DID you know??….

23 03 2015

While in Jackson, GA (High falls state park) while I was in the pooper, I noticed that the latch that holds the door shut is called a “hiney hider”! Say that 5 times fast…

You have to give “props” to ANY company that has a sense of humor like that… I might buy a few to show my support! Have no place to put them, but I will buy them anyway…

HineyHider1 HineyHider2









Just a little bit of “toilet trivia”… LOL!

Have a GREAT day!


Added State #3, #4 tomorrow!

22 03 2015

Its cheesy, but if you saw pics of our wedding, then you know that we are into “Cheese”…

We added Georgia to the side of “the beast” last evening prior to having a camp fire. Good wood is going to be an essential part of the process, because the camp wood sucks!

addGeorgia1 addGeorgia3addGeorgia2













We are going to hit South Carolina on the way home, just to say that we were there. Going to buy some cool fireworks because the 4th of July is coming…

Until then, be safe

Have fun!


Trickery discovered…

22 03 2015

SO, apparently a “little gremlin” (and you know who you are) sat at my computer and changed one of my posts… Photos were changed, NOT to protect the innocent, but to protect ones reputation?

So, this is the photo that I originally posted:










We checked out the Tybee Lighthouse yesterday, similar to the history and feel of the St. Augustine lighthouse, and the one in New Smyrna Beach. Seen one, seen them all, but interesting none the less for the restored houses & to see how the finishes were done.









I did learn that different patterns are painted on the lighthouse to distinguish where the ships were in relation to the land. However, with modern GPS & electronics, lighthouses are all but extinct.

More to post later…


4th and final stop on the “Maiden tour of the BEAST”

21 03 2015

Thursday night, we had spaghetti & meatballs homemade in the campsite in High Falls, GA. Michelle did not want to get sauce on her favorite sweatshirt. I suggested that she take it off , but it was a little cold that night where we were, so she did the “bib thing”. I told her that it was cute, and you can tell how excited she was that I took the pic to share with everyone. [Due to technical difficulties that occurred while Steve was away from his computer, said picture has been replaced with a more flattering one]

Since it was raining & crappy weather we not only could not go out, but there was NO internet connection, and not even a signal for the phone to connect the hotspot. You really do not know how connected we all are, until you cannot connect. Since the beast does not have TV yet, we were left to read and talk, and enjoy each others company… It was a very enjoyable time. We left relatively early, so we did not get a chance to check out the falls, but from what I saw, they were awesome.



Tybee Island, GA. The 4th stop in our maiden “Magical Mystery Tour” trip for business… “The BEAST” as we have so affectionately named her has performed almost flawlessly… which has been better than I expected. No major problems, and I expect it to continue for the final 250+/- miles back to Bunnell, FL.

crabshack1 Cousin Jen suggested that we go to the “crab shack” on Tybee Island for dinner. Similar to the crab shack near us in St. Augustine. Had the sampler platter, and have not met a crab leg, a boiled shrimp, or a “mud bug” that I did not like. I also have not met one that I could not finish! Here is a before and after photo of me wrecking the platter. Michelle does not eat seafood, so it was all on my own!











Fortunately, seafood does not have a lot of calories (that is what I tell myself anyway) so eating a platter like this is good for me. The sausage prob was not the healthiest, but I save most of it for the dog.

I have another update to send later today.

Enjoy your day!


Added another state to the union..

19 03 2015

Today Michelle officially added a new state to our “we visited” US map on the RV. From Florida, now we have Alabama, tomorrow it will be Georgia. This, other than a few small snags, has been a good trip. Working out some kinks, but all is well!















This is what happens when you try to take a pic of Michelle when she is trying to get ready REALLY early in the AM…










Our SweetyBean just chillin’ while daddy works around the RV…








Have a GREAT day, I will!


If this is what “retirement” is, then SIGN ME UP!!!

18 03 2015

This was the view from our bedroom window today when we woke:







Staying at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, AL. Overlooking a lake, and woods. Peaceful to say the least…

I think that I am “hooked” on the RV lifestyle.

Y’all take care…




Found this interesting quote…

15 03 2015
Live every day as if it were your last. Do every job as if you were the boss.  Drive as if all other vehicles were police cars.  Treat everybody else as if he were you.

Live every day as if it were your last.
Do every job as if you were the boss.
Drive as if all other vehicles were police cars.
Treat everybody else as if he were you.





Woke this morning, in Pelham, AL to a view of this lake. It was interesting that this quote hit my email about the same time I was having breakfast.








When was the last time you had Capt’n Crunch? We had Peanut Butter Crunch this morning. I felt like a kid again! I think that this RV lifestyle is EXACTLY what I have been thinking it was, and I have plenty of my life left to enjoy it. Slow down, enjoy the day, “Live like you were dying”. Take a walk, listen to the birds, read a book. Do all the things in your life that you love but have gotten too busy to do…


Test Run of the “Land Yacht”

14 03 2015

A couple of months and mucho dinero later, we have embarked on our first RV trip in the “land yacht”!

We left Bunnell on 3/13/15 enroute to Birmingham, AL to attend a seminar for trainers. We are towing my dodge durango so that we do not have to move the RV once we are set up. 3300# anchor is killing the MPG! Need to find a smaller tow car if we are going to do this more full time…


1996 Airstream Land Yacht, remodeled and leaving for the first test trip 3/13/15










We made it from Bunnell, to Monticello, FL 207 miles, not any major “issues”. First mistake, did not buy gas at a truck stop. Paid $2.64 per gallon, purchased 80 gallons! (you do the math, ouch..)

Second day, left monticello, FL and made it to Pelham, AL where we will stay for 4 nights. We pushed REALLY hard to get here before dark so that I would not have to set up the connections in the dark. There were several things that if we were not on a destination deadline that I would have liked to stop and take pics or to see (antique stores or flea markets) but I was pushing hard to get the full 311 miles completed, and we did.

GPS stuck me just as we were entering the park, took me down a dead end road with nowhere to turn around. So I dropped the truck, dropped the tow dolly, and turned the beast around. Then Michelle drove the truck and I towed the empty dolly into the campground. Got me a little “frazzled” but, I made it none the less!

Our dog "beanie" 3/14/15

Our dog “beanie” 3/14/15










As we were driving into the campground, our dog “beanie” took over the co-pilot seat. Snapped a quick pic as I was navigating the mountain roads…

One of the issues that I have not solved until tonight was the access to wifi or internet. Since we are going to be on the road, both driving and staying overnight, we needed access that was reliable. One phone call to Sprint and that issue was resolved with a wifi “hotspot” connection on my phone for $20 per month for just 2GB. I am also going to look into a long range wifi antenna so that we can use any free service without using the data plan on my phone. Labelled it “DEA Surveillance” so that will freak people out when they see a secure network when looking for a wifi connection.. LOL!

It is after 11pm and I still need to take a shower, and get some sleep. Day off tomorrow to just work on the little things that need to be fixed (drawers and such). Coach is almost 20 years old and we have broken a few things along the way. (ask me how I connected the 30A/110v electrical system to 22v power, because I am a dumbA$$) and how much trouble that caused… Also, just put in a whole new brake system, wheel bearings out, glad I did. Had a few close calls on the way here…

Plan is to get to Savannah, GA when we leave on Wed. morning. Not going to push very hard though, at most 125 to 130 miles per day, going to stop and smell the roses along the way, as it were, then home by the end of the weekend. Doing a couple of live seminars along the way, to see if the mobile lifestyle is possible for our business.

Until tomorrow.


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