12.31.16 Reflections on God’s Blessings in 2016

December 31, 2016 – Here we are again reflecting on God’s blessings. During our 2016 travels we explored all of the eastern states all the way to the top of our country in Maine, all around New York state and back down to Louisiana. Here’s a map showing where we traveled this year. Almost 6000 miles of travel through 20 states!!

2016-states-visitedEach year putting this particular blog post together is a big undertaking. However, each year this blog post reminds me of the wonderful adventures Roy and I were blessed to experience during the year. As always we are excited to share it all with you. Our 2016 in one place!

Each month of the year below is a link to our blog’s posts for that month. If anything below makes you want to find out more, please click on the link to take you there! It will open in a new window so you can always come back to this page.

JANUARY 2016

Roy designed signs for Dora, our motorhome, and Boots our truck. We ordered them from Build A Sign and love them!

20151231_132735 dora-sign-on-rvOur son Chip and Misty were married giving us a new daughter in law and a teenage grand daughter!!

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Roy and I traveled to Tennessee for Roy’s full knee replacement surgery. Quite successful! Plus we got to enjoy a little taste of Tennessee snow!

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FEBRUARY 2016

Nothing much happened except Roy had a kidney stone – don’t worry there will be no picture of that!

MARCH 2016

We were given over 1000 flower bulbs, mostly tulips. That involved digging 1000 holes and planting them! So well worth it when we got to see them starting to bloom

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Along with the 1000 bulbs, we purchased and planted three satsuma trees, two fig trees and eight blueberry bushes. Chip’s family helped us with this and this is Kallie (new teenage grand daughter) digging away!

12806257_10207043993032577_4101209079089110733_nWe took our motor home Dora to Metairie, Louisiana (where Roy grew up) the night before the St. Patrick’s Parade and stayed there overnight. Sunday we were joined there by Roy’s family. We’ll be back for the 2017 St. Patrick’s Parade in Metairie. Hope more of the family can join us then!

12814496_907413912710041_968367528670057839_nThe Amite Oyster festival in our hometown of Amite is always fun. We enjoyed the most delicious funnel cake there! 20160320_144841Kallie’s 15th birthday was celebrated at Kirin Japanese Cuisine in Hammond. We enjoyed our first ever Hibachi meal!

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Madisyn’s birthday was celebrated with everyone going to see Zootopia and then afterwards we enjoyed cake!

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Roy installed a television in one of our storage bins so we can watch television outside!! It’s gotten a lot of use throughout the year!

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We left home and headed to Mississippi where we enjoyed our time at TLC Wolf River in Pass Christian, Mississippi, some time on the beach and exploring the area. We discovered the All You Can Eat Dungeness crabs on the buffet at the Treasure Bay Casino. Wow oh wow!

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Wilderness RV Park in Robertsdale, Alabama

Orange Beach, Florida where we played in the sand on the beach

20160406_163105Alabama and Florida border where we enjoyed dinner at Flora Bama Restaurant. We enjoyed eating our chicken tenders and fried shrimp on the second floor overlooking the beach!

20160406_171852Roy cooked his first large pot of gumbo and it was amazing! It’s good to pass this Chauvin tradition along to my hubby!

20160413_100801-mediumStrawberry Festival in Loxley, Alabama.

Dora’s dashboard air conditioner has been putting out only coolish/warmish air since we got back on the road. We took her to B&D Truck Repair and within a few hours we had her back blowing cold air!

APRIL 2016

Roy and I celebrated three years living on the road!!

Madisyn had her first softball game and Misty and Chip were great about sending us updates and photos throughout the game. About halfway through the game it hit me. We have no business being away from home while she’s playing ball. We loved so much the many years our sons played ball and have always hoped she would follow in her daddy’s footsteps and play ball. So after just having finalized our travel plans through the east and north east we cancelled those and headed back home to watch Madisyn play softball!

MAY 2016

We spent a lot of our time traveling from Amite to see Madisyn play ball in Ponchatoula. It was so much fun and I wouldn’t have had this time spent any other way!20160414_173607-largeAlmost as soon as we got home Roy dug holes for and buried several railroad ties for Dora to rest her legs (tires) on.

20160416_125232-medium 20160416_144932-mediumWe were able to get some family fishing time in with Chip’s family and some time having Madisyn visit us!

20160423_123529-medium20160523_1516191Madisyn was sick one week and Grannie had the opportunity to take care of her. We got creative!

13177240_10101962342187824_6631574096151514038_nRoy’s interest in flying remote control planes was renewed this year. He flew a few times with his cousin, Chris Fox and our brother in law, George Roussel.

20160514_123825Kallie graduated from Junior High, and Madisyn graduated from first grade. We got to see both events since we were home!

kallie-and-grannie13254111_871628906297162_7702818923828793419_nWhen softball season came to an end we hugged and kissed everyone and headed back on the road to start, once again, our Northeast Journey!

img955135This is our home in Amite and Dora’s parking space when we pulled out!

