Travelogue

We have called Michigan, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California home in many ways. We enjoy performing familiar music to the elderly because of the excitement and engagement it brings. 

We are currently making our route in California, Oregon, and Washington performing at senior-living communities. We are ‘retired’ teachers for now as we are inspired to continue our new work. 

The posts below follow our journey.

TO START

A voice from the past announces the wonders behind the Mackinac Bridge’s construction and history as we cross from Michigan’s lower peninsula to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It wasn’t anywhere near the first time we had crossed it, but it felt anew.ty_and_nat_travel_blog_natalie_tyrell_peterson_sitko_duo_couple_married_mackinac_bridge_michigan_upper_peninsula_lake_michigan_lake_huron_straits_boat_camper_music

rig_ty_and_nat_travel_blog_camper_life_work_music_art_musicians_duo_full_time_rv_forest_river_wildwood_traveling_couple_michigan_washington_california_oregon_idaho_montana_tyrell_natalie_sitko_petersonWe have a 2018 Forest River Wildwood XLite 241QBXL which has approximately 168 square feet. We remodeled areas in our camper to better suit our living arrangements. The camper is always a work-in-process, and we are already thinking about and planning changes for the future!

ty_and_nat_travel_blog_camper_life_work_music_art_musicians_duo_full_time_rv_forest_river_wildwood_traveling_couple_michigan_washington_california_oregon_idaho_montana_tyrell_natalie_sitko_petersonTo keep our 12V battery charged, we use an 80-watt Zamp solar charger. To keep our phones charged, we use BioLite solar chargers. Our battery runs the necessities like the water pump, lights, furnace and fans, awning, hitch, stabilizers, the smoke alarm, and the carbon monoxide detector. We have two 20lb propane tanks for our stove, oven, furnace, hot water, and refrigerator. We carry 58 gallons of fresh water in our tank or on board when we fill up. 

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MICHIGAN

 “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.”

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marquette_hogback_mountain_360_lake_superior_forest_tyandnatHike up Hogback Mountain

Sunset over Marquette

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spray_falls_upper_peninsula_michigan_national_lakeshore_pictured_rocks_tyrell_natalie_peterson_ty_and_nat_tyandnat_hike_waterfall70′ above Lake Superior on top of Spray Falls

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grand_portal_point_tyrell_natalie_peterson_pictured_rocks_national_lakeshore_hiking_travel_blog_camp_tyrell_natalie_petersonGrand Portal Point

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sable_falls_pictured_rocks_national_lakeshore_lake_superior_michigan_tyandnat_petersonSable Falls

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The Great Lake State is truly something to behold. It is an amazing place and we are lucky to call it ‘home’!

NORTH DAKOTA

buffalo_painted_canyon_park_montana_north_dakota_tyrell_natalie_peterson_traveling_camp_hikeWe were in North Dakota for a short time just traveling through. We pulled off right before the entrance into Montana at the Painted Canyon Visitor Center and there was a buffalo grazing within 15′ of our camper.

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MONTANA

It was a very long drive through Montana. Much of the drive through Montana’s north country was very flat. We could not see the mountains when we got to Browning, which is right outside of Glacier National Park. The smoke was so heavy in late September.

smoke_montana_boring_drive_camp_travelWhen we finally did get a view of Glacier National Park we were very pleasantly surprised. We camped on the Flathead National Forest outside Columbia Falls, which is to the west of the park. 

 

glacier_national_park_montana_smoke_fire_sunset_logan_pass_highline_tyandnat_tyrell_and_natalie_rv_camper_hikeThe Highline trail

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bighorn_sheep_alpine_logan_pass_mountain_glacier_national_park_ty_and_nat_tyrell_natalie_peterson_sunset_montana_travel_rvAs we were hiking back to the pass, there were several bighorn sheep on the trail.

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IDAHO

fernan_saddle_idaho_trees_hills_mountains_fall_leaves_central_northwest_travel_musicWe camped up on the Fernan Saddle in Coeur D’Alene while while we played shows in town.

