Nick Russell

Hunkering Down

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 282016
 

I have not had a drink of alcohol for over 40 years, it’s just not my thing and my stomach doesn’t handle it well, but I once had a friend who enjoyed an evening out bar hopping. At least once a week you could find him someplace playing pool and having a few drinks. But he never left home on New Year’s Eve. He always said that was Amateurs’ Night and those fools could kill you on the drive home!



Terry and I are kind of like that about holidays. As fulltime RVers, we learned in our first year on the road to find an RV park to hunker down in a few days before a major holiday, and to stay there until all of the weekend warriors had their fun and went back to the real world.

That’s what we’re doing right now, here at the Daytona Beach RV Resort. Besides all of the holiday revelers that will be going to the beach, the Country 500 Country Music Fest is taking place at the Daytona International Speedway just a few miles from where we are. The entertainment lineup includes Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson and 40 other stars. The local news says they expect a crowd of at least 25,000 people. No thanks, we’ve got plenty to do here at home to keep us busy and out of trouble.



So we spent yesterday running errands and getting prepared; dropping off some orders at the post office, making a bank deposit, and stocking up on groceries at Publix. Now we’re good to go and don’t have to leave the house until the holiday is over.

When we got back home we had company. This little guy was hunkering down next to one of our motorhome’s tires. I don’t know if he plans to hang out here for the weekend, but he is certainly welcome if he wants to.

Rabbit

I’m real close to the end of my new book Return to Dog’s Run, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have it done by the end of this weekend. Another reason to hunker down for a few days.

Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Sneak Thief, the fourth book in my friend Carol Ann Newsome’s excellent Dog Park mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing 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 Sunday evening.

Sneak Thief

Thought For The Day – The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength or a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

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A Tale Of Two Brothers

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 272016
 

Note: This story appeared in a previous edition of the Gypsy Journal.

We find some of our best stories wandering around America’s two lane roads. Recently we discovered an interesting tale of two brothers while exploring a small cemetery on a back road in Oklahoma.



Nobody knows why Edward “E. W.” Floyd became a lawman. Perhaps it was because as a young man, his older brother Charley was gunned down by a group of men in a field in Ohio. What impact must that have on a person’s life? Did it spark a desire for justice? Did E.W. harbor a secret desire to somehow set things right for his brother? I don’t know.



What I do know is that E.W.  became a law officer and eventually was elected Sheriff of Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, an office he held from 1949 until his death in 1970.

E W Floyd

Though there were some people in Oklahoma who scoffed at his election and others who were sure he could never handle the job properly, E.W. proved them all wrong. By all accounts, he was a well respected and competent sheriff, treating rich and poor fairly and equally, regardless of race or what connections their family might have in his rural county.

Not that E.W. was a pushover. If you were Charley’s kid brother, you learned early on not to back down from a fight. Drunken field hands, rowdy cowboys, and small town bullies all knew that E.W. was not a man to trifle with, and if you stepped over the line, E.W. was right there to put you in your place, whether it be with a stern look, a firm warning or, if need be, a trip to the drunk tank for the night.

When E.W. passed away he was mourned all over eastern Oklahoma. Though I will say, his funeral was nowhere near as large as his brother Charley’s was. In fact, they say that when they laid Charley to rest, anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 people came to town for his funeral. I guess that being an infamous outlaw draws a bigger crowd than it does if you’re just a hard working rural sheriff.

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You see, the men who gunned down brother Charley in that Ohio field those many years ago were part of a posse led by the famous FBI agent Melvin Purvis. Today the two brothers who were so far apart in life are buried just a few feet apart at the cemetery outside of Akin, Oklahoma; Sheriff E.W. Floyd and his brother Charley, Depression-era bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd.

Pretty Boy Floyd Grave

Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Sneak Thief, the fourth book in my friend Carol Ann Newsome’s excellent Dog Park mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing 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 Sunday evening.

Sneak Thief

Thought For The Day – I used to be a people person, but people have pretty much ruined that for me.

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It’s A Wet Heat

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 262016
 

We lived in the White Mountains of northern Arizona before we hit the road as fulltime RVers but before that Terry and I both lived in the desert. Desert rats will tell you that, sure it’s 120°, but it’s a dry heat due to the low humidity. My response has always been that it’s dry inside of an oven, too, but I don’t want to live there!



Here in Florida, it’s just the opposite. It’s a wet heat. The temperature has been in the mid to upper 80s, with humidity in the 70% range. And as the summer goes on it will get both warmer and more humid. But the interesting thing to us is that so far it’s really not been bad. A couple of hours during midday it’s pretty warm, but this close to the ocean (our campground is probably two or three miles from the beach) there’s always a breeze that keeps it comfortable.

