We’ve Moved!

Wow, has it really been more than two months since we got the RV? Well, the exciting news is that a little over a week ago, after finally figuring out what kind of hitch we needed, we took our first trip! Our home has now moved, and the wildlife here is incredible!

By the way, I spent all day yesterday doing some MASSIVE updates to this site. I fixed a lot of browser issues (that’s what I get for relying on a template…) so everything should look much better now. Please let me know if I did anything your browser doesn’t like. Continue reading »

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A Perfect Day

This wasn’t really the post I was planning to make today. What I had planned to post about was the incredible office Kent and I built for me, but that had to be partially taken apart due to… Well, I’ll get to that later. We’ve been so busy moving into the RV that I haven’t had time to post about anything, so I might as well start from the beginning. We’re slowly getting settled in here, moving things in, finding places for them, and in many ways, already living like full-timers.
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Inspiration

One of the things we love about the RV is that it works so well as it is. Unlike a lot of others we looked at, we don’t feel the need to completely gut and remodel the interior to make it perfect for us. That said, this guy makes the idea of gutting and remodeling the whole thing seem really really appealing.

Just… wow.

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The Saga Begins…

I return to this long-neglected blog with some incredibly exciting news: We have just purchased an RV! We were in no way ready for such a thing (would we ever really be?) but when the perfect RV showed up at the perfect price, we decided it would be a huge mistake to pass it up. We always said we’d know when it was time, and apparently this past week, it was time. So step inside for a tour of what is soon to be our new home on the road!
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Gone Fishing: New Year’s Sunrise on Newnan’s Lake

January 1, 2011 – All has been quiet down here for a while. Since coming back to Florida, we’ve been refocusing on our work, on getting the house ready to rent, on getting ourselves financially ready to go on the road. But as the year came to an end, the call of the outdoors became too loud to ignore.

I’ve heard that whatever you’re doing on New Year’s Day sets the tone for the rest of the year. We couldn’t think of a better way to start the year than to get up before dawn and get out on our boat, back on the lake where we first developed our love of being on the water.
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Hearthstone Castle

Hearthstone Castle

August 21, 2010 – A week after seeing the beautiful Gillette Castle, we paid a visit to another lesser-known castle, more than twenty years older than Gillette’s, the sadly abandoned and neglected Hearthstone Castle in Tarrywile Park in Danbury, Connecticut.

This castle, still a beloved family home less than twenty-five years ago, now stands fenced-off and boarded-up, its impressive stone towers half-hidden by vegetation and covered in graffiti.
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Gillette Castle State Park

Gillette Castle

August 15, 2010 – Ok, so where was I? (Somewhere almost four months ago. Sheesh.) We’d missed out on seeing a mansion the week before at Harkness Memorial State Park, so this next week, we decided to make up for that by touring a castle! Or, a mansion built in the style of a castle. The US isn’t exactly overflowing with proper castles – we take what we can get. So off we went to Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut.
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Back in Florida

Welcome back to our poor, neglected travel blog. As many of you know, we’re back in Florida now. As nice as the northeast was, we’re loving the warm weather (highs in the 60s the rest of this week), the later sunsets (sunset at 4:30p was getting kind of depressing), and the wildlife in our yard (including a family of deer grazing outside our bedroom window one morning). And as you can see from the photo, we’re getting to experience fall all over again! For the most part, Florida is being very nice to us. With one small exception…
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Alice Cooper / Rob Zombie

halloween-hootenanny

October 15, 2010 – Last night, we had the privilege of going with our friends Becky and Matt to see Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie (with special guests Murderdolls), who were in Connecticut as part of their Halloween Hootenanny tour! I’d never seen Rob Zombie play, it had been twenty years (twenty!) since I’d seen Alice Cooper, and Kent had never seen either of them. I couldn’t believe we had the chance to see the two of them together! The concert was being held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. I do have to say that I’m glad there are still some concert venues left that don’t have some really stupid corporate name. (I’m glaring at you, 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater in Tampa. I haven’t been able to bring myself to see a show there ever since they changed to that godawful name.) The Mohegan Sun Arena is attached to the Mohegan Sun Casino, which is every bit as bright and loud and disorienting as I thought it would be. Neither of us had ever been in a casino before. We’re not planning to repeat the experience any time soon. Ok, anyway, on to the show! (I even found a couple of videos from last night.)
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Harkness Memorial State Park

August 8, 2010 – So on this day, so many days ago now (at this rate, I’ll make it to the fall photos by the end of winter…), we had just finished exploring Devil’s Hopyard State Park and had driven down to Long Island Sound on Connecticut’s coast to see Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Connecticut.

The highlight of this coastal park, aside from the beach, is the beautiful Harkness family mansion, built in 1906 and purchased by Edward and Mary Harkness in 1907. This 42-room mansion includes a tearoom and a carriage house, and is surrounded by gardens and greenhouses. It sits on 230 acres of land which was used as farmland back when the mansion was the Harkness family’s summer home. The Harkness estate was originally named Eolia, after the island home of Aeolus (or Eolus), the Greek ruler of the winds. In 1950, the estate was left to the State of Connecticut, and in 1952, it became part of the State Park system.
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