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I'm a techie, a bibliophile (book lover), dog lover, wife lover, and partime author; not counting my Woodall's scribblings. Have written several autobiographical short stories about growing up on Long Island in New York and one hard-scifi novel; as yet unpublished. Purchased a Fun Finder X trailer in 2009 and have already taken a 9-month tour of the USA and its state and national parks. Have now resettled from Florida to Tennessee, where one of our 4 children and his family live. Have 5 grandchildren, so far, with expectations of several more. Also am in the process of restoring a 1990 Toyota Celica GT sportscar. And yet still my DW thinks I'm not busy enough...

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Remembering Lake Ronkonkoma…

We were recently on Long Island in New York, visiting friends and family, when we passed an exit for Lake Ronkonkoma, a place of many childhood memories. I’ve crafted a short story about one of our family’s trips out to the lake one Saturday morning. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did putting it together. ***** It was early Saturday morning and we were going to Lake Ronkonkoma! Well,... [Read more]

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s Gregory E. Moore RV Resort is located on the Florida Panhandle’s famous Emerald Coast. It’s in Santa Rosa, Florida on Route 30A South, 1 mile south of Route 98. Topsail is a beautiful park with large, paved sites. The grounds are very nicely landscaped and well maintained. Quality wise, I think that it’s right up there with Disney’s Fort... [Read more]

The Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

We were heading toward Flagstaff, Arizona, and that day’s goal; Sedona, Arizona’s red rocks area. We had left Albuquerque, New Mexico earlier that morning and headed west on I-40, also known as Route 66 — “The Mother Road” — in those parts. We were looking forward to seeing Sedona, where we would camp for the next several days. But, about 50 miles after we crossed the New Mexico border... [Read more]

Favorite Camping Trips — Old Sturbridge Village and Wells State Park, Massachusetts

Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor living history museum in the Northeast. It’s located on Route 20 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. It portrays New England Village life from 1790 to 1830. Friendly and knowledgeable costumed characters, known as history interpreters, play the roles of Sturbridge villagers. They can be seen each day carrying out their private lives and trades. They’ll answer... [Read more]

Trailer Mod — Dinette Becomes Couch — Shazam!

Our Cabin On Wheels - The Fun Finder X 189FBR Some folks asked me to describe a modification that I made to our trailer. After a few trips, it became clear (to me) that our floorplan wasn’t optimal for our use. The pictures below, from another Fun Finder 189 FBR, with the “endless red” color plan, illustrate the standard setup. Although DW accused me of wanting to “tear our... [Read more]

Unforgettable Trips — Franconia Notch, NH

Dateline October, 1979 One of our favorite destinations in New England is the Franconia Notch State Park area of New Hampshire; the White Mountains. There are lots everything we enjoy: mountains, deep dark woods, pure, ice cold streams racing over rock strewn, water-carved flumes and small New England villages.  It was easy to visualize the ghosts of courageous 17th and 18th century fur trappers... [Read more]

Looking For Fun with the Fun Finder

How did we select our current RV? Well, I’d like to report that we had unlimited funds and time to select nothing but the very best that satisfied our every whim and need. I’d like to tell you that, but it wouldn’t be true. Instead, I’ll tell you what is probably a common story. We had camped for many years while the kids were growing up. But, as time went on, life began to interfere. Promotions,... [Read more]


Let’s say you’re in the New England area and are planning a visit to far eastern Long Island, New York. You want to take your RV but, in light of my last post, you’ve decided that you don’t want to face the island’s infamous Long Island Expressway traffic. Well, there is an alternative. How about a nice boat trip. Yes, a boat trip — actually a ferry — with your RV onboard? It’ll... [Read more]

Unforgettable RV Trips — A Series — Number 1

Dateline 1974 We were a young family with two children. We loved camping and often went out six or more times a year but, as our family grew, things were becoming complicated. During a tent trip to the Smokies, our youngest had breakfast in his highchair while sitting outside—in his snowsuit. It was then that we decided it was time for a change. We began putting money aside for one special trip... [Read more]

Sally’s Revenge and the Bear that came to Dinner – Part 2

(Continued from “Sally’s Revenge and the Bear that came to Dinner,” Part 1) Well, that big pile of hair that Sally pulled out of the bag wasn’t a wig; which was my first guess. As both families stood around that first morning; deep in the forest in Matthew’s Arm Campground at beautiful Shenandoah National Park, I might have grumbled a bit. We had been waiting for forty-five... [Read more]

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