The other day we were down on the Sunglow Fishing Pier watching the guys wetting their lines, and according to the weather app on my Samsung smart phone it was 85°. But the breeze kept it very nice.

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However, if you get very far inland, even fifteen miles or so, there is a noticeable difference. So I guess the moral to this story is, if you’re going to live in Florida, live by the beach.



We’ve done a lot of looking around this winter, searching for a forever home if we ever hang up the keys, and we’ve pretty much narrowed it down to the stretch of Atlantic coast between New Smyrna Beach and Saint Augustine. In fact, we thought we found “the place” in Edgewater this week, but closer inspection revealed that it’s probably not right for us. And that’s okay, we are in no hurry, we’re just looking toward the future.

Last week, I wrote about a local business called Terry’s Jewelry Repair & Design that fixed Miss Terry’s broken necklace while we waited. Last year she lost the stone from an antique opal ring I bought her and was really upset. While we were in Nevada we found a shop that could replace it with a different stone, which had a small chip in it, but at least she could wear the ring. Months later she actually found the original stone so Tuesday we went back to the jewelry shop and asked what it would cost to get the replacement stone removed and the original one put back in.

The owner said it would take about three days, so we left it with him. Yesterday they called to say the ring was ready to pick up, and he did an excellent job on it. Besides removing the opal that was in it and resetting the original stone, he cleaned the ring up so it looks like new. All that, and such fast turnaround, for just $15! Terry walked out of there with a big smile on her face.

Ring

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Sneak Thief, the fourth book in my friend Carol Ann Newsome’s excellent Dog Park mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing 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 Sunday evening.

Sneak Thief

Thought For The Day – Real love stories never have endings. – Richard Bach

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May 242016
 

Note: This is a repeat of a blog previously published.

The internet can be a great tool for travel planning. Anytime we are visiting a new area, I spend some time online doing a bit of research and it’s amazing how many interesting places we find within an easy ride of our campground. Here are some of my favorite travel resources:



Trip Advisor – This is the granddaddy of all travel websites. Type in any town or city in America and you’ll find links to restaurants, lodging, attractions, and more. http://www.tripadvisor.com

Historical Marker Data Base – I have never owned a vehicle capable of passing one of those historical markers that can be found on highways and back roads from coast to coast. I just have to stop and read them! But sometimes it’s impossible to stop, as much as I want to. No problem, all I have to do is log onto Historical Marker Data Base on my computer or Droid smart phone and every historical marker in my area is listed, with photos and complete inscriptions. www.HMdb.org

Bridge Hunter – Bridge Hunter is a database of historic or notable bridges in the United States, both past and present. I may not like driving over high bridges, but I can spend hours browsing here. www.Bridgehunter.com

History Here – This app for both Droids and Apple smartphones is an interactive travel guide to thousands of historic locations across the United States, with photos, video, and maps that bring history to life anywhere in the country. http://www.history.com/interactives/history-here



The Milepost: Anybody who has ever driven an RV to Alaska knows that this trip planner and travel guide is an invaluable resource for information on roads, attractions, and services along the Alaska Highway. The website that supports the book is also packed with information to help make your grand adventure a success. http://milepost.com

U.S. 101 Mile by Mile – I don’t think there is a more beautiful trip anywhere in America than U.S. Highway 101 along the Oregon Coast, and this website is a fantastic guide to every scenic mile. Think Milepost for the Oregon coast. http://www.oregoncoasttravel.net

Legends of America – From Route 66 to ghost towns, legends, myths, historic forts, and more, if it’s out there, you can probably find it on Legends of America. http://legendsofamerica.com

USA.gov – A fantastic website with links to scenic byways, National Parks, State Parks, National Monuments, and a lot more. https://www.usa.gov/recreation

North Carolina History & Historic Sites – From gold rushes, first flights, disappearing colonies, pirate graves, and pivotal battlefields, if it happened in North Carolina, this website will tell you about it! http://www.visitnc.com/journeys/highlights/nc-history

Discover Historic Travel – You can easily spend an entire day with this portal to a wide selection of travel websites. http://discoverhistorictravel.com/destinations/historic-sites/

Civil War Battlefields – The Civil War Trust has a fine website about the War Between the States, including a guide to Civil War Battlefields large and small. http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/

Visit The USA – Another excellent website with travel links for every state that includes where the locals go to hang out, must-see museums, classic road trips, history, and more. http://www.visittheusa.com/

