Cruise day 13 – Jan 16 Visit Vaitape, Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Wow, this is more like it! Bora Bora is the exotic island with pristine turquoise waters, a gorgeous deep lagoon and the small village-like atmosphere that I had envisioned. It has the perfect south pacific “heavy jungle” look, and two beautiful volcanic peaks reaching skyward next to […]
Leaving behind the lush Sonoran Desert around Wickenburg was a bit melancholy, but we wanted to move on before the weather really heated up. We were finally on our northward trajectory, after figuring out where we’d spend our summer and fall this year.
When we planned this route last year, we thought most of the bad storms occurred in the Spring months. But it turns out that Fall can be equally nasty – as we found out firsthand. Well, now we know!
Steve’s giving me a break and posting one of his tech-thingy articles – yay! 🙂 We recently purchased a portable propane campfire unit, after checking out many of them during our travels. Mona Liza just couldn’t wait to say, “It’s about time, what took you so long”?, since I had held off purchasing one for over four years. Dave and Faye gave me the final push, after demonstrating their unit and making me realize it was exactly what I’d been looking for. We love campfires, but the smoke and the issue of getting good firewood? Not so much. And of course, many campgrounds just don’t allow wood campfires. So I had no problem with buying a portable unit – I just wanted to get the right one. Some I had seen used “logs”, but I prefer the small rocks and tremendous heat this little unit provides. It’s Camco part#58041, and I can say after using it for a while that we’re very happy with it. Back to the main reason for this post – I wanted to plumb this unit into my existing RV propane system which has a 30-gallon tank, and not have to carry and refill extra tanks. The only downside to this I’ve heard is that I can’t carry the fire pit and tank to another site. Too bad, folks will just have to come to our place if they want to enjoy it with us! And in reality, it would be easy to disconnect the […]
This is Steve’s post detailing some maintenance he did recently on the coach. His mechanically-minded buddies may enjoy it, but probably nobody else. Betsy has been intermittently displaying a fault code indicating “high crankcase pressure” for quite some time, and after a bunch of research, I learned one thing I could do to possibly resolve the problem is replace the crankcase ventilation (CCV) […]
[This is Steve’s post about his experiences in the Philippines] My third trip to the Philippines during the past 12 years has inspired me to think about all the good times I’ve enjoyed during my visits, while also reflecting on what I’ve learned about the good people there. I’ve also found that I get somewhat depressed about the hardships that folks have to deal with in their day-to-day lives on the many beautiful islands (7,107 to be exact). I want to stress that this post is a very general comparison of life in the Philippines, in contrast to living in the good old USA. Like any place in the world, there are many exceptions to the following characterizations, but I thought it might be worthwhile to offer my insights into what I observed while there. My recent trip reminded me how upbeat, tough, resilient and flexible the Filipino people are. These folks generally work hard for extremely low wages, and there are no pensions, retirement plans or medical benefits in sight. There’s no “attitude” here as there is with many young people in the USA, and these are non-violent people. Their biggest joys are spending time with family and chatting comfortably with complete strangers. They are friendly, helpful and respectful with anyone they meet. Life is much more leisurely, and it’s almost as if time is not a factor when trying to get their jobs done (ie. a very low-stress lifestyle). […]
This is a two-part post – first Steve’s account of our factory tours at John Deere, then back to me for our other excursions. [Steve] Our first stop in Iowa got me to thinking about what kinds of tours we might want to take while staying in this part of the country for the first time. I use FactoryToursUSA when we get […]