The original artwork that inspired the name "Interstellar Orchard" is lost to time, but here's the last digital drawing I ever made, I called it "On Dragon's Wings".  RMS stands for Rebecca "Mejina" Schade.  I use RS instead of BS for my initials for obvious reasons, and Mejina was my online pseudonym for years.

AAQ: On Boredom, Loneliness, and Names

While working at Amazon this holiday season, I’m running a weekly “Ask A Question” post since I’m not sightseeing much and have limited time to write. Have a question you’d like answered? Read more about AAQ here. Jim asks the first question for today, which I’m summarizing a bit for the sake of brevity: As […]

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I've been sitting on this flower photo collage for a while, since my last visit to Wisconsin last year in fact.  Better late than never?

2017 Health Insurance Update

In 2015 I wrote a pretty lengthy article on South Dakota health insurance for pre-medicare RVers. You can review that article for the full story but here’s a recap: From 2012-2014 I had a low cost, high deductible plan that would cover me in case of emergency only, everything else I paid out of pocket. […]

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In relation to Meg's question below: Xscapers is one RVing community I belong to - taken in Quartzsite this past January

AAQ: Variety Show

While working at Amazon this holiday season, I’m running a weekly “Ask A Question” post since I’m not sightseeing much and have limited time to write. Have a question you’d like answered? Read more about AAQ here. Today I have answers to several shorter questions I’ve been asked lately. Are you ready? Here we go. […]

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McGee campground near Crowley Lake, CA is only $5 a night. Definitely worth it for this view. Taken 6/4.

RV Views, 2016 (part 1)

Alright! IO seems to be up and working again (the issues last night were due to a problem with the server that hosts IO), so I’m not going to bed until I get this post up. I started a tradition a while back of taking pictures through Cas’ windows at the various places I camped […]

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Flashback photo: The elementary school in Leadville with broody mountains behind

Haslet CamperForce Mid-season Update

Five and a half weeks gone at Amazon, five and a half more to go – time for a mid-season status report. Wondering what this CamperForce thing is all about? You can find the comprehensive About Amazon’s CamperForce post here. Overtime has been scarce at the Haslet site so far, a stark contrast to last […]

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AAQ: Story Time

While working at Amazon this holiday season, I’m running a weekly “Ask A Question” post since I’m not sightseeing much and have limited time to write. Have a question you’d like answered? Read more about AAQ here. Today, Ethan asks for one of my favorite stories to share about my time on the road. This […]

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Boondocking Review

While on the topic of experiments after the dehydrated food update, now feels like a good time to address the bigger experiment I did this year. As longtime readers know, this was the year I finally got solar power and a propane heater and tried boondocking. It was also the first year I didn’t work […]

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A pic from Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone last August

AAQ: Dehydrated Food Update

If you missed last week’s explanation about what this “Ask A Question” thing is about, you can find it here. For today’s question, Robin and Kate asked for an update on the dehydrated food experiment I first wrote about late in July. As a quick recap, I bought a box of dehydrated soups from an […]

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Ray Roberts Lake State Park, TX

October 28, Friday Three weeks down, eight to go… time for a break! I’m up bright and early at the crack of dawn errr, 8 am this morning to pack a picnic lunch and hiking essentials. There isn’t a cloud in the sky and the humidity is up. It’s going to be another warm day […]

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The park near work in Haslet, Texas. Stopped there for poi practice on Sunday.

AAQ: A Typical Day Boondocking

Here’s the first of the “Ask A Question” (AAQ) posts! For those who may have missed it, a couple weeks ago when I arrived at Amazon I mentioned how working full-time hours doesn’t give me as much time to get out and explore (and make travelogues about exploring), so I asked if anyone had questions […]

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Musings on Bad Luck and Probability

And we’re back in business! The problem with my laptop was a dying hard drive, replaced to the tune of $216 (a drop in the bucket compared to the truck repairs). Several readers have pointed out that I seem to be having a string of bad luck lately. If you look at the past 12 […]

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