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Monthly Archives: March 2011
Thor really wants to ride in the front seat. He can fit there, but if I hit the brakes or take a quick right turn, he’s on the floor. The last (and only) time that happened, I was afraid the … Continue reading
On the recent REI trip I bought a Kelty Deluxe Carport. I have tried, twice, to set it up without success. As it turns out it’s not an easy thing to do alone, especially when you’re still figuring out what … Continue reading
I’m sure you’re wondering just what I’ve accomplished in the past couple of days. If you’re my student who’s wondering why I haven’t gotten his/her/hir dissertation proposal back, this is not the post you were hoping for (though I did … Continue reading
Here’s a YouTube video with a VW camper of the future. Mine is a camper of the past. It’s cool, though.
Here’s an inspiring video about 5 men who at 81 trained and went on a motorcycle ride. I’m not going on a motorcycle, but I’m not waiting until 81, either.
Sometime this week Thor and I will embark on our first journey. I worked this weekend to get some more stuff done, mostly pretty boring stuff like getting locks installed on all of the cabinets, some little pieces of trim … Continue reading
This morning as I lay in bed thinking that Thor and I should hit the road, I received a phone call from my therapist to let me know that he/she/zie was expecting me 10 minutes earlier. As one who tries … Continue reading
Thor and I stopped to check the map and lo! the car won’t start. I had a little trouble last night at the Walmart where I didn’t overnight park, but it got going again just fine. It was doing great, … Continue reading
So if you read the earlier in-the-moment post, the camper fell down and it couldn’t get up. I stopped to check the map and the camper wouldn’t start. And it wouldn’t start. And it wouldn’t start. And it wouldn’t start. … Continue reading
This post describes living in a camper from Thor’s point of view and how I awake to find Thor missing and nowhere to be found.
In which I whine about the cold and having to walk to a toilet.
I had envisioned a very exciting piece about a place for everything and everything in its place, but the associated photography and uploading of the pics is more than I can handle right now. Suffice it to say that it … Continue reading
I still don’t have a name for the camper. My 1972 VW bus that was my first car was named Bessie. Until the fire, I still had a pillow that a girlfriend had cross stitched. One idea is to go … Continue reading
Around noon, Thor and I left the family we were visiting in Santa Rosa Beach (though the house is on the bay) and headed North to Chandler Mountain, the home of Horse Pens 40 and, well, not much else. My … Continue reading
Thor and I, after a long day’s drive (well, it was really only about 6 hours, with several stops), turn onto the driveway where we are to stay. A youngish looking (
Thor and I went to a party tonight. I played music. Thor did not, but he was invited in. I didn’t even ask, though I did tether him on the front porch. I’d thought I might just stay parked in … Continue reading
These girls loved my camper. I don’t know what else to say.
I've never been to the Grand Canyon, so it seems like something that I should do. I'm not sure how Thor will like it. I'm told that one should ride a beast to the bottom, but I don't think Thor … Continue reading
I was in Portland for a conference last year (in 2010) and lucked in to this beer festival. Sadly, Thor can't go unless I get one of those harnesses for him and some dark glasses.
Another great beer festival in Portland. I went in 2010 and it was very pleasant. Small scale, low key, and there's a VW Bus pictured on the web site! It's a pretty good reason to go to Portland.
I decided to name the camper Walden. I liked the idea of alliteration that several suggested. I looked at a few baby name web sites for names with W and Walden was the winner. Things I like about the name: … Continue reading
On the Birmingham to Knoxville leg of the return from the Shake Down Cruise, I took Highway 11 rather than I-75. It was lovely. It’s a beautiful 2-lane highway that goes through a handful of small little towns. Part of … Continue reading
Well, it’s really only two minutes. I posted links to Twitter and Facebook but just noticed that I could embed it, so here we are. I can’t get it to show up on the front page, so you’ll have to … Continue reading
Well, a few people have asked, so I have a few bumper stickers for sale. They're very thin vinyl, which I'm not too happy with. $5 for the first and $2.50 for each additional. You'll be helping to test my … Continue reading
Come to Cleveland. We have weird chili. You can get it served with pasta. I am not making this up.
According to the web site: Located in beautiful Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley Wine Trail invites wine enthusiasts to experience a destination rich in history, beauty, and the production of exquisite wines. There are four wineries and four tasting … Continue reading
Perhaps the question that I am most often asked is "Where will you go?" After all, there are lots of rivers. I can even see one from the front door of The Rental. A number of people have already made … Continue reading
These folks have some cool stuff, albeit expensive. It might be fun to wander about it should I make it to Wisconsin.
Just seems like one of those radical things that ought to be done on a trip like this. I keep thinking I'll get around to it one of these years, but if I was living in a van, this would … Continue reading
Come to Charleston, WV! FestivALL is the annual arts fest, with tons of different events (see the website – more will be added!). Charleston is also a pretty interesting place any time – lots of fun live music, some good … Continue reading
The Bedford, VA area is lovely! It's home to Smith Mountain Lake with over 500 miles of shoreline, the National D-Day Memorial (quite well done, IMO), kitcshy wineries, and some wandering Angus cattle. Located in the foothills of the Blue … Continue reading
Mackinac Island is a small island located in the Straits of Mackinac between the Upper and Lower Peninsula's of Michigan. The island is very small, and yet totally awesome at the same time. Ironically, there are no cars allowed on … Continue reading