20160529_081518-mediumOur destination when leaving home was Briarcliffe RV Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

We ran across this amazing peach farm and factory, Lane Southern Orchards. We toured the factory and bought a bunch of fresh peaches!

20160530_161521Our home church, Trinity Baptist Church now has Live Streaming for the Sunday morning Worship hour. We have deeply appreciated Bob Anderson making it possible for us to watch our home church on our computer each week starting about this time in 2016.

20160529_105405-mediumJUNE 2016

Hardeville RV Park, near Savannah, Georgia

The Savannah Wildlife Refuge

Hilton Head Island in South Carolina

20160602_181354-large seapines-reservationsThe scene from Forrest Gump where Forrest sits on the bench waiting for the bus to arrive was filmed here. They removed the original bench and replaced it with a nice big concrete bench!20160607_155551-largeSavannah Waterfront district was awesome

20160603_172616-largeTybee Island, Georgia

20160605_163940-largealighthouse3We feasted at Paula Deans restaurant The Lady & Sons in Savannah.

20160607_152946-largeWe joined Boondockers Welcome this year. It is a website that allows RVers to stay with home owners at various places around the United States and Canada for FREE!. We stayed at our first Boondockers Welcome host’s home in Delaware.

In Virginia we saw:

Historic Fredericksburg, Virginia

We stayed in New York State a total of five weeks. Our first stop was at Mountaindale at Hilltop Farms Campsites.

Orange County Choppers – two old folks quite giddy getting to meet Paul Teutel, Sr. from the television show.

20160616_140545 20160616_143157Woodstock Festival Site and Museum – The 60s and 70s hippie in us loved this!

20160616_155815 20160616_164623Bear Mountain State Park in New York

Touring New York City was the fulfillment of a life time dream. We rode on subways and trains, toured the September 1, 2001 exhibits, road the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty.

20160613_124228 20160613_12585220160613_161323-large 20160613_170815-largeThen we went on to Seaport RV Resort in Old Mystic, Connecticut. While there we:

Toured the USS Nautilus Submarine and Museum in Groton, CT

20160620_135500Enjoyed our first lobster roll at Sea View Snack Bar in Mystic, Connecticut

20160620_163724Shopped at Olde Mystic Village

yosNewport, Rhode Island – Cliff Walk and 10 Mile Ocean Drive – one of the prettiest places we visited.

20160622_141028 20160622_141856Saddleback Campground in Northwood, New Hampshire. While there we saw:

Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire – a unique really old village where everything is still like it was in the early 1800s.

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Kennebunkport, Maine where we ate lobsters at Nunan’s Lobster Hut – scrumptious!

20160625_182136Next we stayed at another Boondockers Welcome home in Vermont for a week. These folks were very kind and even cooked a Vermont style dinner for us one night!

While there we saw:

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream factory

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

Braggs Farm Sugar house

Rock of Ages Granite Quary – amazing place to visit

20160629_134351Hope Cemetery

20160629_154736Robbins Nest Covered Bridge

20160629_123140Ladder 1 Grill in Barre, Vermont

Twin Ells RV Park in West Chazy, New York. While there we saw:

Lake Placid Olympic Center

20160706_144832We ate Lobster Rolls at McDonald’s – yes McDonald’s!

20160706_140054Ausable Chasm – known as the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks

ausable-chasmJULY 2016

Doubleday Campground in Cooperstown, NY. We went there specifically to visit the

MLB Hall of Fame – a baseball lovers dream come true!

head_atrium_hof Three Valley Campground in Holland, New York.

Niagara Falls was the highlight of this year’s adventures. I could sit next to the falls and listen to the roar of the water all day long!20160711_16104120160711_121807 20160711_115649A young couple we met in Indiana a couple of years ago were at Niagara when we were, so we met up and had a great time catching up!

ashlimansandchauvinsBeaver Meadow Family Campground in Java Center, New York.

While there we saw:

Goat Island at Niagara Falls – the island that lies between the falls

goat_islandThe Museum of Neuroanatomy (Brains) at the University of Buffalo in New York was a special visit! Yes that’s me holding a brain!

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AUGUST 2016

Rondout Valley RV Resort in Acchord, New York

We attended our first RVing convention, representing RVillage.com at the FMCA Convention in West Springfield, Massachusetts

20160804_105025 20160804_105347We got to tour several 2017 motor homes and do a little dreaming! We found we still love our Dora the best!

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Quakerwoods Campground in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania we saw:

Several things including the Liberty Bell

20160808_152113Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed

20160808_140708Gettysburg Battlefield Resort in Gettysburg, PA. While there we saw:

The Gettysburg Battlefield a few days – a lot of history there20160811_15355620160812_120642 President Dwight D Eisenhower’s home.enhs-slideWhile we were away, rains poured and flooded our hometown and several other towns in southern Louisiana, including our home church and many close friends homes. As of the end of 2016 some are still not back in their homes.

