A Schedule (Of Sorts)

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 052017

Miss Terry and I spent too many years of our lives on a schedule, both before we became fulltime RVers, and then for most of our 17+ years as working RVers. It seemed like we were always on our way to some rally or speaking gig or something. In the last few years we have cut way back on those commitments so I can devote more time to writing books, and life has been much more relaxed and enjoyable. Unfortunately, into everyone’s life a certain amount of scheduling must occur.

We had planned to leave here sometime about the middle of this week to start our summer RV travels. However, our accountant is trying to complete some rather complicated paperwork for us and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be finished until Thursday. So as it stands now, we will leave on Friday.

It’s about 1,000 miles to the Escapees Lone Star Corral co-op in Hondo, Texas, and we should get there sometime Sunday evening if all goes well. We will spend a couple of days there visiting with our friends Mike and Elaine Loscher, Gail Longwell, and whoever else is there. Some of my author friends also live nearby, including Billy Kring and George Weir, and we want to get together with them.

Then it will be on to Tucson, Arizona for a week or so to visit my cousin Beverly. From Tucson we will go up to the White Mountains. We are scheduled to arrive at Hon-Dah RV Park on Terry’s birthday, June 22, for a two week stay to visit Terry’s parents, who keep their fifth wheel there on a seasonal site. My daughter and grandkids also live nearby in our old hometown of Show Low. We will leave there July 6, with our next scheduled reservation at the Long Beach (Washington) Thousand Trails preserve starting on July 11. Then we will be bouncing back and forth between Long Beach and the Seaside, Oregon Thousand Trails until October.

Of course, none of that is written in stone and we may very well make adjustments as we go along, depending on weather and whimsy. If I make a wrong turn in Arizona and wind up in Hershey, Pennsylvania or Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, don’t be shocked. It’s happened before.

Is anybody here into metal detecting? About 30 years ago I had a cheap old Bounty Hunter detector, but I never found much. I had a friend who was really into it and had four or five different high end detectors. He found a ton of stuff over the years, including some very impressive gold nuggets.

Now that we are living near the beach in Florida part of the year (and plan to spend the summer on the Pacific Northwest beaches), I’ve been thinking about getting back into it. After some online research, I just ordered a Garrett AT Pro from Amazon and it should arrive Wednesday. If nothing else, it will give me an excuse to get out and do some walking, since the treadmill won’t fit into the motorhome.

Florida has some strange restrictions about antiquities, so if I find any gold doubloons or Spanish pieces of eight, I’ll be sure to turn them into the proper authorities. However, on public beaches I’m allowed to keep all the pull tabs and bottle caps I find. Who says life isn’t fair?

Speaking of metal detecting, have you ever lost a cherished ring or valuable piece of jewelry and not been able to find it? I just became aware of a group called The Ringfinders, who are metal detecting enthusiasts all over the country who volunteer their services to find lost jewelry and other valuables. Apparently there is no set fee except expenses, though a reward is always appreciated, I’m sure. Check out their website, they have some interesting stories on there.

Congratulations Joan McClain, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Ken Rossignol’s Pirate Trials: Famous Murderous Pirates Book Series: THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES of FAMOUS and SUNDRY PIRATES. We had 53 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

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  2 Responses to “A Schedule (Of Sorts)”

  1. I can’t wait to hear how the metal detecting goes. I’ve always wanted to get into that!! I know, another hobby!!!

  2. I wish you had said something earlier there is a Company called Kellyco Metal detectors in Winter Springs they are known in the industry worldwide you could do a whole article on that company and the guys that work there as well
    And whatever unit you buy they will teach you the tricks of the trade they have a whole field outback To test any unit
    The trouble is going down to a regular crowded beach is you got 500 other bugs doing there thing looking for that elusive golf ring
    I also own 3 fishers 2 CZ6s and a gold bug 2
    as a rule when one finds Enough treasure you upgrade to a better model
    We used to go down to the treasure coast and do detecting but it’s usually best after a storm
    I will give you a little information
    Wayback when , when Mel Fisher was looking for his famous Nuestra Señora de Atocha (“Our Lady of Atocha”) , there were a couple that sunk off of Sebastian there’s quite a few stories about them. So if you find any gold on the beach you can keep it legally it’s yours
    Although there is a fine line there,, his company and any of the leasers own all the underwater right to the shoreline you can only go in up to your knees anything beyond that you have to turn the gold or silver or jewelry over to him and you will get a finders percentage
    All federal parks have a no detecting policy. most states have the same thing.
    if you detect on a persons property without permission you can get find for trespassing but if you have permission you usually split % the proceeds of whatever you fine with that owner
    It’s really fun to watch novice bugs work the beach it’s almost like they’re trying to find Waldo ,,there’s no pattern,,
    So I’ll give you 3 hints walk a pattern like you’re mowing a lawn you’ll cover more area. set it for all metal. If it beeps dig it, (and fill in the hole)
    Three very important Beach things,,,, sunscreen pulltabs and pretty girls
    And hunks for women

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