We are planning another epic trip that will begin August 11, 2021 and end sometime in September.
This trip was completely canceled after I was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in my right ureter and the required subsequent tests and surgeries.
8/12/2021 Update: It now looks like this trip is completely off, at least for the foreseeable future. My surgery did not go as planned this morning. The ureter from my right kidney to the bladder was too small for the doctor to get the scope up through it to the kidney, so he put in a temporary stent to gently open it up. In two weeks we do the entire process again. He made it pretty clear today he believes the soft tissue mass is probably cancerous, but a very non-aggressive form. He will get a biopsy in a couple of weeks and we will go from there. Obviously this is not the outcome we wanted, but it is what it is and we will deal with it the best we can.
8/11/2021 Update: Another trip postponement. We were planning to leave this coming Saturday (8/14/21), but I am now scheduled to have surgery to open up my blocked right kidney, biopsy the soft tissue growth blocking it from draining and a stent put in tomorrow (8/12/21). Assuming this all goes well, as expected, I am scheduled for a follow up doctor visit a week later. So, at the least we have to cancel our camping reservation at Niagara Falls. We now hope to go to Niagara Falls after we go to Maine. I will update here as we get our schedule revised.
7/30/2021 Update: The celebration of life for our SIL’s Father has been canceled I guess because of COVID resurgence fears. Because of some doctor appointments for me and our dog Sugar Belle we have made some changes to our travel plans. I have stage 3 CKD and it has gotten somewhat worse, so my Internist has me scheduled at a Urologist and probably more tests will result. Sugar Belle has some heart issues that resulted in a visit to a cardiologist and more medications for her. As a result the reservations at Falling Waters SP in Florida on 8/11/2021 and the four nights at Lake Lowndes SP near Columbus, MS starting 8/12/2021 have been canceled. Our plan now is to leave home on 8/14 or 8/15/2021 and take 4-5 days to get to our reservation at the KOA Niagara Falls/Grand Island for two nights starting 8/18/2021. From there we go to Oswego, NY and Bar Harbor, ME. Stay tuned.
First we will head to the Columbus, MS area for four nights (reservations made at Lake Lowndes SP) to attend a celebration of life for our son-in-law’s Father on 8/14. After that we are heading to Niagara Falls for a couple of nights. Jeri has never been there. Then to Oswego, NY for a total of five nights; two in her cousin’s driveway and three in the Sunset RV Park right beside Lake Ontario where we have reservations). Departing there we will travel through New Hampshire and Vermont to the Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine area for some length of time before heading back toward home.
We hope to add the following states to our RV camping map. Ohio, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and West Virginia. This will increase the total states we have camped in our RV to, I believe 36, plus 3 Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.
So, set your calendar to follow along.