Episode 205: The Brown Bears of Alaska’s Brooks Falls

Every spring and fall, Brooks Falls in Alaska's Katmai National Park is the scene of a massive sockeye salmon run that draws dozens of magnificent brown bears. Thanks to a network of webcams, the bears are watched around the clock by tens of thousands across the world. In our interview of the week, we talk to a ranger at Katmai and learn more about the bears and what it’s like being there.

Plus, lots of your questions, RV News, RV Tips and a fun off the beaten path report from the Burketts

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Show Notes for Episode #205 August 15, 2018 of Roadtreking – The RV Podcast:

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

MIKE

Greetings from the hot and humid Emerald Coast of Florida’s panhandle. This episode finds us on Okaloosa Island, overlooking the beautiful turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Last week we were on a family campout at Silver Lake Michigan and had a ball exploring the awesome Lake Michigan sand dunes there. We’ll have a full video on that coming our tomorrow on our RV Lifestyle You Tube Channel.  But now we’re in Florida. We’re down here through the end of the month. Catching some down time, catching up on some video editing and catching as many of our grandson Matthew’s high school football games in southwestern Georgia, which is a couple hour drive from our condo here on the Gulf.

JENNIFER

That’s right, school has started in the south and even though the temperatures are often pushing nearly 100 degrees at this time of the year in Georgia, the Friday Night Lights are shining again. This Friday is Matthew’s first game and we’ll be driving over to cheer him on. We hope to get to three of his games before we have to head up to Northern Ontario for our Roadtreking gathering next month at the Algonquin Provincial Park.

MIKE

And then we hit the road for a the very busy fall season for RV shows. We’ll start out in Hershey, PA at what is billed as America’s largest RV show. We’ll be doing meet and greets at the Erwin Hymer/Roadtrek display on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16. We’ll also be visiting the Rad Power Bikes ebike display at Hershey on Saturday afternoon. Then we’re off next to RV Capital of the World, which is Elkhart, Indiana, where we’ll be meeting and greeting at Elkhart RV Open House. Elkhart-based RV firms account for more than 80% of industry shipments. The Elkhart Open House draws most major manufacturers, thousands of dealers and by most estimates, for as much as $2 billion in wholesale sales. So you can bet we’ll be there! After that, we’ll be in Los Angeles, attending the huge California RV Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7. Look us up there you West Coasties… we’ll be hanging around the Roadtrek/Hymer display area and Mike Thompson RV.

JENNIFER

I love RV shows. They are places where you can see every make and model RV in one place, allowing you to see different floorplans, walk around and see how they will fit with your RV Lifestyle and, of course, get good deals and trade ins. I like them because of all the other Rvers we meet and get to hang out with, picking up different tips from them and learning about places we should visit. I can’t wait for the shows. They’re great opportunities for learning.

MIKE

One quick announcement. If you haven’t been to our RV Lifestyle Merch Store yet, be sure to check out the new T-shirt designs we have added. We have a great line of men’s and women’s apparel that celebrate serendipity travel, boondocking and our small house, big yard lifestyle. Head over to http://roadtreking.com/shop to see the designs.

OK…now on to the news…

RV News of the week

JENNIFER

First it was Yosemite, now it’s Glacier National Park shut because of wildfires

California’s Yosemite National Park remained partially closed for the third week because of wildfires. But now in Montana parts of Glacier National Park have been shut down because of out of control fires. Lightning started the fire on the north side of Lake Macdonald over the weekend and now the entire side of a mountain seems to be on fire. Several buildings have been destroyed and parts of the park are under mandatory evacuations as firefighters try to contain the fire. EDIT EDIT EDIT There are also major fires in Yellowstone National Park that haveclosed some trails and Yosemite remains partially closed as well.

MIKE

Man charged with harassing Yellowstone bison plead not guilty; held behind bars until trial

Remember that guy who was arrested for taunting a bison at Yellowstone National Park earlier this month?  Well, he plead not guilty last week to five various charges at Grand Teton and Yellowstone, the most famous one for harassing wildlife. The judge decided Raymond Reinke is a flight risk and will hold him behind bars until his bench trial Aug. 23. The video of him yelling at a bison earlier this month went viral, upsetting wildlife lovers from around the world.