Landmark Hunter – LandmarkHunter.com is a database of historic or notable landmarks in the United States, past and present. http://landmarkhunter.com

Florida Backroads Travel – If you spend any time in Florida, get to know this interesting website that will help you discover hundreds of interesting places to visit on the less traveled back roads. http://www.florida-backroads-travel.com

Know Your States – This isn’t a travel guide, but it’s a fun little test of how well you know our country. How fast can you fill in the map? http://jimspages.com/States.htm

Thought For The Day – The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them. – Will Rogers

May 232016
 

Technology is a wonderful thing, especially if you’re an author. With a computer and an Internet connection I have access to information about anything in the world without ever leaving my home. All I’ve got to do is a quick Internet search and I can find out how to make buttermilk pancakes, how many people were killed at the battle of Iwo Jima, or the horsepower of an early Cord automobile.



And I don’t even have to be at my computer, actually. All I have to do is pick up my smart phone, say “Okay Google” and ask a question and I can find out anything I need to know. But it’s not just for research, I can check my email and bank balance, find a good Chinese buffet near me, and then use my phone’s mapping program to get me right to the front door. Oh yeah, and I can call people, too!

The Internet has allowed me to research my family tree, connect with relatives I hadn’t seen in over 20 years, and even provides a way for me to earn a living with my e-books, blog, and the digital edition of the Gypsy Journal.

Unfortunately, there’s a downside to all of this technology. Just as it has made all of our lives easier, it’s also made them much harder. And sometimes more dangerous. I’m not talking about some twit driving down the road with a cigarette in one hand and texting with the other who runs a stop sign and broadsides you, though Lord knows that’s happened way too many times. No, I’m talking about all of the criminals and sickos out there just waiting to rip you off and make your life miserable.

In the last week I’ve heard from three different RVers who have received spam emails that looked realistic. One was allegedly from Amazon saying to “click here for a refund for a product they had been overcharged for,” another was someone trying to get the recipient to send them their pin number because of a problem with their bank account, and the third just said “click here for information about your RV.” The woman said when she did click the link in the email she was taken to some porn site, and when she tried to get out of it, every time she clicked her mouse it took her to another one until she finally shut off her computer in frustration.



And then there are the telephone calls. Your phone rings and you answer and somebody tells you they’re from the IRS and you need to pay some past-due tax immediately or go to jail. The next guy calling says he’s from Microsoft and your computer has been compromised and he needs your password to get it fixed. I’ve even had a phone call from someone claiming they had kidnapped my son and were holding a gun to his head, and that if I didn’t pay up they were going to shoot him. I hung up, then called my son Travis and told him about the phone call and that I was going to miss him, but money was tight right now. To his credit he said he understood and he would miss me, too.

I’ve also received emails that supposedly came from friends of mine claiming they had been mugged in some foreign country and needed money to get back home. I’m sorry, but if I can’t even save my own kid from getting wasted, I’m damn sure not going to send $500 to London so you can buy a plane ticket!

Folks, you can’t be too careful. In the time it’s taken me to write this blog, you can bet that half a dozen scam artists have come up with new ways to try to separate you from your money. When in doubt, hang up, don’t click that link in an email, or do anything else somebody wants you to do. Maybe one time in a million it’s legitimate, but it’s much better to be safe than sorry

Congratulations Steven Shunk, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Rabbits Never Die, the second book in my friend Steven Thomas’ Gretch Bayonne action adventure series. We had 87 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – It takes a long time to find out how wrong you are sometimes. – Will Rogers

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May 222016
 

We needed to get out and have some fun yesterday, and boy did we get that accomplished, times two!



We started the day with our usual routine of answering emails and checking a couple of our favorite blogs. Then we drove over to the Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach. The place is a natural wonderland that is simply amazing, with miles of beautiful beaches, hiking trails, the ruins of a pioneer town, and the magnificent Mosquito Lagoon. You’d have to work really hard to be bored there!

If you’re photographer, you would love it because there seems to be a photo op everywhere you look.

Boathouse small

After touring the old Eldora town site, we walked out on this fishing pier on Mosquito Lagoon, passing a couple of anglers on their way in. They said they had a little bit of success until a pair of dolphins showed up and ruined the fishing for them.

Fishing pier small

We hung out on the pier for an hour or two, catching occasional glimpses of the dolphins’ fins. If you’ve never tried to take photos of dolphins in the wild, believe me when I say it can be a challenge.



There were a pair of them hanging around, and I probably took over 100 photos. Most ended up with nothing more than empty water, but I got lucky a couple of times.

