Somebody sent an e-mail yesterday saying that they were very dissatisfied with this blog. They come here to read about RVing, not sitting around a campground, or tech toys and Christmas gift ideas, or my e-book publishing efforts. I guess I’ll probably disappoint them again today, because when we are sitting still for a while, there isn’t much to write about in the way of travel. And fulltime RVing is not about traveling every day of the year. Nobody can do that. Our wallets, our RVs, our marriages, and our bodies could not stand the constant strain.
So here we go, another update on the e-book thing. Feel free to skip down a paragraph if you’re not interested, you won’t hurt my feelings. As of midnight last night, I was up to 1,690 copies of my e-book Big Lake sold this month. I’m more than a little thrilled, and if you want to read more about all of that, I have a new self-publishing blog titled The End Is Near.
And yes, much of yesterday was spent working on my next mystery, Big Lake Lynching. While I did that, Miss Terry tried to master her new Sock Loom. There’s definitely a learning curve there, and several times she had to unravel what she had done and start all over again. And I won’t lie to you, I heard a grumble or two that would probably make a lesser man turn tail and run to hide in the garage. I would have too, if I had a garage to run too! But I know my wife. She’s a stubborn lady, and she’ll keep plugging away until she has the hang of it.
During the afternoon, we looked out the window just in time to see our friends Wil and Cyndy Olsen’s truck and fifth wheel trailer going by. They snagged a site right down from us, and then called to say that they had arrived at the Thousand Trails campground. Wil and Cyndy have helped us at our Yuma rally, Cyndy with the registration, and Wil on the parking crew.
When they’re not doing that, they spend a lot of time working for Adventure Caravans, and have made four or five Alaska trips as tail gunners, the last RV in a caravan, which is responsible for making sure everybody gets where they are going, and stopping to help anybody who has a breakdown. Wil told us that this year at our upcoming Arizona Gypsy Journal Rally, he and Cyndy will be manning the Adventure Caravans vendor booth. He thinks that will get him out of volunteering, but I’m smarter than old Wil! We park the arriving RVs before the rally starts! 🙂
About 5 p.m., they came by and picked us up, and we all went off to Santa Fe Cattle Company for dinner. They had a two for one dinner special, and it was really good. I had the chicken fried steak, and Terry had a smothered chopped sirloin. The company was as good as the food. A nice couple named Sandy and Roger Mitchell, who had been on their Alaska caravan this last summer joined us, as did Sandy’s brother Don, whose last name I did not get.
Terry and I have never been on a caravan, so it was interesting to hear their stories about their adventures, both from the perspective of caravan staffers and caravan travelers. I’m not sure that Miss Terry and I could ever do a caravan, since those folks seem to get up and on the road by 7 or 8 a.m., which is several hours before we even open our eyes! But it was still fun to listen to them talking. I wonder if they have caravans for night owls?
Thought For The Day – I would really like to procrastinate, but I never seem to get around to it.