Nick’s Blog

Sep 272016
 

Before you ever turn the key to begin your next RV trip, here are ten websites you should be reading. You will be amazed at how many interesting places you will find waiting for you to discover!



Explore Southern History – If it happened in the South, you will learn about it here! From antebellum Georgia plantations to Revolutionary War battlefields, haunted lighthouses to ancient Indian mounds, and more they are all here. http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/index.html

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

Visit New England – If you’re into history, beautiful scenery, small town festivals, and great seafood, New England’s the place for you and this website will take you to all of the “must see” locations. http://www.visitnewengland.com/all/

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/



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

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 smart phone and every historical marker in my area is listed, with photos and complete inscriptions. www.HMdb.org

Country Magazine Road Trips – Known for its excellent photography, down home stories, and nostalgia, Country magazine is one of my favorites, and their website is a very good travel resource. http://www.country-magazine.com/road-trip/

Tour Texas – The Lone Star state is more than just cowboys and oil wells, and this website will introduce you to all that Texas has to offer, including historic battlefields, wide sandy beaches, interesting small towns, and oddball museums. https://www.tourtexas.com/

Touch The Pacific Northwest – Grant Goodeve, host of KING5 television’s Northwest Backroads, introduces website visitors to the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer, including natural wonders, culture, recreation, wineries, restaurants, and more! http://touchthepacificnorthwest.com/

Ghost Towns – Ghost towns are not just an Old West thing, you can find them everywhere from New England to the Great Lakes, the Deep South, and yes, even out west! Learn all about them here! http://ghosttowns.com/bottom.html

Good news for those of you who like to save money on your reading material! Yesterday I enrolled the ten books in my Big Lake mystery series in Amazon’s Select program for the next three months. So if you are an Amazon Prime or Select member, you can now read all of them for free.

Thought For The Day – Some people create their own storms and then get mad when it rains.

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Sep 262016
 

Miss Terry and I have been busy since we got to Florida and on the go every day. So we declared yesterday to be a stay-at-home day for us. One of those days where we don’t set foot outside of the RV and just enjoy being alone together. We need those every once in a […]

Selfish Can Be Good

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 252016
 

Words are funny things. They can make us smile and even laugh out loud, or they can bring us to tears. Words can build us up or they can tear us down. But why? Every word in the English language is made up of some combination of just the 26 letters in the alphabet. And […]

Who Wet The Bed?

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 242016
 

Living and traveling fulltime in an RV is always an adventure. Most of those adventures are a lot of fun and our memory banks are stuffed with wonderful experiences, from listening to coyotes singing as we fell asleep while boondocking in the Arizona desert, to watching whales swimming in Depoe Bay, Oregon, walking on the […]

It’s A Wet Heat

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 222016
 

Terry and I both spent many years living in the desert of Arizona before we moved up to the White Mountains, which was prior to our becoming fulltime RVers. And anybody who has ever been there knows that it gets terribly hot for months on end in the late spring, all summer long, and into […]

Windmill Island

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 212016
 

Note: This story first appeared in the September-October, 2009 issue of the Gypsy Journal. You can experience a little bit of Old World Europe in southwest Michigan with a visit to Windmill Island! Windmill Island is a beautiful 36 acre oasis within the city of Holland, Michigan comprised of manicured gardens, costumed guides, and other […]

No Love For These Bugs

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 202016
 

When we pulled into Allatoona Landing Marina Resort Sunday evening to get off the road and out of the rain, I had no idea how big this huge body of water actually is. Lake Allatoona has over 12,000 surface acres and is a popular recreation spot for folks all over north Georgia and southern Tennessee. […]

I Should Listen To Me

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 192016
 

We left Kentucky Horse Park Campground in Lexington, Kentucky at 10 o’clock yesterday morning under cloudy skies. When we’ve been there before we have always pulled into one of the two dump stations to hook the Explorer up to the back of the motorhome. But we’ve never left there on a Sunday before. Each dump station […]

Running In The Rain

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 182016
 

As I said in yesterday’s blog, we weren’t sure if we would leave Saturday or Sunday to begin our trip south, depending on the weather. There were a couple of systems coming through the region that were going to bring some rain, but none of them looked to be very large. It started raining hard […]