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Back To Elkhart

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

We have enjoyed our time visiting my cousin Berni and her husband Rocky and brother Gary here in Muskegon, Michigan, but they say all good things must come to an end. By the way, do you know who “they” are? Because whoever “they” are, they can be real party pooper sometimes.



Today we will return to Elkhart Campground in Elkhart, Indiana, where I will finish up the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and get it sent off to our subscribers. I’ve been working on it for a few hours every day while we’ve been here, and by the time I knocked off last night I had 28 pages done.

I’m really not sure how long we will be in Elkhart. We plan to stay there at least until after the Labor Day weekend, and maybe a little longer. We want to head back down south before too long and spend some more time in Florida looking for our winter base and possibly future retirement home. We thought we had a deal worked out on a place, but it seems to have gone sour. I’m not sure if we’ll be able to make it happen or not but we are finding that it’s kind of hard to do some things long distance.



We should have a good traveling day, it’s only about 140 miles and the weather looks to be pretty good. Unlike yesterday morning, when we had a lot of rain here and the news said Elkhart got some pretty strong thunderstorms early in the day.

On another note, I got an email from a lady yesterday who said that she and her husband have been taking extended trips in their motorhome for the last four or five years, spending the winter in Florida. She said she has heard a lot of things about the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and wondered if it was someplace where we had spent much time, and also if I could recommend any other places in Texas that might be snowbird friendly.

I replied that while we know many RVers who go there every year and love it, and some who have made it their permanent home, we are not fans of the Rio Grande Valley, usually just called the Valley by RVers. It’s just not our thing. But I did tell her that we really enjoy the Texas Coastal Bend area, around Rockport, Port Aransas, and Aransas Pass. In fact, when we first started talking about getting a home base someplace, it was pretty high on our list of locations to consider.

They are small towns, very RV friendly, located right on the Gulf Coast, with all kinds of fishing and boating opportunities. And there are plenty of affordable RV parks to choose from. However, we like a little more greenery, and the landscape there is just a bit too dry for us. But for someone who hasn’t checked it out, I really recommend spending some time in the area. There’s a lot to like about it.

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Ahoy And All That

 Posted by at 1:17 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 272016
 

Cousin Rocky is one of those guys who is interested in all kinds of things and always has a lot of irons in the fire. He was a private pilot, he’s a musician, he’s into astronomy, history, genealogy, and probably a lot of other stuff I don’t know about. Rocky is also an accomplished sailor […]

Kites And Mangos

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 262016
 

Like I have been doing, I spent much of yesterday working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and by the time I knocked off a little after 4 PM I had ten pages done. But like they say, all work and no play makes Nick a dull boy. And the last thing I […]

Sea Lion Caves

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 252016
 

Note: This story appeared in the September-October, 2011 issue of the Gypsy Journal. I love roadside attractions. I think my fascination with them started when I was a kid, rolling down Route 66 or old U.S. 30 in the back seat of my dad’s Hudson. I think we stopped at every teepee motel and tourist […]

Working And Playing

 Posted by at 12:20 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 242016
 

That’s what we have been doing. I spent much of the day yesterday working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and Miss Terry was proofing things as I printed them out. There was a good stiff breeze blowing and I was really tempted to go down to the beach and do some kite […]

Moved To Muskegon

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 232016
 

When we arrived at Elkhart Campground in early June we were told that a big RV rally was scheduled for the third week of August and the entire place was sold out. That wasn’t a problem for us because whenever were in this part of the country we always come up to Muskegon, Michigan to […]

Hubbell Trading Post

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 222016
 

Note: This is a reprint of a story that previously appeared in the Gypsy Journal. During the second half of the 1880s, entrepreneurs set up trading posts on many Indian reservations to supply everything from food staples and tobacco to farming equipment. Many times the traders accepted animal furs, Indian artwork, and crafts in lieu […]

Aug 212016
 

Miss Terry loves the fiber arts. Spinning, weaving, crocheting, and knitting. You name it and she does it. So she was really looking forward to the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan this weekend. Allegan is about 90 miles from Elkhart Campground, and we got there about 11 a.m. We were only a few steps inside […]

Aug 202016
 

Before I do anything else today, I want to wish our good friend Al Hesselbart happy birthday. We first met Al way back when we had only been on the road a few months. At that time he was the historian for the RV Museum and we stopped in to visit and do a story on […]

Aug 192016
 

We woke up to the sound of thunder yesterday morning, and a little after noon another storm rolled through Elkhart Campground, bringing more water to the already saturated ground. A week or so ago local farmers were worried that if they did not get some rain soon they might lose much of their corn crop. […]