Next Big Trip!
“The Rim Run”, The plan is to head north to Wisconsin then across to Washington State.
Fly to Alaska for 2 weeks. Then south to northern California and back east.
That should be another great trip.
We left Palm Harbor heading for Arkansas with a stop at Wilderness RV in Alabama.
We stayed there for 2 nights and it was so hot we decided to move north and postpone our
On our way north while we were still in Florida riding up US19 we had all the windows down.
We don’t have air conditioning in the Durango so the window must be lowered.
Sure enough we could see rain ahead and started to move the windows up.
There was a big bang in the door behind me and we turned just in time to see the
window drop into the door, then is started to rain! We drove all the way to
Wilderness RV with the window down in the door. Once we parked I took the door
panel off and wedged my camera mono poll inside the door to hold the window up!
So far the window is still in place.
We stayed at a Pilot gas station in Missouri for FREE the first night heading north.
We pulled in for gas and it was about to rain, Karen came back and said the guy inside
said we could sleep here for the night. I backed the camper into the corner out of every bodies way.
Soon it started raining and sure enough there was 4 inches of water around us!
It was not a big problem we went to sleep.
After we left the Pilot station Pat McBride called and said he was in Wisconsin Dells.
So we book a campsite there for two nights and headed that way. It was a terrible long ride.
The Wisconsin Dells were nice and interesting to see. We went to McDonald’s for
breakfast. This McDonald’s was not like any other. It had a mountain log cabin look.
Very interesting place to stop if you’re in the Dells.
From there we headed to Tad & Janice home in Roseville Minnesota. Here we stayed tree nights.
It was a good time catching up we good friends.
Exhaustion is setting in. July 9
I’m at the point where I can’t watch anymore news on TV.
It is all about Trump and thank the stars above we are heading
into the mountains. This weekend we purchased our airline tickets to Anchorage AK.
Also lined up a car for the 2 weeks we’ll be there.
Sometime this week we leave Palm Harbor and head
for Hot Springs Arkansas.
My cousin Donna lives in Soldotna AK and we headed there to me visit.
She has a daughter that lives in Mountain Home AR. She and her husband Mike
have several coffee shops there; Brewed Awakening where they sell their own coffee.
We have friends in Minneapolis MN, Tad and Janice. They used to live in our area of Florida.
They must of decided the cold air of Minnesota was better then the hot humid air of Florida!
Our plans include a stop up there to visit.
First week in July and the Durango is ready, I hope. Mike McCarthy and I changed out the
front end controller arms, ball joints and shocks. Got 4 new tires and front end alignment.
Oil change and air filter is good. New spark plugs, rotor and cap.
When I was done I put the key in the ignition and IT STARTED!
We decided it would be too much to do if we bought a van now.
So we are going to use the Dodge Durango.
Oh my it’s hard to find the right van to buy and there is only a week left!
It turns out that vans are pretty pricey people are buying them up fast.
The hunt goes on but the prospects of success is looking bad.
The website rebuild is coming along nicely.
But what a big job it is to get it all back up and running properly.
It all started with me deciding to make videos. Then I got a notice that all website must
comply with the new standards of security. I was using http:// and now it has to be https://
looks easy enough to do but NO! I had to migrate the website to a new server that
included SSL certs. Once I purchased the server space I had to move the website there
from another server. Oh my, that took awhile and not everything went well.
This is were I’m at now, just trying to fix everything before we leave for our
3 month run to the north rim of America. The plan is Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana,
Idaho, Washington (maybe Alaska from there). Then onward to Oregon, California,
Nevada and then back to Utah and Yellow Stone before going to San Antonio.
We are planing to purchase a used cargo van and fix it up to make the trip.
With a van we figure we could do some stealth camping and it would be easier
to camp on BLM land. We’ll see soon because we are leaving mid July 2018.
We this month is more cleanup in Florida and work on our websites.
I can’t believe how much rain we are getting and how fast the grass is growing!
The Frugal Way website has become a huge monster to work on.
All search engines are giving warning to people that visit website that don’t have
good security on them. That is a good thing but for the website owner to get
all the certifications is a lot of work. I had to move the whole website to a new
server (GoDaddy) then reinstall everything, then update all the details, it took
over a week to accomplish. The site is now up and running properly with all its
certs (SSL) in place. It’s like a new start to a very big project but now I’m encouraged
to push on.
Oh boy! we spent ten days in Elkmont and Gatlinburg TN in the rain!
Everyday it rained and my solar panels, all 3 didn’t work well.
But we did meet some interesting folks that gave up lots of new ideas
for stops in Georgia. John Tanner State Park is now on our list of places to
stay on the west side of Georgia. Also talk with Sandy from Hadleigh FL a
very independent world traveler, she gave us encouragement to go more places.
And yes we finally saw a bear!
This month I started to work on the YouTube channel and posting videos.
It took time to organize all the video we took on our trip west last year.
Also I did a lot of work on the house and yard, so much work.
Next week we’ll be heading up to Gatlinburg TN so see friends and relax.
Plus I get a chance to test some of my new additions to Camper 2. Stay tune!
I decide to add another solar panel (100Watt) to the roof, now there are 2.
That doubled my power to the batteries and might work better on cloudy
Karen spent time crafting some now shades for the camper inspired by
Where did it go!
This is a picture form the block party at Honeymoon Mobile Home Park.
Jane and me singing! Great block party.
Beth told us about a drum circle at Fort Island Beach near Crystal River, FL.
The weather was perfect for a drum circle so we went. What a great time we all had.
Karen even found a drum to bang on!
It has started to warm up some and we finally got to get out and about.
We went the Manatee State Park Reserve in Homosassa Springs FL.
This is a place where animals that can’t live in the wild go and we get to see them.
The animals there are in great shape all things considered and if you get a chance to
drop in you should.
Beth Blaisdell is our Maine friend we met at Village Pines.
She winters here in Florida and goes back up to Maine to work the summers.
This is her place in paradise. She made it her’s in every way!