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RV family visits Casper

Category: UNSPECIFIED
Source: Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming
Publish Date: Saturday, July 12, 2008
Summary: Twelve years ago, Brad Herzog asked his wife if she wanted to buy an RV and go roadtripping. Three-hundred fourteen days and 48 states later, they stepped out of the RV.

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By RIANE MENARDI

Star-Tribune staff writer

Twelve years ago, Brad Herzog asked his wife if she wanted to buy an RV and go roadtripping.

Three-hundred fourteen days and 48 states later, they stepped out of the RV.

Now the couple lives near Monterey, Calif., with their two children. But every summer they pile into their 38.5-foot Winnebago and hit the open road for two months.

This summer, the "Explore America Family" is rolling across the west for 66 days, from California to Chicago and back. The route included a stop in Casper, where they camped at the KOA Campgrounds in Bar Nunn on Tuesday night.

"Mostly, I like being out there on the open road, and there's no better place to do that than in Wyoming," Herzog said. "There's nothing but a ribbon of road before you, begging to be explored."

Herzog is a professional freelance writer and a variety of publications bear his byline. He has penned two travel memoirs, with a third in the hands of his agent. He also blogs and writes a monthly travel column for GoRVing.com.

"In an RV, you get the adventure of the open road, but you still have the comforts of home," he said. "Ironically, I'm a bit of a homebody, so this is perfect for me."

Herzog said RVing is the best way to travel with kids and now that they're getting older the trips get better each year.

"I think they're starting to realize how lucky they are," he said. "Rarely do we hear, 'Are we there yet?'"

The favorite stops for Luke, 7, and Jesse, 6, include Disneyland and California Adventure. Over the next month, they are looking forward to visiting Mount Rushmore and watching a baseball game at Wrigley Field.

As for high summer gas prices, the family said they're actually saving money by traveling this way. For $250 every other week, they can fill the 75-gallon tank, which they say is roughly the cost of a hotel room and three restaurant meals.

The family is going to continue to explore America and keep to the road for as long as they can.

"It's a great sense of freedom mixed with quality family time," Herzog said. "We're very lucky that we get to do this."

Reach reporter Riane Menardi at (307) 266-0610 or riane.menardi@trib.com

On the Web

For more info on Brad Herzog and the Herzog family's travels, visit www.bradherzog.com.


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