Jan 012011

Well, another year bites the dust. 2010 is history, and we’ve got a brand new year in front of us. As I wrote in a New Year’s blog post a couple of years ago, we’re all starting the year with a clean slate, so forget those niggling little problems you’ve been dwelling on, get rid of that old baggage you’ve been carrying around, and concentrate on the good things in your life. Yeah, most of us aren’t kids anymore. Heck, a lot of our kids aren’t kids anymore! But most of us are in relatively good health, we are all living a wonderful lifestyle in the greatest country in the history of the world, and every day is an adventure. All in all, I think we’ve got it pretty good!

2010 was an interesting year for us. Now that we have a newer, more powerful diesel pusher motorhome, we can go places we never would have dared in our old MCI bus conversion. However, we actually drove fewer miles in 2010 than we have any year on the road! Go figure.

In the past, when we were teaching at Life on Wheels, or running around chasing the RV rally circuit, it wasn’t unusual for us to put on 25,000 miles or more per year. In 2010, we only traveled 9,730 miles. But looking back, it sure seems like more!

2010 Travel Map

We started 2010 at the Colorado River Thousand Trails preserve near Columbus, Texas. From there we drove to Apache Junction, Arizona, where we spent several weeks visiting Terry’s parents, then we continued on to Yuma for our Arizona Gypsy Gathering rally in early March.

After the rally we caravanned to Laughlin, Nevada with our dear friends Greg and Jan White, and then on to the Las Vegas Thousand Trails for two weeks. I’d like to tell you about all the fun we had there, but you know what they say, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

From there we drove to Kingman, Arizona for a couple of days; on to Williams, Arizona, where we rode the Grand Canyon Railway; and then to our old hometown of Show Low, Arizona. On the way to Show Low, we were caught in a terrible dust storm on Interstate 40 that we were sure took all the paint off the side of our motorhome and dinghy.


After several weeks in Show Low, we made a quick trip down to Tucson for a week, stopped for a couple of nights in Apache Junction, and then returned to Show Low for a couple more weeks of spoiling grandkids.

When we left Show Low, we returned to Williams, Arizona for a few days, then drove to Oceano, California, where we spent a week exploring the Central Coast. One highlight for us was going to Morro Bay, where we honeymooned, and driving north to watch the elephant seals that come onto the coast each year.

Elephant seal face

From Oceano, we went to the Thousand Trails in Morgan Hill, California, and quickly discovered that we didn’t like that area at all, so we cut our trip short and went to Salt Lake City, Utah, where I spent several days doing genealogical research at the LDS church Family History Center.

Our next stop was Colorado, where we attended the wedding of Terry’s son Casey and his pretty lady Leslie. What a happy pair of newlyweds they were!

Bride and groom

After the wedding, we made a quick trip to Forest City, Iowa to get some work done at the Winnebago factory, and then we drove up through Wisconsin, across Michigan’s wild and beautiful Upper Peninsula, over the Mackinac Bridge, and on to Traverse City for Miss Terry’s annual oncologist checkup and some time with my cousin Terry Cook and his family.

Mackinac Bridge approach

From Traverse City, we went down to Muskegon, Michigan to visit another favorite cousin, Berni Frees, and her husband Rocky, for a few days before we went to Elkhart, Indiana for our Eastern Gypsy Gathering rally the end of August. What a blast that was, complete with our Hoosier Honey contest! I’m not sure they’ll let any of us back into Elkhart Campground again!

Miss Hoosier Honey

We made the mistake of going to Hershey, Pennsylvania for the “big” Hershey RV Show when we left Elkhart. We love the area around Lancaster County, but the show was a total bust. We’ll never do that again!

From Hershey, we went to Gettysburg for a couple of days, and then to Cherry Hill in College Park, Maryland, our base while we explored Washington, DC for a week. We love playing tourist in DC, but it is was too fast paced for us, and a week was enough!

We needed some downtime, so our next stop was the Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails preserve for two weeks. This was our first trip to that area of Virginia, but it sure won’t be our last! We loved all the history to be found on the back roads throughout the region.

It was time for my annual checkup at the VA hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, so we made a quick in and out trip for three nights, and then we went down to the Escapees Raccoon Valley campground near Heiskell, Tennessee, another of our favorite places.

The fall colors were glorious when we left Tennessee and drove through the Smoky Mountains and down to Titusville, Florida, where we spent a week at The Great Outdoors, an upscale RV resort if we’ve ever seen one. We love the Titusville area, and could happily settle down there if we had to get off the road someday.

