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Homeward Bound and Southern Journey

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

We rolled into our former hometown of Rochester, NY on August 22nd. Our Aunt Rina and Uncle Rick graciously allowed us to park our "home" in their driveway for the 2 weeks we were in the area. We stayed in their home for a few days visiting with friends and family in the Rochester area before heading to my parents' house in the Buffalo area to visit the rest of the family. Myah and Simba didn't seem to mind being shuffled between Rochester and Buffalo.

It was wonderful to see everyone again. Two weeks wasn't enough time to visit with all the people we wanted to see. Before we knew it, we were on the road again heading to our winter destination in Florida. It's always sad to say our good-byes.


On September 6th, we left Rochester and checked into Hershey RV & Camping Resort in Lebanon, PA for an 8-night stay. This was a nice Thousand Trails campground located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country.

Hershey RV Resort

We visited the quaint town of Lititz, PA, known for its history, and was founded in 1749 by Moravians seeking religious freedom.

The main street was dotted with shops and restaurants. We spent a few hours walking through town, indulging in a pretzel, and Pat had a beer.

The charming town of Lititz

The RV park was close to Hershey's Chocolate World, and since we had never been, we decided to check it out. We didn't go into the amusement park, but we did the trolley tour and created our own candy bar. This was one of those things you should do while in the area. It was a fun day!

Hershey's Chocolate Town

We continued our journey south on September 14th with a stop at Harbor View RV Resort in Colonial Beach, VA for a 6-night stay.

Harbor View RV Resort

We enjoyed visiting the nearby historical town of Fredericksburg while we were here. Fredericksburg is the home to 4 battlefields and played a major roll during the Civil War. We strolled around the grounds of Chatham Manor and admired the amazing views of the Rappahannock River and the town of Fredericksburg on the other side.

Chatham Manor

We arrived in Gloucester, VA on September 20th for a 12-night stay at Chesapeake Bay RV Resort.

From here, we were able to visit the other nearby historical towns of Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg. It was interesting to see and learn how Colonial America lived back in the 1770s.


Colonial Williamsburg

We left the state of Virginia on October 2nd and stopped at Twin Lakes RV & Camping Resort in Chocowinity, NC for 14-night stay.

We were less than 10 miles from the town of Washington, NC, touted as the "Original Washington" or "Little Washington" to distinguish it from the Washington, DC. The town is located on the Pamlico River. They have a wonderful waterfront area with a boardwalk and several shops and restaurants on the main street. We visited the the riverfront almost daily because it was such a beautiful and peaceful place to walk with Myah. The sunsets were always stunning, too!

Washington, NC

Pat had some good luck fishing in the ponds at the campground.

We visited the city of New Bern, about 40 miles from the RV park. The annual "Mum Fest" was going on that day so it was pretty crowded. We had a great time time walking around this scenic area. They had a nice waterfront area. You can see the Swiss influence in the historic city buildings. It was a perfect Fall day!

New Bern, NC

We decided to take the 2 hour drive to Nags Head on North Carolina's Outer Banks during our stay. We enjoyed walking on the beach and checking out Jeannette's Pier and Bodie's Island Lighthouse. We climbed the giant sand dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park "home of the East Coast's tallest dune", before heading back to the RV. It was a full and busy day.

Daytrip to Nag's Head

On October 17th, we rolled into Forest Lake RV Resort in Advance, NC for 7 nights. The leaves were starting to take on hues of gold, brown and crimson. It was nice walking around the RV park and breathing in the crisp, Fall air.

Forest Lake RV Resort

From this park, we were only 1 hour from Charlotte, NC. We spent a day exploring this amazing, modern metropolis.

Charlotte, NC

Pat took a side-trip to the RCR Museum in Welcome, NC.

RCR Museum

We decided to take another day trip to nearby Winston-Salem, about 30 miles away. We walked around the charming town at Old Salem & Gardens. We also spent some time walking in Downtown Winston-Salem.

Old Salem & Gardens and Downtown Winston-Salem

We arrived at Whispering Pines Campground in Newport, NC on October 25th for 7 nights. This was a nice RV park situated on the Bogue Sound.

Whispering Pines Campground

We couldn't resist a quick photo shoot with Myah in a sunflower field, and she enjoyed playing on the beach during our time here!

We spent time enjoying the restored, pre-Civil war fort at Fort Macon State Park.