Dorsal fin

Dolphin small

This was probably the best one I took, catching the back of one as it surfaced about 30 yards away.

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We’ll call this one “close, but no cigar.” All I got was the splash of water after a dolphin leapt into the air chasing a fish and went back under the surface again.

Splash small

A nice couple came up and were talking to us and Terry was telling them about the times we’ve seen manatee at Crystal River and down in the southern section of the Canaveral National Seashore toward Titusville. Though they are from Orlando, they had never seen any before. Just about then Terry spotted the telltale flattened round ripple on the water’s surface right next to the dock that signified a manatee. And sure enough, two of them swam under the dock and up to the surface a couple of times. How cool is that?

Manatee small

Eventually we wandered over to the other side of the slim peninsula between the Mosquito Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean to check out the beach.

Along the way we saw this gopher tortoise, who was kind enough to pose for a photo.

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A lady saw me taking pictures and offered to take one of Terry and I together. She’s the pretty one.

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It did not look like this surf fisherman was having any luck, but as they say, the worst day fishing is still better than the best day working.

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There were a couple of sailboats out on the water having a good time.

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Sailboat 2

Even on a beautiful Saturday like yesterday, there were very few people on the beaches at the Seashore. Meanwhile, in town, the beaches were full. I guess nobody wants to pay the five dollar admission fee to the Seashore. Fortunately, with our National Parks Senior Pass we can get in any time for free. It’s the best $10 investment we’ve ever made.

Beach view Saturday small

We had a great time, just sightseeing and hanging out together, me and my pretty lady. Yes indeed, life is good!

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Rabbits Never Die, the second book in my friend Steven Thomas’ Gretch Bayonne action adventure series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing 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.

Rabbits Never Die

Thought For The Day – The concept of boredom entails an inability to use up present moments in a personally fulfilling way. – Wayne Dyer

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May 212016
 

Yesterday was another rainy day but we didn’t mind because we didn’t have plans to do anything anyway. I was busy writing and got another 5,200 words done in my new book. I’m just a few words shy of 56,000 total and I’m hoping to wrap this one up and have it ready to go by the end of the month.



Meanwhile, Miss Terry was finishing up her latest weaving project, these beautiful dishtowels. The pattern is different from one side to the other and I think they look great. She still needs to hem them and she’s looking forward to getting that done because she’s got another project going through her mind already.

Towels small

We’re beginning to see a pattern here in the Daytona Beach area. Every day the weatherman predicts strong storms with lots of cloud to ground lightning, heavy rain, and winds up to 50 mph. And it seems like every day we get a fast-moving storm about midday that lasts for half an hour or so, and then another one in the evening that may come and go quickly, or may linger longer.



Several blog readers have warned us that summertime in Florida is tornado and hurricane season. I know they get stronger storms here than we’ve been experiencing, and as the summer wears on I know they will increase. But we plan to be gone by then, headed north toward New England for the Escapees Escapade rally in Essex Junction, Vermont the third week of July. After that we have reservations at a Thousand Trails affiliate campground near Cape Cod and we plan to spend some time exploring the Northeast.

It’s been a couple of years since we have been to Elkhart Campground in Indiana and when we leave New England we’re looking forward to going there and seeing Bob and Gita Patel, the owners, and visiting family in the Midwest.

Since we’ve been cooped up inside writing and weaving for a couple of days now, we may take a break and sneak out for a while today and do something. I’m not sure what that something will be yet, but I imagine we’ll figure it out.

Good news for fans of the Bill Travis mystery series by my pal George Wier. Yesterday George released Mexico Fever, the 12th book in the series, and it’s already climbing up the charts. Be sure to get yourself a copy.

Don’t forget to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Rabbits Never Die, the second book in my friend Steven Thomas’ Gretch Bayonne action adventure series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing 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 Sunday evening.

Rabbits Never Die

Thought For The Day – Make a decision, right or wrong. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who could not decide what to do.

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Don’t Even Try!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 202016
 

I couldn’t help but chuckle when friends who are on an RV trip to Alaska reported that Canadian inspectors at the border crossing found some undeclared booze they had hidden in their motorhome and confiscated it. Not because of their misadventure and the 4+ hours they spent getting their RV torn apart, but that anybody thinks they are smart enough to get away with it in the first place.



I have had friends that worked at a border station and it’s amazing how many people think they can hide anything from them. You may think you’ve come up with a clever place to try to hide something that nobody would ever think of, but spare yourself the hassle and don’t even try! This is what they do for a living every day. Trust me, there’s nothing you can think of that they have not seen before.

