Sunday, September 23, 2012

Off the fence!!

Finally have made my decision on when I will hit the road again!! If you read my last post, then you know I was undecided on where to go and when to leave...but that has all changed!! The current work schedule has us wrapping up 11/15, and by the end of the next week I will be hooking up the STEALTH camper and heading south! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The exact location will be Mill Dam Lake Mobile Home Park, east of Ocala, FL in a little town called Silver Springs. They have full hookup RV sites with free wifi, and its far enough out of town that the traffic noise is limited. I was there over Easter in 2011 and fell in love with it! The park sits adjacent to 500 acre Mill Dam Lake and is right next door to the Ocala National Forest. Lot rent is $395. a month all inclusive. May stay 2 months but definitely at least 6 weeks. We are scheduled to be called back to work the 3rd week of January. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And...........its a short hours drive over to my friends Pat and Cindy Bonish at the Low Key Hideaway in Cedar Key, FL.......A little island that sits out about 2 miles in the Gulf of Mexico, all connected by causeways. Some of the most amazingly beautiful sunsets! Old style Florida, Cedar Key has no national fast food joints, no strip malls, no Walmart.....the town doesn't even have a traffic light!! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Was torn between going west again.....I loved New Mexico and Arizona last winter, but Florida won out! The travel fund will not be depleted, and I will be near friends! And wait until I start posting sunset photos from down there!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

On the fence!!

My friend Maria recently posted an entry to her blog about being "on the pot", so my post today is titled "on the fence" so as not to confuse, bewilder or befuddle any of our good readers! Also, I can't be accused of plagiarism....not sure of that spelling, but you get the idea! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have been pretty much setting in one location since late January, since I took a job to add funds to the travel fund, before hitting the open road once again. But, how much in the travel fund is enough? $5k?? $10k??? $15k???? Past experience tells me I can live quite comfortably for a good period of time on $5k, camped out on BLM lands out west. I already have been stocking up on foods in bulk via but how much of that do I really need? I don't really eat that much, but I literally have enough Honey Nut Cheerios and raisins and peanut butter and jellies and Honey Grahams and dehydrated soups to last a looooooong time while setting still in the desert!! Not to mention all the free coffee packs and instant oatmeal packs I've been picking up in the hotels!! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One thing that is keeping me stuck in the mud is my 91 year old mom who has recently been having health issues. I would not want to get 1500 miles away and get a phone call telling me I need to get back home, only to have something happen before I got there......she would (has) tell me to follow my dream and not hold back because of her, but I can't bring myself to hook up the STEALTH trailer and go. Another thing keeping me on the fence is weather!! I love fall, and it is right around the corner!! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Forgot to post pics of the new tow vehicle I recently acquired. Here she is:
And heres the cab area.....heated leather seats!! Can't wait to try them out!!
She has an 8 cyl. Vortec engine/4WD/All power/tilt/cruise/6 disc CD/and the back area without the 3rd row seat and the 2nd seat folded flat opens up to a big, flat, carpeted area that is huge!! I might even convert it to sleep in and take it out west or down south! I could put Reflectix over the windows past the front seat, rig up a curtain/wall behind the front seat, an inch or 2 of padded foam on the floor and a good thermal sleeping bag and be quite comfy!! Take along my LP fired heater and 2 burner stove and small tv/dvd player and be all set!! Something to think about..... ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Nothing new............

This will be short, sweet and to the point: I have nothing to share with you thats new! Life rolls on, working thru the week on the road on the Lowes projects thru mid November, home now nearly every weekend in the STEALTH camper, got the new Suburban and it runs lucky and sold the old Ford pickup for $1700. and the TRAVEL FUND just keeps growing!! *************************************************************************************** Thinking about taking off and doing some travelling in December....maybe down to Florida for a few weeks, or maybe down to Texas.....wherever I end up, will need to be back in Illinois mid January to return to work for this company. If they call me back to work that is!! Have been working as an IC, so they are under no obligation to call me out. If they don't, then will look hard at picking up and heading out to Grand Canyon come spring to workamp! *************************************************************************************** Want to see a video interview I did on Solo RVing/Workamping? Go to and check out their Rambling Nomads video interview is at the top right friends Pat and Cindy from the Low Key Hideaway in Cedar Key, FL are in there as well......along with many more. *************************************************************************************** Well, thats about it! Just not much going on.....everyone take care!