10 Things I learned traveling across America in an RV

Disclaimer: I lived in Manhattan for the past 17 years and during those years I didn’t drive. When Finn and I traveled somewhere, it was mostly to either go to family events that were quick visits or, when we were able to really got away, we tried to hit the beach or go some place relaxing. Subsequently, some of my observations on America might provoke you to say; “A-doy!” …or at least think it. And if so, I understand.

Anyway, here are some things I learned this year:

  1. America is a truly amazing place to see and National Parks are a great place to start.
  2. RVers are generally friendly folks who either want to do their own thing or chat a little about your vehicle. Number one question; “What kind of mileage you get?”
  3. Bristlecone pines are the oldest single living organisms known on earth. You can visit some in Bryce Canyon.
  4. Hornets build their nests underground.
  5. Your mind will be blown by visiting Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. I’m just saying.
  6. Most of Yellowstone NP is a volcanic caldera formed during an eruption which occurred over 640,000 years ago.
  7. Greenville is the most common U.S. place name, with 50 occurrences (I was compelled to look it up after seeing yet another Springfield, there are 28 of those).
  8. If your knees start to hurt walking down a mountain, turn around and walk down backwards.
  9. Roundabouts are not just in the UK anymore.
  10. On a 13,000 mile road trip, prepare as best you can but then go with the flow and check out whatever comes your way.

Bristlecone pine in Bryce Canyon NP

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