WASHINGTON

moses_lake_potholes_state_park_washington_travel_camp_hike_tyrell_natalie_peterson_sunset_reflectionNear Potholes State Park in Moses Lake

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moses_lake_potholes_state_park_washington_travel_camp_hike_tyrell_natalie_peterson_sunset_reflectionWe were shocked by the difference in climates east and west of the Cascades. It was snowing on Steven’s Pass along US 2. The US 2 spans the northern United States from St. Ignace, Michigan to Everett, Washington.

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tonga_ridge_washington_natalie_tyrell_peterson_sitko_travelWe hiked the Tonga Ridge on Ty’s birthday, which was snowy and so beautiful.

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capital_state_forest_washington_camping_travel_music_tyandnat_natalie_sitko_petersonWe spent time camping in the Capital State Forest outside of Olympia while we performed. The weather was unusually sunny and warm for October.

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percival_landing_washington_olympiaThe Olympic Mountains from the Percival Landing Boardwalk in downtown Olympia.

glacier_view_trail_washington_trail_hiking_travel_camp_tyandnat_peterson_sitko_mountain_rainierWe hiked the Glacier View trail on an especially nice day.glacier_view_trail_washington_trail_hiking_travel_camp_tyandnat_peterson_sitko_mountain_rainier

glacier_view_trail_washington_trail_hiking_travel_camp_tyandnat_peterson_sitko_mountain_rainier Mt. Adams can be seen in the distance on the far right and in the image below.

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winston_creek_campground_washington_travel_blog_hike_camp_natalie_tyrell_peterson_sitkoThis tree in the image above is completely covered in mosses and ferns. The rain was nonstop in Mossyrock and the forest was beautiful.winston_creek_campground_washington_travel_blog_hike_camp_natalie_tyrell_peterson_sitkoWe camped in the Yacolt Burn State Forest while we performed in Vancouver. We definitely received our fair share of rain.  The moss and smells from the forest were incredible. Washington overall reminded us a lot of Michigan.yacolt_burn_state_forest_washington_vancouver_portland_travel_tyandnat_music

OREGON

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cannon_beach_oregon_ocean_sunset_water_tyandnat_tyrell_natalie_petersonThe four images above were taken at Cannon Beach in northern Oregon. We were performing in Astoria and Seaside while we enjoyed the scenic surroundings.

oregon_coast_ocean_pacific_travel_music_ty_nat_tyrell_Natalie_peterson_sitko_michigan_camp_hike_travelingSunrise near Oretown

cape_perpetua_lighthouse_oregon_coast_ocean_tyandnat_tyrell_natalie_peterson_sitkoYaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Lighthouse

bandon_oregon_tyandnat_travel_trailer_music_tyrell_natalie_peterson_sitko_face_rockSunrise on the rocks in Bandon

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sunset_oregon_coast_ocean_pacific_travel_music_ty_nat_tyrell_Natalie_peterson_sitko_michigan_camp_hike_travelingOregon Dunes National Recreation Area

oregon_coast_ocean_pacific_travel_music_ty_nat_tyrell_Natalie_peterson_sitko_michigan_camp_hike_travelingThor’s Well is pictured above and the Spouting Horn is pictured below.spouted_horn_oregon_coast
brookings_harris_beach_boardman_state_park_oregon_tyandnatBoardman State Park and Harris Beach outside of Brookings

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CALIFORNIA

redwoods_california_natalie_sitko_peterson_tyrell_peterson_tyandnat_travelBeautiful Redwoods in Northern California.

mt_shasta_california_music_tyandnat_tyrell_natalie_peterson_sitko_photographyMt. Shasta from Black Butte

mt_shasta_california_music_tyandnat_tyrell_natalie_peterson_sitko_photographyLenticular clouds forming around Mt. Shasta

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Hike up Black Butte

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mt_shasta_california_music_tyandnat_tyrell_natalie_peterson_sitko_photographySkiing the road from Bunny Flats on Mt. Shastamt_shasta_california_music_tyandnat_tyrell_natalie_peterson_sitko_photography

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We celebrated Christmas off the ocean and camped in the Hollister Hills. We enjoyed being near the ocean while playing shows in the San Jose area.

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Fireworks over San Francisco for the New Year

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To be continued…

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