We May Get A Break

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 012019
 

We woke up to good news yesterday morning. The National Weather Service said its latest models indicated that Hurricane Dorian would make a right turn before it got to the Florida coast and then go north toward the Carolinas before turning out to sea. But since the hurricane is massive, we would still be impacted […]

Jun 012019
 

In yesterday’s blog I said we would probably spend the day at home writing and weaving. That’s the way I saw it happening when I wrote that, but as it turned out I was lying through my tooth. Except for this blog I didn’t do any writing, Miss Terry did not do any weaving, and […]

We Are Safe

 Posted by at 12:20 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 102018
 

Thank you to everyone who has expressed concern about us with Hurricane Michael moving through the Gulf of Mexico. We are safe on the other side of the state and don’t expect anything more than possibly some heavy rain from it. All models show the storm coming ashore on the Florida Panhandle and then turning […]

Skeeters and Pho

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 272018
 

With subtropical storm Alberto coming up through the Gulf of Mexico, we are far enough east that we are expecting a lot of rain here on central Florida’s Atlantic Coast, but that’s about it. But I did want to get those last two PVC pipes for our retaining wall pounded in while we could, so Terry and […]

Kayaks And RVing

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 112018
 

For active RVers who enjoy nature and a little bit of adventure, kayaking is one of the best activities you can consider. Paddling is great exercise and we have done it everywhere from the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Keys to Midwest lakes and rivers. And once you purchase your kayak and equipment, it’s […]

Oct 042017
 

It’s been said that once you leave, you can never go home again. And I think there’s some truth to that. Maybe it’s because we romanticize a place that meant a lot to us, or maybe things just change, and the change is not always an improvement. Sometimes the memories are better. One place that […]

Two Day Road Trip

 Posted by at 1:22 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212016
 

We won’t be moving into our new house for a few days yet because the previous owners had a delay in closing on their new home due to Hurricane Matthew. Rather than have them move everything into a storage unit, and then have to move it a second time, we told them we were no […]

Goodbye TTO

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 022016
 

Yesterday it was time to say goodbye to the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve, known simply as TTO to Thousand Trails members who frequent this huge campground in central Florida. It’s become almost a second home to us; this was our second two-week stay this winter, and when we are in Florida we have stayed several […]

Playing Hooky

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 142016
 

I had pretty much been chained to my desk for three days getting my new Big Lake mystery novel done. And even though I wanted to finish the read-through before I handed it off to Miss Terry so she could start editing and proofing it, we both really needed a day off. So yesterday we […]

Exit Strategies

 Posted by at 2:02 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 182014
 

Note: This is an update on a blog about hanging up the keys that first ran in the blog in November, 2010. The time comes for all fulltimers when illness, advancing age, changing interests, family needs, or some other reason causes us to make the decision to hang up the keys. Some fulltime RVers enter […]

A Lot Of Options

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 292012
 

I’ve had e-mails from three or four RVers in the last week or so asking about how to find affordable RV sites in Florida for next winter. One couple said they had just returned to Indiana after spending four months in a very nice RV Park in the Tampa area, but the cost was over […]

Now That’s Fast!

 Posted by at 1:35 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 182012
 

In a blog post back in December, I mentioned the Amazon Prime program, which my buddy Greg White turned us on to. The program gives special discounts on Amazon purchases and free two-day shipping on anything stocked and sold by Amazon. While it costs about $80 a year, the savings quickly added up and it […]

Jan 302012
 

It was hard to say goodbye to Greg and Jan White yesterday but we had places to go and people to see, so it was time to hit the road. The good news is, it will only be a month or so before we join up with them again at our Arizona Gypsy Journal Rally […]

Falling Into A Routine

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 152011
 

I was talking to a friend yesterday, and the subject of our winter travel plans came up. I always say that our plans are set in Jello, because we never know when something may come up, or we’ll just get bored with what we’re doing, and shake up the Jello and take off an entirely […]

Nov 172010
 

The time comes for all fulltimers when illness, advancing age, changing interests, family needs, or some other reason causes us to make the decision to hang up the keys. Some fulltime RVers enter the lifestyle knowing that they will only be traveling for a certain amount of time before they settle down, while others hope […]

Jun 162010
 

We have been sitting still way too long, and Terry and I are both itching to get back on the road and see some new places and new faces. Yesterday I finished putting the new issue of the Gypsy Journal together, and once I got the hang of InDesign, our new page layout software, it […]

May 262010
 

We’re getting hitch itch and are looking forward to getting back on the road in a week or two. Since we’re sitting still right now, I’ve been looking over past issues of the Gypsy Journal and thinking about some of our favorite routes from past travels. Here are my ten favorite RV routes. Natchez Trace […]

Jul 122009
 

Muskegon, Michigan is located on the shore of mighty Lake Michigan, and the city’s history and personality were greatly influenced by its maritime heritage. Even though it is not as busy at it once was, the waterfront is still a busy place, though these days the pleasure boats far outnumber the working vessels. In addition […]

Apr 082009
 

In yesterday’s blog I wrote that visiting the Four Corners area, Monument Valley, and Canyon de Chelly, all in Arizona, are on my personal Bucket List. You know what a Bucket List is, right? It’s all of those things you want to do before you kick the bucket, as in the great movie by the […]

Feb 262009
 

My Dad lived through the hard times of the Great Depression, and used to say “They can take away your car, they can take away your home, they can take away your money, they can even take away your freedom. But they can’t take away your memories.” Those words are so true. I was reminded […]