While winds prevented most hot air balloons from taking flight on Saturday 1/11, on the 12th, several dozen balloon crews took to the skies on Sunday with spectacular weather over Lake Havasu, Arizona. Whether shooting video from the London Bridge where the hot air balloons get up close and personal, the channel channel waterway, downtown or near the Crazy Horse RV park, the views were fantastic! We also have some footage of the local colorful post-holiday nightlife.
As always, we love to start off the new year going to Arizona and having a FUN-TASTIC time with “800 of our BEST friends” in Arizona at the XScapersBash2020 convergence!!!” This year we rendezvous in Lake Havasu coincident with their awesome annual Hot Air Balloon Festival with spectacular weather fitting for all snowbirds. Of course when the XScapers subgroup within the Escapees clan get together with hundreds of RVers, having rules are important and our number one motto is: WE ARE INCLUSIVE – EVERYONE IS OUR FRIEND!
Video 24 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
The Watkins Glen State Park long, long gorge and waterfalls are a must-see for anyone who wants to be up close and personal with mother nature. So if you are looking for a rare opportunity to literally touch this magical wonder with 19 waterfalls highlighting in action, head for the Finger Lakes in New York and be sure to add this to your bucket list!
Video 23 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
With abundant, verdant, luscious green foliage among thick trees everywhere, triple waterfalls, stunning cliff views, the Letchworth State Park is a real winner as the Grand Canyon of the East – even being voted as America’s number one State Park in the nation and #1 Best Attraction in New York State (fifth spot was Niagara Falls). If your camping or RV Life allows, don’t miss this awesome treasure with scenic views everywhere! And whether you’re into hiking, biking, canoeing or other outdoor activities, Letchworth is a real winner.
Video 19 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
Heading across Ohio en route to the City of Erie, we enjoyed an eBike ride and overnight RV stay at Maumee Bay State Park in Ohio on the great Lake Erie.
Video 17 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
This time we are in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the final stomping ground of John Chapman, AKA Johnny Appleseed. And while General Wayne is credited with the City name after conquering the native american Miami Indians tribe ( then known by the name Kekionga), the kind-hearted Johnny Appleseed enjoyed the company of everyone, including the Indians, all of God’s creatures and his fellow white man whom he shared both sermons as well as apple seeds to grow nourishing fruit trees.
Video 15 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
Once in a while it’s okay to RV overnight in a Walmart (Winona, Minnesota) and the nearby lake was beautiful. Bad news – don’t run wide open with your dog on wet grass chasing a squirrel into a tree! Meanwhile, after crossing the Mississippi we enjoyed spending some time in the Wisconsin Dells before heading to Indiana.
Video 14 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
As we head through South Dakota to the Badlands National Park to the Minuteman Nuclear Missile National Museum, we also dropped by the Walls Drug complex after seeing all the roadside ad signs. The Badlands are, well… not a place you’d expect to see much life including vegetation but the sandstone hills and cliffs are quite remarkable – just the kind of terrain you might expect President Teddy Roosevelt to trot through on his horse. Nearby we saw a sign for the Minuteman Missile National Museum so we thought “why not?” (or at least Michael was game). That said, not many enjoy the thought of our Country being involved in a thermonuclear war so if this sort of thing doesn’t make you wonder about our National deterrent to avoid future International Wars, we certainly understand why you might want to pass seeing our Minuteman National Museum.
Video 10 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
After wrapping up our tour of the Grand Tetons (North of Jackson Lake), we entered Southern Yellowstone for an awesome “spin around the Park.” Yellowstone Falls had dramatic views and of course Old Faithful Geyser is not to be missed, complete with an insightful Park Ranger talk. Best of all, in the Lamar Valley we spotted herds of thousands of Buffalo’s, and even had one walk up to us in our RV!