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. 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.

Spotlight On …

National Parks of the US

Spectacular scenery, wilderness, caves, volcanoes and other geothermal features, glaciers, rivers, oceans, mountains, lakes, forests, and wildlife are featured in our 59 National Parks. Learn about the National Parks and access our blog posts from those we have visited in one convenient collection.

Travel Plans for 2018 & Beyond

Access our travel plans for the rest of 2018 and early 2019. During our planning we pulled out our US Road Atlas and looked for new places to visit and regions with lots of outdoor recreation. We’ll be visiting cliff dwellings, the Rio Grande, deserts, National and State Parks, cities, and small towns. Here is an overview of our travel plans.

Alaska and Canada

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.

Favorite Posts

Grizzly Bear Denali National Park

Bus Tour To Wonder Lake, Denali NP

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.

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4X4 in Moab, Utah

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.

Halibut Valdez Alaska

Halibut Fishing from Valdez

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.

Attractions

Steller Sea Lions Alaska

Walt Disney World

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.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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.

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Glacier Bay Flightseeing Tour

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.

Hiking

Navavjo Knobs Trail Capital Reef

Hiking Capital Reef Utah

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.

Rescue Creek Trail Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Day Hiking

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.

Keyhole Longs Peak Rocky Mountain National Park

Hiking Longs Peak

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

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Yellowstone Wildlife Viewing and 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 Kluane National Park

Dall Sheep

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.

Brown Bears Hallo Bay Katmai National Park

Brown Bears in Hallo Bay

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

Pontchartrain Landing

New Orleans, LA - I noticed many reviews for this RV park start with a statement such as "do not judge this park based on its location in a run-down industrial area " or "drive really slow as the entrance road is full of potholes" or "once inside the gated park you'll...

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Pelahatchie, Mississippi

Pelahatchie, MS - We spent  the week of January 29-February 5 in Pelahatchie, Mississippi where we stayed at the Yogi on the Lake campground. From here we took a day trip to visit the Vicksburg National Military Park which is about an hour west of Pelahatchie. We also...

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Yogi on the Lake

Pelahatchie, MS - This has the potential to be a really nice destination RV park. Instead it's a bit run down, with unlevel sites and dogs barking at all hours. Located on a scenic lake about a 15 minute drive from Jackson, MS, this campground has it all: full hookup...

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