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Month: November 2011

Publish A Book From Your RV!

November 20, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

Publish A Book From Your RV!

My colleague, Patti Faustini, is our resident expert on writing about making money from home, or from your RV, as the case may be and has shared many great ideas for how to do so. Without stepping on her esteemed toes, I would like to complement her work by sharing an idea that I stumbled upon relatively recently that may not occur to many of you: book publishing. They say there is a book inside of each of us. Many of us have a dream of writing a book and getting ourselves published. As difficult as it is to write a manuscript, it is much harder to find an agent and have your work accepted by a major publisher only to be distributed so it can reach millions of readers. My own experience bears this out. My first, and next, project In 2002, I had an idea for a book—a manual for divorcing parents to help them help their children weather this experience, at a time when many parents are so taken up with their own pain and frustration that it is hard to imagine how to help those young ones... [Read more...]

CONCLUSIONS of the Rand McNally RVND7710 GPS

November 18, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

CONCLUSIONS of the Rand McNally RVND7710 GPS

The mileage log on the Rand McNally RVND7710 is now at 1,256 miles. While this is not enough to constitute a “marriage”, it is more than sufficient to learn what button does what and how the overall performance of the unit compares to previously owned GPS devices. I am still in love with the comparatively huge 7” high-resolution display of the RVND7710 – not just because it is easier for my aging eyes to read but I am much more likely to press the correct letter on the keyboard displayed when entering an address and hitting the right spot when changing menus. The routing functions related to the type and size of your RV also appear to work as advertised, keeping us away from low bridges, narrow roads, heavy traffic spots or any location where it could get complicated in a hurry driving a big rig. I feel it is important to mention again that this device is much more than just a GPS.  As the name implies, it is a “trip making” device that is capable of giving you a vast... [Read more...]

A Storm on the Downclimb? One Massive Hike, Part 4

November 16, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

A Storm on the Downclimb? One Massive Hike, Part 4

Picking up where I left off in my last post, Terry and I are heading down the Mt. Massive Trail after summiting the 14,421 foot peak. Our kids are below us, hiking toward the car, Ryan having summitted, then heading back down to reconnect with his sister who had become lost after talking a wrong turn. Once we clear the false summits, which were quite rocky and progress was slow, even on the descent, we were nearly running down the mountain, anxious to reconnect with the kids. Annie, our English cocker, is with us and having the time of her life. She never has this much energy at home! Mountain climbing clearly brings out the best in her. We are able to appreciate the scenery more on the descent, as hiking up we were quite concerned about Meghan. It is beautiful. This is why we come up here; you just don’t get these views in the city. Our posing marmot! Very aware of our surroundings now, we pass a marmot sunning himself on a rock. When looking at my photo of him later, Ryan says he saw... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Does he/she want an iPad or bear spray for Christmas? And your wallet says what about that?

November 14, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

I hope that heavy feeling in your chest doesn’t portend heart trouble, but rather, is the resultant pressure that comes from knowing December is around the corner. Yes, “tis the season of “What am I going to get him (her, them) for Christmas?” which can carry its own weight. Sometimes the expectations of Christmas feel like a worrisome burden; of course, that misses the whole point of a holiday established around an event filled with grace, love, and forgiveness. But that’s another blog… For now, let’s look at Christmas gift ideas for RVing, and in general: Categories: Costs an arm and a leg and Doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Costs an Arm and a Leg: #1 Ipad: they’re shockingly cool to have in your RV (or anywhere) and can do everything short of conceive children for you. Soon, I bet they’ll have an App for that. The iPad includes its own e reader; I love reading in bed with the back light (that my Nook doesn’t have). #2 Nook, Kindle or some other great e-reader.... [Read more...]

It Doesn’t Get Much Better than This

November 14, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

It Doesn’t Get Much Better than This

This has been an absolutely fabulous camping week! We left Virginia last Sunday (November 6th) and meandered down I-95 and 301 into North Carolina, crossed the border into South Carolina just outside of Tabor City, and parked the RV at Willow Tree RV Resort in Longs, SC.  Longs is relatively close to Myrtle Beach – by close I mean you can drive there in 20 minutes or so but it is still far enough away that you can enjoy a low traffic, relaxed atmosphere. The off-season rates at Willow Tree are extremely reasonable and the beauty of the turning trees, reflections on the 40 acre lake, Swans and Canada Geese swimming gracefully across the water, warm daytime temperatures and the fellowship of friends belonging to the Cedar Creek RV Owner’s Club all come together to make everything feel perfect. We were part of about 30 Cedar Creek RV owners assembled at Willow Tree for our end-of-season annual rally.  This is a great group of folks with Christian values and fellowship dedicated... [Read more...]