We bounced around Florida for the rest of the year, from Titusville to the Orlando Thousand Trails, up to the Escapees Sumter Oaks campground in Bushnell, back to the Orlando Thousand Trails, down to Fort Lauderdale for a week with Jim and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour, up to the Peace River Thousand Trails NACO campground, and then back here to the Orlando Thousand Trails, where we say goodbye to 2010.

Whew, we may not have traveled as much as we did in the past, but it’s sure been a busy year! Now I’m excited to see what adventures 2011 holds for us. Terry and I wish all of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year, filled with much love, adventure, and joy.

Thought For The Day – Lead me not into temptation. I can find it all by myself.

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Nick Russell

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  15 Responses to “Another One Bites The Dust”

  1. Ahhh … another successful move! I’m a believer in continuous improvement (Kaizen) so, any suggestions or requests for this website’s design are welcome.
    I remember the number one reason I pushed you to switch to the WordPress platform in the first place … that was because the way you were creating your blog in 2008 was one page per month. There was no way to link to one day. 2008 is still in that format. I so love your post for New Years in 2008, that I’ve copied and pasted it into a post here in this blog.
    In my book, nobody says it better than Nick! Check out New Years 2008: https://gypsyjournalrv.com/2008/01/new-years-day-2008/
    Any volunteers out there interested in copying and pasting each day for the rest of 2008?

  2. Happy New Year to you and Terry from Minnesota! (wind chill of minus 25 this A.M.!) We are really looking forward to doing some traveling in our rig this year!

  3. Good improvement, Nick. I am glad you have gotten rid of all those Yahoo-related problems, although I will miss your creative ways in which you described Yahoo stupidity.

    We are active on the forum for Foretravel owners, which in 2010 switched from Yahoo to our own site. It was like leaving the dark ages and entering the 21st century.

  4. Seems like just a few days ago Prince was singing ‘party like it’s 1999″. Well that was not such a bad change over and many thought it would be and it looks like this Blog change over has gone (on the outside) smoothly. Onward and upward.
    Happy New Year and safe travels

  5. Love the new site and format. Chris did an excellent job.

    Happy 2011 to you and Terry! Hope the new year brings you health, wealth and happiness.

  6. Alaska 2011?

    You will love it!

  7. I love the look of the new site!

    You two are truly blessed, have a wonderful 2011!

  8. Along with others, here’s wishing you and Terry a happy and healthy 2011. I also like the looks of the new blog. Very easy to navigate around to different branches of the “Gypsy Journal’s” tree.

  9. Happy New Year to you both. I read your blog every day and think the new format is just fine. Photos are always nice and I like the map that shows where you traveled last year. What do you know Nick, about other discount campgrounds besides Passport? They have almost too many restrictions to work well for our five week trip out west next summer. I’ll order a copy of your latest “free campground” list as well. We made your Celina rally a couple of years ago and are now anchored here in the Sunshine State until sometime in April. Travel safe.

  10. Happy new year!! Love your new format. As always Chris did a great job. Enjoy

  11. Looks good. It appears that the comments with each days postings did not make it through the transfer.

  12. I like the new format for the blog. Mike and I want to wish you the very best of 2011 may your adventures be many and your troubles few. See you in Yuma

  13. Nick I’m sorry you didn’t like the Hershey show. It seems that Pa. doesn’t do much for rvers. We live in Pa. service is sparce here. We were at that show, we did see your program, and really enjoyed it. We are not new to camping, but we are new to A classes. We have had ours for two years and enjoy traveling in it. I can’t thank you enough for your blogs. It has been such a help to us. Happy New Year and all the Best for the 2011 year.

  14. Winston,
    All campground clubs and membership organizations have restrictions on when you can use them, from Passport America to Coast to Coast, RPI, Thousand Trails, or whatever. One has to be flexible and able to work within their systems and restrictions to get the most out of them.

    I also belong to the Elks, Moose, and VFW, which gives us even more overnight parking opportunities.

  15. Congratulations on the smooth transition. Followed the link, deleted the previous bookmark, and added your blog back to the top of my Favorites. Only recommendation I have today is to make the COMMENTS button a little larger. Now that I know where it is, it is a moot point for me, but it may save others some searching. Like the email notification option for follow-up comments.

    Happy New Year and we’ll see you in Yuma.

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