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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I'm on my way, takin' my time, but I don't know where

Well I'm on my way, I don't know where I'm goin'
I'm on my way, takin' my time, but I don't know where

("Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard", Paul Simon)

That's the ear worm of the day. We call it "Hitch Itch". Or "Tumbleweed Fever". I was thinking I'd stay here at least until April 1. Maybe longer. I do have a list of things I could be accomplishing. However, there is no arguing with Tumbleweed Fever. Today the wind picked up a lot, so I rolled up my awning. While I was there, I cleaned up the patio area, put a few things away, enjoying the sunshine, stirred by the wind, organized things in the bins, organized the compartment... before I knew it the patio area was pretty much packed.

Then I fiddled with how things need to ride, and where - I've had stuff in the drivers seat and on the windshield - and now oh gee, the motorhome is 80% packed. Which means even with a leisurely tweaking fest tomorrow, I will be driving away in a day or two.

Where am I going? Certainly NOT to the Home Driveway up in Virginia where my van awaits me.



It's waiting under 5 inches of snow.



And no, because I'd have to have the van first, I'm not going to either of the events this weekend that I would dearly love to attend.

I let work know I'm available, so they may call and give me a destination. I've been looking around on Ultimate Campgrounds for ideas. Someplace still warm, someplace pretty, someplace profitable, or at least inexpensive...

Wherever the wind blows....

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Loose Ends

As the winter draws to a close, I'm working on tying up the loose ends and getting ready for travel.

7 weeks ago, my friend Ellen came to camp here for a week or two. She found it such a peaceful, relaxing place to be, and such a good place to take care of stuff and sorting and ordering needful items from Amazon and what not, that she stayed until today. I really enjoyed our visit.



While she was packing and loading, I was crossing things off my to do list. This is one I'd been meaning to take care of for a while.

Years ago, I dated a blacksmith. He made me a bunch of towel rods and hooks for the travel trailer I lived in at the time, and they've been moved from RV to RV ever since. One of the towel bars you have seen in my kitchen, holding pot lids.



Today I replaced the original towel bar in the bathroom with the last 2 unhung towel bars.



I moved the original towel bar down to the bottom of the bathroom door, where it now keeps slippers and shoes out of the way.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Today's Yard - Tumbleweed Fever

Technically, Spring starts this week.  The Sun has only just come out after days of rain which my northern friends experienced as snow.  Sue tells me my van, back in Virginia, is under not quite a foot of snow, but close.

Here, the events that brought in campers are over and I am free to move on, but I don't have to.  Which is good... I still have some personal things to take care of.  I've done my federal taxes.  State taxes are next.  I'd like to get a copyright registration done.  I have bays yet to clean and organize, although I did the worst of that job during the last warm sunny spell.  But I will be ready soon to travel.

So I'm thinking of where.  I don't want to go northward quite yet... I hear they still have another winter storm coming their way.  I don't want to go into the hills... I'm driving the wrong vehicle for that.  I may knock around southeast Georgia some more...  Florida might be pleasant for a while...  some paid work would be nice...

The road beckons...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Peaches to Beaches - 200 miles of Stuff


Stagger Lee Music Park, where I've been camp hosting, is conveniently located just off GA 341 between Hazlehurst and Baxley, which for this past weekend was home to the Peaches To Beaches 200 mile long yard sale. Of course, Ellen & I went looking for bargains - and to enjoy the sunshine - and to see what was out there at all those sales.


Sales ranged from single family sales at homes along the highway, through group sales, up to this ball park filled with yard sale hopefuls, vendors, and food vendors.


And lots of bargain hunters.

You could find items from used clothing - there was a LOT of used clothing - to antiques.

Ellen found a few things she wanted, and I found a few things I wanted.  I had been searching for a wind up watch, and found one.  ONE.  They've become an endangered species.  I found an LL Bean Boat and Tote bag, and some lanterns, and some tiny tea sets which little girls at Rendezvous will enjoy playing with.
And we found Girl Scout Cookies.

But all in all, we did not buy much.  We live in RVs.  Some people were shopping with pickup trucks and trailers.  I'm not sure what all they found to put in them, but they were doing it.

Having spent so much time in the past few years trying to get rid of extra Stuff (and there's more to be done), I am mostly amazed at the overwhelming amount of used stuff people are trying to get rid of.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Nomad Proximity Detector - RoVers finding each other

A few days ago, RV Friend Network launched a new website, and I happily joined in the fun.  It's in beta and we're all trying it out and helping them find out what works and what doesn't.  It's really quite exciting - it's kind of like Facebook and kind of like a bunch of RV forums...
The very cool thing about it is that it enables those of us who travel a lot to know where our also-travel-a-lot friends are, as well as meet up with other travelers with similar interests.  The location thing of course is strictly voluntary.

On the site are groups, similar to facebook's groups, with their own forums... I'm admin for one for Vandwellers... So many times I've said "If I'd known you were there, we could have met up - I was just there last week!"

 RVillage

The site is http://www.rvillage.com/.

You can go to Technomadia's blog post, which explains the site in much more detail.




Friday, March 07, 2014

Today's Yard - March 7, 2014



It is always fun to get together with like-minded people.  When your home has wheels, your neighbors change frequently, and you can frequently choose them. Ellen (beyond my motorhome) and Ed (front van) and I have this neighborhood this week, with lots of good conversation, good meals, good ice cream.  Then the kaleidoscope will turn and they will each be somewhere else, having some other adventures, while I wrap things up from the outage and prepare for Peaches to Beaches.  This is truly The Good Life.


Thursday, March 06, 2014

Peaches to Beaches coming up soon!

I'm camp hosting at Stagger Lee Music Park in southeast Georgia. Half way between Hazlehurst and Baxley. The annual outage at Plant Hatch, which brought many workers to stay at the campground, is over and almost all of them have gone on to their next job site.

I have been enjoying the company of friends from the Vandwelling community. Ellen, who travels with her German Shepherd dog in a Coach House class B, came to visit me, stay warm, and catch up with herself. Ed Helvey stopped in on his northward migration. It's been a lot of fun.

The next thing coming up here is the annual Peaches to Beaches yard sale. This is Georgia's longest yard sale and runs for 200 miles along Route 341. We are located right off 341, so we are a convenient and economical location for shoppers with campers to park and shop the sales both days. Last year one couple arrived with their Class C motorhome, and their van and cargo trailer. The van and cargo trailer arrived empty and left stuffed to the gills the next evening with new stock for their shop.

Many vendors will be set up right at the end of our road, where it meets 341, at Ray's Steak and Ribs. Ray's, incidentally, makes some darn good ribs. Ellen and I ate there last Friday and can vouch for that.