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GECKO LIZARDS INVADE VIRGINIA’S REST STOPS

September 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

GECKO LIZARDS INVADE VIRGINIA’S REST STOPS

See how well you do on this quick quiz: Which iconic company character is the most recognizable by our US population? a. The Geico Gecko Lizard b. Progressive’s white-suit clad “Flo” c. The Aflac Insurance Duck If you guessed the Geico Gecko Lizard, you are correct! The little green walking, talking, Australian accent speaking Lizard is the most recognizable icon used in television advertising today. The result is, as expected, an advertising boon to the parent insurance company that is often copied by other companies wanting to get your business. Well, in Virginia, the Geico Gecko is about to get a lot more recognizable as his image appears on signs erected along the highway by the Virginia Department of Transportation as Geico forks over some badly needed infrastructure dollars to pay for what will be known as “Safe Phone Zones” at Virginia’s Welcome Center Interstate rest stops. This first ever (for Virginia) venture using a large company like Geico to help offset the cost... [Read more...]

MYSTERY RV DOWSES FOR SALTWATER (or…. The Magnetism of the Ocean.)

September 12, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

MYSTERY RV DOWSES FOR SALTWATER (or…. The Magnetism of the Ocean.)

Finding the “Y” shaped Willow Tree branch jammed up under the front steering gear of our RV didn’t come as a surprise. The Willow branch confirmed what I had always suspected – somehow the RV had a diving rod attached that steered us toward saltwater. For a number of years, our RV has predictably wandered toward an ocean beach – just like a dog tugging at a leash.  It didn’t really matter where we were or where we actually planned on going – the beach would eventually end up as one of our destinations. So, here we are again – relaxing on the sand of a North Carolina oceanfront RV resort soaking up the still pleasantly warm September rays of sunshine.  The sky is billowing with puffy white clouds surrounded by robin-egg blue and the ocean waters beneath are striped with hues of dark green and vivid blue. The Little Red Sun Shelter – Oscar & his ball – Summer Cottages high up on the dunes As I sit here under our little red pop-up sun shelter, I alternate... [Read more...]

SUMMER TOMATOES AND GASOLINE

September 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

SUMMER TOMATOES AND GASOLINE

We’ve stuck pretty close to the brick and mortar dwelling this summer.  Now that both of us are retired, we are not locked into summer travels when it is often too hot, expensive, and crowded. Knowing we were going to be here during the summer months of July and August, I once again got out the old ’55 Ferguson tractor and rototiller to prepare a planting bed for tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and beans. We generally transplant our tomato plants outdoors sometime after the middle of April when the chance of frost is minimal.  If the weather is good, we can expect succulent, vine ripened tomatoes beginning in late June. A fresh tomato and mayonnaise sandwich is always a summer favorite. When the crop comes in, we have tomatoes running out the kazoo.  There are so many tomatoes we become wasteful, cutting sandwich size slices out of the center of the ripe fruit and throwing away the rest.  We give tomatoes to all our children, neighbors and friends that have none – they often... [Read more...]

CAMPING WITH A CPAP

August 19, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

CAMPING WITH A CPAP

CPAP is an acronym for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a mode of respiratory ventilation commonly used in the treatment of sleep apnea. Ten years ago, very few individuals owned or used CPAP machines at home.  Now, the numbers of people using CPAP have risen quickly as sleep study technicians and doctors are prescribing them to their patients. It all started for me last winter. I would awaken in the morning feeling as if I had never been to bed.  I was tired and took frequent daytime naps.  My wife, and bed partner, noticed one night that I appeared to stop breathing (she was still awake – reading a book).  It really scared her because she thought I had a heart attack and was dead.  Fortunately, I was not dead – I apparently had an episode of sleep apnea. I made an appointment with my primary care physician to see about my chronic fatigue.  After he did the customary exam, he told me that he would set up an appointment for a sleep study. How can anyone sleep... [Read more...]

There’s Nothing Dry About Dry Camping

August 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s Nothing Dry About Dry Camping

Trying to find the perfect campground is often a challenge. Finding ones with good ratings, open spots and the amenities you want (must have pool or playground) is often challenging. Many campgrounds often tell me that they’re full, but that they offer overflow camping or “dry camping spots.” It’s this “dry camping” that threw me off as a newbie. My first thought was that it was like what us former tent people call a dry spot. You know, finding a dry spot to put your tent so it doesn’t get wet. Everyone who’s ever camped in a tent knows that if it rains, you don’t want to be near a hole or in a ravine. So I figured that “dry camping” meant a spot that was pleasantly located for my RV. So it really started to make me wonder when the first dry camping spot offered to me by a campground wasn’t really dry at all. In fact, it was bumpy, dirty and subject to water runoff. They even told us if it rains, we need to get out that area pretty fast. We weren’t worried, though.... [Read more...]

