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Debby and Charlie Yaker in front of the home we owned in Fair Lawn, N.J. when this journey began on July 15, 2002

Camping With Debby and Charlie 

Listed below are the entries of our web journal.

1.  The Big Trip The beginning of our trip July 15,2002.

2.  Visiting the kids  We break down in Hackettstown NJ July 15,2002 - July 18,2002 and then visit with Michael, Jennie and our Grand kids Jesse and Leah as well as  Michael's Home July 20, 2002 - August 3, 2002. Included in this page is a  map of our planned trip West

3.  Badlands  We visit Badlands National Park In South Dakota 8/6/02,after Blue Mounds State Park and Pipestone National Monument in Minnesota 8/5/02.

4.  Mount Rushmore  We camp at Custer State Park in South Dakota 8/7/02 - 8/18/02 from where we visit Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Monument.

5.  Devils Tower and Yellowstone  We go to Devils Tower National Monument 8/19/02 and after a stop at the Little Bighorn Battlefield and Billings Montana 8/22/02 we go on to  Yellowstone National Park8/23/02 .

6.  Grand Tetons National Park  8/30/02, We visit Grand Tetons NP, Montpellier Idaho and Salt Lake City Utah. I included map of our stay in Utah.

7.  Arches National Park  9/11/02

8.  Canyonlands National Park 9/13/02

9.  Capitol Reef National Park and  Fruita 9/17/02

10.  Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument 9/18/02

11. Bryce Canyon National Park 9/23/02

12. Cedar City, Cedar Breaks National Monument and Snow Canyon 9/27/02

13. Zion National Park 9/29/02

14. Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim 10/6/02

15. Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim 10/8/02

16. Geology of the Grand Canyon

17. Mary Colter, a famous woman architect

18. Flagstaff, Arizona 10/14/02

19. Canyon De Chelly 10/16/02

20. Return to Flagstaff 10/20/02

21. Mesa, Arizona 10/25/02

22. Tucson, Arizona 11/1/02

23. Biosphere 2

24. Tombstone, Arizona 11/6/02

25. Boot Hill, Jewish Memorial

26. California and the Salton Sea 11/10/02

27. San Diego
11/18/02 - 11/22/02

28. Malibu Creek 12/9/02 12/17/02

29. We Return to the Desert 12/17/02 - 1/7/03

30. Slab City

31. Joshua Tree National Park

32. San Francisco 2/6/03

33. Pinnacles National Monument 2/11/03

34. Pinnacles Geology

35. Manzanar National Historic Site 2/13/03

36. Death Valley National Park 2/14/03

37. Las Vegas 2/19/03

38.Cattail Cove and the London Bridge 3/10/03

39.Anza Borrego State Park,CA 3/11/03

40.Calico Ghost Town 3/21/03

41.Mojave National Monument 3/27/03

42.Red Rock Canyon, CA 3/31/03

43. Sequoia National Park 4/23/03

44. Yosemite National Park 4/28/03

45. Rio Vista CA, Ashland OR. and the CA Redwood Forests 5/6/03

46. A Bench in the woods dedicated to Holocaust Victims

47. Oregon 5/13/03

48. Washington 6/1/03

49. Revelstoke, Canada

50. Lake Louise, Canada

51. Columbia Ice Fields, Canada

52. Jasper National Park, Canada

53. Banff National Park, Canada

54. Kootenay National Park, Canada

55. Glacier National Park, USA - Waterton National Park, CD, and the International Peace Park

56. Havre, ND a border town

57. Fort Union Trading Post and Theodore Roosevelt National Park

58. The Cross Ranch and Ft Abraham Lincoln

59. Family Visit

60. Oklahoma City and Arkansas

61. Our Return to New Jersey

62. New Orleans

63. Going South

64. Florida Keys

65. Everglades National Park and The West Coast of Florida

66. Bermuda

67.Going Home

68. Alabama and Mississippi

69.Back on the Road

70. Nebraska and Colorado

71. Santa Fe, New Mexico

72. Albuquerque, Heritage Ranch and the Guadeloupe County Hospital

73. Amarillo, Tulsa, and Grant's Farm

74. Wisconsin for a Family visit

75. Assateague and the Delmarva Peninsula

76. Harpers Ferry

77. The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and the National Civil Rights Museam in Memphis

78. Little Rock

79. Oklahoma City Zoo and Horizon Factory in Junction City (actually Ft. Riley)

80. Dallas - Ft Worth

81. Houston - San Antonio

82. Rio Grande Valley

83. Judge Roy Bean

84. Big Bend National Park

85. Tucson and Usery Mountain

86. Niland and beyond

At the end of April 2005 we put our "stick house" in Fair Lawn, N.J. on the market and began to plan for the life of full time RV'ers. On July 20, 2005 we left Fair Lawn and headed for Texas and our new domocile.

87. Going to Texas

88. Visiting Colonial Macilimackinac and The Grand Hotel

89. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakefront

90. Back to Fair Lawn, Chocolate Town, some fantastic State Parks in Southern Illinois and the Eastern Shore of Va in the fall of 2005

91. We continue down the coast through North Carolina, South Carolina and Gorgia

92 We winter in Florida for the Winter of 2005-2006

93 Alaska


95 Summer 2007

95a Adirondacks

96 Australia New Zealand

97 California and Arizona deserts as well as our trip north through Oregon and Washington

98 Canadian Rockies

99 Calgary Stampede

100 Drumhellor

101 Dinosaur Provincial Park

102 Our South African Trip

103 Devils Lake, ND and the International Peace Gardens

104 International Peace Gardens to Dauphin, MB 165 Miles And Dauphin,MB to The Pas, MB 248 Miles

105 The Pas, MB to Thompson, MB 245 Miles

106 Churchill, MB and the Polar Bears

107 Thompson, MB to Grand Rapids, MB 228 miles

108 Grand Rapids, MB to Winnipeg, MB 242 miles






A summary of our expenses for the first six months of the "Big Trip" can be found here

Our Entire WEB Journal can be seen at this location in chronological order

 In Loving Memory of Caryn Amy Shalita Yaker, December 19,1968 - November 26, 2005

At the end of November 2005 our daughter-in-law Caryn, Richard's wife died shortly before her 37th year. Fortunately ever since 2002 when we started traveling cross country in our RV two of our three trips out west ended in California and we spent some quality time with Rich and Caryn. Words cannot describe our feelings of loss and sympathy for Richard and Caryn's parents, Myrna and Paul as well as her grandmother and brother. It's not supposed to happen like this. None the less life goes on and in 2011 after we left California for the East Coast Richard met a lovely young lady, Jennifer Gaynor and they were Married on May 19, 2013.

Links to other Yaker Family sites:
Michael's Woodjoiner Site Michael's Professional Carpenter's Site
In addition Richard and Caryn had started a photography site A Couple of Artists which Richard has continued


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