(I am an affiliate of Amazon and received a complimentary copy of the Kindle version to read and review.)
(I am an affiliate of Amazon and received a complimentary copy of the Kindle version to read and review.)
Cruisin’ on Land: A Sailor Discovers the RV World
George and Gail Buchler
Cruisin’ on Land is quite an interesting read. Authors George and Gail are sailors so are used to traveling in a small space. Making the transition to RVing was fairly easy. In this book, they share their earned knowledge and experience. For someone considering this lifestyle, this down-to-earth account will be helpful in choosing a rig and seeing what day-to-day travel is like. They cover topics like:
• Choosing a rig
• Preparing for the cruise: the mechanical side
• Provisioning and outfitting for the cruise
• Driving an RV
• A day on the road
• Traveling with pets
Of interest to anyone thinking of traveling to Mexico are two chapters detailing their two-month trip to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico.
I recommend Cruisin’ on Land as an addition to your reading if you are exploring the RV lifestyle. This non-technical read is aimed at those who want to enjoy RV travel but not ne cessarily become full-time RVers. You’ll find a lot of practical considerations and enjoy their folksy style of writing. You can read sample chapters and purchase at cruisingonland.com. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
Interesting statistics, facts and tidbits are scattered throughout the book. For example, they calculate that by making a thermos of coffee everyday for Dave and tea for Barb rather than buying it, they saved over $1000. They also mention facts like hours of sunshine in various areas or key features of a location. Did you know that Manitou, the Lake of Healing Waters, is five times saltier than the Dead Sea? That means you can’t sink!
I found RV Canada with Boo the Menopausal Van inspiring. Always upbeat in spite of moments when Boo breaks down or money is getting tight, Barb reminds us to appreciate all the wonderful things and people around us. It is also a model for RV travel. By taking backroads and taking time to meet local people you add so much more to your travels. Rather than simply passing through, you make a connection and get a flavor of the local character. You can get that flavor by reading Barb’s book, or use it as a guide to making your own travels more fun and meaningful.
Barb is also the author of RV Canada on a Dime and a Dream. Both books can be purchased at Barb's Web site, Write2Dream.com. (I received a review copy from Barb to use for this review.) Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
RV volunteers can do much more than be a camphost. Take this new home study course and find out the many possibilities. Here's the press release from Workamper University:
Workamper News and Workamper University are excited to offer another home study course on CD from Workamping expert Jaimie Hall-Bruzenak with RVLifestyleExperts.com. This new course is called RV Volunteers Make a Difference, and will spell out why RVers volunteer and what they gain from it.
Have you thought about volunteering on the road? An AARP study found that helping out others in some form or other is something 80 percent of Americans age 45 and older do. They are an important force in our economy, volunteering 8.2 billion hours a year, which is worth more than $147 billion. RVing broadens the horizons and opens up many new possibilities. In addition to volunteering in communities, RVers volunteer at national parks, state parks, wildlife refuges, and for Habitat for Humanity, among others. They help out during natural disasters. If you thought of volunteering as being a camphost, you were right—AND, it can be much more than that.
Volunteering has many rewards and can have a positive impact on the budget too. The 60-minute course shows you where to find these opportunities and how to go about getting them. Even more important, it helps you ask essential questions before accepting a position. This CD is available in the Workamper News Store online for $29.95. Visit the Workamper News Store for more information and to purchase.
Instructor Jaimie Hall-Bruzenak is a seasoned RV Workamper and volunteer and the author of Support Your RV Lifestyle! An Insider’s Guide to Working on the Road and other RV books. Along with the audio visual classes you will receive a PDF file with a complete list of resources to get you started finding the right volunteer position for you.
If you are interested in purchasing this class or other courses on CD, visit https://store.workamper.com and click on the Training link. You can also call the Workamper News office to obtain information, 800-446-5627, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT, M-F.
The Refuge is the third in Sue Henry's Maxie and Stretch mystery series. Maxie is a 64-year-old woman who travels in a mini-Wini with her mini-dachshund, Stretch. They were first introduced in a Jessie Arnold story, Dead North.
In this book, Maxie leaves her homebase of Homer, AK, where she has just returned for a rest after nine months on the road, to fly to the Big Island of Hawaii to help an old friend. The friend Karen, widowed and in the process of moving back to Alaska, is a bit of an irresponsible flake. Odd things, like sabotaged plumbing, happen and Karen can't decide what to ship, what to sell. Finally, Maxie sends Karen back to Alaska so she can finish the job herself so she too can get home. In the meantime, she will now have the help of a new friend, a young man, also wanting to get back to Fairbanks where he had grown up.
There is an RV involved. The last three days before flying home to Alaska, Maxie rents a truck camper and she and her young friend take off to explore the Big Island and have more adventures than they planned for. Several surprises await the reader before everything is resolved.
This is a fun read. It's refreshing to read stories about a likable woman traveling by herself in an RV. I recommend it. Available from Amazon. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
Rambling by RV through Alaska and Yukon Territory by Nyla Walsh
What great timing for us to get this book since we will be leaving for Alaska on May 11! Author Nyla Walsh spent many years traveling Alaska as a tour director and so offers inside knowledge on the trip up the Alcan Highway through the Yukon and exploring Alaska. I have made two trips up the Alcan as far as Skagway but now have some new ideas of places to stop.
