May 242020
 

I started my first newspaper when I was in my mid-20s, in Grays Harbor, Washington. The harbor is the largest natural deepwater port on the Pacific Coast north of San Francisco, and has been an important shipping center since the days of the earliest settlement. Located at the base of the wild and beautiful Olympic […]

Apr 112020
 

Before we had the internet, if you were single and looking for Miss or Mr. Right, you didn’t have a lot of choices if you didn’t feel like going to bars or churches, two popular meeting places for prospective partners. But back then a lot of newspapers in both big cities and small towns had […]

Feb 202020
 

We spent eight days at the Superstition Springs La Quinta in Mesa, Arizona while we were in town to celebrate Terry’s parents’ birthdays, which included a family reunion with relatives coming in from as far away as New York for the festivities. We also spent some time browsing the local antique shops, me looking for […]

Cades Cove

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
May 242019
 

Located on the eastern edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove, Tennessee is a time capsule from the past, offering the opportunity to glimpse a time when people carved a life out of the very land they lived upon. Cades Cove was originally known as “Kate’s Cove” after a Cherokee Indian chief’s wife. […]

May 202018
 

After reading yesterday’s blog post about my friend Jim Lewis and I installing a ceiling fan in our garage, a longtime reader from the Gypsy Journal and the blog, who attended several of our RV rallies, wanted me to tell about the time I was assaulted by a ceiling fan. Okay, but be forewarned. You […]

A Bridge Too Far

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 202018
 

North Carolina is one of our favorite states. There is so much to see and do in the Tar Heel State that you couldn’t explore it all in a year if you never took a day off. From beautiful forests and mountains that are home to a wide variety of wildlife, to spectacular beaches, historic […]

The Other Arizona

 Posted by at 1:30 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 112017
 

Three blog readers have asked me how we are tolerating staying in Terry’s sister’s fifth wheel trailer in the middle of an Arizona summer, and wondering if it is even safe to do so, given the limited insulation and barely adequate air conditioners that most RVs have. Down in the desert it would not be […]

Flying Fish

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 232017
 

Though you might think of Florida in terms of manufactured home parks, gated age 55+ communities, endless shopping malls, and Disney, once you get just a short distance away from all of that the state is also home to a tremendous variety of wildlife. And I’m not just talking about mosquitoes and alligators. We have […]

Dec 212016
 

One of our favorite things to do here is to take a slow drive through the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge seeing how many different animals we can spot, which can range from 50 or more varieties of birds to deer, raccoons and armadillos, and even bobcats and alligators. So yesterday we decided to take […]

Back To Santa Fe

 Posted by at 1:59 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 242014
 

No, not that artsy-fartsy New Mexico city that we were disappointed in when we visited last summer. Today we’re headed back to Santa Fe RV Park in Apache Junction for a week or so. We want to spend some time visiting with Terry’s parents, and to check in with our friends Jim and Shar Lewis, […]

Dec 212009
 

I wrapped up the new issue of the Gypsy Journal late in the afternoon yesterday, Miss Terry got it proofed, and today we’ll send it over to our printer for final tweaking and printing. If all goes according to plan and if the angels are smiling on us, we’ll get it back and mailed by […]

Jun 122009
 

We have a Campground Reviews section on our website, but I thought I’d share our Top 10 Favorite Campgrounds and why we feel that way, and see how they compare to yours. 1. Elkhart Campground, Elkhart, Indiana – Every year when we pull into Elkhart Campground, we feel like we have arrived back home. We know […]