of the states we've visited this fall.

Safe travels to all and if you've been to Paradise Valley drop me a line.

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Old 04-18-2021, 04:44 PM   #2
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Well, if you're passing through Elko, NV, be sure to save lots of room for dinner at Star Hotel. Basque food served in multi-course fashion. Whoever's not driving can enjoy the picon punch. Not sure your camping style, or your route (sounds like you aren't set on that yet, either), nor whether you've ever been out west (or out west much). I've done a lot of traveling out here, lived in Utah, like exploring Nevada (who knew there was so much GREAT stuff to see out in "the desert"?), and happy to help. Drop me a line if you need more info.
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We've done 7 or 8 loops of the USA and have been to Elko. Actually our Nephew lives in Lamoille and was married at the CCC campground in the Ruby Mountains. We have gone to the Star Hotel restaurant and it was great, a worthwhile stop.

We stayed at Welcome Station Campground. Virtually every day the campground owner would send us off on an adventure. We loved Elko and spent about two weeks there. I'll be shocked if we don't stop again in Elko.

Thank you we find the best tips come from other RVers

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So nice to see you active on this site again, and heading out near our neck of tne woods.🌝
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Old 04-19-2021, 09:50 AM   #5
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Yeah. Hadn't heard from you two in awhile. Happy to hear you are still at it.

I'm 86 now and just reset my goal. Planning now to make it to 90.
Like you, really hampered by the border closing but still finding places to go and to see. At Bolden Mill COE CG in GA this week.
Hope to see you down the road.


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Old 04-19-2021, 09:57 AM   #6
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Norm and Ginny you really are an inspiration, safe travels.
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Agree! Welcome back, and you have my best wishes for much enjoyment in your future travels. There’s definitely no “mandatory retirement age” for RVing. One year, one adventure, at a time. I sincerely hope you’ll be able to enjoy at least one more trip to Newfoundland.
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Did you recover from Stickie relapse? (If I remember correctly you toyed with the dark side for a while!
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Did you recover from Stickie relapse? (If I remember correctly you toyed with the dark side for a while!
With Humor, there is no Dark Side if you're traveling in an RV. WE have owned a number and loved each one. Three years ago we bought i993 Bornfree, a 21 foot Class C. The Bornfree was an impulsive purchase to fill a hidden need.

The Born Free has a lot more fiberglass than the Scamp. We made a short loop of the USA, FL to Seattle, in it and had a great time. When I bought the BornFree Ginny told me she'd cry if I sold the Scamp so now we have two.

We are truly excited to be getting the Scamp ready. This year I removed the Propane heater, something we have not used in eleven years. and installed another drawer, bringing the drawer total to six. Generally we are not winter campers, at least not any longer. Ginny says FL is the only place in the USA to be in the winter.

I like the concept of the Scamp. It fills our every need on the road. The real humor is our RV friends who call their 26 foot trailers their "Baby trailer" and absolutely can not imagine that we spent a 310 days in a row traveling in the Scamp. Beyond not imagining our 310 days. we get asked by full time RVers: Can we actually you eat in there? Can you stand up? Don't you want to kill each other? (Can a bigger RV solve that problem?).

Of course there are many things Scamp could do to upgrade our sweet heart but....

Full time RVing is a blast (on average 7 of 12 months for us, the other 5 months we now live in an RV park).

To me RVs are like religions, make your choice but do travel.
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So nice to see you active on this site again, and heading out near our neck of tne woods.🌝
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And are you going to be in AZ sometime this year?

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I am glad you two are on the road again with the Scamp. And I like your sense of humor, Norm, measuring the time in human years and in Scamp years! Let me know if you will be passing through the Denver area. Happy travels.
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And are you going to be in AZ sometime this year?

