Oct 012020
 

When my friend Linda Sand sent me this yesterday, I had to laugh. You have to wonder how something like this slips past the proofreaders. Don’t ask me, but it happens all the time in the publishing business, whether you’re putting up newspapers, books, or magazines. I’ve had my share of gaffes, that’s for sure. […]

Jan 292019
 

I apologize for not having a blog yesterday. We had heavy rain that rolled through Central Florida for much of Saturday and Sunday, and our Spectrum internet and cable TV went out sometime mid-afternoon Sunday and it didn’t come back on until about 5 A.M. on Monday. Here is a blog about one of the […]

Trolley Touring

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 012018
 

In nearly 18 years of fulltime RVing, not to mention our travels away from the RV lifestyle, we have been to so many interesting places. Historic cities, battlefields, mountains, deserts, and seashores. And we have found that one of the best ways to get an overview of a place is by taking a trolley tour. […]

May 092018
 

There are a lot of interesting attractions and museums along the Oregon and Washington coasts, but in my opinion, the best of them all is the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon. The museum specializes in collecting and exhibiting maritime artifacts from the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest. The Museum, which opened in […]

Art Imitating Life?

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 222017
 

In my mystery novel The Gecko In The Corner, a gecko has taken up residence in the bedroom of the main character, John Lee Quarrels, hanging out in a corner on the wall. John Lee wants to get rid of the lizard, but a lady friend tells him that they are good to have around because they […]

Historic Fort Stevens

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 012016
 

Note: This story appeared in a previous edition of the Gypsy Journal. At Point Adams, a short drive from Astoria, Oregon, we discovered an interesting historical location dating back to the Civil War. Fort Stevens was established in 1863 to guard the mouth of the Columbia River and continued to serve the country until the […]

One Bridge Away

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 152015
 

We had hoped to go flying yesterday but it was a cold gray day and looked like it might rain at any minute. So we took that activity off the table. Instead, after running to the post office to mail out some orders, I came back home and started working on my next book. Yes, […]

Astoria Sunday Market

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 272015
 

Yes, the scenery is spectacular. No question about it, the seafood is amazing. And we truly have loved flying our kites on the beach. But let’s be honest, the real reason Miss Terry loves coming to the Oregon coast is to go to the Astoria Sunday Market. Every Sunday from early May to early October, […]

On The Go All Day

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 142015
 

We seem to be developing a very bad habit of getting up way too early in the morning, and yesterday was no exception. We were up at 7:30 again, because we had a lot to see and do. and it’s a good thing we got such an early start, because we were on the go […]

It Can Be Paralyzing

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 212014
 

Many times in the past we have shared a chuckle over my fear of bridges and my open admission that I’m a wimp when it comes to crossing high bridges. Especially narrow ones. If it is a four lane bridge and I can get into the inside lane I can handle it, but when we […]

Riding The Trolley

 Posted by at 3:18 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 092013
 

Historic Astoria, Oregon, located near the mouth of the Columbia River, is one of our favorite small towns. Over the years, we have spent many happy hours exploring the eclectic shops in the business district, visiting the historic sites, enjoying the views from the Astoria Tower, and just driving the hilly streets admiring the neat […]

Keeping It Up

 Posted by at 3:20 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 022013
 

Miss Terry left me home alone for two days while she went to a weaving seminar across the river in Astoria, Oregon so she decided to reward me with a couple of hours of fun yesterday. Unfortunately, keeping it up proved difficult and I was sore and worn out by the time we finally gave […]

Aug 242013
 

Yesterday we drove back across the bridge to Astoria, Oregon again, and that darned bridge just doesn’t get any smaller! You’d think I would have been over it enough not to let it bother me any more, but then again, I think anybody as charming and intelligent as myself should be filthy rich. And we’d […]

It’s Been Fun

 Posted by at 12:24 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 012011
 

Instead of taking a well deserved break yesterday, after I mailed off the last of the papers to our subscribers, Miss Terry spent most of the day catching up on paperwork that had backed up while she was stuffing envelopes the last few days, as well as doing laundry. That lady just never stops! I’m […]

Jun 252011
 

Yesterday we once again crossed the bridge to Astoria, Oregon, to tour the impressive Columbia River Maritime Museum, located on the busy waterfront. The museum tells the stories of the brave men (and women) who have made their living on the treacherous shore of the Pacific Ocean, and along the broad and wild Columbia River, […]

Astoria

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 232011
 

After a quiet morning at home, we crossed the bridge into Oregon again, and spent yesterday afternoon exploring Astoria. This charming and friendly little community at the mouth of the Columbia River was the first permanent American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Astoria started life as a fur trading outpost in 1811, and has […]

Jun 182011
 

Since the Oregon Thousand Trails preserves have not worked out for us, yesterday we drove 65 miles up the coast to Astoria, and then across the bridge to Washington, to check out the Long Beach Thousand Trails, which is actually in the little town of Ilwaco.  I don’t think you can find a mile of […]

Scary Highways

 Posted by at 7:19 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 072010
 

There is an interesting thread on the RV.Net forum discussing a Forbes magazine article on America’s Scariest Highways. Since we are considering taking US Highway 50 across Nevada in a few weeks, I found it interesting that this route, known as “The Loneliest Road in America,” was among those listed. The article says US 50 […]

Feb 182009
 

Yesterday was a gray and gloomy day in the desert. Heavy clouds and a chilly wind reminded us that while we may be in Arizona, it is still February. During the morning we did some banking, mailed out a stack of orders that had come in last week while we were busy with our rally, […]