JENNIFER

Three men face criminal charges for approaching bears at Alaska park; taking selfie

Speaking of people caught on video doing foolish things, did you hear about about the man who waded into the river at Brooks Falls at Alaska's Katmai National Park and Preserve to take a selfie in front of bears hunting fish? Apparently the man and two friends went into a restricted area and one was caught on the park's bearcam, a webcam that shows live footage 24/7 of the bears hunting salmon, watched by thousands from all around the world. Park rules prohibit people from getting close to the bears and one man was recorded on the bearcam wading into the water to take a selfie. Their actions endanger not just the humans but also the bears, park officials said in a statement. Be sure and stay tuned for our interview of the week with a ranger up at Katmai, coming up in just a few minutes.

MIKE

Class B RV wholesale shipments rise while others down from 2017

Class B Campervan sales continue to lead the RV industry, according to wholesale recreational vehicle shipment statistics released by the RV Industry Association.  As of June 2018,   Class B shipments were up 33.8 percent, while shipments for Class As were down 26.7 percent, Class Cs down 20.7 percent and all travel trailers down 8.5 percent.

JENNIFER

Minnesota Health officials continue to investigate parasite caused sickness at campground, 72 now sick

The Minnesota Department of Health says 72 people and counting became sick from a microscopic parasite that causes diarrhea-related symptoms while staying at the Shades of Sherwood Campground in Zumbrota. A large number of those sick only swam in a man-made pond at the site, though some only swam in the swimming pool and others only in a river. The campground's owners closed the pond to swimmers and treated the swimming pool and health officials are continuing to ask visitors to contact them as they investigate.

This part of the program is brought to you by AllStays Pro, the best tool for RVers looking for places to camp, boondock or stay free overnight. Go to http://roadtreking.com/allstays for more info.

 JENNIFER'S RV TIP OF THE WEEK

Last week while we were camping with two of our three kids and their families, my daughter in law Aimee was asking me about our clothesline. She didn't bring one with her, and it made me realize that something we never camp without may be a new idea for others. So, I'd like to tell you all about our clothesline, and why we never leave home without it!

We use a 100 foot line made with cotton on the outside and a synthetic fiber on the inside. This is really important, we have found, because the cotton outside makes tying and untying knots easy, while the synthetic inside helps reduce line sag, which can become a problem with an all cotton rope.

We also make sure our rope is at least 100 feet long because we want to be sure it's long enough to reach between two trees, and that seems to be a sufficient length. We have found 200 feet is too much, and then the extra rope ends up being in the way.

So what do we hang from the rope? anything that is wet! We hang our towels and washcloths, dishtowels, bathing suits, beach towels. We found that hanging wet items outside in the sun really speeds up the drying process. But, even if the item is not completely dry, it is very important to bring it in at night because the morning dew can really set the drying process back a few hours. I learned that the hard way when I accidentally left my beach towel outside last week. When i went to pick it up in the morning it was more wet then than it was before I went to bed!

Another important details to to be sure to hang the rope high. If you hang it too low, you may accidentally run into it when you are walking around camp, and your towels may end up dragging against the ground.

You can find a clothes line everywhere – Walmart, grocery stores, hardware stores and of course Amazon. A good quality one tends to run around $20-$25. I found a quarter-inch, 100 foot, cotton outside synthetic inside rope on Amazon selling for $23. I will leave a link to it on the shownotes in case that is helpful.

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes ,an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping  To see our Rad Power Bikes in action, just click here. Visit WWW.RADPOWERBIKES.COM

RV QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

Tom is a fifth wheeler who wants to know if we will he having a Roadtreking gathering at Glacier National Park next year. The answer is…. it doesn’t look like it…But we will have many other great spots to choose from when the 2019 schedule is finished by fall.

Parker asks about visiting Muskegon, MI on Lake Michigan. We have… and talk about it, recommending Muskegon State Park and the nearby Grand Haven State Park. Also Silver Lake State Park, which is just a half hour north of Muskegon.

John saw our review of the Blustream temperature monitoring device. He lives in Canada and is frustrated that Amazon doesn’t ship items some there. We suggest he contact the company directly at http://blustreamcorp.com/

And Sandra from Ontario asks us about cooking on the road.

