Thanks for visiting our travel blog. We have so much fun updating it with our adventures and hope you enjoy reading our updates and looking at the photography that journals all of the places that we have visited. Our travels allow us to be both tourists and volunteers!
As tourists, we began our adventure by selling our home and buying a motor home. Then, on Valentine’s Day 2015 we traveled from our home state of Missouri to Gulf Shores, Alabama. From there, we went along the coast all the way to Key West taking in the sites as we went. After Key West we went north along the East Coast all the way to Bar Harbor, Maine. Along the way, we toured such places as Washington, DC, Gettysburg, Philadelphia, New York City, and Niagara Falls (US & Canada).
As volunteers, we spent seven months volunteering at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in South Texas, working in their visitor center and operating their 66 passenger tram nature tour. After that, we traveled to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon where we were campground hosts for the National Park Service for almost three months. We also worked for the Florida State Parks as day-use maintenance workers. Currently, we are volunteering at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge near Folkston, Georgia. Here, we work in separate jobs – I work in the visitor center, give tours of the Chesser Island Homestead, and help with Environmental Education programs. Ken works in maintenance and does everything from rebuilding benches and signs to transporting materials (aluminum, glass & cardboard) to the recycling centers.
We have so much more planned as tourists (Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons… Alaska), and our next volunteer assignment is back at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
We hope you enjoy traveling with us as we continue to explore this beautiful country of ours!
Dorothy & Kenneth Maupin