TravelingMorgansBlog Working our way around the contiguous 48 states in our RV.

19. July 2015

Sometimes you must take a step back before you can go forward.

Filed under: 2015 — admin @ 07:48

Sometimes you must take a step back before you can go forward.
All Journeys ultimately come to an end.

Which is it for the Traveling Morgans? We are not sure.
We have been on the road for eleven years, working our way around the country. We have not seen everything we wanted to see, but we have seen more than we ever thought we would see.

Our summer job did not work out this year.
Phyllis was in a lot of pain and facing other physical issues.
The job did not make all of the allowances that were promised.

We are now in Columbus Indiana, and we will head to Texas early this fall.
Phyllis will attempt to get adequate medical care there, and we will see if she can heal enough to travel again.
If we do travel again, Phyllis will not be working.
This winter, Larry will attempt to find part-time work near San Antonio that matches his skill set.
He will also try to market his photographs and writings of our travels.

We will also investigate a place that we can permanently park our travel trailer in case Phyllis cannot continue traveling.

If the traveling is at an end, we have had a wonderful run and seen more amazing things than we ever thought would be possible. We continually advise people not to wait to follow their dream. Tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone. We are glad we followed our dream when we did.

Larry will resume developing our web site. There are at least two years worth of material that are not properly developed, so you will continue see major changes to the web site.

Perhaps we will have some “guest writers & photographers” cover areas we have not traveled personally. There would be full credit given, but since our web site is not making any money, payment would not be possible at this time. Let us know if you are interested. We have some big gaps and some areas have only skimpy coverage.

If you are going to be in the San Antonio area this winter, lets get together!
We well have good Internet service, so Skype is also a possibility.

Please let us know what is going on in your life and where you are.

15. April 2015

Leaving Indy to go to our Summer Job

Filed under: 2015 — admin @ 08:10

Larry has been busy with a young grand child.

Larry, Aiden and 1949 Lionel Engine

Larry and Aiden with Larry’s 1949 Lionel engine.

Aiden has the “toy train gene” that skipped a generation.
The only page fully updates is our 2013 travels, which is finally ready for use.

The 2014 page is making progress
but is not complete. The 2015 page has not been started.

April 15 we move to our summer job near Roselawn IN.

1. April 2015

Memphis Stop

Filed under: 2015 — admin @ 09:18
The Pink Limo from Marlowes

The Pink Limo from Marlowes

Phyllis and I travel the country and love to stop at new places and at favorite places. In Memphis, Marlowes sends a pink limo (no charge) to pick us up at the Graceland campground and take us to their very fun restaurant. BBQ in Memphis is different from Texas BBQ, but very interesting and fun.

Next stop is Indianapolis

6. March 2015

Traveling Morgans Getting Ready for Spring Travels

Filed under: 2015 — admin @ 21:54
Yellow Mounds area of Badlands NP in SD

Yellow Mounds area of Badlands NP in SD

The above picture was from last spring on our way to Crazy Horse.

Our time in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas is coming to a close.
We have found a nice little hide-a-away campground with just 15 sites in the quaint little town of Wimberley.

We have had a very wet winter, and the gorgeous Spring roadside wildflowers that make the Hill Country famous should be unbelievable this year. We may or may not get a chance to see them. We will be leaving earlier than usual since our summer job starts April 15, and we want some time with our daughter and grandson whom are on our way.

We will be working in Indiana for the first time since we hit the road 10 years ago. We will be at Oak Lake campground just south of the town of Roselawn near I-65 between Merrillville and Lafayette.

Phyllis is still having trouble with her back and cannot walk much. We had hoped a new medication would make things better, but it is not enough. Again we have found a job that will let her work mostly from a sitting position and owners that will work with us. It will also be our first summer working in a destination campground, where families come to spend time in the campground and campground activities are a major part of the attraction. We are looking forward to it.

For those who are interested, here are the major changes to our web site:

Main Page:

Where we worked last summer, the fabulous Crazy Horse Memorial:

Badlands National Park

South Dakota Recommendations

Black Hills Overview

Probably the best state park in the country, Custer Sate Park

One of the great things about Custer State Park is the wildlife:

South Dakota overview

New page covering Mitchell


For those who want to support our web site,
Please consider placing your Amazon orders using this link
(actually will also work).

Either will take you DIRECTLY to Amazon.
We will get a small “finder’s fee”, which is used to pay the bills for the web site.
The amount you pay will be exactly the same as going to the AMAZON web site.
We are currently not getting enough to pay for the site but every bit helps.

We also have recommendations for products on amazon.
You can get to those with

Current travel plans are to head from San Marcos area to Texarkana, then up I-30 to Memphis, then up I-55 to I-57 to I-70 and Indianapolis for a visit with family, then up I-65 to our summer job.

We look forward to meeting some friend on the way. If you would like to meet with us, let us know. Use the CONTACT US page.

Also let us know what you are up to this summer. Again use the CONTACT US PAGE.

Larry of The Traveling Morgans
Phyllis, Larry, with dogs Roscoe, Harpo

24. November 2014

Traveling Morgans November 2014

Filed under: 2014 — admin @ 02:04

Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

We made it to our winter home for this year in Wimberley TX. The trip was a little more interesting than we would like. We went from the Black Hills of South Dakota to Indianapolis to visit with family, including our only grand child.

From Indianapolis, we battled cold weather, illness, dog illness, a broken wheel, a blown tire, a gray water line leak, and having our “basement” underneath lining let go. We made it a “get there” trip and drop seeing the things we wanted to visit, but we made it! Hopefully our spring trip will be interesting for the things we see and not the problems we overcome.

