Making New Friends

 Posted by at 3:30 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 192013

Yesterday started off with a telephone interview with a young lady who was assigned to do a profile on us for Woodall’s Campground Management. We talked about how we became fulltimers and came up with the idea of publishing the Gypsy Journal, our traveling style, my book publishing activities, and what we look for in a campground.

I’ve been over this so many times in so many interviews that I’m not sure why anybody would be interested in that ancient history, but they seem to be. If you’d like to know more about how this all came about, you can follow us as we make the transition from workaholics to fulltime RVers putting out the only totally on the road produced RV publication in the world, check out my first RV book, Meandering Down The Highway – A Year On The Road With Fulltime RVers.

During the afternoon we had the opportunity to meet with new friends, Donna Gates-Smeall and her husband Jim, who are looking forward to Jim’s upcoming retirement from the Naval Shipyard here in Bremerton so they can become fulltime RVers. Donna is also an aspiring writer who has done a lot of newsletters and such, and she had a lot of questions for me about self-publishing and e-books. We also talked about the fulltime RV lifestyle, shopping for an RV, and places we enjoy traveling. Thanks for making time for us, Jim and Donna!

Speaking of friends, we also made a couple new ones when we were in Vancouver last week. John and Romola Laninga are fulltime RVers who spend their summers volunteering at Pearson Field, one of the oldest continually operating airports in the country and a part of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

John said it is a fun and easy job, and in exchange for a few hours work per week they get a full hookup 50 amp RV site. John said amenities such as restaurants and shopping are within walking distance and they are treated like royalty by the staff because with so many government cutbacks, volunteer services are more needed than ever. They are looking for

additional volunteers and John is doing all the RV volunteer coordinating. If you are interested, e-mail John at If we weren’t so busy running a business, I’d love to try out a volunteer gig like that.

When we checked in here at the Bremerton Elks lodge the other day, they told me that things would be a bit busy on Saturday because they are holding a classic car show and hoped it wouldn’t disturb us too much. Gee, surrounded by neat old cars, carefully and lovingly restored by doting owners. I guess we’ll have to tough it out.

At least one of the attendees arrived yesterday and parked their fifth wheel across from us and I had to walk over and admire his nice vintage Ford pickup. I wonder how well that would tow behind our Winnebago?

Old Ford and fiver

There is a lot to see and do in this area, including riding the ferry over to Seattle, a couple of interesting local museums, and mile after mile of forest and shoreline to explore, and we plan to do some of them while we’re here. I’m looking forward to getting out and playing.

Thought For The Day – Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right and the other is the husband.

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  One Response to “Making New Friends”

  1. Nick, It was our pleasure to meet up with you and Terry in Bremerton. Thanks so much for taking the time to let us quiz you and Terry on a wide range of topics.

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