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We have no plans as of now, but you have to scratch the itch to get back on the road again. 👀
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Old 04-23-2021, 07:44 AM   #13
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Excitement approaching 79

I just read your post and wished to say that the border being closed is felt here in Canada too. Covid 19 & variants have been a real menace to everyone. I have friends and relatives in the US I wish I could visit soon. Closing everything is a pain to be sure.
I have read many of your posts about your travels and sincerely hope there are many more trips to take. Be safe from Covid 19 and enjoy your home on the road wherever you roam . Duane in New Brunswick

p.s. I would love to visit Florida again soon ! I like Mickey & Minnie as well as Norm & Ginny, Keep on towing the Scamp
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Old 04-23-2021, 08:47 AM   #14
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WOW!

I'm 58 and I convinced Maggie to retire now that she's 65 and we're getting a new axle and doing some remodeling in our 1977 Scamp 13' and finally hitting the road without much of a plan.

I'd LOVE to be doing this 20 years from now although probably more like 60-90 days on the road rather than 300!

We're planning 1-2 months to get from MA to Boulder and back through Minneapolis.

We figure when we get to CO we might decide to explore the small amount of nature that exists in the western part of the good old USA :-) so we might stay longer, who knows.

Thanks for being an inspiration to many.
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I just read your post and wished to say that the border being closed is felt here in Canada too. Covid 19 & variants have been a real menace to everyone. I have friends and relatives in the US I wish I could visit soon. Closing everything is a pain to be sure.
I have read many of your posts about your travels and sincerely hope there are many more trips to take. Be safe from Covid 19 and enjoy your home on the road wherever you roam . Duane in New Brunswick

p.s. I would love to visit Florida again soon ! I like Mickey & Minnie as well as Norm & Ginny, Keep on towing the Scamp
Florida is now our home and have spent about the last year here. Virtually everyone in our park has been vaccinated and we have only had one case of Covid and that was in a visitor. He got over it quickly simply quarantining in his rig.

Florida is virtually open except for the national chains like Costco. Personally we have boosted our immune system using natural means. In fact we're old and supposedly more vulnerable but have survived well. We have left the state three times traveling by plane to NH and MT and by car to NC. We are always amazed by the population's fear, particularly coming from FL. We also can tell when someone's from away in FL by their masks and tendency to back up when you approach them.

We also carry a known prescription just in case.

I'm amazed that Newfoundland is not open. Sometimes I think governments like their new found power.

I'm sure we'll have a great trip. Our principal goal is Nevada. The target town has only 70 people plus most of our desert wanderings there will be no one else except Ginny (Yea).

Safe Travels when you can.

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WOW!

I'm 58 and I convinced Maggie to retire now that she's 65 and we're getting a new axle and doing some remodeling in our 1977 Scamp 13' and finally hitting the road without much of a plan.

I'd LOVE to be doing this 20 years from now although probably more like 60-90 days on the road rather than 300!

We're planning 1-2 months to get from MA to Boulder and back through Minneapolis.

We figure when we get to CO we might decide to explore the small amount of nature that exists in the western part of the good old USA :-) so we might stay longer, who knows.


Our son had a 1977 Scamp 13 for about a decade. We are wanderers, some of the best places we've been were by chance (like Craters of the Moon). We retired at 58 both the same age within days. I was an insane worker but find retirement simply superior.

You probably know were slow rvers, It will take us about four days to get out of FL.

Our first trip to CO was to see Mesa Verde, also Chaco Canyon in Northern NM is also great. The reality is there is more to see than you can ever see. WHen we travel we always stop early and ask what's to see here.

This year we're heading through Elko, NV (actually mentioned in an earlier post in this thread). We stay in Wells, NV at a little campground named Welcome Station. Everyday the owner would give us an adventure location to visit. It was just great. We'll definitely stop again this year. Retirement requires relaxing and opening yourself to the new and unknown.

Safe travels, change is good.
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Old 04-28-2021, 08:57 AM   #17
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Martin's Hotel and Picon Punch

A bunch of my nieces and nephews were out to Paradise Valley and went to Mrtins Hotel in Elko for lunch. One of the women said a Picon Punche is like nipples "One is not enough and three is too many".

https://www.liquor.com/recipes/picon-punch/
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