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in Minnesota’s beautiful Chain of Lakes region built on quality motorhomes and excellent pricing and service.

RV INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Every spring and fall, Brooks Falls in Alaska's Katmai National Park is the scene of a massive sockeye salmon run that draws dozens of magnificent brown bears. Thanks to a network of webcams, the bears are watched around the clock by tens of thousands across the world. In our interview of the week, we talk to a ranger at Katmai and learn more about the bears and what it’s like being there.

Here’s a video of the interview…

Here’s the full transcript of the interview…

Mike Wendland:         In our interview of the week segment, we're going to talk to Andrew LaValle. He is a ranger and he is going to tell us all about these wonderful webcams that allow us to watch those bears anytime we want.

Well let's go up to Katmai National Park in Alaska right now, right at Brooks Falls, the Brooks River where all those magnificent bears are and are so accessible to us thanks to that network of webcams that are set up there.

Andrew, thanks for being with us and tell us what it's like there. What about that network? What does that network of cameras allow the world to do? And how far away from civilization are you and those bears?

Andrew LaValle:         Only accessible by boat or plane. So realistically, most people are not going to be able to visit us in person. And what the bear cams allow us to do is reach audiences, as you said, from around the world. People are able to stream these bears 24/7 during the summer. And a lot of our audience, they get to know the bears quite well.

We have six different cameras. Five in Brooks Camps. We have a few up at Brooks Falls, obviously the famous waterfall that many people are familiar with, seeing the bears catch the salmon as they're standing on the lip of the falls there. We also have some down at the lower river closer to Brooks Camp. And we have a webcam on Dumpling Mountain as well.

And then during the winter months when the bears are all hibernating, we actually have a camera here in King Salmon, Alaska on the Naknek River.

Mike Wendland:         Now the bears are brown bears. So there's always a lot of confusion. People say, “Oh they're grizzlies.” I guess they're the same species, if I understand right, but brown bear is their genre if I can use [crosstalk 00:02:30].

Andrew LaValle:         Exactly. So they're technically the same species. Brown bears would be a subspecies. Basically the big difference is what they eat and then accordingly how big they get. So brown bears are typically found within 100 miles of the coast. And so they have access to a lot more seafood, to put it simply. And that means salmon, that means clams, that means costal sedges. They have access to a lot more food resources than interior grizzlies.

And because of that they get big. Bears in interior parks like Denali or Yellowstone tend to be a lot smaller because they have to travel a lot more to get adequate sources of food.

Mike Wendland:         Now these bears, how big are they? They look pretty immense on the camera. They look way way, they look … And describe the Kodiak bear. Are they related to the Kodiak or is that the same species?

Andrew LaValle:         Again it's sort of, it's the same species. Kodiak bears are isolated on the island of Kodiak and Alaska and similar deal, it's all about the access to food and coastal food resources. And so Kodiak bears will actually get even bigger than coastal brown bears generally.

Mike Wendland:         Now when I look at the camera, I look at it a lot, I just looked a few minutes ago and there's 1,000 people watching right now. from all over the world. But I also sometimes see people in those shots.

Andrew LaValle:         Yes.

Mike Wendland:         So you actually, as a photographer if I could get there, there's an overlook and there are people there. How do the bears react to people?

Andrew LaValle:         Absolutely. So, the Brooks River is a relatively confined area. The river itself I think is only about a mile and a half long. And we get quite a bit of visitation during the summer, during July especially.

Some of those cameras are located on what we call the lower river which is basically where the Brooks River empties into Naknek Lake. And there's a floating bridge currently that crosses the river and that is how people cross to get to places like Brooks Falls or the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. So mostly that's where you'll be seeing people is sort of in the vicinity of that bridge.

And these bears are relatively accustomed to seeing people and other bears at close proximity. It's important to remember that bears are normally very solitary creatures. These bears would, in other places, live most of their lives without seeing other bears or people this close of distance.

Places like Denali, for example. If a bear comes across another large animal, it's either food or trying to kill it, right? But these bears, it's all about the concentration of food. They're willing to tolerate other bears at close proximity because there is all that salmon in the river.

