AmeriCanada 2015

NOTE:  When wife Sharon adds comments, they will be in {curly brackets, and green}.  Comments by Bob, after the trip is over are in red.

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Background: Sharon and our friend Nancy B have birthdays same year, two days apart. Every year they cook up something to do together to celebrate. This year Sharon told me, after talking with Nancy, "We want to go to Niagara Falls, as we've never seen it."

So I start doing my efficiency thing:

Hmmm, as long as we're in Niagara Falls, we don't yet have many northeast US states or Canadian provinces on our fifth-wheel trailer state & province decal map.

Nor for that matter, three southeast states. So I dig in, and lay us out a two-month trek in five legs (using the argument, "Hmmm, as long as we're on the east coast, we may as well go through Florida on the way home"). {In describing this trip to people, I go through this whole story, telling of the map on the side of our trailer and how we are trying to fill in all the states and provinces. What about Hawaii? My sister Jeane and her husband, Wendell, solved that by taking the sticker for Hawaii with them on a trip to Hawaii and then putting it on their trailer, but we never thought of that. Our rule is, the trailer HAS to have been in the state for us to put the sticker on. So we have been to some of these states, but NOT WITH the trailer. So we will get them this time and take a picture when we put the sticker on.}

Leg 1. San Jose to International Falls, to meet sister Shirley# and her husband Jerry, and their daughter Tane, for a week of fishing on Pipestone Lake across the Canadian border, near Emo, Ontario. We did this also in 2006.
Leg 2. Int'l Falls to Newfoundland, Canada, picking up great friend Nancy B, who will have flown to Minneapolis from her Dallas home.. {This changed as we were originally going to pick her up at the Minneapolis airport, taking her with us to Webster, Wisconsin, where my mother was born, to visit my uncles. Nancy has connected with her cousins who live in Wisconsin and will fly early to visit with them. We will pick her up there after visiting my uncles in Webster.}
Leg 3. Newfoundland to the tip of Long Island, New York
Leg 4. Long Island to Pensacola, Florida
Leg 5. Pensacola to our San Jose home, dropping Nancy off in her home in Dallas on the way.

NOTE: After the trip, just to confuse you, I divided the trip into Six Parts. Old Leg 2 is split in two at Niagara Falls, so Leg 2A is International Falls, MN to Niagara Falls, and Leg 2B is Niagara Falls to Newfoundland. Then Leg 1, Leg 2A, Leg 2B, Leg 3, Leg 4 and Leg 5 are renamed as Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. See Report 60, for example.

Also, after the trip I changed the Trip Title from the rather cumbersome "Fishing, the Falls, Around the 48 and NE Canada 2015" to the more succinct country combo name, "AmeriCanada 2015".

Each leg has a number of stops and visits.

Here are some of the objectives (There are many more along-the-way objectives not listed below, and surprises we haven't met yet):

Leg 1. MINNESOTA AND CANADA. Sister Shirley flies out to San Francisco from near Kansas City, and accompanies us on our RV fifth-wheel trailer trip to Internationall Falls, Minnesota. (Shirley's husband Jerry has to drive all the fishing gear by van from their home near Kansas City. Jerry is the fourth of our four musketeers. Their talented daughter Tane is the an honorary musketeer on the fishing part of this leg) We three travel and get along extremely well together, making jokes, doing crossword puzzles, listening to 70s-80s music on the truck satellite radio, napping and playing Words With Friends {We find that we begin to create songs for everything that happens, like "Stuck In the Middle" when our trailer gets stuck on a rock (well, Shirley says BOULDER, but more about that later.)}Then in Canada, we will fish like there's no tomorrow.

Leg 2. NIAGARA FALLS AND THE MARITIME PROVINCES OF CANADA. We visit Sharon's relatives in Webster, Wisconsin, our great friend Nancy flies into Minneapolis and visits her cousins in Gilman, Wisconsin, we connect with Nancy in Gilman, and drive to Niagara Falls through Canada, then visit Canada's maritime provinces, picking up all the decals we are missing from there and the northeast US for our trailer.

