Nick Russell

Beautiful Beaufort

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 302014
 

Yesterday we took a day trip to Beaufort, South Carolina, one of the most beautiful small towns in America, and one with so much history you can almost feel it in the air.

Located on Port Royal Island in the heart of the Lowcountry, Beaufort has withstood everything from Indian attacks to threats of Spanish invasion, the Civil War, hurricanes, fever epidemics, and more since it was founded way back in 1711. In its early days Beaufort was a major shipbuilding center, and in the years before the Civil War it was the place to be for the elite of the Lowcountry plantation society.

Captured and occupied by Union troops early in the Civil War, Beaufort became a haven for escaping slaves. The Federal government declared the slaves emancipated and began efforts to educate them and prepare them for a life of independence.

We spent a couple of hours just leisurely driving down the streets of the small, friendly city, admiring the beautiful homes and mansions dating back to the early days.

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Flag house

Cuthbert House

Surrounded by huge live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, many of the old homes look like something straight out of an old time movie.

There is a reason that Southern Living named Beaufort the "Best Small Southern Town." Can you imagine a more beautiful place to live?

Palm house

Peach House

Hammock house

The side streets are narrow and many have low-hanging tree limbs. Definitely not a place to drive an RV!

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This is the First African Baptist Church, founded in 1865, which grew out of a plantation praise house. During the Civil War, after Union troops occupied Beaufort during the Civil War, the church hosted a school for freedmen.

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The city’s Visitor Center is housed in the old Beaufort Arsenal, originally built in 1798, and the home of the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery, which had its roots in an earlier company that served in the Revolutionary War. The unit saw action in the 1861 Battle of Port Royal during the Civil War.

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Unfortunately, I think Beaufort is one if the few towns in the country I have ever seen that demands you pay a parking meter to stop at their Visitor Center, or just about anywhere else in town. It seems to be a prosperous community, so I don’t think they need the money. That’s about the only negative we saw to Beaufort, and certainly not a reason to avoid it. But it did keep us from spending much time browsing the interesting shops along Bay Street on the waterfront.

Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Rift in the Races Book 2 in my friend John Daulton’s Galactic Mage 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 Sunday evening.

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If you’re looking for a good mystery, check out Haunting Danielle by my pal Bobbi Holmes. It’s a fun, cozy G-rated mystery ghost story, and today it’s on special for just 99¢. Where can you get that much entertainment for under a buck?

Thought For The Day – God loves everyone, but I think he probably prefers “fruits of the spirit” over “religious nuts.”

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Oct 292014
 

Before I get into the blog, I want to wish a happy birthday to a very special young lady. Today our beautiful granddaughter Hailey turns twelve. Wow, where does the time go? Happy birthday Hailey. We love you!

Today is our last day at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort and I don’t know where the last two weeks went. There was a lot more we wanted to get done but we ran out of time and energy.

We had planned to make a day trip to Charleston and wanted to get back down to Savannah again but I guess we’re getting old because since we mailed out the new issue Monday, all we have done is stay home and veg out. I got a lot of writing done and Terry caught up on bookkeeping. I don’t think that chore ever ends.

We also watched a lot of local TV, and I’ll sure be happy when the midterm elections are over and they stop running campaign commercials on the television every other minute. I’m getting nostalgic for the TV commercials from attorney’s wanting us to sue somebody for something!

Several of you have asked me if I think Dish Network is ever going to restore distant network service for fulltimers, which we all lost when All American Direct went out of business back in February. At that time somebody at Dish media relations told me that they were in negotiation with several companies to provide DNS service to qualifying Dish customers. Time has proven that to be untrue. And after stringing me along for a couple of months they would not even take my calls. Short of replacing or converting our Wingard Trav’ler to receive DirecTV, we have adjusted to contacting Dish each time we move and having them switch us to the local networks. It’s a pain and I miss having both east and west network feeds, but it is what it is.