In addition to detailing 17 adventures, Walsh includes valuable hints for travel, a glossary of terms, bird and wildlife sightings plus fun recipes using sourdough starter. She offers some places to park your RV, things to do and insight into attractions. Her husband, Lorrin —author of Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro — adds some sections on hints for travel and safety, trip preparation and how to stretch your travel dollar. An overview map showing the roads and the route they took is tucked in the back.
We'll be doing most of the 17 adventures or stretches of road so I will be referring to this book on our trip. If you’re headed to Alaska this summer, I recommend it. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
Alice and I spent a good part of the day today at the Reader's Oasis. Four other authors were also there including RV Authors' Co-op member, Darlene Miller. Darlene is the author of RV Chuckles and Chuckholes and More Chuckles and Chuckholes.She has been there most days for several weeks now.
Paul Winer, owner, has been in Quartzsite selling books for about 20 years. He is the "naked" bookseller and is known worldwide. (He does wear a sort of g-string.) He used to be located down near the post office in a tent but has been at this location along Main Street on the east end down near Sweet Darlene's Restaurant for a two or three years. He has a tremendous collection of used and collectible/rare books plus a few new. They are well organized. It turns out he is also a talented cartoonist and musician. This time of year is hectic for him. He works hours after the bookstore closes each night to restock and reorganize the shelves. This time of year is exhausting. If he seem abrupt, he is probably grouchy from lack of sleep!
Frank and Cookie, RV Lifestyle Ezine readers, stopped by and introduced themselves. Patty Lonsbary, a reader with whom we've been corresponding with also, stopped a little later. Patty has submitted several pieces for our book-in-progress, Choosing the RV Lifestyle.
Prices are reasonable at the Reader's Oasis and there are a couple of bins with free books and some real bargains. People were interested in those and in getting a photo of the owner.
The top photo has one of the owner with his jacket still on. I never got a photo after it warmed up. It was an interesting day! Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
1. Reader's Oasis
2. Author's booth with Alice Zyetz
3. Alice, Darlene Miller, Frank, Cookie & Jaimie
4. Jaimie, Patty and Alice
Jaimie and I will be signing books at Reader's Oasis Books on January 28 from 10am - 2 pm. If you have bought books online from us and will be in Quartzsite, come to the book signing so we can autograph them for you. Or, of course, you can buy our books there.
Reader's Oasis Books, located at 690 E. Main Street (west of Hwy 95), has great secondhand books and is also notable for its "naked" proprietor. Clad only in hat, thong, socks, sandals, and full beard, Paul Winer is the classic Quartzsite business person--perhaps a bit more informal than the rest. He welcomes readers and authors. Two of our good friends are already at the store signing their books: Darlene Miller, author of RV Chuckles and Chuckholes and More RV Chuckles and Chuckholes and Lynne Benjamin, author of Jacob's Tails.
I haven't left Jojoba yet. First excuse was sloth trying to get ready, and now I have an opportunity to sell my truck so I'm waiting. Fortunately, I was able to watch the inauguration in HD with two very dear friends. What a treat. I felt like I was there. My son, Southern Californian born, who was on the Mall with his wife and her family, said to truly experience the moment, we should have turned off the heat and opened the freezer door.
I had tears in my eyes yesterday as so many others did remembering the long journey our country has taken to arrive at this moment. When I was in college in 1957, my fiance was in ROTC and stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia. I visited him there and still remember the shock of seeing the two drinking fountains at the train station, "Whites Only" and "Colored Only." How far we have come.
I wish the best for our president and our country.
A little over a year ago I first listened to Marion Orem's interviews of women who chose the RV lifestyle. I met Marion at a book conference and she was about to produce her CD. For Marion, this was an important oral history of women who made the decision to RV full-time.
Now these interviews are available in several formats: mp3, CD, e-Book and print edition. I just received my print copy.
The founders of RVing Women, Zoe Swanagon and Lovern King are two of the women interviewed. Zoe's story of purchasing her RV is rather funny. She bought the RV she didn't want and that was just the beginning.
If you are a woman thinking about RVing, these interviews will inspire you. These women pushed forward in spite of their fears. See ToGiveVoice.com and pick which format suits you best. Listen as you travel or dream, or enjoy a quick read. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
We have two special announcements today.
1) Halloween is the deadline for submissions to our book, Choosing the RV Lifestyle: Real People, Real Choices.
2) Winter Holiday Specials. Read more about bargains for gift-giving (to yourself and your loved ones).
Halloween Deadline October 31
Jaimie and I want your input. You don't have to be an experienced writer, just be passionate about RVing. We are exploring the RV lifestyle and the decisions people have made about the various aspects of RVing and how it compares to reality. We'll cover a variety of topics such as affording it, choosing a rig, life on the road,how you spend your time, and insurance. We'll also be discussing changing gears--going full-time, getting a homebase, getting off the road, not traveling as much.
We will credit your contribution unless you prefer not to do so. In the author's bios you can mention your Web site, blogs, or published works, if applicable. Each contributor whose input is used will receive a copy of the e-book. We will give a small payment after publication and some sales.
If you would be willing to share your knowledge, please download/copy the guidelines at http://www.rvlifestyleexperts.com/pdfs/CHOOSING%20THE%20RV%20LIFESTYLE%20guidelines.pdf
Deadline is NEXT WEEK.
Winter Holiday Specials
Starting today through December 31, you will get FREE media shipping (to U.S. locations) on orders of 3 books and/or CDs OR total purchases of $35 or more. Also, if you purchase Jaimie's outstanding book on working, Support Your RV Lifestyle, you'll receive the companion CD for FREE as long as supplies last (a savings of $5).