Links to the Past: Petroglyph National Monument, NM

November 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Links to the Past: Petroglyph National Monument, NM

Petroglyph National Monument contains over 7,000 acres of a volcanic basalt escarpment made from ancient lava flows, known as the West Mesa. The monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources, including five volcanic cones, hundreds of archeological sites, and an estimated 25,000 images carved into these dark rock outcroppings. Visitors to this monument can travel 12 centuries into the past, turn around, and snap back into the present—because Albuquerque is right next door. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved In desert areas stones often are covered with desert varnish, a thin coating deposited on the rocks for hundreds or thousands of years. Artists chipped away this colorful dark layer to expose the lighter rock underneath, leaving behind images of animals and people, brands, crosses, and handprints; other petroglyphs are more complex and less easily understood. These images are inseparable from the greater cultural landscape, from the spirits of the people who created... [Read more...]

Safe at Last! One Massive Hike, Part 3

November 13, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Safe at Last! One Massive Hike, Part 3

Further along our Mt. Massive hike in Colorado this summer, Terry rounds a corner to rejoin me alone… no Meghan. He has not seen her. As I spot him, I am attempting to send her a text message, realizing the likelihood of getting a signal out in the middle of nowhere is remote. I text her and ask if she is OK. There is no response. Not surprised, we continue on. About 20 minutes later, Meghan sends a text, asking whether she should stay on the Colorado Trail or take another trail I had not heard of. Thank God! I immediately inform her she’s already ON the wrong trail and she should simply turn around and head back the way she came. I also told her to take the Mt. Massive Trail when she reaches that intersection.  She simply responded, “OK, Mom,” completely unfazed by the experience! She and Molly are fine. A peak in the distance...our destination? At that point, I sent Ryan a text asking if he was at the summit. He was not, but was getting close. My firm rule is always that he... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: How to Make Steady Money Tutoring Online from Your RV or Stick House.

November 8, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

OK, I’ll tell you straight out that in order to tutor online from your RV, you need minimally a Bachelor’s degree, and most often, tutoring companies prefer a Master’s. And the pay is nothing to write home about, so if these facts already have you snorting in annoyance, stop reading. I’ll still think you are wonderful. But for those of you still interested in working as on online tutor (or think your adult kids or friends might be), it’s a great way to earn extra cash, while slopping down coffee on your sofa wearing the world’s greatest bra: a sweatshirt. Oh guys..sorry, forgot you were there for a minute. Here’s the skinny: Companies: • There are several online tutoring services including Tutor.com, Growing Stars.com, e-Tutor.com, Smarthinking.com, and TutorVista.com. • Some companies consider tutors as employees, thus take out taxes. I prefer that to having to deal with taxes myself. Some companies consider tutors as independent contractors, meaning tutors have to... [Read more...]

Making Strides in Arlington

November 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Making Strides in Arlington

While the Texas Rangers were breaking records and went all the way to the World Series this year, there will be another event coming up at the Ballpark in Arlington that will try to match the same level of excitement and success at the ballpark. The Making Strides walk to fight breast cancer is coming up Saturday November 12 at 9 a.m. right in the backyard of the Ballpark. This event is part of a national effort by the American Cancer Society to raise money and awareness in the fight against this disease that affects so many loved ones. You don’t have to raise thousands of dollars or be a fast runner to participate, you just have to get involved and do your part to help this cause. If you plan on being in the area or participate in this event and others at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Treetops RV Village is a close, comfortable place to stay. They have plenty of RV sites with full hookups and other amenities for their guests, so make your reservation today, and sign up for the Making... [Read more...]

Two Hours in Santa Barbara, California!

November 6, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Old Mission Santa Barbara Last week when I was in Santa Barbara for the Alaska Media Road Show, I had about two hours to myself before my departure back to Seattle.  Early that morning,  I decided to call the concierge and arrange for a quick tour of this seaside town. I wanted to get a feel for Santa Barbara and needed to do it quickly. Within minutes, the concierge had arranged for Dee Tours to come pick me up and show me around. I often take the guided tours whenever I am in a new city. I’ve done this with my children in London and Washington, DC and have found it to be a very effective way to get grounded quickly. This tour in Santa Barbara was equally effective. I was picked up at the hotel and my guide immediately started giving me the inside scoop of this town, which is known as the American Riviera. The weather wasn’t particularly clear and beautiful so I didn’t get great photos, but I did get a good understanding of the town’s history and it’s current... [Read more...]

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