I have to brag a little bit here. As of last night, Big Lake books currently occupy three out of the top four positions in their category on Amazon. And the other two books in the series occupy positions #28 and #71 in their category! And it’s all due to you folks, who read my books, leave reviews, and tell your friends about them. I appreciate you helping spread the word.

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to start a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Rift in the Races, Book 2 in my friend John Daulton’s Galactic Mage 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 Sunday evening.

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Thought For The Day – My age is very inappropriate for my behavior.

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More RV Goodies

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 282014
 

Every so often when I don’t have anything else to write about I post a blog about useful products for RVers, and they always seem to be well received, so here goes again. I hope you find a thing or two that help making your RV travels safer and more enjoyable.

Pet Rescue Decals – The only thing worse than losing your RV to a fire while you are away is to lose your pets with it. Post these stickers on your windows so firefighters will know your furkids are inside.

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Road Refresher Non Spill Dog Bowl – Eliminate spills and keep your RV floors dry with this easy to clean travel bowl.

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Infrared Gun – No RVer should leave home without an infrared thermometer. Use it to check tire temperatures when you make a pit stop, to detect overheated wheel bearings, and more.

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Rhino Sewer Hose – In our 15+ years on the road I’ve tried every sewer hose out there and the RhinoFlex is the best of the best. I have three in different lengths and enough adapters to reach any sewer outlet.

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Sidewinder Sewer Hose Support – A good sewer hose support makes dumping easier and helps prevent sludge buildup in your sewer hose.

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RV Battery Fill Kit – Eliminate spilling and make topping off your RV batteries quick and easy with this system.

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Battery Tender – More than a trickle charger, this automatic system will makes sure your batteries are ready to go anytime you pull your RV out of storage and hit the road.

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Oxygenics Shower Spa – Are you tired of wimpy water pressure when you take a shower? You will be amazed at how well this easy to install showerhead works. Every RVer I know who has one loves it.

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State Map Sticker Set – What’s an RV trip without something to remember it by? Show the world where you’ve been with this handsome map set.

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Electronic Lock Drawer Safe – Keep your jewelry, passports and important papers safe with this easy to install safe.

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And I have a couple of good books to tell you about today. If you are a science fiction fan, be sure to check out The Enclaves of Sylox, the first book in T.R. Harris’ Agent to the Stars series.  And for mystery lovers, check out my friend Jason Deas’ Birdsongs, the first book in his Benny James mystery series, a fast-paced story about a former FBI agent who just wants to live the good life on his houseboat, but dead people keep turning up to interfere with his retirement.

Thought For The Day – I’ve been homesick for countries I’ve never been, and longed to be where I couldn’t be. – John Cheever

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In The Mail

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 272014
 

Terry worked like a mad woman all weekend and finished up with the last of the envelope stuffing last night. Today we’ll take them to the post office and the new issue of the Gypsy Journal will be in the mail. It always feels good to get that chore behind us.

While she was busy with that I was writing and knocked about 1,500 words on my new Big Lake book between lugging bins of envelopes out to the Explorer. Several people have asked me when it will be out and I honestly can’t tell you. Every time I set a deadline like that, something goes off track and it doesn’t get done. I hope to have it out by Christmas, but only time will tell. I keep telling Terry that I wish I could plug a USB port into the side of my head and connect the other end into my computer and just download my stories directly into it.

Speaking of books, congratulations to Todd Hartmann, this week’s winner of an audiobook of Dog’s Run. We had 158 entries in the drawing, and stay tuned, because a new contest starts soon.

I thought we were scheduled to leave here on Friday but when I looked at the calendar yesterday I realized I was off by a day, and we’ll be headed south on Thursday. Which means, of course, you can expect fuel prices to jump up later this week. It happens every time. On Friday, gasoline here was $2.68 a gallon and diesel was $3.56. Get it while you can.

