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John Merritt

For all the years I've been a tent camper, I never really understood people who took to the outdoors in an RV or trailer of some sort. I even looked down on them to a certain extent as inauthentic campers: "hillbillies" seemed to capture it well. Yet here I am at age 51, the proud owner of a brand new fifth wheel trailer. My blog is the story of my adventures as a newly minted hillbilly -- a "newbilly" -- and everything related to that journey.

Fall colors

Sue, Aaron and I were in Whitewater State Park in southeastern Minnesota the last weekend in September to celebrate Sue’s birthday. The trees were about 50 percent turned, and we couldn’t have […]