Tuesday, June 30, 2009


It’s hot.  It has been 100+ for the last several days, and they expect it to continue.  I was expecting heat, but I didn’t really think it would be this bad.

Since in Arizona, I have done some hiking – all in the morning before it gets to 100 degrees.  One of my favorite places in Arizona is Chiricahua National Monument.  http://www.nps.gov/chir/index.htm 

One of my cameras decided to mess up  and I didn’t get many good pictures.  So the pictures attached from Chiricahua are from a previous trip.  Actually, one of the pictures on my first blog –(Feb 13) is a picture of Chiricahua.  This time I hiked the Echo loop trail – it’s my favorite in the park.   chir 2 640 x 480

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I did some hiking in Saguaro National Monument and Sabino Canyon.   I also went to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (http://www.desertmuseum.org/).  Many of you know I am not a museum type person, but this isn’t your typical museum.  It’s more of a zoo, garden and hiking trails in the desert.  There are a lot of birds around here.  One of these days, I’ll learn more about birds, maybe joining some bird watching trips.  The first picture is from Sabino Canyon, the others were taken at the Museum.

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In addition to having some fun hiking, I’ve bought new tires for my CRV and have replaced the smaller of my 2 cameras since it appears to be no longer working.  So full time RVing is not all fun and games, you still have to do the normal day to day type things (car and house maintenance, laundry, dealing with insurance agents {chging to Texas policies}…).

Monday, June 22, 2009

I’m a Texan!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that it’s official, I am now a Texan.  I think that means instead of saying “Hi Ya’ll” that I now have to say “Howdy, Partner”.  

I haven’t done much that was exciting over the last week.   It’s been too hot to do too much outside.  It hit 98 today, they were calling for 100!  I have been getting in an 80 minute walk each morning.  I start walking about 6:30 am so it’s not too bad when I’m out.   My excitement today was getting my Driver’s license, yesterday it was going to Walmart, the day before that it was the laundry – I told you it wasn’t very exciting!

I could put some pictures here, but once you’ve seen one Walmart you’ve seen them all! 

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I finally left home (Georgia that is)

Just a quick note to touch base with everyone.  My plans changed and I stayed in the Georgia mountains a bit longer than I had planned.  Today, I left Georgia and I am currently in Alabama.  Tomorrow I’ll head out and I think I’m going to go to the Escapees park in Summerdale before heading to Livingston, Texas.  Depending on the weather I might stay there a couple of days.  It’s not far from the beach and while I wouldn’t go to the beach during the summer (too hot and too many people), since I’m going to be there I might take advantage of it.

Today, I’m staying in Montgomery, AL at The Woods RV park.  At a quick glance, it’s not bad for an overnight stay.  It’s your typical campground that is close to the expressway, but it does have wi-fi and good cable channels.  The best thing is it’s on Passport America’s list (a discount camping club), so it only cost me $15.00.  I’m trying to stay at cheaper places, so Passport America comes in handy.

I’m curious how other RV’ers handle bad weather.  Yesterday in Dillard, we had a Thunder Storm warning, with possibly winds of 50 – 70 MPH.  Well, I don’t want to be in my RV if a 70 MPH wind hits so I went to the Pavilion/restrooms.  I seemed to be the only person who knew we were under a weather warning.  It ended up not being too bad, but does make me think about bad weather. 


Monday, June 1, 2009

I'm now a Full-time RVer!!!!

I haven't written much on the blog because I was moving.  My house closed May 22.  They gave me a few days after that to move and I handed the keys over on May 28th.  I never want to move again!!!  Too much work, too many decisions - Store, Give away or sell, or take with me in the RV.

I have too much in the RV.  Actually I weighed it and I'm about 1400 lbs below the max weight, but I don't have room for many of my items.  Right now I have books sitting in the walkway between the sofa and some clothes sitting on the sofa that I don't use. But at  least it is now an organized mess.  For the first couple of days, I couldn't sit on either of the sofa's and only had one place at the table where I could sit. 

Anyway, I'm slowly making progress on getting it somewhat organized.  My first few nights, I spent at Hard Labor Creek State Park, which was only about 30 minutes from where I used to live.  For the most part I was organizing the RV, but I did take a bit of time to relax and walk around the campground.  They have a couple of nature trails, which I'll try if I make it back there again.

I'm now in Dillard, GA at River Vista RV resort.  I typically stay at Moccasin Creek State Park when I'm up in the GA mountains, but by the time I tried to make reservations the weekend was already booked.  So I went for the more expensive "resort".  They do have a pool which I may check out.  My mom lives about 15 minutes from here, so we will visit for a while before I head up into Tennessee next week.

I have an appointment to get my RV fixed (where the tree jumped out and hit my RV) on July 6th at the Lazy Daze plant.  So I have a little more than a month to make my way across the country.  When I bought the RV, I did it in 5 days - 5 weeks sounds much better.

More on full timing later --