A couple of flatlanders who plan to take trips out west this summer have been asking me about the best routes and what to expect in the ways of mountains. Two great resources are Mountain Directory West and Mountain Directory East. I did not see them on Amazon except by secondary sellers, but I think you can get them at Camping World or directly from the publisher at http://www.mountaindirectory.com/. They are also available as e-books and as apps for both iPhones and Androids.

A free online resource to check out is Flattest Route. You just enter your starting point and the destination and it will show you how steep the different roads are along the way.



On a not so fun note, I’m still dealing with the ineptness of the hospital in Temecula, California where I spent four days back in November. When they sent out the bills to the VA for my care (or lack thereof), they put down some oddball number, a series of numbers and letters, as my Social Security number. It turns out it was my patient number at Temecula.The VA uses vets’ Social Security numbers to identify them. So the VA kicked it back to Temecula, and they apparently sent them the same thing a second time. Long story short, after repeated phone calls to Temecula on my part, they finally sent the corrected bills to the VA. But by then it was well after the 90 days the VA allows for submission of outside medical bills, so they refused to pay. So now it looks like I have to come up with many thousands of dollars to pay them.

Somebody said it was “typical VA crap” but that’s not the case at all. Everything that got screwed up along the way, from the poor treatment I received while in the hospital to them failing to send my medical records to the VA, and on to this latest debacle, falls entirely on Temecula Valley Hospital.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Rabbits Never Die, the second book in my friend Steven Thomas’ Gretch Bayonne action adventure series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing 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 Sunday evening.

Rabbits Never Die

Thought For The Day – Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s not worth the jail time.

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May 192016
 

If you are history nuts like we are, what’s better than going to see a 275 year old fort? How about going to see a 275 year old fort and getting a free pontoon boat ride in the process? I love my job!



The rain came down all night Tuesday night but yesterday dawned with sunshine and blue skies. So we drove about 40 miles north to visit Fort Matanzas National Monument.

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The fort was built by the Spanish in 1742 to guard Matanzas Inlet, the southern mouth of the Matanzas River, which could be used by raiders to approach St. Augustine from the rear. This would allow them to avoid the deadly cannon at the Castillo de San Marcos, which guarded the approach to the city from the sea.

Fort from water

The Park Service Visitor Center is located on Highway A1A a few miles south of St. Augustine Beach, but the old fort itself is located across the inlet on Rattlesnake Island. The name alone would keep me from wanting to go there, but what the heck? Maybe I can’t outrun a rattlesnake, but given enough motivation, I can outrun Miss Terry if worst comes to worst.



Just by dumb luck we timed it right, arriving about five minutes before the pontoon boat left the dock to go across to the island. We grabbed our free boarding passes and got on board.

Boat

On the way, we paused to get a photo of this fellow hunting for dinner in the shallow water close to the shore.

Bird

It only took a couple of minutes to cross to the island, and then another couple of minutes while the Ranger driving the boat tried to get to the dock and had to make a second attempt at it. He said it was a combination of the current and the fact that one of the boat’s motors was out. That’s the excuse I used when I had my cabin cruiser way back in the day. Nobody bought it then, either. Maybe because it only had one motor?

There were only six or eight of us on the tour and a very nice lady Ranger showed us around and told us a little bit about the history of the old fort. I was wearing one of my Gypsy Journal T-shirts and she had a lot of questions to ask us when she realized we were RVers. As it turns out, she and her husband are planning to get an RV and do some traveling when she retires in a few years. We’re always happy to talk about the RV lifestyle and we shared some information with her, pointed her toward some resources (including this blog), and gave her my email and told her not to hesitate to reach out if she had any questions.

She and Terry had something in common, in that she moved here from Puerto Rico, and when Terry was a young girl she lived in Puerto Rico for a while when her dad was stationed there with the Air Force.

After we got back to the mainland and stopped at the Visitor Center again so I could get my National Parks Passport stamped, we drove into St. Augustine and spent some time looking around, still searching for that “maybe someday” place that would be our winter home while we’re still traveling, and our retirement home if and when we ever hang up the keys.

We found a very nice manufactured home at Coquina Crossing with a huge add-on room in the back that overlooked a little lake, with a two car garage, and all new appliances. The price was right, but the $773 a month lot rent was a lot more than we want to pay and still never own the land. Time to keep on looking.

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Rabbits Never Die, the second book in my friend Steven Thomas’ Gretch Bayonne action adventure series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing 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 Sunday evening.

Rabbits Never Die

Thought For The Day – Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life. – Terry Pratchett

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