Leg 3. NORTHEAST US. Do an exit from Canada, visit Bar Harbor in Maine, visit a college friend in Rhode Island,, stop near New York City and bird Central Park, visit two sets of relatives and friends- and drive to the tip of- Long Island Visit with nephew Eric and family on Long Island.

Leg 4. EASTERN SEABOARD. Visit brother George and family in North Carolina, touch Georgia, Florida and Alabama to pick up those decals, then turn west.

Leg 5. SOUTHERN STATES. Visit New Orleans, drop Nancy off at her home near Dallas, visit Sharon's sister and brother-in-law in Granbury, Texas, south of Fort Worth, visit Joshua Trees NP in southern California, then turn north for San Jose.


# - Sister Shirley decides to fly to San Jose and ride with us (Yaay!) to International Falls, Minnesota rather than do the all-night ridealong with husband Jerry north, from Overland Park, Kansas, near Kansas City.

EPISODES - Trouble Events - Fun Reading!!
Episode 1. Getting Bob's Passport 1/2 day after time to leave. Report 1.
Episode 2. The Boulders. Report 2.
Episode 3. The Hitch Hitch. Report 6.
Episode 4. Down Goes Frazier. Report 14.
Episode 5. Bam! We Need a Stinkin' Mirror. Report 56.

DAILY REPORTS (* - Curious but in a hurry? Just read the ones with an asterisk. I call them STAR Reports, and I judge them to be the BEST. Plus, now you can jump from the end of one STAR report to the next one, through the whole trip! To begin, click on the first STAR Report - Report 2)

Report 1. Day 1. Saturday, July 25. From Home to Truckee, California. We're On Our Way!
* Report 2. Day 2. Sunday, July 26. Truckee to Elko, Nevada. Getting Boulder.
Report 3. Day 3. Monday, July 27. Elko to West Yellowstone, Montana. The Big Bridge.
* Report 4. Day 4. Tuesday July 28. West Yellowstone to Hardin, Montana. Yellowstone National Park.
Report 5. Day 5. Wednesday, July 29. Hardin to Bismarck, North Dakota. The Queen Kingbird.
Report 6. Day 6. Thursday, July 30. Bismarck to International Falls, Minnesota. The Hitch Hitch.
Report 7. Day 7. Friday, July 31. International Falls to a farm five miles outside Emo, Ontario, Canada. Hitch Fix, Down on the Farm

Report 8. Day 8. Saturday, August 1, Farm near Emo to Pipestone Lake Lodge, on Pipestone Lake in Ontario, Canada. Sharon snags a Monster.
Report 9. Day 9. Sunday, August 2, Pipestone Lake Lodge. Let the Fishing Begin.

Report 10. Day 10. Monday, August 3, Pipestone Lake Lodge. Red Sunset.
Report 11. Day 11. Tuesday, August 4, Pipestone Lake Lodge. Loon Haunt.

