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Old 09-08-2018, 05:56 PM   #1
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Fall is the best time for Empty Nesters

My wife and I just returned from a little 1,500-mile trip from Wisconsin to Missouri, and back.
We tow a Winnebago 1710 “Winnie Drop” behind our 2012 Toyota Tacoma 6-cyl 4 liter with a tow package.
[Yes, I am aware that, while our camper has a fiberglass skin over an aluminum frame, it is not a “molded fiberglass” unit.]

Next year, we plan on traveling later in the Fall (early October?), which I have concluded is one of the BEST times for empty nesters / retirees to camp.

Consider the following:
• beautiful fall foliage
• kids in school = less tourist travel = less crowding and more opportunities
• more comfortable sleeping, due to less heat and humidity in the camper. You can always use propane to fire your furnace if it’s too cool, but there is no such thing as a propane-powered air conditioner
• no need to worry about bringing a generator if you’re boon docking, because the weather is cool enough for sleeping
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:40 PM   #2
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Agree at least here in the mountains of NC October IS the best month for camping.
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Old 09-08-2018, 07:11 PM   #3
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We camped at Brunet Island SP near Chippewa Falls Wisconsin last October .
During the work week we were the only ones in the campgrounds but on weekends if the weather is nice all bets are off .The water was shut off as well as the bathrooms and showers . We plan on stopping there this year on our way back from the Mississippi River Rendevous .
We love fall camping with the warm days and cool nights plus a campfire and hot cocoa are so much more inviting at 40 deg then when it’s 80 deg in the summer .
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We just now returned from a 12 day trip from Minnesota to Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge and Pasific coast.
Only crowds were on Labor Day, other than that we had almost everything to ourselves.
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Old 09-09-2018, 04:16 AM   #5
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Wife and I are leaving tomorrow for a 14 day adventure through the state of NY. Better make sure the furnace is working. I love Fall camping and not making reservations to find "the only site left".
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I remember traveling thru the State of New York in October many years ago on a college music tour bus. The fall colors were breathtaking!
As my dear wife has never been to New York State, we want to eventually go there.
I hope y’all have a great time!
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Old 09-09-2018, 07:31 AM   #7
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We just now returned from a 12 day trip from Minnesota to Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge and Pasific coast.
Only crowds were on Labor Day, other than that we had almost everything to ourselves.
Sid , you have my greatest admiration . We made a similar trip in 2015 and it took us 12 days just to get to Oregon from NW Wisconsin.
We are currently planning a trip to Maine and by our estimates it will take us 8 days just to get there
The only reasons I can surmise for your fast travel times are youth and determination .
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Old 09-09-2018, 02:37 PM   #8
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Steve,
Well you are half right. I’m 58 With three or four years yet to go until retirement we have to make the most of what vacation time we get each year.
The key for us is not to have too rigid a plan when we travel. We have sort of destinations planed for each day yet make the most of what crosses our path.
Our primary goal is to enjoy the experience and each other’s company.
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Nice picture of the sea stacks on the Oregon coast. I'd say Haystack Rock, Canon Beach, Oregon, but the sunset is throwing me off. Could be wrong.

I know it's sunset, because the ocean is west of the land in Oregon. BEAUTIFUL shot. Would make a nice painting.


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Nice picture of the sea stacks on the Oregon coast. I'd say Haystack Rock, Canon Beach, Oregon, but the sunset is throwing me off. Could be wrong.

I know it's sunset, because the ocean is west of the land in Oregon. BEAUTIFUL shot. Would make a nice painting.


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Thanks Kai, it is Canon Beach. I was torn between that pic and this one.
I honestly think it is impossible to take a bad photo in Oregon.
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Oh, yes, another beautiful picture. Another possible great painting.

"Canon Beach Vista with Three People"

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Just realize "fall" comes at different times depending how far North you travel. We just returned from Alaska. At many places, Labor Day was the end of the season, and temperatures were starting to get chilly. By October, snow comes.
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