In the time we have left here we hope to take a trip up to Charleston, and to spend a day in Beaufort, so we’ll probably be busy this week. Or we may just take today and veg out and do nothing but rest after the last few hard days. That’s the great thing about our lifestyle, we work when we need to and then make our own schedule the rest of the time.

From here we plan to go to Saint Augustine, Florida for a week or so. We’ve never spent much time in the beautiful and historic city and hope to get to know her a little better. I’m hoping the Elks lodge there has an opening in their RV parking area when we get there. If not, there’s a Passport America park we may try.

And after that? Maybe the Keys for a week or two; we have one commitment in November and some family time with my nephews and niece planned, but that’s it until we go to the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa in January. Do I miss holding our Gypsy Journal rallies? Yes I do. Do I enjoy our much more relaxed schedule these days? YES I do!

Before I close, if you’re a science fiction fan, my friend Stephen Arseneault is running a 99¢ special today on AMP Private War, the second book in his popular AMP series. Take advantage of the savings, and please remember to leave a review when you read a book you like.

Thought For The Day – It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

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Windex…. Who Knew?

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 262014
 

Thank you to everybody who sent me suggestions for products and home remedies for the gnat bites that have been driving me mad. As it turns out, Miss Terry had the best answer, Windex. Yes, regular glass cleaner with ammonia in it. She told me to put some on my arms and darned if it didn’t stop the itching within a minute or so! And it kept it down for three or four hours. I’ve been using it since late Friday night and while the bumps are still there, as soon as it starts to itch I spray them again. Windex… who knew?

Terry spent yesterday stuffing envelopes while I sent out the link to the new digital issue of the Gypsy Journal. Which made my job a lot easier than hers. At least I was sitting down.

More and more of our subscribers are switching to the digital issue, especially those who are on the road. They don’t have to wait for the paper to catch up with them, they don’t pay for mail forwarding if they use a mail service, it gets to them quicker, and they save money. On our part, it’s a lot easier because we don’t have to pay to have them printed, or for envelopes or postage, and don’t have the physical work of stuffing envelopes and hauling them to the post office. Which allows us to charge less for the digital issue. It’s a win-win for everybody.

People often ask how they can determine when their subscription is due for renewal. If you subscribe to the print edition, there will be a two or three digit number on the top line of the address label on the envelope, above your name. This is issue 93 of the Gypsy Journal, so if that number is 93, this is your last issue. We send a renewal notice with your next to last paper, and again with your last one. If you subscribe to the digital issue, I e-mail a renewal notice when I send the link to your next to last paper, and again when I send the link to your last one.

Today is your last chance to enter this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. If I had to name one of my books as my favorite, it would be this one. 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.

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Can longtime friends become lovers? My friend Suzie O’Connell explores the concept in her new book First Instinct, the first title in her new Hammond Brothers romance series. Suzie’s a first rate romance writer, check it out, I think you’ll like it.

Thought For The Day – If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport. – George Winters

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I Prefer Hitch Itch

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 252014
 

All fulltime RVers know about hitch itch, that malady that affects us when we’ve stayed in one place too long. It starts out with a mild case of the doldrums, then we find ourselves reading about our friends’ traveling adventures on Facebook and start to envy them, even when they are in places we don’t like, and before we know it we’re standing outside looking wistfully at the horizon and wondering what lies over it.

Yeah, I know all about hitch itch, and I know how to scratch it. Disconnect those campground utilities, hook the toad up to the tow bar and fire up that diesel engine. It’s time to hit the road, baby!

Unfortunately, we’re dealing with a completely different kind of itch right now and it’s not fun. A few days ago when we were sitting in an outside dining area at a restaurant, a swarm of little black gnats descended on us and now our arms (mine more so than Terry’s) are covered in little red itchy bites. I’ve tried everything from an After Bite ammonia pen, to both Benadryl and calamine lotion, to taking antihistamine tablets and nothing really seems to help for very long. The itching was so bad that I only got about four hours sleep Thursday night. I just want to rip my skin off. I know that scratching only makes things worse, but who can help it? Given the two, I much prefer hitch itch.

