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Travel Diary Category: RVing
Travel Diary Title:
"The Challenges Of An RV Lifestyle And Rising Gas Prices"
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  I'm Back From The Chief Joseph Days Celebration     Posted: Saturday 26 July 2008 21:34
I had a fantastic day! What a beautiful drive there and back and what a neat little town and area Joseph, Oregon is.

I will write my next Travel Diary in the next day or two and will make the primary subject today's visit to Wallowa County and Joseph
  Going Into Tourist Mode Today And Visiting Chief Joseph Days In Joseph, Oregon     Posted: Saturday 26 July 2008 9:51
Armed with my Konica Minolta 12X optical zoom camera and my CoolPix Pocket camera, my Pocket PC, Apple iPod, Digital Pocket Recorder, Australian bush hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a thermos of coffee. I am heading up to Wallowa County to play tourist at the Chief Joseph Days celebration in Joseph, Oregon.

As you can see from the above, when I go into tourist mode I have all the trappings. I look a little like the Dark Knight, Batman, with a utility belt and all.

It has been more than 20 years since I last attended the Chief Joseph Days celebration in Joseph, Oregon and I am looking forward to seeing how much it has changed and or grown.

After I get back I will put in an after action visit report here and include a few pictures as well.
  Even Though I Got Up Early, I Still Have Been A Busy Beaver     Posted: Wednesday 23 July 2008 13:39
Despite getting woke up very early this morning I have been busy at it. This is how I do it. If I am in the mood for working I go at it full tilt. And if I am not in the mood I am just as full tilt toward doing nothing.

Today I added a Google custom search feature to this web site and my business web site

I never got around to adding a site search to this web site before so this is a big feature that will make navigating this web site much better.

On my business web site the Google custom search feature will be in addition to my internal site search system. Since the Google custom search feature will be using the Google index of the pages on the web site, the search results will be slightly different than my local site search program.

The only advantage to using my local site search program is that it will be up to the minute with the content on my business web site While Google's may lag by several day's or even a few weeks, depending on how often they re-index the content of my web site. Of course this will be the problem on this web site because I don't have an internal search program (yet).

Hopefully, this new feature will increase the ability of visitors to find whatever information they are looking for.
  It's Too Early! More About The Life Of An Internet Road HoBo With A Business     Posted: Wednesday 23 July 2008 7:07
Now, I'm not complaining, but I got a technical support email message and a phone call this morning at 5:00 AM. In over 12 years of an my online business this has happened to me only four maybe five times. All in all that is pretty good.

Even though I was awoken a couple of hours earlier than I usually get up and I didn't go to bed until after midnight last night I feel pretty good. I guess a lot goes to the fact that I was able to successfully help her.

She was one of my hosted web site clients and she had allowed her domain name to expire. I walked her through the process of renewing her domain name.

I guess part of the reason I feel so well this morning on less than my normal sleep is I am all hyped up in my business. I am in the middle of a couple of big and exciting projects.

All that said, I will bet that I will have me a siesta a little later this afternoon.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

This posting has been needed for a while. I am sure some of you, who are wantabe RV Full Timers or are at least considering the idea, have this question in mind. How Can You Be an RVer during these times of high gas prices?

Actually, the answer is easier than you would imagine. At least in my case, I am a casual RV traveler. With the exception of when I am traveling from point A to point B. I tend to spend a month to three months in places I call my home port. This is a carry over from my Navy days. While I am in transit between two home ports I sometimes take my time stopping for a week here and a week there. I do this when I have plenty of time to get where I am going.

For example, last year I attended a Navy reunion in Branson, Missouri in May. I had spent the winter in Arizona and in February I began heading east through New Mexico (1 stop in Carlsbad for 1 week), Texas (2 stops 1 week each in San Antonio and Houston), Louisiana (2 stops 1 week in Lake Charles and 2 weeks in Hammond), then North to Mississippi (2 weeks in Jackson) then to Tennessee (1 week in Memphis) then on to Branson where I stayed 6 weeks. In each of these places I stayed in RV Parks. I always had a home.

Even that trip was a little faster than I normally like travel. Next time I make that trip I will take at least 3 times as long.

Which brings us to the topic of this posting. My lifestyle is such that I work from my RV with my online business This means the only commute I have is to the local coffee shop or grocery store. For those of you with daily commutes of 20 or 30 miles, I probably don't have to tell you how the costs for a daily commute to work can add up. I can usually last 2 or 3 weeks or more on a single tank of gas.

The only time it get's tough is when I go into transit mode. For example I was in Boise up until 22 May when I moved lock stock and barrel here to La Grande, Oregon where I am staying the summer months. It took one tank of gas to get here. I will be here 3 months then It will take another tank of gas to go back to Boise for a couple of months before heading to my winter quarters in Arizona. That move will take another tank of gas but will cost probably $20 or $25 more than in May.

On my journey South to Arizona I plan to take a couple of months getting there. I for sure plan to spend a week or so in St. George, Utah, a month in Las Vegas and a week or two in Quartzite before the big crowd hits.

As you can see I will have several gas stops along that route but they will be spread out over several weeks which spreads out the average daily or weekly cost. I am sure that it will be less than most people who commute to work an average of 20 or 25 miles a day.

Yes, it is more expensive to live my nomad lifestyle than it was a year ago but it is still affordable and definitely worth not being stuck in one place. That would be the worst thing that could happen to a rolling stone like me.

14 August 2008 Update:

After writing this article I read an article in the Wall Street Journal article titled "The RV Lifestyle on $4 a Gallon" By JONATHAN WELSH. I think you will find this article interested if you are already or considering living the RV Lifestyle.

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013,466 miles are the actual travel miles with the trailer since 1 November 2003 when I left Emmett, Idaho until today (Jan 19, 2017) where I am located in Meridian, Idaho.

They do not include daily trip miles for morning coffee or trips to scenic/tourist locations etc.