If you missed the 2nd issue of RV Lifestyles Ezine for January, you can read it online. Tom and Nancy give
tips for conserving water while boondocking. JJ Dippel responds to the article on choosing a new RV: "What if what you want in an RV changes over time?" Plus we have a comment on what factors affect your choice of domicile. We also include a couple of valuable apps and RV news and resources. Take a look! Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
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Tom and Nancy also help a solo woman with the question on how many solar panels she needs. And Dave C has a provocative piece about parking in Walmarts. I had not heard of this angle before. Marilyn B has an excellent suggetion for obtaining free books as you RV travel. Plus so much more.
If you missed the latest RV Lifestyle Ezine, you can read it in the archives. This issue has information about Verizon's settlement where they agreed to stop charging extra for tethering your cell phone to your computer (with one exception). You could save some money! And, there's a must-watch video from Mac the Fire Guy, plus what to be careful of when you buy into a membership campground. And, read six tips for a frugal RV retirement - plus more. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
The latest issue of RV Lifestyle Ezine is out. Jaimie and George have been in Tucson with their 12-year-old grandson, Chris. Are we nuts? Yes, it is hot in the desert in the summer, but there is AC and there are pools. We've had a fun time visiting places with him and giving him new experiences.
In their column, Tom and Nancy talk about the factors that determine how many soloar panels you need. Plus apps, resources, RV news and the winner of the set of Space Bags. You can read this issue in the archives. You can subscribe at RVLifestyleExperts.com. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
Sedona is at a higher elevation than Phoenix but when we were there, highs were supposed to be around 99 or even 100. You can stay in AC or a pool all day, but what fun is that when you are surrounded by beautiful scenery?
Our choice - hike the West Fork of Oak Creek. The stream flows through a deep canyon so it has shade from the canyon walls plus the trees that grow in this riparian area. I had last hiked it in January with snow on the ground with a lot more water in it. Hopping rock to rock as the trail crossed the stream was a lot easier than it had been then- especially with a hiking stick as a "third leg." George was planning to sketch and paint. He ended up hiking about a mile. Since we planned to meet at lunch, I had time to hike almost three miles. By then it was warming up - the canyon also traps the warm air - and lots of people were on the trail. Time to get off and do something else.
I blogged a few days ago about all the butterflies that flitted from flower to flower in the canyon. Here's a downed log and columbines growing up the side of the canyon wall. In this cool moist place of the canyon, there were dozens clinging to the side.
The canyon walls are steep in most places. With fires raging in Colorado Springs, I did give some thought to how quickly fire would sweep down this canyon if one started. Put that out of my mind and enjoy the beauty! After all, how fast could I climb - or run?
One more plus enjoying a place with small falls. Good place for water and a snack.
Speaking of staying cool, in Tom and Nancy Vineski's last two columns in RV Lifestyle Ezine, they have written about keeping your RV cool. They have excellent tips. (See park 3). See their May column and June column. There are a number of things you can do even if you don't want to or can't run your AC.One hint has to do with how you park your RV.
It can be a challenge to stay cool - but then, isn't cool relative? When you think of desert temps, the 90s seems more bearable. Time of day is a factor too. We hiked early and were finished by noon. And, it is always nice if you have the option to get in a pool at the RV park or in AC in a building or your RV after you've been out exploring or hiking. When we live the RV lifestyle, rather than just go out for the weekend, we have more options for choosing our time and don't have to cram everything into a day or two.
This area is managed by a concessionaire even though it is in the Coconino Forest. Your passes are not good here. You can purchase an annual pass or a day pass. The day pass costs $9 and includes up to five people. There is a restroom (pit toilets), trash receptacles and picnic tables at the trailhead. The entire canyon is 14 miles in length, with the first three miles marked. The trail may be closed when there is high fire danger. Hiking early in the morning and during the week is when you'll find fewer people on this popular trail. Only small RVs will fit on the parking lot. See the Coconino Forest page for more information. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
See the latest RV Lifestyle Ezine for an information packed issue. See Karen Ho Fatt's safety tips for solo women, more tips for staying cool in the summer in your RV from Tom and Nancy Vineski, apps to help you in your RV travels and more. Plus find a $2 discount coupon for award-winning Support Your RV Lifestyle! An Insider's Guide to Working on the Road, 3rd ed Super Package, which includes the book and companion CD sent via media mail and an instant downloadable pdf of the book so you can start reading right away! Read the issue online in the archives. You can sign up at RVLifestyleExperts.com (upper righthand corner) and receive your own issue twice a month. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
One of the first articles that Alice Zyetz wrote for RoadTripAmerica.com was titled, "More than beautiful scenery." We reference this article and talk about the many interesting things you can do and visit on the road as you travel in your RV. Yesterday, George and I, and Skip and Sue (newsletter editor and my assistant) went to a Strawberry Festival in Pine. Yummy strawberry desserts!
Get some ideas you can use in your travels, plus more tips like setting your RV mirrors, apps, and resources. If you missed the latest issue you can read it here. Sign up for our twice a month newsletter at RVLifestyleExperts.com (upper right hand corner) and receive a free report. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
The latest RV Lifestyle Ezine was sent out this afternoon. Jaimie writes about Quartzsite. Tom and Nancy talk about whether it is time to get with the technology available- i.e. smart phones and MiFi cards. See more resources and RV news. If you aren't subscribed, sign up at RVLifestyleExperts.com. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
If you are a full-time RVer, did you jump right in or did you test the waters before selling everything? In this issue of RV Lifestyles Ezine, we explore this issue. We also report on what GPS and mapping programs our readers are using. Plus lots more. Read the newsletter online or subscribe at RVLifestyleExperts.com. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak