Aug 132020
 

Back during my newspaper days on the Pacific Northwest coast, my headquarters was in Aberdeen, Washington, in Grays Harbor, which is located at the bottom of the Olympic Peninsula. Aberdeen is an old seaport and lumber mill town, and Gray’s Harbor is the largest natural deep water port north of San Francisco, and there is […]

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 […]

Fort Worden State Park

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Dec 052019
 

We’ve visited Port Townsend, Washington many times and always enjoy browsing the shops along Water Street and the beautiful views of the mountains and boats on the waterfront, but for some reason we had never stopped to check out Fort Worden State Park. I’m glad we finally did because this historic fort, perched on a […]

Jul 192019
 

We may have hung up the keys but we still get hitch itch and we’ve got a lot of traveling left to do. In 18+ years of fulltiming we saw a lot of places but there are still some we never got to, as well as places we definitely want to go back to once […]

10 Great RV Routes

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Jun 122019
 

We may not be fulltime RVers anymore, but we still get hitch itch and like to travel. 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 Parkway – […]

Q&A For May

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May 292019
 

It’s been a while since I’ve run a blog featuring some of the questions I receive and my answers to them. While I try to answer all questions individually, from time to time I find some that are worth sharing here. Q. The plan was to go to Alaska this summer, and at the last […]

May 262019
 

I am no kind of hero, and though people who know me might disagree, for the most part I’m relatively sane and mentally stable. But there have been times and places in my life when things happened that that gave me the heebie-jeebies and made my skin crawl. Let me tell you about one of […]

Mar 052019
 

Note: This story is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery. Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula is wild country, with thousands of square miles of dense rainforest, broken here and there by deep rivers and steep hills to the south, giving way to towering mountains in the north. Even today, in this age of […]

Mar 062016
 

Note: This story first appeared in the November-December, 2013 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Located off the coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Destruction Island is a low, flat piece of land with an interesting history, much of it tragic. In 1775, the Spanish schooner Sonora was anchored in the lee of the island when the […]

May 312014
 

We love exploring new places and seeing new sights but it seems that every time we visit someplace new, somebody tells us we missed something there that we really should have seen. Miss Terry tells them that we do that on purpose so we’ll have an excuse to go back. There are some places we’ve […]

Jan 022014
 

After reading my year end blog the other day, I got an e-mail from a very nice man who said he and his wife would love to see some of the places we have visited, but that their fulltiming is limited to summers in the Midwest and Florida in the wintertime because their adult kids […]

Looking Back At 2013

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Dec 312013
 

Where did the year go? They say that as we get older time goes faster, and I think that must be true, because it seems like 2013 flew past in a blur. Or maybe that was just because we have been so busy having fun exploring this great land of ours. We started the year […]

Aug 032013
 

We have a couple of crows here at the campground who spend all day walking back and forth on top of our motorhome’s roof, starting early in the morning. I don’t think a pair of kangaroos could be any noisier. Short of a scarecrow or a BB gun, I don’t know what to do to […]

Aug 022013
 

Our RV site is close enough to the beach that we can hear the sound of the surf. Well, we could if it was warm enough to have the windows or the door open. But it’s not. It’s been chilly and the sky has been gloomy since we arrived, and the forecast for the next […]

Aug 012013
 

In yesterday’s blog I promised to tell you a couple of stories about beautiful Lake Crescent, on the Olympic Peninsula. While the lake is popular with fishermen and boaters, its beauty can also be deadly. Way back on July 3, 1929, a local couple named Russell and Blanch Warren disappeared while driving near the lake. […]

Jul 312013
 

We woke to a gray foggy morning yesterday, and I would have loved to roll over and go back to sleep, but we had a lot of miles to cover. The shortest route between the Escapees Evergreen Co-op in Chimacum to Oceana Resort in Ocean City is south down U.S. Highway 101 along the eastern […]

Sweet Old Rides

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Jul 212013
 

When we checked into the Bremerton Elks lodge last week, the lady in the office apologized for the fact that they had a car show scheduled for yesterday and hoped the crowd wouldn’t disturb us. Are you kidding? I love old cars! I’d have paid extra for a campsite with a car show too! Of […]

Roll Those Wheels!

 Posted by at 3:06 am  Nick's Blog
May 012013
 

We’ve been in the Apache Junction area for six weeks, which is at least two weeks longer than I like sitting still, and we both have a bad case of hitch itch. But today we get to roll our motorhome’s wheels! We plan to leave Countryside RV Resort mid-morning and drive to Tucson, where we […]

Feb 132013
 

Interstate highways make it quick and easy to get from Point A to Point B anywhere in the country. But what fun is that? A Denny’s or a Pilot truck stop in Tucson looks pretty much just like one in Paducah or Toledo. All too often we find ourselves traveling the interstates because they are […]