So they sort of grow up from cubs, from cubhood if you will, seeing these bears at close distances. And-

Mike Wendland:         Now I sometimes see these bears kind of swatting each other, but I never see them really fighting and it seems like they just kind of yell at each other. On your webcams there's actually sound as well, isn't there?

Andrew LaValle:         There is sound, yeah. So a lot of these bears, it's sort of a begrudging tolerance of other bears. Again, they all want access to that food so they're sort of forced to live peaceably if you think about it that way. They will tolerate other bears at close distances.

And occasionally, they will engage in conflict. It's inevitable. Bears are very big on dominance, especially amongst the male bears and if other bears get too close or question another bear's dominance, they will come to fisticuffs.

Most of the time with these bears, it is bluffing. And that's when you get some of the most fantastic sound as you say because we do have those microphones. Bears will vocalize and sort of open their mouths and growl in various ways. And that is one of the more fascinating things about these cams is we can see them in their full spectrum of behavior. Sometimes these younger bears will be playing and tolerating other bears. And other times they will be hashing it out.

Mike Wendland:         How have the cameras been used to help Katmai National Park and really creating awareness of awesome creatures, but they've become so popular. How have they affected … I know the parks are always looking for resources. This is got to have helped.

Andrew LaValle:         Yeah, absolutely. So again, this is a partnership we do with explore.org. And again, we're a relatively remote park. It's hard for people to visit us. Most people will not have the means to in their lifetimes.

So what the cams do is it allows people to connect to this resource and develop an emotional connection to this place. And in that way, they're doing exactly what they were supposed to. People from Baltimore, Maryland, or Hong Kong, or London can tune in, see what these bears are doing and learn about this place.

So it's a pretty remarkable tool in that way. It's facilitating this emotional connection to a place most people won't visit. And we've seen that. We have communities of people, some folks will actually meet on the bear cams in the chats and then take their vacations together to Katmai National Park with someone they've never met before. And it's all about this resource. People care a lot about these bears and what makes the Brooks River special is that we're able to follow these bears from the time they're cubs to the time they get older and sometimes will pass away.

Cams have only been on for about six years now, but the Brooks River area allows us to fill in those gaps in these bears' biographies more so than we would in any other place.

Mike Wendland:         Now July is always a busy month. There's so many of them there in July. Then they seem to … even I'm noticing now as we're in early August, the numbers are kind of down, but they come back up. They're feeding on sockeye salmon. Is that what the species they're eating?

Andrew LaValle:         Yes, absolutely. Sockeye salmon. So Bristol Bay, our neighbor to the west is actually one of the most productive fisheries in the entire world. And 51.3 million sockeye salmon were forecasted to come through Bristol Bay this year. Several hundred thousand of those fish will come into the Brooks River where the cameras are located and that's a small river.

And bears will be feeding on these fish as they come up to spawn in early July. And so we'll first show up generally the first week in July and by the end of July, they're tapering off. And so right about now, we're going to expect to see bear activity decrease. But later in the fall, about September we're going to see the bears come back and begin to congregate especially in the lower river because the bear's going to be entering what we call hyperphasia which is the lead up to hibernation. And they're going to be especially hungry. And so they'll feed on a lot of these salmon carcasses.

So we see two real peaks in bear activity. July and then again in September.

Mike Wendland:         And the bear, the ones I've been looking at so far this summer, it doesn't seem like they eat the whole salmon. rip it off and eat. You're wasting your food, but what’s with that.

Andrew LaValle:         Exactly. It can be kind of hard to understand. Very observant of you as well. Yeah, these bears are engaging in what we call high grading. And these bears are pretty spoiled if you think about it that way especially compared to interior grizzlies which have less food.

These coastal brown bears have essentially so much food in front of them that they can afford to be picky. And their number one goal is to put on weight for the winter. And to achieve that, they're going to eat the fattiest parts of the fish. So that's going to be mainly the brains, the skin, and the eggs. I use the analogy of going to a restaurant and not wanting to fill up on bread. They want to eat the fattiest parts just to put on those pounds as quickly as possible.

So you'll see them eat the skin off of a fish, for example and just let the rest drift down river. Because again, they just want the fattiest parts. They don't want to fill up on anything else.

