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 […]

Oct 242019
 

Watching the news last night, they were showing 60 mile an hour winds in California fanning the flames of the wildfires and people using garden hoses to try to save their homes. That got me to thinking about a comment I made in yesterday’s blog in response to the people who were hanging up the […]

Hobbies For RVers

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 072019
 

More than once I have had people ask me what fulltime RVers do to occupy their time when not actually on the road traveling. So I dusted off a blog post from 2015 that covers some of the many hobbies we and other fulltimers found to keep ourselves busy and out of trouble. What do […]

In A Pinch

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 202019
 

Many years ago there was a TV commercial about weight loss or fitness or some such nonsense where a very good looking, very fit male or female actor would grab their very tight abdomen between their thumb and finger and ask, “Can you pinch an inch?” Are you kidding me? At my best the most […]

Where Did The Year Go?

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 312018
 

When I was a kid I always heard grownups say that the older you get, the faster time passes. I didn’t believe that then. How can time go any faster? There are only 60 minutes in an hour, right? And seven days in a week. Nope, time doesn’t speed up. At least I was convinced […]

Greg Said I Could

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 012015
 

And so did Miss Terry. I haven’t asked Ron Speidel yet, but that’s two to one, so the majority wins anyway. What the heck am I talking about? Boats. A couple of times I have said that if we ever hang up the keys or buy a winter place in Florida, I would get a […]

Gators And Sea Eagles

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 112014
 

Before I do anything else today, I want to wish my fellow veterans happy Veterans Day. Whether you were a cook at Fort Dix, New Jersey or a pilot flying off an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, a grunt humping the boonies or a company clerk, wherever and however you served, I thank you for […]

Frugal Vs Cheap

 Posted by at 2:56 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 012014
 

There is frugal and then there is cheap, and there is a difference between the two. I wrote a book called The Frugal RVerto help RVers save money on the road. We publish guides to free campgrounds, fairgrounds with RV camping, and casino camping. Taking advantage of these opportunities is being frugal. And then there’s […]

Wind And Whitecaps

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 122012
 

We would really like to get our Sea Eagle kayaks wet while we’re down here in the Florida Keys, but so far the weather has not cooperated. It warmed up nicely yesterday, but the wind was still kicking up some strong gusts and there were whitecaps in several places. We’re not whitewater adventurists, we’re old […]

Jan 172012
 

I appreciate everybody who e-mailed, and left comments on the blog or Facebook wishing us happy anniversary yesterday. You all really make us feel special! We had a wonderful day! We drove over to Tarpon Springs and spent some time wandering around the sponge docks, something we never seem to get enough of. We just […]

Jan 132012
 

We crossed something off our bucket list yesterday, and made memories that will stay with us forever! For years we have wanted to paddle our kayaks at Three Sister Springs in Crystal River. Every year, manatee come into the river and hang out in the warmer water from mid-November until late March. We launched our […]

Dec 212011
 

Did you ever notice that when something is lost, you can look for it forever, and then it’s always in the last place you look? I guess that makes sense, because once you find it, why keep looking? 🙂 Maybe I should say that once you give up, and find another solution, then you find […]

I Have Webbed Feet!

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212011
 

Miss Terry always teases me about my Flintstone feet, because they are short and wide, and I can’t deny the resemblance to old Fred Flintstone of Bedrock fame. Well, except I have five toes on each foot, and I think Fred only had three. Well, I think I have five toes on each. I did […]

Oct 062011
 

Yesterday was a lazy day here at Smith’s Campground & Cabins, a few miles south of Loudonville, Ohio. We spent most of the day just relaxing and recharging our mental and physical batteries. I don’t think we have ever had a more tranquil campsite than ours here on the bank of the Mohican River.   […]

Taking A Break

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 182011
 

Proofing the new issue of the paper took longer than I expected yesterday, and then uploading it to the printer’s web server was very frustrating. Even though we have full bars of EVDO service here at Elkhart Campground, the service on our Verizon air card is very slow, and we keep getting knocked offline. We […]

Aug 142011
 

Why is it that if I goof off for just one day, I’m suddenly two or three days behind schedule? How does that happen? So I spent yesterday making up for lost time. I started putting the new issue of the Gypsy Journal together as soon as I got up, and pretty much stayed at […]

Moving On To Muskegon

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 072011
 

We were up way before our normal time yesterday morning, crawling out of bed a little before  8 a.m. We got the motorhome ready to travel, hooked the Explorer up behind it, said our goodbyes to our family and friends in Traverse City, and were on the road a little after 9.  Traveling south on […]

I May Live After All

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 062011
 

Thank you to everybody who left comments or sent e-mails hoping I would get well soon. I think I’ve finally turned the corner, and I may live after all. But there was a while there when only the hope of death was keeping me alive! Except for my allergy to onions and my bad back, […]

Jan 022011
 

Stuffing envelopes. Many, many envelopes. That about sums up our first day of the new year. Miss Terry has been busy getting the new issue of the Gypsy Journal stuffed into envelopes so we can get it mailed off first thing Monday morning, so I don’t think she even stepped outside all day long. That […]

Always Busy

 Posted by at 5:16 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 042010
 

Terry and I have been busy the last couple of days with some projects around the motorhome that we really wanted to get out of the way while we’re sitting still for a while. One project was building a couple of kayak caddies to make moving our hard shell kayaks from the Explorer to the […]