Day Trip to Daytona

 Posted by at 12:53 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 032018
 

Except for a brief outing for dinner on Sunday, we haven’t been away from the house very much, if at all, in a week or so. Which meant my appointment with the VA medical center yesterday gave us an excuse to spend the day in Daytona Beach. There are two basic routes to get to […]

Jun 012018
 

The weatherman says last month was the second wettest May on record for this area, and I believe him. Yesterday alone we got over three inches of rain in the New Smyrna Beach area. Much more of this and I’ll be able sit in my pontoon boat and fish without ever leaving the garage! The good […]

Don’t Do It!

 Posted by at 12:53 am  Nick's Blog
May 312018
 

You know that old saying that if it’s on the Internet, it must be true? I thought I debunked that with my blog post You Decide What’s True a week or so ago. Obviously not, because there are so many keyboard commandos out there who are all “experts” and so many fools willing to believe […]

Mar 132018
 

The title of today’s blog says it all. After months of trying to get our SimpliSafe home security system to work, more calls to their tech support people that I could begin to count, where they insisted I jump through one hoop after another, replacing the network card, and trying four or five different base […]

Keeping It Real

 Posted by at 1:03 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 112017
 

Before I do anything else, I want to wish our pal Chris Yust happy birthday. Not only is Chris our insurance agent, she and her hubby Charles are two of our oldest friends in the RV world. We first met at an  Escapees RV Club rally in Goshen, Indiana what seems like a lifetime ago when we were […]

More Potpourri

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 212017
 

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog. Another collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’ll share, because I really don’t have anything else to talk […]

More Q&A

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 112017
 

Last month I shared ten questions from Gypsy Journal subscribers and blog readers that I have received Q. Do you and Terry plan to do any traveling this year, and if so, where will you go? A. Yes, we will definitely be traveling, though we don’t have any set schedule at this point. We will […]

Close, But No Cigar

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 052016
 

As I’ve said here previously, we are looking for a place to buy to use as a winter nesting spot, and maybe a fulltime home if and when we ever have to hang up the keys due to health issues or something like that. We have certain criteria that we will not compromise on, and […]

There Must Be A Reason

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 272016
 

There is an old saying that everything happens for a reason. I might add that sometimes you need to listen to reason. A few days ago I got an e-mail from a gentleman asking my advice about an RV purchase. He wants to buy a motorhome that he says is an excellent deal, $35,000 less […]

We are Floridians!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 062016
 

For some time now we have been planning to change our legal domicile from South Dakota to Florida. There were several reasons for this, including the fact that if and when we ever hang up the keys, it will be here in Florida. Other factors in our decision-making were that it’s difficult for fulltime RVers […]

Dec 032015
 

We lived in Arizona many years before we started fulltiming, and though a lot of people love it, especially in the wintertime, we’d much rather be in Florida. I’ll take beaches and mosquitoes over desert and scorpions any day of the week. Some people like the low humidity here in the desert, but with that […]

Oct 042014
 

Some people are their own worst enemy and nothing you can say to them will keep them from getting into trouble. The best you can do is step back to a safe spot and watch the train wreck that is surely coming. Case in point; I got an e-mail a few days ago from a […]

Getting Busy

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
May 062014
 

As we get closer to the Escapees Escapade rally next week at the fairgrounds in Goshen, Elkhart Campground is getting busier. Yesterday it seemed like one RV after another pulled in. But there is still plenty of room for anyone needing a nice place to stay until the rally starts. Terry and I have been […]

Mar 102014
 

Note: I get a lot of requests for information on vending at RV rallies. This is an updated article that first ran in the March-April, 2007 issue of the Gypsy Journal. It sounds like a great idea. Find a couple of products, buy a folding table or two, and pay for your travels by selling […]

A Change Of Scenery

 Posted by at 2:25 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 232014
 

After three weeks in Tucson, we were ready for a change of scenery. So yesterday morning we fired up the Cummins diesel engine in our Winnebago and hit the road, headed for Yuma. It was close to 11 a.m. when we left the Pima County Fairgrounds RV park and even though morning rush hour was […]

Aug 292013
 

Yesterday afternoon we got the last of the new issue of the Gypsy Journal mailed out, and breathed a big sigh of relief to have that chore behind us. Since it was a gray, ugly day and not suitable for kite flying, I celebrated by taking a nap when we got back from the post […]

Girlie Food

 Posted by at 3:03 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 152013
 

One of the best things about the RV lifestyle is the opportunity it affords us to visit with so many different kinds of people. Over the years we have connected with long lost relatives, old high school friends, and Army buddies from a lifetime ago. We’ve also been able to make lots of new friends […]

Off To A Great Start

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 172012
 

Yesterday morning my new book, Crazy Days in Big Lake, went live on the Amazon Kindle bookstore, and on Smashwords for folks who use Nooks and other e-book readers. Actually, I got an e-mail from Amazon saying it was live about 10 PM the evening before. But the link wouldn’t work and it didn’t actually […]

Good News At The Pump

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 272012
 

Do you remember a couple months ago when the talking heads on television were predicting $5 a gallon gas this summer, and everybody was changing their traveling plans or talking about selling their RVs and getting off the road? Guess what? It didn’t happen! In fact, in most places both gas and diesel are at […]

Done For Another Issue

 Posted by at 11:26 pm  Nick's Blog
Jun 242012
 

Miss Terry has been working almost nonstop since Friday night, and yesterday evening she finished stuffing envelopes. Today we’ll be dropping off a huge truckload of Gypsy Journals at the commercial mail service in South Bend and at the post office so they can start making their way to our subscribers all over the country. […]