Today I want to wish a happy birthday to a very special lady, our friend Jan White. I hope you have a wonderful day and that Greg takes you someplace nice for dinner. I wish we were there to help you celebrate. We love you.

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Yesterday we drove about 50 miles north to Yemassee, South Carolina to pick up the new issue of the Gypsy Journal at a freight dock. So you know what Miss Terry will be doing for the next few days. Today I’ll be sending out the link to the digital edition to our digital subscribers.

Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. If I had to name one of my books as my favorite, it would be this one. 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 Sunday evening.

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Good news for fans of my friend Saxon Andrew’s science fiction books. His latest release, Nemesis: Revenge is Best Served Hot, is now available online. Saxon is one of the heavy hitters in the independent (indie) publishing world and his success is well deserved.

Thought For The Day – A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu

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Just Ballast

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 242014
 

The most productive thing I did yesterday was to just add ballast to planet Earth to help it maintain its orbit in space. If a traffic cop would have come along and marked me with chalk, I’m sure I would have been towed away because I didn’t move for hours. I’m surprised Terry didn’t hold a mirror under my nose to check to see if I was even breathing.

I wasn’t sick, I just had a bad case of lazy. Usually I try to do something to earn my keep every day, but not yesterday. It was all I could do to drag my portly posterior out of bed and into an upright position.

Miss Terry, on the other hand, was busy all day long. She’s like the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps going and going. Between making me a delicious breakfast, doing paperwork part of the day, and making a wonderful fried chicken dinner, and doing a couple of loads of laundry, she also put the finishing touches on her latest shawl, fresh off the loom.

Here’s a close-up that shows the detail in the pattern.

In mid-afternoon John and Norma Howe stopped by for a visit and to purchase a copy of our Guide To Free Campgrounds & Overnight Parking Places. Jon and Norma are fulltime RVers who are workamping here at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort. They are planning to replace their Mandalay motorhome’s original TVs with flat screens and were impressed with the way we did ours and the additional storage space the conversion gives us. We enjoyed their visit and hope to see them again while we’re here.

Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. If I had to name one of my books as my favorite, it would be this one. To enter, all you have to do is click on the 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.

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If you like RV travel and you like mystery stories, check out Soul of the Forest, the first book in J.A. Harpers’ Bird Treks mystery series revolving around fulltime RVers Maggie and Ben Graham. The second book in the series is Spirit of the Joshua. The author, Jenise Harper, is a fulltimer herself, traveling in a 2001 Blue Bird motorhome.

And if you enjoy stories about the occult, ghosts and such, be sure to download my friend James Rozoff’s new book The Association, book 3 in his The Amazing Morse series. It’s free today on Amazon. And folks, please leave a review when you read a book mentioned here. It really does help an author market books when you do.

Thought For The Day – My conspiracy theory can beat up your conspiracy theory.

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Oct 232014
 

Miss Terry says I am head over heels in love with the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia but I think that’s an exaggeration. Enthralled? Yes. Enamored? Sure. But head over heels? Yeah, that’s an exaggeration. A tiny exaggeration maybe, but an exaggeration none the less.

But even if I am, who could blame me? What’s not to love in this historic city? Settled in 1733, Savannah has seen wars, wealth, poverty, drama and comedy in her history, and like the classy Southern lady she is, she has handled it all with grace and dignity. With its beautiful park-like squares shaded by live oaks and magnolias, its historic waterfront, and streets lined with beautiful mansions, I don’t think anybody could help but be impressed.

During the Civil War, when Union General William Tecumseh Sherman arrived in Savannah after burning Atlanta and everything in his path on his "March to the Sea," he was so impressed by its beauty that he could not destroy it. In December, 1864, he sent a telegram to President Lincoln, offering him the city as a Christmas present.

