Mar 102011
 

The fun at the Gypsy Journal rally never stops, from sunup to long past sundown. If you come to one of these events and are bored, it’s your own fault. You must be hiding in your RV, or something! The first seminar I gave yesterday was called Laugh Your Way Across The USA, which is […]

Watch Your Step

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 072011
 

Please watch where you step today, the butts of our entire rally parking crew are dragging, and I don’t want you to step on them! 🙂 Compared to the Early Bird parking day last year, yesterday was a breeze. Yes, everybody worked very hard, but the weather cooperated, we had a good plan of attack, […]

Settled In At Yuma

 Posted by at 3:11 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 252011
 

When the alarm went off at 7:15 yesterday morning, we both wanted to throw it out the window and roll over for another 400 winks. I mean, what the heck good is a measly 40 winks going to do anybody? But alas, it was one of those days when we had to act like grownups […]

Crossing Them Off

 Posted by at 3:10 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 152011
 

I spent most of yesterday crossing chores of my To Do list, and even though we had a little setback, I actually got a lot accomplished. That’s always a good feeling. The first order of business was to call some of the commercial mail services in the area to find one to handle mailing out […]

And Away We Go!

 Posted by at 12:17 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 142011
 

We’ve had all the fun we can have, or at least all the fun we have time to have, and today we plan to hit the road. There were a lot of things that we didn’t get done while we’ve been here in Florida, but we have to be in Yuma in mid-February to get […]

Note To Self

 Posted by at 7:11 am  Nick's Blog
May 092010
 

Note to self – If we ever hold another Gypsy Gathering rally at a commercial campground, we will require attendees to make their own reservations directly with the campground. The original plan was that the campground would have us handle the rally reservations, but it has become a nightmare as some people make reservations with […]

Who Wants Lunch?

 Posted by at 6:54 am  Nick's Blog
May 062010
 

As RVers, we all find ourselves in strange towns, wondering where the good places to eat are located. One good resource for us is Road Food, both the book and the website. We have discovered some real delights there, from the Brick Pit Barbecue in Mobile, Alabama, to Don’s Drive-In in Traverse City, Michigan, which […]

Rally Recap

 Posted by at 7:09 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 162010
 

We had 221 RVs at the rally, and nearly 300 people who are staying in local RV parks here in Yuma came in on day passes. That’s a pretty good turnout, and we were very pleased with the numbers. In looking over the feedback forms and the e-mails we have received about the rally, we see […]

Mar 082010
 

Back when I was in the military, I spent some time teaching firearms and close quarters combat at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. One of the things that we tried to stress to the Army’s future leaders was that you can plan and strategize all you want to, and you may […]

Mar 012010
 

Saturday night when we got ready to take our showers, we discovered that we had no hot water. Because we are on 20 amp electric here at the Yuma Fairgrounds, we’ve been running the water heater on propane, so my first thought was that we had run out of propane gas. I went outside and […]

Feb 272010
 

We’re getting down to the wire on our Western Gypsy Gathering rally, and I need to be twins, maybe even triplets, to get everything done! Most of yesterday was spent answering e-mails and phone calls from folks registering for the rally. We have over 200 RVs registered now, and more coming in all the time. […]

Feb 252010
 

We had forgotten from our previous visits to Yuma just how bad the local tap water is. Most folks here buy water at “water stations” like this one, which can be found all over town. You bring your plastic jugs, put a quarter or two into a vending machine, and fill them up with filtered […]

Feb 232010
 

We woke up to wind and pouring rain yesterday morning, and it didn’t look like it was going to let up anytime soon. But we had an appointment at the Camping World in Mesa at 11:30 a.m., so I went outside and slogged through puddles of water to empty and flush our black tank, top […]

Last Day In AJ

 Posted by at 7:06 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 212010
 

This is our last day in Apache Junction, or AJ, as the community is known locally. The last six weeks have gone by in a blur, and while we are more than ready to scratch our bad case of hitch itch, we wish we had more time to spend with Terry’s parents and sisters, who […]

Feb 182010
 

Miss Terry set a new record getting all of the envelopes stuffed with the new issue of the paper, and by yesterday afternoon the majority of them were in the mail. We’ll drop the remainder off at the post office and UPS this morning. The Gypsy Journal goes out to our subscribers several different ways, […]

Feb 102010
 

I got an e-mail the other day from a person who markets a well known product to the RV industry. He was unhappy with the comments I wrote about one of his products that he sent me to evaluate. He called what I had to say a “hatchet job.” While I wouldn’t go that far, […]

Feb 092010
 

There is a phenomenon that takes place this time of year that has mystified me ever since we became fulltime RVers over ten years ago, and that is getting income taxes filed. No, I understand the process. What confuses me is why people would leave a place like sunny Arizona and return to cold states […]

Feb 072010
 

We are fast running out of time here in Apache Junction, and we still have a lot to get done before we head to Yuma for our Arizona Gypsy Gathering rally in March. We still need to replace the tires on or motorhome, replace the house batteries, I’m working on the new issue of the […]

Good Guys

 Posted by at 7:04 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 062010
 

We publish several guides to help make the RV lifestyle less expensive and easier, including our Guide To Free Campgrounds & Overnight Parking Places, our Casino Camping guide, and the Guide To Public RV Dump Stations, to name just a few. They can all be found on our online bookstore, along with a lot of […]

Feb 022010
 

I’ve been pretty lazy the last couple of weeks, but it’s time to get into work mode. I have an awful lot to get done between now and our rally in Yuma, which is only five weeks away. I’m trying to develop two new seminars for the rally, one on the interesting stories we have […]