We are Mike & Karla Hayes, traveling together since 2007. We enjoy spending time in national and state parks, but are just as comfortable in towns and cities of all sizes. In 2012 we got our first RV. We enjoyed RV’ing so much that in April 2017, we decided to become full timers. We sold our house, moved into our full time RV and hit the road. After two great years on the road, we made the hard decision to move into a house on the east coast near our parents in order to spend more time with them. We downsized our RV and are back to part time RV’ing. We love a wide range of outdoor activities, as well as meeting new people, good food and exploring attractions. We hope our travel experiences provide inspiration and helpful information.
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Spectacular scenery, wilderness, caves, volcanoes and other geothermal features, glaciers, rivers, oceans, mountains, lakes, forests, and wildlife are featured in our 61 National Parks. Learn about the National Parks and access our blog posts from those we have visited in one convenient collection.
We’ve made our travel plans for the rest of 2019 and some rough plans for 2020. During our planning we pulled out our US/Canada Road Atlas and looked for new places to visit and regions with lots of outdoor recreation. After some consideration, we selected the Canadian Maritimes (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick) and New England (Maine and Vermont). Click on this link for more details about our future travel.
In 2016, we completed a 5 month trip through Alaska and Canada. Alaska and Western Canada were beautiful and offered lots of adventures including wildlife watching, hiking, fishing, visiting glaciers, kayaking, and biking. We also learned about the rich history and culture of Alaska and the people who have lived there. Access our planning and trip posts.
One of the best ways to see some of the six million acre Denali National Park and Preserve is by bus. There is one road, Denali Park Road, into Denali National Park and Preserve. The Park Road is paved for the first 15 miles to Savage River.
Moab, Utah is considered by many to be the mecca of off-roading. Combine a staggering number of trails involving a range of mild to gnarly rock crawling, with outrageous scenery, and a town culture that supports and caters to off-roaders, what’s not to love.
As some folks say, we went fishing “just for the hal-i-but”. One of my bucket list items has been Pacific Halibut fishing in Alaska. These sea bottom dwelling fish can grow to be monster size, with a state record catch of 495 lbs.
We visited Walt Disney World Orlando including Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom, and Disney Hollywood Studios. Amusement rides, shows, animals, parades and Disney characters work together to create a memorable trip.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is built around the Capilano suspension bridge, and while that is indeed an impressive structure, this park encompasses so much more.
One of the top things we have done during our entire Alaska trip was this eighty minute flight-seeing tour over Glacier Bay National Park by Paul of Mountain Flying Service in Haines Alaska.
Capital Reef National Park is my favorite park in the National Park System, and great hiking abounds throughout. It’s located near the town of Torrey, Utah. One of the best aspects of hiking here is that the park is not very busy, even in the summer months.
Yellowstone National Park offers a wide range of hikes that range from boardwalks around geyser basins to multi-day backpacking adventures. For those who want more exploration than the boardwalks, but are not up for backpacking, there are many day hikes available.
Longs Peak is a right of passage for summit freaks the world over; an essential “14er” that is so visible from Denver it compels many — locals and visitors alike — to attempt a hike that is likely beyond their skill level, both physically and mentally.
Wildlife & Landscape Photography
My favorite place to watch and photograph wildlife is Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming/Montana. It provides me with the best opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife in the same area.
Dall sheep are a Thinhorn sheep (Ovis dalli), a species of sheep native to northwestern North America, ranging from white to slate brown in color and having curved yellowish brown horns. They can be found in Alaska and Canada.
Grizzly bears or brown bears as the coastal grizzlies of Alaska are referred to, are my favorite animal to watch and photograph. Since developing my love of the Grizzly, I have dreamed of going to the holy grail of brown bear viewing, Katmai National Park.
Recent Blog Posts
2019 to date: We lived in the Newmar Essex RV full time until mid-February, visiting Big Bend National Park in Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Tucson and Mesa, Arizona. We traded in the Essex for a New Aire, which we picked up from the Newmar Factory. The 33' New...
Carlsbad, NM - This is a very nice campground located about 10 miles north of the small town of Carlsbad. If you're staying here to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park and/or Guadalupe Mountains National Park, as we were, it's a pretty long drive that requires a fair...
Terlingua, TX - I don't like giving a 1 star rating to an RV Park. I really don't. I've reviewed 149 RV Parks over the past 6 years and only doled out the lowest rating once. And we've stayed in some real doozies and I can usually find some reason to give 2 stars. I...