Nick’s Blog

Jul 192019

We may have hung up the keys but we still get hitch itch and we’ve got a lot of traveling left to do. In 18+ years of fulltiming we saw a lot of places but there are still some we never got to, as well as places we definitely want to go back to once again. Here’s my top 10 list of places to go back to, in no particular order.

Oregon Coast – I’ve been in every state in the country, as well as a few foreign countries, and in my opinion there is no place on earth as beautiful as the Oregon coast. Every curve on Highway 101 gives you another beautiful view of seascapes, lighthouses, whales, and breathtaking vistas.

Branson – We’ve been to Branson, Missouri several times, but it was only on our last visit that we got around to attending a show. Actually, on that visit we saw quite a few shows. But even without the entertainment, the countryside around Branson and Table Rock Lake are just beautiful. Especially in the spring when the dogwoods are in bloom.

Lancaster County – Pennsylvania is one of our favorite states and this is a place where we spent a lot of time during our RVing days and developed a great affection for. From the pastoral beauty of Amish farmlands to interesting shops selling everything from quilts to apple butter, and some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, if you haven’t been there yet, do yourself a favor and go.

Washington D.C. – Forget politics. If you are a history nut like I am, you could spend a year in our nation’s capital and never run out of things to see. There are dozens of interesting museums, awe-inspiring monuments, and historical sites just waiting to be discovered.

Soo Locks – We only managed to make one trip to Sault St. Marie, Michigan, but it’s a place I will never forget. I could (and did) spend hours at the viewpoint watching the huge Great Lakes freighters coming into the locks with only inches to spare on either side and being raised or lowered to travel between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

Outer Banks – Dramatics seascapes, unspoiled beaches, history, shipwrecks, and delicious seafood everywhere you go. Whether you are  standing where the Wright brothers made their first historic flight, beach combing, flying a kite, or enjoying a delicious dinner that was caught that very morning, this is another one of those places where one trip will never be enough to see and do it all.

West Point – I spent a couple of years stationed at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and I fell in love with the place. The history, the tradition, the amazing views up and down the beautiful Hudson Valley, you have to see it to believe it. If I could have stayed there throughout my career, I would have become a lifer.

Olympic Peninsula – I got my start in the newspaper business in Grays Harbor, Washington, at the bottom of the Olympic Peninsula, and though that was over 30 years ago, I have never lost my love for this wild and wonderful land. Towering mountains, lush rain forests, breathtaking beaches, quaint small towns, and Puget Sound. This may very well be heaven on earth.

Savannah – If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I know that I must have lived in Savannah, Georgia at some point. Even before I went there I always felt drawn to it, and the first time we visited I felt like I was coming home. From its tree shaded squares to its historic homes to its busy waterfront, I love everything about this city.

Gettysburg – History surrounds you in this beautiful Pennsylvania community. To walk the rolling hills of the battlefield, especially at twilight, is an experience you won’t forget. And the old part of the town itself is another one of those places where I may have lived in a past life, if there is such a thing. Most people picture the famous Civil War battle as being fought out in the countryside, and while it was, it was also fought door-to-door in the small town of Gettysburg. You can still see bullet holes and cannonballs in the sides of buildings that bear testament to the ferocious struggle that took place there.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audio book of undone, the first book in my buddy Jason Deas’ new Burt Bigsley 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 (first and last) 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.

Thought For The Day – It takes real skill to choke on air, fall up stairs and trip over nothing. I have that skill.

Jul 182019

I appreciate everybody’s concern for my health given my recent episode of dizziness and all that. When I went to bed Tuesday night the dull headache was still there, but I was so tired that I thought I would sleep through anything. As it turned out, I was wrong about that. My back was hurting, […]

Just A Quick Update

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 172019

Today is just going to be a quick update because I am still not feeling well. Thank you to everybody who expressed concern after reading yesterday’s blog where I talked about having a weird episode of dizziness and tingling in my head. Two retired doctors and a couple of nurses who read my blog were […]

Jul 162019

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Big Fish

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 152019

You never know what you’re going to find when you get off the interstate highways and start exploring America’s back roads. That is where we have found some of our most memorable experiences. An example is when we visited Spectre, Alabama. Don’t bother looking for Spectre on any map, because you won’t find it. The […]

Jul 142019

While you might picture the wide open spaces out west when you think about wild horses, you really don’t have to venture any further than the Outer Banks of North Carolina to see some of these beautiful creatures living wild and free. Shackleford Banks, an island located three miles from the mainland in Cape Lookout […]

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I appreciate everybody who bought a copy of my new book, Big Lake Ninja, and told their family and friends about it. It’s off to a very good start. If I could ask one more favor of you, once you finish reading the book would you please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads? […]

It’s Alive!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 122019

Yesterday was a crazy busy day. Just as promised, Wednesday evening the final proofreader finished Big Lake Ninja and sent the manuscript back to me so I could start working on it yesterday morning. Unfortunately, lately my back has been giving me a lot of problems again, so Wednesday night I could hardly sleep. No […]

Jul 112019

I love hearing from blog readers, and in an average week I will get well over 100 personal emails. Many of those emails have questions about RVing or other things I’ve written about, and I’m always happy to answer to the best of my ability. If I don’t know the answer, I try to refer […]

Jul 102019

And some days you’re the bug. I definitely knew which one I was yesterday. It was just one of those days. It started out on a good note. After Miss Terry made a delicious breakfast of made from scratch blueberry pancakes (that’s the only way Terry cooks; from scratch), I answered a bunch of email, […]