Put Tab A Into Slot B…

July 25, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Do you know how, after doing something thousands of time, it becomes second nature and you can do it without really thinking about it? Well, that’s kind of what this story is about, except in reverse. Let me explain: After a 300 mile drive, my tired wife and I pulled into a service station for another all-too often refill of our gas tank. My wife usually does this, since she uses the stop as an opportunity to visit the station’s restroom. As she walked around the back of our SUV, I pulled up on the gas tank door release lever. I watched in my rear view mirror as she swiped the credit card and lifted the nozzle from the pump, while turning toward the car and inserting the nozzle in the tank. As I watched, she then pulled the nozzle out of the tank, looked at it for a moment, and then reinserted it again. After another moment, she removed the nozzle and turned back toward the pump. She seemed to be staring at it as if something was wrong. “What’s wrong?” I called... [Read more...]

RV Dumping: The Unfortunate Learning Curve

July 17, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Even as an RV newbie, I was well aware of the fact that dumping was one of those things you don’t get wrong. The unfortunate consequences of such failure could (and did end up being…well lets just say we can’t use that term). This task was delegated to me by my wife. She has handled most of the RV maintenance, but somehow, this task was mine to do. I thought about complaining about getting all the dirty jobs, but I figured it might be smart of me just to keep my mouth shut (and probably my nose). I noticed that there was all sorts of different types of dump hoses around the campground. Some people had hoses with stilts that looked like caterpillars snaking across the ground. Others had glass openings in them. Why anyone would WANT to see that stuff was beyond me. Then there was that rock. An RV friend told me in passing that it was extremely important to have a rock. I had no idea why. All I knew was that every dump station I had seen had a nice big rock next to it. RV Dumping Education So... [Read more...]

WHATS A TOAD? – A RV Newbie’s Vocablulary List

July 8, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

WHATS A TOAD? – A RV Newbie’s Vocablulary List

I couldn’t help but laugh at Dalin Brinkman’s July 5th blog sharing his dismay over the vocabulary folks new to RVs encounter. Later in the day, I began to think more seriously about Dalin’s dilemma. The part of me that is still a teacher kicked into high gear.  I remember all too well how overwhelmed my beginning students were when they were exposed to an entirely new vocabulary during my first few lectures. I decided to try and do something that just might give those still wet behind the ears with RV lingo a leg up on understanding – so I did what I would do with my students and whipped up a vocabulary list with simplified definitions intended to help them get started. Please, for those readers that are veteran RVers and accomplished linguist in the field, keep in mind that this is my seat-of-the-pants first time attempt to provide such a listing on this blog site.  If you have an obscure term or RV related abbreviation you want to add, please feel free to use the comments section. ... [Read more...]

A Shoreline Away from Water? RV Vocabulary Challenges

July 5, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

A Shoreline Away from Water? RV Vocabulary Challenges

Owning your first RV has a lot of challenges. One of which is the whole set of new vocabulary words that come with it. I was in for a rude awaking this week as I took my motorhome into the repair shop for the first time. As expected, the mechanic came back with a litany of repairs. He spoke with a worry so great it made it sound like my RV was on fire and the only way to put it out was throwing thousands of dollars of cash on it. Mechanics Love RV Newcomers I tried to get through the tone of his voice to what he was really saying. It was at that point that I knew I was in over my head. He said, “Your shoreline is having a problem.” My what? I don’t even live near a lake and there is no shoreline in my driveway. What is he talking about? I didn’t dare ask for clarification. I’ve learned that asking any naive question about cars to your mechanic starts to make them salivate like Pavlov’s dog. All of sudden items you have never heard of need to be fixed in ever increasing numbers. I... [Read more...]

Bears, Boredom and Bullies

June 29, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Bears, Boredom and Bullies

Each spring our family makes an annual pilgrimage into the wilderness. This year, like most, we selected a cozy campground that sits tucked away in a mountain forest as our base camp and settled in for a few days of hiking and exploring. Our campfire provides a relaxing atmosphere at the end of each day’s activities. Spring is the perfect time of year for our family. The weather is sunny and cool, wildflowers are blooming and showing off a thousand vibrant colors, and wildlife is out in abundance. The happy melodies of songbirds provide a wonderfully calming musical backdrop as we hike, stopping frequently to photograph the many splendors that the forest offers. Wild Animals Enjoy Springtime Too During the first day of our trip while hiking we enjoyed watching a pair of gray squirrels dancing to the music of a ruby-crowned kinglet as he roosted atop a lodgepole pine.  At lunchtime we made our way back to camp just in time to see a black bear lumbering his way through a nearby meadow,... [Read more...]

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