I’m Kim and I lead a nomadic life with my husband Darren and our two rescue dogs, Rikka and Rainah. Our little pack roams the United States full-time in our 35′ motorhome seeking out interesting and wonderful places to stop and rest. Barking noMad is where I journal our experiences and share some of the insights and observations about the places we have visited.
We just spent an entire week in one place. This is something that we have not been able to accomplish for a while. It was nice just to sit still for a moment and try to catch up. Although I never seem to get as much done as I plan. We found ourselves discuss how we could stay for another week, but alas, we must be off to Texas. Read More
Yes, this is what it sounds like. A campground in Maine adjacent to a small desert. Well, according to Wikipedia it is not an actual desert but “a 40 acre tract of exposed glacial silt surrounded by a pine forest.” Wiki goes on to say that over-farming in the late 1700s, led to soil erosion and exposure of the silt dunes. Now it has become a tourist attraction, with frequent tours, a gift shop, and a museum. We did walk out onto the dunes in the evening after the tours were over, but if I’m to be honest our attraction to the place centered around its proximity to Maine Beer Co’s taproom (to be covered in my next post). Read More
Whenever we visit Maine, Five Island Lobster Co is on our must-do list. An internet friend told us about this place right before our very first visit and we loved it so much we keep coming back. The only difficulty is that the restaurant is located in a very small town at the very tip of a peninsula. So there is no place to park our 35′ motorhome. One year we squeeeeezed in a parking lot, but we were really taking up more than our fair share of the available parking. Read More
After dinner, we decided to try and find a bar we had visited the last time we were in the area. We could not find it on our own, but Darren stopped to buy coffee at a local shop and described it to the clerk. She knew exactly where we were trying to go and gave us directions to Robinson’s Wharf. We enjoyed a nice craft beer out on the deck before returning to our campsite. Read More
Our first full day in Maine had us taking down the scoots and heading into town to find some lobsters. Our plan was to go to Boothbay Lobster Wharf, a place we have eaten at in the past, but Darren got his Yelp all crossed up and instead drove us to the The Lobster Dock. Dock vs. Wharf. I am sure that a more sea-worthy mind than ours knows the difference. Anyway, we decided to go for it in the spirit of trying new places. We were defiantly rewarded with an awesome view of the bay, but you judge for yourself. Read More
As we were headed to the race at Lime Rock Park, we knew we would be a few days without hookups. So we looked for a full-hookup campground near the racetrack. We have stayed at Rip van Winkle before and found it to be equal and cheaper than the near-by KOA. Read More
We can’t drive through Michigan without stopping in either Traverse City or Petoskey and the best place to do this is at Hearthside Grove. It is an ownership-style resort, with lots being individually owned, so that, each site is unique, as it is improved according to the owner’s personal plan. If the owner wishes to rent their spot when they are not there the resort manages the reservataion. Read More
Every year it seems as though we need to get from the West Coast to Michigan. Google maps always tells us to take the ferry across Lake Michigan. The combination of driving a motorhome and traveling with dogs makes this complicated. Not impossible, but complicated. On these ferries you are not allowed to drive the vehicle on the boat, nor are you allowed access to it during the crossing. In addition, the dogs are not allowed out of the motorhome. This would mean crating the dogs in the RV for the entire length or the trip. Not an option for us.
A trip through the U.P. would not be complete without stopping for some pasties. There is a shop where we have stopped a few times in the past and this trip took us right past it once more. Since we where on our way to meet Darren’s family in a few days, we thought it might be fun to pick up some frozen pasties for everyone to try. Ended up getting some frozen veggies ones for us (and two that were hot to eat right then and there) and a dozen beef ones for his family. There were delicious, as always. Read More
Every time we cross the river into the Upper Peninsula from Wisconsin we spot this campground from the bridge and say to ourselves “Wait, what’s that park?” This time around Darren remembered that fact when searching for stops along our path. It was a bit difficult to research the park as the city’s website has moved and none of the links were working. So, he phoned the campground and talked to the answering machine as it was already well past five in the evening, however, our call was returned. We were told that the did still have a few spots left and that they would hold one for us. Read More