Where is Winker?

This is the home page for Steve Winker.

I retired in December 2006 and started a lifestyle of fulltime RVing on June 13, 2007. This web site is an attempt to let friends and family know where I've been and where I'm going. So it will always be a work in progress. However, don't be surprised if it doesn't get updated that frequently. I'm traveling in a lot of areas where web access is not always available. Plus, if you were sitting at some campsite in Alaska with amazing scenery, would updating your website be very high on your priority list? So be patient and I'll do my best to let you know what's happening.

Photo courtesy of Doug Johnson
travato I first hit the road in a Tiger CX. After 7 years and 102,000 miles in the Tiger, I decided it was time for a new home. My second home was a Roadtrek Versatile 170. After 4 years and 52,000 miles, I realized the Roadtrek didn't fit my needs as well as I wanted. So I got my third home, a Hymer Aktiv. Unfortunately, I only had it a little over a year before it developed major engine problems. So now I'm on my fourth RV, a Winnebago Travato 59G.
This is Wilson. He's a whiz with road maps and the GPS, so I signed him on as the navigator for my journeys. Those of you who have seen the movie Castaway with Tom Hanks will recognize Wilson. Click here to see his web page. wilson_nav

So where am I?

Now let's get to why we're all here. Just where am I right now?

My plans are usually pretty fluid. So the itinerary and dates below are pretty sketchy to start with and subject to change. As I visit places, I'll update the itinerary and add links to any photos. The photos are intended to show you what I'm seeing and experiencing. So they may not always be the best.

Date Location Link to Photos
01/01 - 03/01 Tucson, Arizona Sweetwater Wetlands
Tucson Area Parks and Preserves
Raptor Programs
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum - Animals on Exhibit
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum - Hummingbirds
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum - Misc Animals and Scenes
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum - Raptor Free Flight 1
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum - Raptor Free Flight 2
03/02 - 03/15 Visiting Family and Friends in Illinois no photos
03/16 - 03/21 Bird Photography Workshop in Florida
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Melbourne Marina
Florida Bird Workshop - Ospreys and Spoonbills
Florida Bird Workshop - Herons, Egrets, Ibis, and Limpkins
Florida Bird Workshop - Anhingas, Cormorants, Wood Storks, Gulls, and Terns
Florida Bird Workshop - Misc Birds, Other Animals, and Scenery
03/22 - 05/31 Visiting Family and Friends in Illinois
06/01 - 08/29 Fishing in Ontario Wabaskang Lake - Sunsets
Wabaskang Lake - Loons and Eagles
Wabaskang Lake - Waterfowl
Wabaskang Lake - Other Birds
Wabaskang Lake - Other Wildlife
Wabaskang Lake - Scenery, Flowers, and Insects
08/29 - 11/30 Visiting Family and Friends in Illinois
12/01 - 12/31 Tucson

Where have I been?

As I mentioned previously, I started traveling full time in my RV on June 13, 2007. Here's where I've been since then.

Year General Route Taken Link to Photos
2007 Alaska, Western Canada, Southwestern United States itinerary and photos
2008 California, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, Ontario, Montana, Oregon, Montana, Ontario, Michigan, Illinois, Florida itinerary and photos
2009 Florida, Illinois, Ontario, New York, Maine, New York, Ontario, Illinois, Arizona itinerary and photos
2010 Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Montana, Ontario, Illinois, Florida itinerary and photos
2011 Florida, Illinois, Ontario, Colorado, Ontario, Illinois itinerary and photos
2012 Illinois, Texas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ontario, Oregon, California, Arizona itinerary and photos
2013 Arizona, Illinois, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ontario, Wyoming, South Dakota, Illinois, Florida itinerary and photos
2014 Florida, Illinois, Ontario, Maine, New England, Illinois, Arizona itinerary and photos
2015 Arizona, Illinois, Ontario, Illinois, Wyoming, California, British Columbia, Oregon, California, Arizona itinerary and photos
2016 Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Ontario, Illinois, Arizona itinerary and photos
2017 Arizona, Illinois, California, Ontario, Illinois, North Carolina, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona itinerary and photos
2018 Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ontario, Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, Arizona itinerary and photos
2019 Arizona, Illinois, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Wyoming, Ontario, Illinois, Arizona itinerary and photos
2020 Arizona, California, Illinois, Arizona itinerary and photos
2021 Arizona, Illinois, Ontario, Illinois, New Mexico, Arizona itinerary and photos
2022 Arizona, Illinois, Ontario, Iowa, Illinois, Arizona itinerary and photos


I enjoy photography. In the past few years I have attended quite a few photography workshops. I highly recommend the workshops offered by the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, National Parks at Night, Photographer's Breakthrough, and Don Mammoser Photography. If you want to have some fun while learning a lot about photography, I highly recommend any of their workshops. The instructors are very knowledgable and make learning a lot of fun. The photo on the right was taken during a night photography workshop at Devil's Tower.

To see other photos I have taken, check out my photo galleries.



I've published two books. The first book highlights my favorite and most memorable experiences from my first ten years on the road. The second book is a collection of photos taken at Sleepy Dog Cabins, one of my favorite places to stay. I also create calendars every year containing my photos. The books and calendars are available from the Lulu website using the links below.

Title Link to Buy
Ten Years on the Road Not Available At This Time
Sleepy Dog Cabins Not Available At This Time

Subject Length Date Range Link to Buy
Wabaskang Lake 12 month Jan 2023 - Dec 2023 Buy

Last updated 09/05/23 Visitors since 11/08/06