Nick’s Blog

Sep 042020
 

For the last month or so, every so often when I would turn on my Dell desktop computer, it would not fully boot up. It would start the process and then go to a blank screen. Usually when that happened it would take two or three attempts before the computer would finally come on. Then, […]

No Thursday Blog

 Posted by at 11:34 pm  Nick's Blog
Sep 022020
 

Posting from my phone. No blog today, Total system crash on my computer, will not even start. After hours of fighting it I give up. Dell tech support worthless. Hopefully I can get it resolved and working for Friday’s blog. Fortunately my data is backed up.

Sep 022020
 

We love getting off the interstate highways and taking the two-lane roads whenever we can. As I have said many times before, a Denny’s or a chain hotel at an interstate exit in Kansas is no different than one in Michigan or California. But the two-lane roads will take you to the real America. Small […]

Pioneer Grave

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 012020
 

Note: This is a story from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery. In a tiny roadside park sandwiched between U.S. Highway 26 and the Burlington Northern railroad tracks on the eastern edge of Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, sits the lonely grave of Rebecca Winters, one of the thousands of pioneers who set out in […]

One Out Of Three

 Posted by at 1:55 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 312020
 

Living about 35 miles from Cape Canaveral we see a lot of rocket launches from right here at home. So many that sometimes we forget to go out and look until we hear them lift off. When we do, it’s always a bit of a thrill. There were supposed to be three rocket launches this […]

P2106 Code

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 302020
 

No, it’s not a secret code, just one that doesn’t really say much. A couple of readers have asked me what I found out about the problem we had with our 2005 Ford Explorer that I wrote about in Friday’s blog post Well, That’s Not Good. As I wrote in that post, Thursday afternoon we […]

Katy Trail State Park

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 292020
 

On one of our trips through Missouri, we discovered one of the most unusual state parks we ever visited, a narrow 225-mile long corridor that stretches across the state from east to west. Along the way, Missouri offers people of all ages and interests unique recreational opportunities. If you are a hiker, bicyclist, history buff, […]

Aug 282020
 

I’ve been dealing with some cabin fever after all these months of staying home self-isolating. We leave the house to go to medical appointments or the grocery store when necessary, and that’s been about it. Yesterday Terry had a dental appointment, so we thought we would kill two birds with one stone and go to […]

Aug 272020
 

His name was Dave, and the first time I met him I thought he was an old geezer. What hair he had left was white and he walked with a noticeable limp, aided by a cane. But there was nothing old about Dave. Not at all! His daughter was visiting from California and called my […]

August Q&A

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 262020
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. We are new fulltimers and want to replace the two recliners in our […]

Aug 252020
 

Back in the 1930s when times were hard, gangsters like John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby Face Nelson became folk heroes to many people who had seen their savings lost during the bank failures of the Great Depression. But not every would-be bank robber made the big time. One who failed miserably was Jack […]

A Race And A Freebie

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 242020
 

I have never been into team sports, but I do occasionally enjoy watching a boxing match, and while I don’t care about NASCAR, I always try to watch at least part of the annual Indianapolis 500. Not so much for the racing itself, but the traditions that go along with it. Who can forget the […]

Aug 222020
 

Yesterday started out very nice. While Terry was making French toast for breakfast, I checked my email, deleted the junk and forewards, and answered the ones that needed to be taken care of. Then we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast. With that out of the way, I wrote another chapter the next book my Tinder Street […]

Old Betsy Comes Home

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 212020
 

The historic town of Fremont, Ohio, located 35 miles southeast of Toledo, has many interesting things to see, from beautiful old homes and quaint shops to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, a complex of several buildings related to the life and presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th president of the United States. Built […]

Aug 202020
 

I have written before about an area in northern Arizona called East of Snowflake that attracts all kinds of weird people. If you’re a burned-out hippie, a survivalist, a conspiracy theorist, or any other flavor of eccentric, you can buy land east of the small town of Snowflake for very little money and live happily […]

Aug 192020
 

I’m tired of telling you in every blog that I spent the day writing, and I’m pretty sure you are tired of reading it, so today I thought it would repost a blog from June of 2011 about one of our favorite small town gems. We love getting off the interstate highways and taking the […]

Aug 182020
 

Neither one of us was particularly hungry when we got up yesterday, so Miss Terry had some leftover blueberries and blackberries, and the extra pie crust dough left over from the peach galette that she mixed with some jam and made these delicious fried pies for brunch. The crust was light and flaky, and they […]

Tired Of This Nonsense

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 172020
 

Back in late 2016, Terry and I both bought Moto Z Play smartphones. At the time, Terry was reluctant to give up her old flip phone and didn’t think she needed or wanted a smartphone. But it didn’t take her long to realize the benefits of the newer technology. As for me, I had already […]

Not Burger King

 Posted by at 12:24 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 162020
 

I’m more of a McDonald’s kind of guy, though I have ventured into Burger King more than once in my life. And yesterday, we got a Whopper without even leaving the house. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the kind you eat, it was a whopper of a thunderstorm. It was late in the afternoon, and I was […]