Carpe Diem!

This is the home blog page for Dr. Mark Miller and his family.  We have moved up to Blowing Rock, North Carolina full-time. I have retired from private practice, but busy with Dermasensa (a start-up cosmeceutical company including exports to China), missions & family. We were in Fayetteville, NC for 25+ years from 1988, although I was born and raised there. We love to travel and go on medical mission trips all over the world. Mark has provided disaster medical relief in Ecuador, Nepal, Iraq, & for Hurricane Katrina. Mark has been to AFRICA (Swaziland, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia x 2, Zimbabwee, Lesotho, South Africa, Egypt), ASIA (Philippines & China) CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA (Honduras, Peru x 3, Belieze, Ecuador, Costa Rica x 2) and MIDDLE EAST (Iraq’03, also spending some time in Iran, Israel, Jordan & Syria in the 1970′s) traveling to 50 countries. Beth & Mark now regularly provide medical/logisticmillercampbell-hawaii-reunion-16 support for high school seniors on mission trips worldwide.

So when you might be thinking, “Where in the world are the Millers?,” just come here to our blog, “”

Carpe diem! mark, beth, will & jo, victoria & colin & ellie, shelby

Day 9, Greensboro with Newmans, then onto Blowing Rock, NC, Oct. 30th, 2016

106 RV miles (~2 hours) to Greensboro, NC, 2998 total

122 RV miles (~2 hours) to Blowing Rock, NC, 3120 total

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” –Douglas Adams

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

We left Charlotte for Greensboro to pick up our car that we left at the Newmans (we had left from here 11 days ago on a one way flight to LA)! We were greeted by Patrice & David and had a wonderful lunch. This journey ends having returned home from Los Angeles after flying out one way 11 days ago and driving back on a 9 day southern route cross country adventure! Home Sweet Home!  The next journey begins…Where Are The Millers?img_4766img_4761img_4756img_4767


Day 8, Charlotte, NC, Oct. 29th, 2016 with Campbells

715 RV miles (11 hours) today, 2892 total

“Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.” — Lois Wyse

We left the “Big Easy” New Orleans & traveled all the way up to Charlotte, NC to see our grandchild, Ellie June Campbell, staying the night in Thumper, Jr in their apartment parking lot area. Back in North Carolina, m&b


Day 7, New Orleans, Louisiana, Oct. 28th, 2016

537 RV miles (12 hours in traffic) today, 2177 total

“Laissez le bon temps roulez!”

After a somewhat exhausting 12 hour drive from San Antonio to New Orleans including the incredible stacked freeways in Houston & driving over Lake Pontchartrain & bumper to bumper traffic from Baton Rouge, LA, we checked into our French Quarter RV Village site #20. It was onto the French Quarter for dinner at Mr B’s Bistro followed by a walk in the Quarter to Cafe du Monde where we had cafe au lait with beignets.img_4626img_4630dsc09564



Day 6, San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 27th, 2016

110 RV miles today, 1640 total

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” (Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American author and commentator, aka Samuel L Clemens)

Arrived in San Antonio and caught the bus to River Walk where we spent the afternoon & early evening strolling along. Toured the Alamo, too!  “Remember the Alamo!”




Day 5, Junction, Texas, Oct. 26th, 2016

410 RV miles today, 1530 total

“Roads began as a means of linking locations of interest: towns, forts and geographic features such as river fords. Where roads met outside of an existing settlement, these junctions often led to a new settlement.” Thus Junction, Texas…where east meets west and north meets south.

The long, long, long road through west Texas. Arrived in Junction, Texas to Lum’s BBQ and a 3 mile jog along the river. img_4569




Day 4, El Paso, Texas, Oct. 25, 2016

383 RV miles today, 1120 total

“Real cowboys don’t take baths, they just dust off.”

We passed through New Mexico and then El Paso to arrive at the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse at Indian Cliff’s Ranch in the middle of nowhere, Texas! They let us dry camp in their parking lot overnight, as we are miles from anything in Fabens, Texas!