We could not be this close to Savannah and not visit, so yesterday we spent the day playing tourist. Our fist stop was the Visitor Center to pick up a map, and while we were there a nice gentleman named Mike Chiles introduced himself and told me he was a regular blog reader. Mike and his wife Patricia are from Prattville, Alabama and have been on an extended RV trip the last few months, visiting a lot of fun places. Check out his blog, and if you’re a NASCAR fan, I know there are some pictures there you are going to enjoy.

After visiting with Mike and Patricia for a few minutes we set off to explore Savannah, just wandering around the streets admiring the grand old homes that have been so carefully restored. This handsome brick mansion is the Mercer House and belonged to General Hugh Mercer, the great-grandfather of singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer, and was made famous in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. If you have not read this classic by John Berendt, check it out. It really gives you a feel for Savannah.

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Savannah is laid out around 21 squares, small shaded islands where people can relax on a park bench and admire historic statues, chat with a friend, or just watch the world go by.

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The riverfront, with some of the oldest commercial buildings in Savannah, is a popular place with tourists and residents alike. The old cotton warehouses and ship outfitters now house shops, galleries, and restaurants.

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The whole city is an artists’ and photographers’ delight.

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Eventually we left Savannah and drove a few miles to Tybee Island. The beaches were not nearly as crowded as on Hilton Head Island, but the people who were there all seemed to be having a good time.

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Tybee Island beach

The beach here has suffered a lot of erosion and this dredge is sucking up sand from the ocean floor that will be used to restore the beach.

Tybee Island dredge

We wandered out on the pier, which has a nice pavilion and is free to the public. There were a few fishermen, but nobody seemed to be getting any action.

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The last time we were in this area we ate at The Crab Shack with Greg and Jan White and Peggy Krepelka and Dave Koehler. It was one of the most fantastic meals we ever had and we’ve looked forward to going back ever since.

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They have several alligators in a pool at the entrance, and we had to stop and watch them for a while. A sign said they were born in captivity and will live in an exhibit for the rest of their lives, and also warned people that it is both illegal and dangerous to feed wild alligators. You might think that would go without saying, but again, we’re talking about people.

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Two gators

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We sat outside, with a nice view of Chimney Creek.

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Nothing is fried at The Crab Shack, which is usually my first choice for seafood, but that’s okay. The last time we were there we had the Captain’s Sampler for two, a low country boil that included Alaskan king crab, stone crab, shrimp, mussels, crawfish, sausage, corn and potatoes. And by the way, this picture was taken after we each took our first helping! It tasted even better than it looks, and there’s no way we could finish it all, but we sure had fun trying. Smile

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By the time we got back to Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort, after a stop at Barnes & Noble and WalMart, we were both worn out. But it was worth it for the memories we made on a beautiful day in a beautiful city. And I think Miss Terry was right after all; I am head over heels in love with Savannah.

Don’t forget to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. If I had to name one of my books as my favorite, it would be this one. 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 Sunday evening.

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Thought For The Day – I don’t know why people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from on Sunday?

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Getting A Lot Done

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 222014
 

I have had a lot of blog readers asking me what I suggest they do for internet access now that Verizon has acquired Millenicom’s accounts and it seems to be out of the internet business. I don’t really know what to advise anybody because at this point the entire industry seems to be in a state of flux. As I understand it, both Verizon and AT&T are offering double data deals through the end of this month. It might be a good idea to check them out. Chris and Cherie at Technomadia are much better informed than I am on all of this, and have an article on their website titled October Mobile Internet Cellular Shake-Up that you should check out.

We planned to go to Savannah yesterday and play tourist, but about 2 a.m. it started raining and continued all night long. This surprised us because the weather report was for clear skies for the next 7 – 10 days. When we got up yesterday morning the weatherman was saying he had no idea where the storm came from or if it was going to linger, so we postponed our trip until today.

