The Madness Begins

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
May 242014

RVs are pulling into Elkhart Campground one after another as weekend warriors arrive to kick off the season. For the next three months or so every campground and RV park in the country will be full of campers, kids, barking dogs and smoky campfires. You gotta love summer, right?

Hey, it’s all part of the experience and we don’t begrudge the families their fun. Some of those parents are going to be the next generation of fulltimers once the kids have grown up and flown the nest, and some of those kids may follow in their footsteps someday.

Campers Elkhart Campground


We’ve been coming to Elkhart Campground for close to fifteen years and every time we come, owners Bob and Gita Patel are busy improving and upgrading the place. This is the latest edition, the first of five new camping cabins, complete with bathrooms, which went up this week. I’m sure they are going to fill up fast.

New cabin

If you are looking for a great family-run campground in Ohio, check out Smith’s Campground in Loudonville. Located in a beautiful setting on the Mohican State Scenic River in Holmes County’s Amish Country, Smith’s is one of our favorite places to get away from it all. We need to get back there one of these days and get our Sea Eagle kayaks wet.

Smiths campground sign

Canoe 2

I’ve been publishing an RV blog for about seven years now and besides being a valuable tool for keeping in touch with our friends and Gypsy Journal readers, a source of income when people click the Google AdSense ad links in the blog, and a marketing tool for my books, it’s a great way to settle arguments. Did we cross paths with so and so at the Escapees Sumter Oaks campground in Bushnell, Florida or was it at the Three Flags in Wildwood? What was the name of that nice little RV park we stayed in three years ago in Tucson? All I have to do is go back through the blog posts and there it is!

This past week, Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour introduced me to something neat that every blogger should consider, Blog2Print. With just a couple of clicks of your mouse you can turn your blog into a printed book. Chris showed me a couple of books she had made of different years of her blog. How cool is that?

Have you entered this week’s Free Drawing yet, for an audiobook of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series? All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Big Lake Lyinching Audio cover

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9 More Killer Thrillers

Thought For The Day – My doctor says I should give up chocolate and pizza, but I’m no quitter.

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  9 Responses to “The Madness Begins”

  1. Nick we didn’t get a chance to talk after your Monday class, but we wanted to say thank you. We learned a lot (as usual) and perhaps someday we might want to give it a go at some of the subjects covered.
    Safe travels. Just close those windows to keep the campfire smoke out. LOL

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Steve.
    Safe travels.

  3. For the last 10 days we have not had an rv any closer than 100 yards to us. Two days ago they started rolling in and now we are in the midst of a small town, heck, the population is probably about 3 times the size of my old home town! Now i know how the first people in the old mining boom towns felt when when word got out that they had found gold or silver.

  4. Thanks Nick for the shout out! We look forward to seeing you, Terri, Greg and Jan again real soon. It is time for you to get those kayaks wet again! We hope to see you in 2014!

  5. We’ve been doing Blogs2Print since 2006. We figure someday we won’t be allowed to be near a computer but we can always look at a book. We get the hardbound but they also come soft bound.

  6. Thanks for the Comment for the Blog2Print….One of my main reasons for starting my blog when we go fulltiming this fall, is to let the kids know our day to day activities….They can enjoy and share in the things we are doing and still stay close intouch with us….Printing the books each year or so would be an Awsome way to share and preserve these memories even after we are gone….Such an awsome idea….I hope they also print the pics that are shared in the posts…..Is their somewhere to go to see an example of the books? Thanks so much Nick for all your ideas you share…I really do want to attend on of your seminars on publishing….I am so interested in ways to make money, however small it may be, and enjoy also using the computer to share our experiences….

  7. Margaret, yes the printed books include color photos. Check out their website at

  8. We are at the TT at Lake Minden and even though they are full on both sides of the the lake it has been quiet still. The main problem here is the night with fisherman. They block the road in and out, park anywhere and it is a pain in the butt. Because we are not members but guest and cannot really say anything about it. Kids are not a problem here seems parents take care of them. We were amazed that the MH next to us has five kids ranging from a new baby to pre-teens, They are all very well behaved.

  9. Blog2print. Sheer genius, Thanks for the link.

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