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 […]

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 […]

Mar 132020
 

I have heard from quite a few people about the coronavirus and how they are reacting to it. It seems like some people are ignoring it completely, thinking it’s just the media crying wolf again, while other people without any symptoms are self-quarantining themselves in their RVs or homes and avoiding the public as much […]

Odessa Meteor Crater

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 242018
 

Having lived in northern Arizona for many years before we became fulltime RVers, I was well familiar with Meteor Crater, located just off of Interstate 40 between Winslow and Flagstaff. We had a story about a visit there in an issue of the Gypsy Journal. But on a trip last summer across Texas, I was […]

Time To Go Home

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 192017
 

It’s been a rough few weeks, starting with our trip from hell in early June when we made it as far as Shreveport, Louisiana before mechanical difficulties found us abandoning our plans to visit family in Arizona and then go on to the Oregon coast; we were only home a couple of weeks before getting […]

Winter Is Here

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 122015
 

Brrr! It looks like winter has hit Arizona big time. We had temperatures in the mid to upper 70s early last week but it cooled down big time yesterday. The high here in Apache Junction was in the low 60s, and overnight lows were in the low 40s. And that’s about the best we’re going […]

Halfway Point

 Posted by at 12:39 am  Nick's Blog
May 172015
 

It’s been cold and rainy here in northern Arizona. In fact, they had snow in Pinetop-Lakeside, about 10 miles from us. I highly disapprove. Besides a fair amount of sniveling, I’ve been spending the time working on my next book, Big Lake Reckoning. I wrote a little over 3,200 words yesterday, which takes me about […]

From Cold To Cacti

 Posted by at 3:01 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 312013
 

We woke up early yesterday morning to the delightful sense of our motorhome not rocking in the wind. The storm that had brought those terrible gusts to northern Arizona had moved on eastward into New Mexico, and though the sky was cloudy and the air was cold, we knew we’d have good traveling weather. For […]

Blown Away

 Posted by at 12:19 am  Nick's Blog
May 192012
 

Northern Arizona is always a windy place this time of year and this trip has been no different. Sometime late Thursday night the wind kicked up and by Friday morning it was really rocking the coach. The canvas slide topper on our bedroom slide always rattles in the wind and it kept me awake for […]

Windy Williams

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 302011
 

If there is one thing you can count on in northern Arizona in Spring, it is that it will be very windy. It sure has been, here in Williams. All night Thursday night, strong winds rocked our motorhome and rattled the slide room covers. We are sitting on a hill overlooking town, here at Canyon […]

And The Wind Blew

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 192011
 

If there is one thing you can count on in northern Arizona this time of year, it’s that the wind is going to blow, and it’s going to blow hard. The wind came up Sunday, and when it started blowing, it never stopped. Yesterday morning we had to drive to Flagstaff to drop off a […]

Feb 242011
 

Yesterday was our last full day in Apache Junction, and it was a busy one, as many of our days have been lately, and as they will be for the next several weeks. Terry’s sister Lisa dropped by during the morning for a last visit with us. We probably won’t see Lisa again until next […]

Short Timers

 Posted by at 2:47 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 212011
 

Sunday was another ugly weather day, here in Apache Junction, and across most of northern Arizona. The wind had eased up a lot, but it was cold and gray, and rained off and on all morning. Sometime in the afternoon the clouds started to break up and we were seeing blue sky, but it was […]

Jun 182010
 

I’ve said many times before that saying goodbye is the hardest part of the fulltime RV lifestyle. Yesterday evening when we took our leave from my daughter Tiffany and her family, we all had tears in our eyes. Seven year old granddaughter Hailey clung to us until we almost had to pry her arms loose, […]

May 192010
 

I woke up yesterday morning to the sound of far off rain, and then I realized that it wasn’t rain after all, but rather the sound of the wind in the tall pine trees here at the Show Low Elks lodge campground. Yes, it was windy again in northern Arizona, as it is all too […]

Enough Already!

 Posted by at 7:15 am  Nick's Blog
May 032010
 

Okay, I am officially fed up with the wind, snow, and cold here in northern Arizona! All night Saturday the wind rocked our motorhome, and our slide topper awnings  flapped like they were going to tear themselves apart. Sometime about dawn the wind finally stopped, and then it became very quiet. We lived here long […]

Apr 302010
 

The wind has not let up a bit here in northern Arizona, and as predicted, a cold front has moved in and dropped the temperatures quite a bit. The sky is very gray, and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it starts snowing! I talked to my buddy Mac McCoy from Fire and Life […]

Apr 292010
 

It’s windy again here in Northern Arizona, go figure. Yesterday,  for the fourth time in four weeks, Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff was closed due to high wind and blowing dust. Will it ever stop? The wind blew hard all day yesterday, with gusts over 60 miles per hour. It never let up all night […]

One Day Delay

 Posted by at 7:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 222010
 

I wrote in yesterday’s blog that a cold front was going to bring high winds to northern Arizona, and that our trip to Flagstaff to get the new issue of the Gypsy Journal was going to be interesting. The wind started blowing hard about three a.m., and all night long it slammed into our Winnebago. […]

Apr 212010
 

Yesterday was the calm before the storm in a couple of ways. After a harried week of putting the new issue of the paper together and getting it over to the printer in Flagstaff, we had a day to do absolutely nothing. And that’s just about all we did! Miss Terry is still dealing with […]