Larry will now get busy looking for a job (preferably online) and we will work on finding healing for Phyllis and our Schnauzer Roscoe.

Larry will also try to get the amazing pictures and movies from the Black Hills onto the web site.

If you are in Texas and want to visit, get in touch!

We also want to hear what is going on with you.

18. October 2014

Traveling Morgans Leave the Black Hills

Filed under: 2014 — admin @ 09:45

Greetings from Sidney NE!

We have just left Crazy Horse and the Black Hills of SD. It was a busy summer, so busy Larry had little time to work on the web site or to write newsletters.
He will get it back on track over the winter. We visited a lot of fantastic places in the Black Hills and have some outstanding pictures.
We will alert you when the web site is updated with these pictures. Crazy Horse is a fantastic place to see and we have the pictures to prove it.

We want to thank everyone who had been making Amazon purchases through our web site to help pay the costs of the site.
The Amazon Affiliate tab will take you there quickly, or you can select our product reviews.
Larry will work on a still easier way.
We want to take you straight to Amazon, but Larry is still working on it.

Larry is also working on a way for recommended businesses to be able to sponsor a page.

We are heading south to I-70, then east to Indianapolis to visit family, from there it is southwest to Texas.
We are planning to winter in Wimberly Texas, close to San Marcos, about half way between Austin and San Antonio.
Phyllis will not be working this winter, concentrating on getting her hip bursa to heal. Larry will look for online work or post secondary education.

Let us know if you would want to meet with us as we travel, in Indy, or near San Marcos Texas.

9. June 2014

Party with the Animals

Filed under: 2014 — admin @ 08:16

Phyllis and I have had more fun observing wild animals this spring in South Dakota.

We have several movies, but I cannot get them into a blog, so I will have to add a regular web page for them

In Badlands National Park, we found Mountain Sheep (Bighorn) right by the road.


Two Ewes in Badlands National Park

Two Ewes in Badlands National Park

What are EWE doing here?

What are EWE doing here?

Next was Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where they were out in force.

Bison Migrating

Bison Migrating

Bison Calves

Bison Calves


Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs


Begging Burros

Begging Burros

Begging Burros

Begging Burros


Pronghorns in Prairie Dog Town

Pronghorns in Prairie Dog Town




Pronghorn Juveniles

Pronghorn Juveniles





The bright Mountain Bluebird is found through the Black Hills.

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird


Crazy Horse

On our way up to the arm of the Crazy Horse Monument, we caught this sight:


Mtn Goat Billy

Mtn Goat Nanny

Mtn Goat Nanny

24. May 2014

Starting work at Crazy Horse

Filed under: 2014 — admin @ 07:03
Phyllis and I had our first day at on the job for the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation on Thursday, May 22. Unfortunately as soon as we reported for work, we learned of the death the night before of a great human being who taught everyone to follow their dream, and the dream she shared with her husband was certainly big. Ruth Ziolkowski was CEO of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation since  the death of her husband Kroczak in 1982.  She died of cancer at the age 87. Korczak   began construction of the Crazy Horse Memorial in 1948 when he was 40 years old. Design work had began earlier Korczak knew from the beginning he would not live to complete the work, but he and Ruth worked by faith in their dream. When completed, the Crazy Horse Memorial will be the largest mountain carving and largest memorial in the world. The head of Crazy Horse alone is larger than Mount Rushmore.
The Crazy Horse Foundation has turned down all government money and relies on contributions and admission fees to pay the mountain sized cost of this monumental project.
On the day we were trained, we were taken up to just in front of the face of Crazy Horse. Standing in from of a a stone face over 87 feet high is quite an experience.
The other picture is of the Crazy Horse Memorial from about a mile away in the fog.
I would encourage everyone to visit Crazy Horse in person. It is history in the making. Projects of large size take amounts of time that boggle the mind. This one is much larger.
If you cannot make it to South Dakota to see the monument in person. go to the web site and learn more:
You can also got to our web site page for Crazy Horse:
Phyllis and Larry on Crazy Horse Memorial

Phyllis and Larry on Crazy Horse Memorial

The face of Crazy Horse over 87 feet high.

The face of Crazy Horse over 87 feet high.




Crazy Horse Memorial in fog, about 1 mile away.

Crazy Horse Memorial in fog, about 1 mile away.

23. May 2014

Badlands May 2014

Filed under: 2014,National Parks — admin @ 18:49

Badlands National Park in May with Spring Rains offers many advantages. It  is not overly hot, and the recent rains bring out colors. The very best time to see Badlands National Park is when a Thunder Storm is approaching and just after a thunderstorm has passed when rainbows are out (after 4 PM or so or before 10 AM). Just after a good spring rain, like we did in early May, is the next best time. Our favorite parts are the Door Trail, where you go through a door into another world, and the Yellow Mounds (the picture with an RV, no it is not ours). There are many good surprises in the Badlands., our Badlands Web Section, will soon be updated with these new pictures.



Door into another World, Door Trail


Another Word – Door Trail


Another Word – Door Trail


Another Word – Door Trail



Yellow Mounds, often called Gold Hills


Big Badlands Overlook




Sage Creek Rim Road



Big Butte Overlook



Window on Old NE gravel road.

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Back in the West

Filed under: 2014 — admin @ 18:31
Missouri River splitting South Dakota into East River and West River.

Missouri River splitting South Dakota into East River and West River.

We crossed the Missouri River in South Dakota in early May. In South Dakota this is the boundary between East and West. South Dakota residents refer to the parts of the state as East River and West River It feels good to be back in the West.

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