Labor Day Hurricane

 Posted by at 1:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 062021
 

In the summer of 1935, much of the world was suffering through the Great Depression, an economic collapse that had begun in the fall of 1929. In the United States, men who had earned good wages just a few short years before during the Roaring 20s were lucky to get jobs paying $5 to $7 […]

May 082021
 

We love exploring new places and seeing new sights but it seems that every time we visit someplace new, somebody tells us we missed something there that we really should have seen. Miss Terry tells them that we do that on purpose so we’ll have an excuse to go back. There are some places we’ve […]

A Lot Of Options

 Posted by at 12:39 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 162021
 

Ever since we hung up the keys and bought a house on the Space Coast, I’ve had RVers asking how to find affordable winter RV sites in Florida. One couple said they had just returned to Indiana after spending four months in a very nice RV Park in the Tampa area, but the cost was […]

Jan 272021
 

Terry and I have been paddling kayaks for a long time now. We started out with rotomold Native Watercraft kayaks, which we carried in the back of our Ford van when we were fulltime RVing. We use them everywhere from lakes and rivers in the Midwest to the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico. […]

Last Q&A Of The Year

 Posted by at 12:47 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 222020
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. When you had your RV, did you take the battery out over the […]

A New Day

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 082020
 

When we turned on the news yesterday morning, we learned that Joe Biden had been officially named President-elect of the United States. I know for many Americans that was wonderful news, and for many others, it was not what they had hoped for. Either way, it’s a new day and a new start for our […]

We Share Everything

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 062020
 

I have said many times that Terry and I are best friends, and we have a wonderful marriage. We have so many things in common – we like the same kind of music, we enjoy many of the same things, from traveling and kayaking and flying kites to collecting antiques. We like reading, we both […]

Six Thousand Words

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
May 122020
 

No, that wasn’t my output in my last writing marathon. Actually, I did 6,150 words on Sunday. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I am referring to the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. And today, I am sharing some pictures of Miss Terry’s output, not mine. While I have […]

May 052020
 

Well, are you bored yet? Cabin fever setting in? How many times have you rearranged the items in your pantry? I got an email from a friend yesterday who told me that he’s doing just fine, but his poor wife has run out of yarn and doesn’t know what to do with herself anymore. I […]

Hobbies For RVers

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 072019
 

More than once I have had people ask me what fulltime RVers do to occupy their time when not actually on the road traveling. So I dusted off a blog post from 2015 that covers some of the many hobbies we and other fulltimers found to keep ourselves busy and out of trouble. What do […]

10 Great RV Routes

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 122019
 

We may not be fulltime RVers anymore, but we still get hitch itch and like to travel. Since we’re sitting still right now, I’ve been looking over past issues of the Gypsy Journal and thinking about some of our favorite routes from past travels. Here are my ten favorite RV routes. Natchez Trace Parkway – […]

Eco-Discovery Center

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 102019
 

Note: This story is from my book Overlooked Florida, available on Amazon. Most people know about the big tourist attractions in Key West – Duval Street, the daily Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, President Truman’s Little White House, Ernest Hemingway’s house, and the Mel Fisher Shipwreck Museum. But there is a lot more to see […]

Mar 122019
 

Note: This is an update from a story in my book Overlooked Florida – 30 Great Florida Destinations You Shouldn’t Miss! On a trip to the Florida Keys we stopped to pay a visit to an old time movie star. Sitting in a cradle at a small marina next to the Holiday Inn in Key […]

Where Did The Year Go?

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 312018
 

When I was a kid I always heard grownups say that the older you get, the faster time passes. I didn’t believe that then. How can time go any faster? There are only 60 minutes in an hour, right? And seven days in a week. Nope, time doesn’t speed up. At least I was convinced […]

Fireworks In November

 Posted by at 12:19 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 112018
 

I expected to set off some fireworks in yesterday’s blog about the woman being thrown out of the campground swimming pool because she had her two emotional support dogs in the water with her, and I wasn’t disappointed. And while most of the blog comments were positive, I did get hammered by email. One blog […]

10 Go Back Places

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 062018
 

In a Q&A blog post a while back, somebody asked if there was any place that Terry and I wanted to visit while we were fulltiming but never managed to get to. As I said then, we crossed every place off of our bucket list that we wanted to see. A couple of days later […]

Kayaks And RVing

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 112018
 

For active RVers who enjoy nature and a little bit of adventure, kayaking is one of the best activities you can consider. Paddling is great exercise and we have done it everywhere from the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Keys to Midwest lakes and rivers. And once you purchase your kayak and equipment, it’s […]

Warm Is Nice

 Posted by at 12:39 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 222018
 

After all the cold weather we had last week, it sure was nice to see temperatures warming back up into the upper 60s yesterday. We are supposed to see mid to upper 70s starting today. Warm is nice. I started out yesterday going through my e-mail, and I really have to say that there are […]

Where Will You Roost?

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 292017
 

With all the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma this year, a lot of RV snowbirds who had planned to winter in the Florida Keys or on the Texas Gulf Coast are finding themselves looking for someplace else to go. I’ve received a number of requests for suggestions on alternative snowbird roosts. The Florida […]

Florida Is Still Here

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 222017
 

I have received quite a few e-mails from RV snowbirds wanting to know if I think they’ll be able to come to Florida for the winter as they had planned, due to the problems from Hurricane Irma. Yes, come on down. Florida is still here and open for business. While some areas got hit worse […]