Aug 172014

Except for a quick trip to the dumpster I haven’t left the motorhome. Actually, I pretty much haven’t left my desk. But the good news is that I’ve only got a little over three pages left to go on the new issue of the paper.

That trip to the dumpster was enough. There are a lot of weekend campers here and it seems like every one of them has a campfire going. By the time I got back to the motorhome my eyes were watering. In fact, it got so bad that Terry finally had to close the windows and roof vents and used the air conditioning to clear the air.

Yeah, I know, campfires are a part of the whole camping experience experience, yada yada yada. Let’s all go to the great outdoors and pollute the air until we think we’re in Los Angeles on a bad smog day. I can see sitting around the campfire at night toasting marshmallows and having a good time, but what’s with having a roaring, or more often smoldering fire, going from dawn until the bats and owls finally can’t take it any more and go to bed?

I have a question for Gypsy Journal subscribers. In each issue I usually write about the places we have visited recently. For example, the new issue will cover our time in southern Indiana and Ohio, with stories from those areas, which makes it handy to have if you are going to be in that part of the country. You’ll have lots of places to go and things to do, all in one issue. Do you prefer it that way, or would you rather see a mix of stories from different places in each issue?

You may notice a slightly different look to today’s blog. Something changed somewhere along the way and for some reason the text links have blended into the rest of the type and were hard to see. I am now manually converting them to blue to hopefully make them stand out more.

A while back I held a self-publishing workshop at Elkhart Campground, and I was really thrilled the other day when I got an e-mail from one of the attendees, Roger King, telling me that the workshop helped him realize his dream of getting his own book, The Watchers, published and online. You can learn more about Roger’s book and purchase a copy at

Many of you are already familiar with my friend Randy Morris’ excellent photo travel books and he has two of them free on Amazon this weekend, Traveling the U.S.: Hawaii and Traveling Asia: Tokyo, Taipei, and Hong Kong. Both books are excellent, and how can you beat free?

Today is your last chance to enter this week’s free drawing for an audiobook of Longnecks & Twisted Hearts, the third book in my friend George Weir’s excellent Bill Travis mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawings link or the tab at the top of this page 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 this evening.

Longnecks cover

Our two weeks here are up and we’re leaving the Hershey Thousand Trails today. But we only have a short drive to our next destination, the Gettysburg Farm Resort, an Outdoor World property in Dover, about 45 miles from here. We’re looking forward to spending time there and exploring the local area.

Thought For The Day – I do not have gray hair. I have wisdom highlights.

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  8 Responses to “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”

  1. I know exactly what you mean about the weekenders! They came in to our campground in New York about 2:00 pm …. 94 degrees out … and promptly lit a fire with wood that smoldered for two days!! Not once did I see any marshmallows or hot dogs!! Maybe it’s their way of keeping the bugs away!!

    I prefer your format as it has been … about the places you have visited recently, rather than skipping around the country. If I were planning a trip, it would make it so much easier to follow in your footsteps, even though they didn’t get out the door on some days!!

  2. Enjoy Gettysburg. We sure enjoyed our short time there in 2010.

    I prefer the current format of recent places you have been to.

  3. We enjoy the way you do it now featuring one specific local. Gives us good ideas when we land in an area. Also enjoying seeing Terry’s projects as she starts something new. We have been getting good use of our Sea Eagles, thanks for the suggestion.

  4. I much prefer a mix. It is very unlikely that I am gong to travel to the area you speak about soon, so I would rather read a mix.

  5. I definitely prefer your current format. I have used it several times to plan vacations–Michigan and Oregon Coast come to mind. In a couple of weeks we are heading to Kentucky, and using some of your tips from when you passed through there as well. In fact, “Nick Russell wrote….” is pretty much the way I start an email to my DH about once/week!

  6. Mix it up. And try themes, such as ghost towns you have visited in your past travels. Bob

  7. Back when I was a camper before becoming an RVer I camped one weekend with a woman who cooked all our meals over a wood fire. She felt she wasn’t camping without that. She did almost all the work and I got to eat so I wasn’t complaining. Have you ever had an egg sandwich made in one of those campfire sandwich toasters? It was pretty tasty.

  8. Nick, remember we are old and don’t like change. Ha, ha. We do like the current format on GJ.

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