Since we always have plenty to do, a last minute change of plans wasn’t a problem. Terry spent the day finishing her latest weaving project and I kept busy formatting the print edition of Big Lake Scandal. My cover artist, Elizabeth Mackey, finished the print cover last night, and today I will upload it to CreateSpace, Amazon’s book printing division.

In response to so many of your requests, I also enrolled Big Lake Scandal and Bad Nick in Amazon’s Select and Kindle Unlimited programs. It’s a great deal for readers who are Amazon Prime members or members of Kindle Unlimited; you can read all of my books for free! If you don’t belong to Kindle Unlimited, check it out. Your first 30 days are free and you can cancel if it doesn’t meet your needs. It’s also a good deal for authors. Whenever somebody downloads one of my books and reads at least ten percent of it, I get paid a commission. It’s not as much as for an outright sale, but it all adds up. I would really appreciate it if you would help spread the word.

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to start a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. If I had to name one of my books as my favorite, it would be this one. 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 Sunday evening.

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If you enjoy the outdoors and like a good chuckle, check out Ben Rehder’s Fun & Game Wardens. In my days as a small town newspaper publisher I did several ride-alongs with the local game wardens and they shared many stories with me. Ben’s book is a fun, true to life read that reflects those stories and the things I saw on those ride-alongs. Buy this book, I’m sure you’ll like it as much as I did.

Thought For The Day – When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. – Susan Heller

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Hilton Head Beach Day

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212014
 

When we spent a week in Key West, Florida a few years back, we were disappointed to find that even though it’s an island, access to the water was limited to a few narrow beaches and they were crowded with people elbow to elbow. So we didn’t know what to expect when we went to the beach here on Hilton Head Island yesterday. We were pleasantly surprised.

While all of the beach is public, access is often private and controlled by resorts and condos. However, the Town of Hilton Head Island provides beach access at several locations. We spent the afternoon at Coligny Beach, parking the Explorer in the free parking lot and walking a short distance along a nice boardwalk to the beach.

Boardwalk to beach

On the street side of the beach there are clean modern restrooms, changing booths like these, and showers to wash the sand off.

Changing room

The beach was wide, clean, and seemed to stretch on forever.

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Beach water

And though there were people out enjoying the sun and the water, it wasn’t crowded. Everybody had lots of space.

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Hilton Head beach view

There are a lot of beachfront condos and such, and given the cost of real estate here, I think a nice ocean view unit would set you back more than my limited budget would allow. That’s the great thing about being a fulltime RVer – when I go to a resort I take my house with me!

Hilton Head condos

It was in the mid-70s and a lot of people were out in the water. Some folks take their lawn chairs and set them right in the water. Can you think of a better place to read your Kindle? The next time we go to the beach we may take our Strongback Chairs with us.

All of that sunshine and sea air can work up an appetite, so when we left the beach we walked to Anglers Beach Market Grill, a nice little restaurant with both inside seating and outside on a deck at tables shaded by umbrellas. Somebody recommended their low country boil, but it’s no longer on the menu. So instead, I had a seafood combo with fried shrimp and scallops and blackened fish and it was all very good. Miss Terry had crab and shrimp salad on an English muffin with sliced beefsteak tomato and melted cheddar cheese and she liked it. The service was fast and friendly, and we’ll definitely go back.

As I mentioned yesterday, our hosts told us they won’t be here to use their site at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort until early November and said we were welcome to stay longer, so yesterday I stopped at the office and extended for another week. That will have us leaving the 30th and I think our next stop will be St. Augustine, Florida for a few days. We had planned to stop at the Passport America campground in Hardeeville, South Carolina, just a few miles from Savannah, but their rates have gone up more than I’m willing to pay for what they have to offer. We can easily drive into Savannah from here and play tourist. Of course, with us you never know what to expect, since we never know what to expect. At any moment we might shake up the Jello and go in in another direction if the mood strikes. That’s the freedom of our lifestyle.

Thought For The Day – Opportunity may only knock once, but temptation bangs on the door every day.

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