Mike Wendland:         How big do they get? How many pounds do they weigh as an adult male or as an adult female?

Andrew LaValle:         Yeah I can tell you that as big as they look on the cams, it is completely different to see them in person. They are absolutely large, massive. And even these cubs that look so cute and cuddly, when you see them in person, they're like miniature St Bernards. They're massive. And a fully grown adult male, what we call a boar, could easily tip the scale about 1,000 pounds.

Mike Wendland:         How does that compare to a grizzly at Yellowstone, for example, that we'd see out that way?

Andrew LaValle:         Yeah it's going to be several hundred pounds more. I would guess that a large grizzly at somewhere like Denali or Yellowstone might be somewhere around 600-700 pounds at most.

Mike Wendland:         How can someone get there and I know that there are a lot of … there's people who camp out out that way. Photographers. That's on my bucket list. I would love to get there and actually get photos of these guys with my own camera. How possible is that and what's involved in getting there?

Andrew LaValle:         So again, Katmai is a pretty remote park. We're out on the Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. And it's only accessible by boat or plane. So what most people do is they'll travel to Anchorage, our regional hub, and then take a smaller airline out to the bush community of King Salmon and from there you can take another small airplane out either to the Brooks River area which is where the webcams are located or a different area in the park.

And in Brooks Camp, we have a campground as well as there's the Brooks Lodge which is the only lodge in the Brooks River area. There's also dispersed camping allowed. If you're more than 1.5 miles from the Brooks Camp developed area.

Mike Wendland:         I guess the concern I would have with that is I would imagine mostly tent camping. I've seen and Glacier and other places, you don't want to be in a tent in bear country. So what do they do about the bears wandering through the campground?

Andrew LaValle:         Yeah so it's something we take pretty seriously here. Obviously because we have a lot of bears. I think last July there were about 49 individual bears seen at the Brooks River, which again is a lot for a really small area.

The campground in Brooks Camp is actually surrounded by an electric fence. So it's fortified and we haven't had really any safety issues with that. And part of that is that we take really careful steps to make sure that bears don't get a hold of food or human objects. So they don't really have that association between people and food.

And that's important. That's why we're able to do what we do. If you're going to be back country camping in Katmai which is an experience, we often will bring electric fences. Either portable electric fences on the market and that's just additional protection. They're not always necessary, but many people do choose to purchase those.

Mike Wendland:         Well Andrew, I will be out there someday and I hope to run into you in person and I thank you for making time to talk by video like this with us. And we're going to show all these great pictures. I am probably your number one fan. I will spend the entire day with that with the webcam on sometimes watching the bears. It's on my bucket list. So I'm coming out there.

But I know, as you said, so many people just falling in love with these animals and I want to thank you guys for making and all that work that's involved in the technology so that the world can enjoy the beauty that's outside your backyard up there in Alaska.

Andrew LaValle:         Absolutely. We look forward to seeing you.

Mike Wendland:         Thanks again.

To see the bearcams live, go to https://explore.org/livecams/brown-bears/brown-bear-salmon-cam-brooks-falls

The interview of the week is brought to you by SunshinestateRVs.com, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

RV TRAVELING TECH TIP

By Andy Choi
Verizon Wireless

Mike, there are countless ways to enjoy the open road. One of the most exhilarating ways, of course, is on a motorcycle. And it just so happens to be National Motorcycle Week! So let’s get on our bikes and highlight some apps that not only heighten your riding experience, they’ll also keep you safe. By the way, you can find these apps on your Google Play or Apple app store.

First, there’s the “Eat Sleep Ride” app, specifically tailored for the motorcycle rider. From route sharing to planning future rides, tracking group rides, even replaying rides with speed and elevation data. It’s an all-in-one app that keeps safety top of mind. With a feature that uses your phone’s accelerometer to help detect potential crashes, Eat Sleep Ride will automatically send alerts to your pre-selected contacts with your exact location in the event of an emergency.

Check out the “RoadTrippers” app to make sure you’re not missing out on any hidden gems along your route. Not only can you plan long, multi-day touring rides, the app will also help you discover great roadside destinations — places to eat, scenic locales, hotels, and local entertainment. RoadTrippers will make sure your eyes are on the journey, not just the destination.

