‘How did you find us?’ people regularly asked during our seven month trip through the United States. They were referring to the fact that we had met them at quite unusual places; for a tourist that is. Like a cowboy church in Texas, where we witnessed the most spectacular sermon we ever attended. And wha
t to think of our encounter with nine dangerous looking fellows at two o’clock p.m. in the middle of a forest, the nearest town 25 miles away?
Camping mostly in the wild, we traveled 20,000 miles all around the United States of America. Despite the fact that we had a ten year visa, we were forced to (temporarily) leave the country within six months. That is why we also consumed an interesting slice of Canada on our way east, which we have included in the first chapter. It was a ‘once in a life time’ trip, and the preparations took much effort. Because renting an RV for a seven month period would become too expensive, and buying/selling one too risky, we had to ship our own RV - a green 30 feet long truck - from Antwerp (Belgium) to Baltimore. After the pick up, the great discovery of America could start.
We were especially thrilled by the people we met. So many people, that together they could almost form an army. Great people, who invited us into their homes, took us on rides, proudly showing their country, and telling about their lives and their history. Thanks to them, we got to know the unknown side of America, the side we like best. Our goal was to travel off the beaten track, skipping the blue highways, and avoid hopping from one tourist attraction to another. Although we must confess, that we were attracted to some ‘tourist’ magnets as well, like several of the gorgeous National Parks. However, we will not pay much attention to them in this book, since enough has been written about them.
In the previous five years, we had made similar month long journeys through Europe. Practically always camping wild, finding desolate spots in nature, or staying on private grounds with permission of the owners. People had warned us that traveling this way might not be possible in America. This made us only more determined to try anyway. In total, we stayed at 130 spots, which included only four camping grounds.
In this book, we share our views and experiences in fifteen articles about extraordinary topics we stumbled onto. After each article we give a number of useful travel tips for the region in question. Again, not the information you will find in most tourist guides, but unusual things we found. Throughout the text you will come across hyperlinks referring to selected websites and YouTube videos, which will provide you with additional travel information. We hope you will enjoy this book and get inspired to visit some of the special places we found.
(*) By drhofmars This book is an entertaining and enjoyable account of the authors' adventures and travels through America. By leaving the interstate highways and traveling the back roads, the authors were able to experience America's rich and diverse culture. Each chapter begins with accounts of the authors' personal experiences and ends with tips on what to see, how to get there, and other advice to help you turn your own trip across America into a unique adventure. The personal experiences make you feel as if you are actually part of the story. Plus, the authors paint an accurate picture of the unique culture and heritage that can be found in the different parts of America. If you are planning your own vacation in America, or even if you are only interested in learning about America's vast, and sometimes hidden, treasures, you will love this book. And, who knows, these stories may inspire you to get off the "well traveled path" and experience America as you never have before. So, come discover America's treasures with Judy Lohman's "How Did You Find Us?"
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