Maine Family Travels 10,000+ Miles In 71 Days (1/7/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management
John and Heather Harvell and their children Isaiah (left), 4, Jayden, 11, and Josh, 10, shared memories from their recent RV trip across 10,492 miles and 34 states in 71 days.

During the fall of 2018, Heather and John Harvell of Presque Isle, Maine, found a creative way to help their children see and learn more about the world outside of their hometown — an RV trip that took the family over 10,492 miles and through 34 states, all in 71 days, according to The County

“When I was 9 years old I took a trip with a foster family from Washington state to California and had a good time, so we thought it would be great to show our kids the world beyond Presque Isle,” said John Harvell, who is originally from Connecticut.

From Oct. 2 to Dec. 12, the Harvell family toured states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona, Iowa, California, Washington, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Montana and Louisiana and made their way to some of the country's most famous landmarks, including the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Badlands National Park, Yosemite National Park, Crater Lake and Redwood National Forest.

On Jan. 2, the Harvells showcased their trip during a special First Friday Downtown Art Walk exhibit, entitled “10,492-34-71: Miles, States, Days,” to more than 50 friends and community members who came to experience their story through family photographs.

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