Shifting your eyes to the skies now, you know weather is always on the mind of the motorcycle rider. And the “Motorcycle Weather” app helps you plan for those rides under perfect conditions. Open the app, set your favorite riding conditions by temperature, precipitation, wind speed —  the app will analyze the forecast for the week ahead and tell you which days are best suited to ride. The “Motorcycle Weather” app can also send you an alert when the weather matches your ideal conditions.

So with that leather jacket and helmet, let’s hope these apps make for a smooth ride, wherever you go on that bike!

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH RV REPORT –  Mangum, OK

By Tom and Patti Burkett

Sometimes it happens on the road, at least to us.  We've been going a bit too long, or the sun is shining in and making us hot, or the asphalt is rough and we just need a stop.  Such was the case on an overcast morning in rural Oklahoma when we checked the google map and noted there was something to see in the little town of Mangum.  Mangum is in the heart of an area with a fascinating history.  It was platted along a trail described as “a road older than recorded history; carved out in centuries of wintertime travel to the south and spring migration to the north by millions of bison and Indians who lived by hunting them.”  We were largely ignorant of all this as we circled two or three blocks looking for the fire station.  The station was empty, but there was a man out front, working on a beefy looking old military truck.  He told us it had been inherited from the Army and would be going into service to fight brush fires.  “Just go into the firehouse over there and holler.  Somebody'll show it to you.”

“The Bulb” in the Mangum fire station

It was the third longest burning light bulb in the USA, according to long-burning-light-bulb experts.  Fred Wills, the fire chief, answered the holler, and led the way upstairs to the bunkroom.  “Just a minute,” he said, “I need a screwdriver.”  Proceeding to remove a glass globe painted black from a wall fixture, he revealed the miracle bulb.  “It doesn't have a switch, and we can't turn it off on account of the record, but the light keeps the men awake, so we cover it up.”  The bulb, an original Thomas Edison, has been lit continuously since 1926, except for occasional power outages.  “Every time the power goes out we wonder if the bulb–that's what we call it, The Bulb–will come back on again.  So far it has.” This is a very casual circumstance compared to the longest burning light bulb, which has been lit in Livermore, California since 1901.  The Livermore bulb has a dedicated power supply and a webcam.

Lights and lighting tell us a lot about a place and its history, and the history of lighting itself parallels the development of modern life.  Lighted business signs, and especially neon signs, are telltales for the knowledgeable traveler.  An interesting place to see examples and hear about it is at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati Ohio, where founder Todd Swormstedt will give you tour and a history lesson.  As you travel, take time to see the neon sign graveyard in Las Vegas,  the world’s oldest traffic light in Ashville, Ohio, and the Boston Light, oldest operating lighthouse in the USA.

We never leave a town without looking around a bit, and Mangum rewarded us with a number of imposing brick buildings.  Sadly, many of them appeared to be unoccupied.  We discovered that the Mangum Brick Company has been operating here since 1902, and is one of the oldest brick kilns in the country.  A lot filled with identical granite markers, head high, drew our attention, and w stopped on the grounds of the Greer County Historical Museum.  We’ll tell you a bit more about that in another segment, but nearby was a fully furnished dugout home from the days of the Oklahoma Sooners.  My grandmother grew up in a similar home on the plains of eastern Colorado.  It is well worth a look as is the 1928 fire engine in a building nearby.

Doubtless most residents of Mangum would laugh if you asked them what’s going on in town.  “Nothing ever happens here,” they’d say.  It often seems like that in the place you live, but to the visitor with a sharp eye and a bit of patience, the stories begin to emerge.  Do you remember the old railroad signs that said STOP-LOOK-LISTEN?  It’s sage advice for the traveler, too, if you have a hankering  to understand the places you visit.

We’re Patti & Tom Burkett, and we’ll look for you out here, off the beaten path.

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RV CALENDAR OF EVENTS

AUGUST
17-19
Hampton Roads RV Super Sale
Hampton Roads Convention Center Hampton, VA
SEPTEMBER
6-9
The Real RV Show – Sacramento
Cal Expo     Sacramento, CA
SEPTEMBER
12-16
Hershey – America's Largest RV Show
Giant Center    Hershey, PA

 

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