If You Rest… You Rust!

The crew of Kismet is On the Move Again! It may appear that we are eating our way back to the boat. We are! Not much to report on during our road trip south to Florida to pick up Kismet, however we found some exceptional food stops along the way. When trailering our boat, or driving back to where she is stored, gives us an opportunity to explore some little towns off the expressway. Shan Chinese Buffet was tops on our list, it was just a fluke that we happened upon it, as it was out of town, off the beaten track…

Read More

Cross-Country Trek – Kismet is Heading West

Our boating exploration hiatus is over. Two years ago we set our sights to head west this summer for four months, mainly to cruise Puget Sound up into British Columbia's Desolation Sound  and maybe even the Broughtons, time permitting. On our way we'll put the boat into the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah. It's been nine months since we had a cruise of any significance – the Tennessee River from Grand Rivers, Kentucky down to Rogersville, Alabama. We are happy to say that the planning is over, the boat is prepared, goodbyes to family and friends (always difficult) were made…

Read More

Little Red Tug Cruising Zion National Park

Red Tug Alert! Well who would have thought that the SECOND sightseeing attraction today in Zion National Park was Kismet, the little red tug. Everywhere we stopped to pull over, people seemed more interested in taking photos of our boat than the scenery. I'll have to admit, we did stand out a bit driving on those rocky hairpin turns and entering a few tunnels. I'm sure the last thing anyone thought they'd see today was a bright red tug traveling through the majestic Zion National Park.

Read More

Stopping Short of Zion National Park

Finally getting into the rockiness of Nevada, Utah and Arizona. Our goal is to arrive at Lake Powell beginning of the week and we've picked a great driving route that will allow us some arid vistas and views. Although we're not really stopping to sightsee along the way we've enjoyed driving through the territory we've covered so far. We left Las Vegas this morning with much anticipation because we're heading to Springdale, a small tourist town just outside the entrance to Zion National Park. Initially we thought we might camp out in the park but after reading a few cautionary…

Read More

Skirting Las Vegas

We decided to forgo activities in Las Vegas this trip because we are so anxious to get to Lake Powell and go boating. We found Hitch'in Post RV Park, a nice park, for a one-night stay, on the outskirts of town and enjoyed hot baths and a quick take out dinner from the bar just outside. The park has great security but it makes you wonder why they need penitentiary style gates to gain access to the park. Yes, just a quick stop in Las Vegas this time, got to get back on the water. 15 PRIME ACRES – LOCATION,…

Read More

A Night at Whiskey Flats RV Park

After a long days drive we were happy to come across Whiskey Flats RV Park in Hawthorne, Nevada. Not a lot of opportunities to find a place to stay for the night in this wide open, arid countryside. The town of Hawthorne lies just beyond Walker Lake, a beautiful, almost mirage like, lake in a dessert setting – this afternoon the skies were dark and stormy off to the east of us, we were happy to find a spot to rest for the night. The park was nice with all the amenities a camper might need. Clean showers, a little…

Read More

Nineteen Years + Four and Counting…

Très Romantique Some people may not think that camping out on your anniversary is the romantic thing to do but in our case it certainly was. A beautiful spot in Cisco Grove - California's Tahoe National Forest did the trick for us. All by ourselves in a 406 site campground, nestled in the Donner Summit with campfire a bottle of wine, a simple dinner and each other... priceless!

Read More

Camping in Santa Cruz

First night out of Portland took us to Yreaka, California, we couldn't find our appointed campground next to the Klamath River, but lucky enough for us we had noticed this nice Rest Area/Information Center nearby. A couple of other RVer's were setting up their rigs to spend the night and we decided to do the same. Lots of room, just them and us and it was actually a very nice spot with a small river right next to the parking lot. It was very quiet until just after we went to bed when the trucks started to show up and…

Read More

New Adventures with the “Boater Home”

Battle Ground State Park, in Washington State, was the spot for our first "Boater Home" experience. Since we had just driven six miles off the freeway to check out this park, we were happy they had availability for us to spend the night. We choose the first site available, right by the entrance, since it was a very thick woods and being new at this type of camping and trailering a big boat behind the truck, did not want to contend with low lying branches or too sharp of a winding curve in the road further into the campground. We…

Read More

Olympic National Park – Hoh Rainforest

You guessed it – raining on the day we went to the rainforest, but we have to say it only added to the experience. A slight drizzle lasted during our entire hike through the forest. One of the most colorful and absolutely beautiful fungus's we have ever seen. We weren't in the little town of Forks very long before we realized we were in the midst of "Twilight Zone." Since the popular movie, Twilight was shot here not too long ago the little town has become something of a tourist attraction for those interested in vampires. When Jim saw the…

Read More