Monday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 022021
 

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. We went to two of your Gypsy Journal rallies and really enjoyed them, […]

The Right Time

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 012021
 

Who decides when it’s the right time for anything? I’ve heard people say that they are waiting for the right time to have children, or to retire and hit the road as fulltime RVers, or to hang up the keys and get off the road. But when is the right time? I think it’s different […]

Thousand Trails Advice

 Posted by at 12:17 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 232021
 

A longtime reader contacted me yesterday saying they are considering a Thousand Trails campground membership and asking me for my thoughts on the matter. Thousand Trails is like any other membership campground system. If you use it, it can be a good deal, and if you don’t, it’s a waste of time and money. We […]

Are You Serious?

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 192021
 

I get a lot of e-mails every day from people asking questions about my books, RVing, or life in general. Many times I share those questions here in the blog if I think they would be of interest to other readers. But sometimes I get an e-mail asking me something and I have to scratch […]

It’s Just Us Again

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 112021
 

We had to get up early yesterday morning, something I never like doing. And especially not for the reason we were up. We had to take our daughter Tiffany to the airport in Daytona Beach so she could catch a flight home to Arizona. When we were fulltime RVers and would come to visit, I […]

Bus Conversion Project

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 032021
 

Several readers have asked me if I could share any pictures or information about the bus that Terry and I converted and lived in for over 8 1/2 years as fulltime RVers. At one time I had a series of blog posts about the bus, but in moving from different web hosts, they disappeared somewhere […]

May 312021
 

I have shared some of this information before, but after yesterday’s blog question about difficulties finding camping sites, I thought it was a good time to rerun this blog post. I’ll warn you ahead of time, it’s a long blog because there is a lot to cover, but I think you will find it worth […]

The Gang’s All Here

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 292021
 

Our son Travis and his wife Geli arrived on Wednesday evening from Alabama, and then yesterday, daughter Tiffany flew in from Arizona. I can’t tell you how much we love having our kids here. With one living in the east and one living out west, plus all the years we spent traveling around the country […]

Do The Zoo

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
May 242021
 

I saw an article online yesterday saying that the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC will reopen to the public on July 24. There is so much to see and do in our nation’s capital that we’ve never made time for that, but maybe we should someday. Do any of you go to zoos locally, or in […]

May 192021
 

In Saturday’s blog I shared with you that I had purchased a new Kodak PixPro WPZ2 waterproof digital camera, but I was disappointed to discover that the battery was bad when it arrived on Friday afternoon. As I said in that blog, I called Kodak’s customer service number and they were closed for the weekend, so […]

Terry Can Fix Anything

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 182021
 

A while back one of the hinges on the drop-down front of my desk’s keyboard drawer broke. It was just cheap pot metal, and Terry was able to Mickey Mouse it together for a little while to give us time to search for a new set of hinges. And as always, Amazon came through for […]

Apr 152021
 

We have found many interesting stories while exploring old cemeteries in our travels around the country. So many, in fact, that I  created a seminar that I presented at RV rallies called Cemetery Stories. Some of them have been heart-wrenching, some were actually funny, and some were downright bizarre. This is one such story of […]

Nobody Reads Anymore

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 302021
 

As an author, and as someone who loves to read, I am constantly perplexed why anybody would not want to. And sometimes it’s depressing. All that time spent sitting in a classroom learning how to read, and so few actually do it. When we were traveling on the road as fulltime RVers publishing the Gypsy […]

Mar 292021
 

Interstate highways make it quick and easy to get from Point A to Point B anywhere in the country. But what fun is that? A Denny’s or a Pilot truck stop in Tucson looks pretty much just like one in Paducah or Toledo. All too often we find ourselves traveling the interstates because they are […]

Mar 222021
 

It’s been a long time since we took a road trip, and even longer since we saw our friend Chris Yust. Chris and her late husband, Charles, owned C&C Insurance, and we worked the RV rally circuit together for years. We became close to them, and when we weren’t at a rally someplace, if we […]

Mar 092021
 

When we tell people that we were fulltime RVers, one question they frequently ask us is what is our favorite place in the country. That’s like asking a parent which child is their favorite. We have so many “favorites” that I could never choose just one. One winter Terry and I made our first visit […]

We’ve Been Busy

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 042021
 

We have been keeping busy the last few days so I thought I would give you an update on the things happening around our little corner of the world. Terry had a follow-up appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville on Tuesday afternoon. Along the way, we stopped at Mullinax Ford in New Smyrna Beach […]

Feb 212021
 

We took the kayaks down to our boat launch to try out the new trailer configuration yesterday. The results were good, even very good, but not great. Not yet, anyway. Launching them was a piece of cake, especially since Jesse backed the trailer down the ramp. I really have to work on my backing-up skills. […]

Stupid Bowl Sunday

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 072021
 

Well, the big event is here. Stupid Bowl Sunday, or whatever they call it. I never understood why people get so excited about a bunch of spoiled, rich athletes playing ball. It’s just not my thing. Even when I was stationed at West Point, with our barracks just a short walk from Michie Stadium, I […]

A Town Named Sandwich

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 302021
 

We have hitch itch, but since we are not able to travel due to the pandemic, I thought I’d occasionally share some of our previous adventures, such as exploring a uniquely named town in Massachusetts in the summer of 2012. We spent yesterday visiting the Cape Cod town of Sandwich. How can you not like […]