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Monday, May 31, 2010

Entertaining Research

One of the reasons that I decided to start a blog in the first place is that I was having so much fun reading so many others! I have a folder in my favorites just for RV blogs and I think I'm up to about 35 blogs that I read on a somewhat daily basis. I love reading about other people's journeys around the country. Many of them include pictures of the places they are seeing along the way. It's great. It helps me imagine some of what our life will be like when we are able to get out there and see these places. Even in just 4 years, even though at that point we won't be able to full-time yet because Harry won't have retired. Once we buy the fiver sometime in 2014 hopefully, we plan to use it for vacations, and maybe even long weekends. We can learn about how the systems work, and get whatever kinks out, before we head out on the road for good.

But reading blogs has also turned out to be such a great research tool. First of all, I love the ones that talk about the campgrounds that they stay in. Many times they'll just say, we stayed in campground such and such. Sometimes they'll provide a link, sometimes they don't. (I haven't yet had a chance to figure out how you do that.) But even when they don't, if the campground sounds nice, I'll do a quick search for it and find the home page. And then off into my campground favorites folder it goes. I think at this point I have about 40 campgrounds bookmarked. What I'm going to do at some point is put sub-folders in there for regions, and then break down each sub-folder further into states. I'm only now getting to the point where I'm thinking about doing that because my campground list is starting to get a little long. I'm not in a huge hurry, after all I do have 4 or 5 years before I'll be needing to actually use that folder! LOL I have a rainy day project all ready for one of these days. One of the best I've found is Margie; her blog, Bruce and Margie's full-time journey"  is on my blog list here. (I know there's a way to label a link, but since I have the address on my blog list I won't try to figure that out now.) She gives great RV park reviews, with the link to the home page. Thanks Margie! I have gotten a number of the campgrounds in my folder from your reviews. The other info that I get from blogs that people write is types of products that will be good to have. I thought of this today when Dee, who writes a blog called Tumbleweed, (which is also on my blog list), talked about a surge protector they use that protects them from either too much or too little electricity. So into my RV products folder that one went. I am hoping that all of this research will save us from having to learn things the hard way!!

Well, it's time to get ready for our biking excursion. Have a good Memorial Day!


  1. Just found your blog. Like you I love to read the rv blogs. I've learned so much from others both those getting ready to go full time and those already out on the road. We just started our tome on the road but will be following as you wander through the process. Getting ready is an adventure on its own - good luck!

  2. Just started reading your blog. Started at the post about making a list.. I'm a list maker myself. Anyway, this should be interesting. We are at the one year mark before we get on the road.