13912439_10210465221293997_1454897772140764450_n 13921002_10210601954904557_3874118268839856408_n 13925192_10210465222214020_7083271139729733073_nThe most delicious place we’ve visited is Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania. We enjoyed the 4D Movie and the Chocolate Factory tour. Lots of fun and delicious chocolate!

20160815_124712We toured Washington DC on a double decker Big Bus which allowed us to see so much of our nations capitol.

20160819_134835We saw the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space and awesome buildings such as the White House, the Capitol, Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial 20160819_141700 20160819_161753 20160819_16202220160819_123023Discovered the fun of picking fresh peanuts and boiling them while at a Boondockers Welcome host’s home in Virginia. I’m now hooked on boiled peanuts.20160826_195611Roy also enjoyed being able to walk out our motor home’s door and fly his remote control plane any time he wanted to!

20160825_1851071Briarcliffe RV Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC where we saw:

Barefoot Landing with lots of fun stores to shop in and entertainment to enjoy!

20160904_131806 The area is beautiful and we spent another day enjoying Broadway at the Beach.

Boondockers Welcome host’s home in North Carolina. Dorothy and Tommy were wonderful hots and we even attended worship with them at their church. They cooked an amazing North Carolina Style BBQ dinner for us topped off by the most amazing banana pudding!!!

While there we drove to Charlotte to meet my boss Deborah and her husband Aaron. They cooked for us too and we LOVED the time we got to spend getting to know them better.

deborah-and-rosalynWe also toured the Billy Graham’s Library which was quite a blessing!

billy-graham-librarySEPTEMBER 2016

Yonah Mountain Campground in Cleveland, Georgia near Atlanta. We were busy while in this area seeing:

The Atlanta Braves play one of their last games in Turner Field

braves-10-jonesSeeing Cabbage Patch babies being born at BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia

cabbage-patch-hospitalThe amazing alpine like town of Helen Georgia

Anna Ruby Falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest

OCTOBER 2016

Sherman Oaks Campground in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where we saw:

Two amazing days at Dollywood

dollywoodAte at the Apple Barn Restaurant and shopped at the Apple Barn and Cider Mill

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Toured Bush’s Beans Visitors Center

bush-beans-with-dukeWe toured the town of Pigeon Forge

Westward in Tennessee we went towards the Memphis area. We stayed at Big Buck Camping Resort in Hornsby, Tennessee and we saw

Mud Island River Walk in Memphis, Tennessee

We mailed in our presidential election ballots to South Dakota voting for Donald Trump!

Played in Tennessee cotton fields!

cotton-in-tennesseeRoy’s 9 month post op visit with his orthopedic surgeon in Bartlett, Tennessee went great.

On our way back to Louisiana we stayed on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at TLC Wolf River Resort for two weeks:

Enjoyed the beauty of the coastal beaches

coastal-beachGobbled up dungeness crabs at the Treasure Bay Casino buffet

NOVEMBER 2016

Chauvin’s RV Resort in Amite, LA – yes that’s us and that’s our home for a few months!

We have a new President Elect Donald J. Trump – yippee hooray! America got it right this time!

This image released Friday, July 15, 2016, by the Donald J. Trump for President campaign shows the new campaign logo for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. It features an interlaced blue "T" and "P" next to red stripes that evoke the American flag. (Donald J. Trump for President via AP)

Roy and Chip installed new headlights in our sweet truck Boots! Yay she can see at night now!

chiproyWe attended our great nephew Joseph’s wedding to precious Brooke!

josephs-weddingRoy gave our house a good pressure washing

rvillageappRVillage came out with a cell phone app and we have almost 55,000 members!

My work with RVillage was cut back, a lot!

Roy took a full time job as a Construction Project Manager for Henry Homes

DECEMBER 2016

Christmas Day was split between our youngest son Chip’s new home and our oldest son’s home. The very best Christmas a girl could ask for!

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I don’t feel like I say this often enough but living and traveling throughout our country is absolutely a blessing that God has given to Roy and me. I think Him every morning and every night for allowing us to do this. We are far from wealthy people and know our travels have to include a lot of free things. However, its getting to see the amazing things in this country that is most important to us. We don’t have to eat at fancy restaurants, see Broadway plays, stay in fancy places or do everything there is to do. We are simply happy with what we can see and do what we can do! We will do this as long as we can. When He starts showing us signs that it’s time to stop, we will. We are seeing signs that we need to be home a bit more this year so our 2017 travels will not start for a few months. When we have plans set we will let you know!

That’s it! God Bless all of You and I hope your 2017 is the very best year yet!divider can be used for easter also.

Links to our Reflections on God’s blessings for 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 are below.

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2013

2012

Happy New Year everyone from Roy and Rosalyn Chauvin!
We are looking forward to all that God has in store for us in 2017!

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