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View from the Top

January 6, Friday Julie and I arrive at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument at about 10 am, we need to get some hiking done! Two days ago when we visited we ended up driving a long one-way road which was really pretty, but there was little time to hike. Many parks and monuments have this […]

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

January 3, Tuesday It’s another gray day in the desert. The tank status also dictates that it’s moving day. I pack up camp at Buckeye Hills Recreation Area and before long Julie and I are cruising down 85 to Gila Bend, AZ where I dump tanks at a Love’s Travel stop and take on water […]

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Desert Dreaming

December 30, Friday My boondocking spot at the end of Robbins Road in Buckeye Hills Recreation Area calls to me to come out and explore, but there hasn’t been time for a hike yet. Yesterday was spent preparing for my best friend Julie’s arrival, today I drive into Phoenix to collect her from the airport. […]

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Arizona Bound

December 26 (continued) After climbing down from the White Mountains, 70 meets up with US54 in the town of Tularosa, New Mexico. I point Bertha’s nose south and cruise through Alamogordo, after which 70 splits off again and continues southwest. Not far out of town lies Holloman Air Force Base. After passing the proper exits […]

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The Stealthy Mountain Range

December 23, Friday It’s been a while since I visited a Camping World to snoop around inside RVs. No, I’m sticking with my Casita thank you very much, but it’s fun to see what else is out there. Misty lives within a block of one, and today we walk down to have a look. The […]

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West to Lubbock

December 21, Wednesday After being stationary for a couple months, the details of travel day preparations become a bit fuzzy. It’s not that I forget what to do, it’s that it doesn’t come as second nature. Plus there’s usually a lot more things out of place that need to get taken care of before the […]

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Goodbye Boyd RV Park (pic taken before all the leaves fell)

AAQ: Wrap Up

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. This will be the last one as it’s my last week at Amazon! You can read more about AAQ here. For this final AAQ post, Mark asks: If you […]

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Nothing wrong with Texas sunsets, but I'm looking forward to the mind-blowing ones of Arizona

Tentative 2017 Travel Plans

I’ve got hitch itch something fierce as the last week of Amazon approaches. Almost free, woohoo! I’ve had a lot of questions about where I’m going after Amazon, so here’s the scoop. As always, these plans are written in jello and subject to change at any time, ’tis the nature of RVing. In fact, I […]

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AAQ: On Marriage and Children

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. You can find out more about AAQ here. For today’s question, David asks: I was wondering if you’ve considered settling down with a ‘significant other’ or possibly having children? […]

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Working Remotely – A Review

And as part of the informal yearly review I’ve been conducting, there’s one last experiment from this year to report on. For the first time since I hit the road, the majority of my income this year will have come from remote work rather than taking seasonal work-camping jobs. The biggest leap of faith I […]

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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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