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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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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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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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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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What To Do When Your RV Breaks Down

Last month, my tow vehicle broke down and I was stranded for over two weeks waiting for it to be fixed. I wrote about the incident from a travelogue standpoint but I always intended on writing a more how-to type post of the steps I went through from the time the truck overheated until it […]

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Switching Focus

I end up spending six nights dry camping in Misty’s driveway in Lubbock Texas. We work on our computers, watch Netflix, and I finally visit a Sprouts store for the first time (it’s a grocery chain focused on healthier foods, several friends of mine have recommended it). I don’t have a lot of photos, we […]

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My "camp site" in Lubbock

A Quick Tip on Shopping for your First RV

Take your time making a decision. I know full-timing is exciting. I know you’re eager to get started. I know you wanted to be gone yesterday. In these circumstances it can be tempting to buy the first RV you find nearby in your price range just to have that step over with and be closer […]

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More pictures from the Mt. Elbert hike

An Open Letter To New Full-timers About Fear

Hello, I remember being where you are now, about to take the plunge and hit the road. You’re excited for this new chapter in your life, glad that the day is finally set and can’t wait for the experiences you’re about to have, for the feeling of freedom to wash over you. But it’s also […]

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RVing in Adverse Weather Conditions Part 1: Heat and Cold

A couple e-mails have come in recently asking how adverse weather affects the camping experience, and how well the Casita handles it. I figure when several people ask the same question, it’s worth making a post out of because there are likely others who haven’t written in wondering the same thing. The article quickly grew […]

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