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Mar 012015

We once met a couple at the Escapees Rainbows End RV Park in Livingston, Texas who told us that after a year of fulltiming they were going home because they had seen it all and done it all and there was nothing left to do.

They said they had been from border to border and ocean to ocean. And that included going to Alaska! The husband said they left their daughter’s house in Seattle on June 1st and were back in her driveway July 4th. “We never saw an animal all the way up and back,” he added. “But we about destroyed our motorhome and toad.” The list of damages included, as I recall, broken windshields, tire blowouts, and a broken axle. No wonder they didn’t see any animals at the speed they must have been traveling.

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t see all of New Jersey in a year. Everywhere you go in America there is more to see and do than you’ll ever live long enough to get around to. I know, because we’ve tried!

From the hauntingly beautiful Hudson River Valley to the wild shores of Oregon and the white sands of the Mississippi coast, you really have to work at being bored when you travel in an RV.

Coastal view 5

Some of our best RV adventures have been when we left the main highways behind us and went exploring the side roads and small towns in search of the overlooked treasures that most people never even hear about. How do we find these hidden gems? By asking people in the places we visit, by internet research, and by reading local interest books. A good place for you to start is our weekly Overlooked America series in this blog. Each week we feature a different state and tell you about the places the tourist brochures usually ignore. Here is a link to our latest installment, Overlooked Colorado.

You could make a career out of just trying to visit and experience all of our National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites alone. Click any state on this map supplied by the National Park Service and you’ll find enough to keep you busy for months.

The other day my pal Donna McNicol posted this link to the 20 least visited Western National Parks Units. I’ve lived in the West for most of my life and I’ve only been to three or four of them. I guess I’d better get busy!

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing yet for an audiobook of JET, the first book in my friend USA Today bestselling author Russell Blake’s wildly popular Jet thriller 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.


Thought For The Day – We may all be on the way to the nursing home, but there’s no reason we can’t take the scenic route.

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My Lucky Day

 Posted by at 1:17 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 282015

I guess yesterday was my lucky day. I started out with several very nice reviews for Big Lake and for Big Lake Burning, the first and latest books in my Big Lake mystery series. Reviews are very important to authors in terms of marketing our books, and positive reviews are especially nice both for sales […]

A Lot Going On

 Posted by at 1:27 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 272015

We’ve had a lot going on and have been busy ever since we got to Tucson on Monday. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to ease up anytime soon. Wednesday I got my lab work done at the VA hospital in preparation for medical appointments next week. The blood draw went fine and then […]

Glad You Asked That

 Posted by at 2:14 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 262015

Today I thought I’d answer a few questions that pop up every so often, in the hope that some of you might find it useful. Back when Dish Network customers lost their Distant Network Service when All American Direct folded, a manager from Dish assured me that they were in “active negotiations” with another provider […]

A Tailwind? No Way!

 Posted by at 1:55 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 242015

We left the Escapees Dream Catcher RV Park in Deming, New Mexico and experienced that most rare of natural phenomena, a tailwind. Yeah, I know, I thought they were a myth myself, one of those made up things like leprechauns and wood nymphs, and I was so surprised that I almost fell off my unicorn. […]

Feb 232015

We love exploring America’s back roads and small towns and finding overlooked gems that the tourist brochures never cover. In a series of weekly blog posts we will be sharing some of America’s lesser-known small town museums, historic sites, and oddball attractions, on a state-by-state basis. We don’t have room to cover each and every […]

Clearing The Clog

 Posted by at 1:33 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 222015

Warning, this blog contains content that may not be comfortable for the squeamish. We have been dealing with a nasty problem, and while we still don’t know what caused it, after a lot of trial and error, and even more frustration, we seem to have solved it. At least for now. We are very careful […]

Oh Yes, The Wind

 Posted by at 1:45 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 212015

We were exhausted after our long 400+ mile trip Thursday, so in spite of some traffic noise from Interstate 10, we slept soundly. Usually on a traveling day we are up at the ridiculous hour of 7:30 a.m. and are on the road about 10. That way we avoid all of the rush hour traffic. […]

Feb 202015

Well, yesterday started out good. After a round of goodbyes with Mike and Elaine Loscher, we left Lone Star Corral a little after 10 a.m., made a quick stop for fuel, and then traveled a few miles west on U.S. Highway 90 to the small town of Sabinal, where we turned north on State Route […]