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Slide Rock and 89A

March 21, Tuesday Seven miles north of Sedona on 89A lies Slide Rock State Park. It doesn’t look like much on a map, a short road with a parking lot and a couple buildings. When you see it in person though, the beautiful red rock walls of Oak Creek Canyon clue you in as to […]

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Record Keeping for a Blog

It’s tax season again, and on Wednesday I shaved an additional 15 minutes off of last year’s time for a new record of four hours, of which only an hour and a half was spent inputting numbers into TurboTax. The other two and a half hours was bookkeeping for IO, so that if I get […]

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Getting Dental Work Done in Los Algodones, Mexico

Every winter, thousands of people visit the small Mexican town of Los Algodones for what has been coined ‘medical tourism’, specifically dental care, eyeglasses, and medications. At about 1/3 the cost of dental care in the US, the price is right, but is the quality there? And what about safety concerns? On Tuesday the 7th […]

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Hiking in one of the many State Parks in Texas on a day off.

2016 Amazon CamperForce Review

Want to know what the pay is really like for Amazon’s CamperForce program? I’ve sat down and done the math, and here are my numbers for the 2016 peak season at the Haslet site: Total weeks worked: 10 weeks, 6 days. Total hours worked: 442 Overtime hours worked: 18 Base pay: $11.50/hour Overtime pay: $17.25/hour […]

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2016 Full-time RVing Cost of Living & Income Report

Wondering how much it costs to live full-time on the road? You’ll quickly learn when researching this question that the number varies wildly from RVer to RVer. This can be frustrating because it makes it harder to narrow in on how much it’ll cost you. But another way to look at it is this: That […]

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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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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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