Mar 052020
 

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 […]

Feb 032020
 

I received an e-mail from a lady suggesting that I write a story about the problems dog owners encounter with RV parks that will not allow animals of certain breeds or over a certain weight. She said that she and her husband had been asked to leave three different RV parks because they have a […]

Holiday Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 162019
 

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, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I really don’t have anything else to talk […]

Oct 132019
 

Living and traveling in an RV fulltime, or just going about your daily routine, you just never know how many interesting places you’ll discover, and how many more you drive right on past without even knowing they are there. It’s amazing what you can find with just a couple of quick Internet searches. A good […]

October Q&A

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 062019
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. You said your daughter is flying in to visit you. As I recall […]

Q&A For May

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
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 […]

Apr 052019
 

Note: This story is from my book Overlooked Arizona. I have a tremendous amount of respect for firefighters, but it is a job I could never do. The very idea of being in a fire terrifies me. Maybe this is just a natural human reaction, or maybe it’s because I had a cousin who was […]

Dec 202018
 

Note: This is a repeat of a blog from December, 2016 that I thought was appropriate to repost again for those of you asking about decorating an RV for Christmas. Some people think that just because you become a fulltime RVer or a snowbird you can’t decorate for Christmas. Oh, how wrong they are! Here […]

Friday Q&A

 Posted by at 1:10 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 282018
 

I know it’s only been a couple of weeks since my last Q&A column, but I’ve been getting a lot of questions from readers that I thought might be of interest to some of you as well, so here we go. Q. I’m 72 and wondering if it’s “too late” for me, as much as […]

Pyramid Schemes

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 262018
 

I received a lot of responses to yesterday’s blog about play dates for RVing kids, and the general consensus seemed to be that 15 and 17-year-old boys don’t need play dates as much as they need a mother who doesn’t hover over them monitoring their every move. I also got a few requests for information […]

Really? A Play Date?

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 252018
 

I know I’m showing my age here, but I have to ask. What the hell is a play date? And why do kids need them? I had never heard of a play date until the last few years. If we had play dates when I was a kid, it consisted of all the mothers in […]

New Or Old?

 Posted by at 12:49 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 212018
 

Note: Because this is a topic that comes up often, I thought I would brush off and repost this blog from March, 2013. I have been thinking about living and traveling in an RV and how different the RV lifestyle can be among different fulltimers and snowbirds. We know many RVers who enjoy seeking out […]

Aug 132018
 

I get a lot of questions from new and wannabe RVers, as well as experienced road warriors, and I always try to answer them to the best of my ability. And if I don’t know the answer, I try to steer them to a source who can provide it. But sometimes I get something I […]

Time To Go Home

 Posted by at 1:28 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 262018
 

After our very long day driving through West Virginia that I wrote about in yesterday’s blog, we were both exhausted and slept very well at the Hampton Inn in Wytheville, Virginia. One thing Terry and I discovered on the trip is that king size beds seem to be the norm in hotel rooms these days. […]

Apr 242018
 

Note: This is an updated repost of a blog from January, 2014 and is based on the seminar by the same name that I have presented at RV rallies coast to coast.  We all change and evolve over time, including fulltime RVers. While Terry and I reached the point where we preferred the comforts of […]

Melrose

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 162018
 

Lavish plantation homes are the symbol of the antebellum South and throughout the region stretching from Georgia to Mississippi, many fine examples of these old homes have been lovingly preserved and restored. While some remain in private hands, serving as homes or bed and breakfast operations, others are owned by historic preservation organizations that open […]

High Expectations

 Posted by at 1:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 122017
 

Sometimes people have some very high expectations. I don’t know if it’s because they have a sense of entitlement or because they are just foolish, but either way they need to get a dose of reality. Here are some examples based on emails and social media messages I’ve received in just the last two weeks. […]

Where Will You Roost?

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 292017
 

With all the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma this year, a lot of RV snowbirds who had planned to winter in the Florida Keys or on the Texas Gulf Coast are finding themselves looking for someplace else to go. I’ve received a number of requests for suggestions on alternative snowbird roosts. The Florida […]

Oct 172017
 

An outpost of westward expansion, Fort Laramie in eastern Wyoming was crucial in the transformation of the American West. The fort served as a fur trading post, military garrison, and as a way station for fur trappers, Indian traders, missionaries, and Oregon Trail emigrants for over 50 years during one of the most important time […]

So Much Has Changed

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 012017
 

Any parent knows that we often don’t see the changes as our children grow up. But when we look back at old pictures we wonder how things changed so fast. Looking back over our 17+ years as fulltime RVers, I’m amazed at the changes we have seen. Most of them good, some not so good. […]