Report 12. Day 12. Wednesday, August 5, Pipestone Lake Lodge. Sunrise, Eagles and Fried Potatoes.
Report 13. Day 13. Thursday, August 6, Pipestone Lake Lodge. An Average Day Fishing is Better Than a Poke in the Eye. Wait, How's That Saying Go?
* Report 14. Day 14. Friday, August 7, Pipestone Lake Lodge to Gilbert, Minnesota. Last Day at Pipestone. Down Goes Frazier!
Report 15. Day 15. Saturday, August 8, Gilbert to Minneapolis, then to Webster, Wisconsin. An Apple a Day...
Report 16. Day 16. Sunday, August 9, Visiting Sharon's Uncle Terry in Webster.
* Report 17. Day 17. Monday, August 10, Crex Meadows, Wisconsin. Chasing the Black-billed Cuckoo.
Report 18. Day 18. Tuesday, August 11, Webster Wisconsin to Gilman, Wisconsin. Picking up Travelmate Nancy
Report 19. Day 19. Wednesday, August 12, Gilman to Ontario. Into Canada.
Report 20. Day 20. Thursday, August 13, Halfway to Niagara.
* Report 21. Day 21. Friday, August 14, Niagara Falls/Canadian Side.
* Report 22. Day 22. Saturday, August 15, Niagara Falls/American Side.
Report 23. Day 23. Sunday, August 16, Moving Thru New York, Headed for Montreal.
Report 24. Day 24. Monday, August 17, Montreal, N'est-ce pas?
Report 25. Day 25. Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Walking the Island
Report 26. Day 26. Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
Quebec City's Montmorency Falls
Report 27. Day 27. Thursday, August 20, 2015. On to Prince Edward Island (PEI).
Report 28. Day 28. Friday, August 21, 2015.
Prince Edward Island to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
Report 29. Day 29. Saturday, August 22, 2015. Ferry to Newfoundland!
*Report 30. Day 30. Sunday, August 23, 2015. On to Gros Morne National Park.
*Report 31. Day 31. Monday, August 24, 2015. Up and Back. Long Day, Jack
Report 32. Day 32. Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Ferry Back to Nova Scotia.
Report 33. Day 33. Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Bay of Fundy Day 1 of 2.
* Report 34. Day 34. Thursday, August 27, 2015. Bay of Fundy Day 2 of 2 - High and Low
: South Maitland and Burntcoat
Report 35. Day 35. Friday, August 28, 2015. Into the U. S. S. A! Maine-ly
* Report 36. Day 36. Saturday, August 29, 2015. Scouring Mount Desert Island and Bar Harbor
Report 37. Day 37. Sunday, August 30, 2015. On to Rhode Island
Report 38. Day 38. Monday, August 31, 2015. Change of Plans - Hudson River Valley, not NYC
Report 39. Day 39. Tuesday, September 1, 2015. The Vanderbilt Mansion, FDR's home, The Skyway Walking Bridge.
Report 40. Day 40. Day 40. Wednesday, September 2, 2015.
To Long Island.
Report 41. Day 41. Thursday, September 3, 2015. Touring Long Island.
* Report 42. Day 42. Friday, September 4, 2015. NEW YORK CITY!
Report 43. Day 43. Saturday, September 5, 2015. Escape from New York.
Report 44. Day 44. Sunday, September 6, 2015. Maryland to Virginia, Including Montpelier, Monticello.
Report 45. Day 45. Monday, September 7, 2015. Virginia to North Carolina and Brother George's.
Report 46. Day 46. Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Cruisin' Carolina.
Report 47. Day 47. Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Carolina to Auburn, Alabama.
Report 48. Day 48. Thursday, September 10, 2015. Auburn, Alabama to Pensacola Beach, Florida.
Report 49. Day 49. Friday, September 11, 2015. Florida to KOA West, New Orleans, Louisiana. Happy Birthday to Sister Shirley
* Report 50. Day 50. Saturday, September 12, 2015. Just Another Day in Nawlins.
Report 51. Day 51. Sunday, September 13, 2015. New Orleans to Shreveport, Louisiana.
Report 52. Day 52. Monday, September 14, 2015. Shreveport to Keller, Texas. Dropping off Nancy.
Report 53. Day 53. Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Keller Texas to Granbury, Texas to Visit Sharon's Sister and Brother-in-Law Jeane and Wendell
Report 54. Day 54. Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Ladies' Day Out.
Report 55. Day 55. Thursday, September 17, 2015. Just Travelin' - Granbury, Texas to Clovis, New Mexico.
* Report 56. Day 56. Friday, September 18, 2015. Just Travelin' - Clovis to Gallup. BANG!!!
Report 57. Day 57. Saturday, September 19, 2015. Just Travelin' - Gallup to Kingman, Arizona.
Report 58. Day 58. Sunday, September 20, 2015. Just Travelin' - Kingman to Baking-field.
Report 59. Day 59. Monday, September 21, 2015. Bakersfield to Home in San Jose.


* Report 60. Entire Trip-in-a-Nutshell in One Map
* Report 61. Entire 12,700 Mile Trip Summarized in Six Regional Maps with Major Events in Red and Day Numbers Indicated .
Report 62. Map Decal Application Photos


Report 63. Daily Log, with Date, Day, RV Park Name/Location, Comments, and Who Was With Us

PHOTOS (Bob's Choices)

* Report 64. Best Trip Photos
* Report 65. Best Bird Photos
* Report 66. Best People Photos (not already in Best Trip Photos)

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