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There you go, I've given you a visual hint as to where we are headed this summer.

Did anyone correctly identify what that artwork on the left is?

Our previous travels over the last 5½-years have taken us to 48 of our 50 states, that leaves just two unvisited states with one of those being Michigan. But what is that crazy looking artwork?

Now that first image should start making sense!

That's right, not only are we going to add Michigan to our visited states map, we're going to visit the entire Great Lakes Region from Grand Portage, MN all the way over to Niagara Falls, NY.

There are 4 National Parks in this region (Voyageurs, Isle Royale, Indiana Dunes and Cuyahoga Valley) and 3 National Lakeshores (Apostle Islands, Pictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear Dunes) that we also intend to visit.

Our activities will include wading into the chilly waters (only up to our ankles) of each of the 5 Great Lakes (Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario) all before the summer is over.

We'll throw in visits to the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN plus visits to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.

Our route will have us traveling over 6 previously uncrossed state borders (OK/MO, WI/MI, MI/IN, PA/DE and DE/NJ) to bring our total to 95 of the 107 possible such crossings.

We hope to visit 6 new show cave tours, bringing our total to 69 across the country, plus revisiting one of our favorites.

We'll be adding overnight visits to 15 new National Forests and 2 National Grasslands before the year is over.

And as if all that's not enough...

In early April we'll be positioning ourselves DIRECTLY CENTERED on the 100-mile wide "Path of Totality" for the "Total Solar Eclipse". On Monday, April 8th, at around 1:30PM we will experience nearly 4½-minutes of near darkness just outside of Dallas, TX along with 4 other RVing couples.

The friends joining us for the weekend will be coming from all around the country (CO, MI, PA and LA) to watch the short Monday afternoon eclipse and then the next day we will all disperse back to our own travel plans.

That's what RV friends are like, coming together to experience something special and then returning to their own itineraries in life. The next total solar eclipse in North America won't be for another 20-years, so for some of us, this will be our last chance to experience this phenomenon.

It's too cold to be heading north towards The Great Lakes before April, so we'll spend the first few months of this New Year hugging the Mexican border between the states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, trying to stay warm.

Then just after the eclipse we'll add a northernly direction to our route.

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