When temperatures in Southern California soared past 100 degrees, we figured it was time to venture northward. The day we passed through Baker, California, the huge thermometer showed 108 degrees — and this was the coolest day in a ten-day span!
Made us glad the temperature gauge had two empty spots above the one that was lit — talk about getting toasty!
Once inside the Nevada border, we started spotting wild burros. Though Bob is always willing to stop the rig, I love the challenge of trying to get a decent shot from the passenger seat, flying past at fifty miles and hour or more: Continue reading
Regular readers of this blog know we post an annual Best Eats list — where we list all the best restaurant meals.
Notice I wrote “restaurant meals.” That’s because our best meals over all, by a longshot, are those Bob makes at home. It’s a great way to balance the less healthy restaurant meals with some delicious nutrition, like this Fried Cabbage and Veggies over Rice Noodles:
Give me salad any day when it’s Spinach Salad with Wild-Caught Shrimp: Continue reading
Just when you think you’ve got the hang of full-time RVing, you realize there’s something else you have to figure out. We’re in our ninth year now (!!! very surprising, considering we’d never RVed before) and the timing seemed right to pull together some of what we’ve learned.
RVing Alphabet covers some of the normal stuff (like — how full-timers get their mail on the road) to the more unusual (why not being a xenophobe is a good thing for RVing), to the kinds of things most RVers don’t discuss except among themselves (like dealing with the Lords and Ladies of the Laundry Room).
RVing Alphabet is free via Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/736824
For those of you who think about full-timing — let me know what questions the book didn’t answer.
For those of you who are full-timing (or are frequent RVers) — I hope you’ll add your comments and insights! I’m sure you’ve got your own RVing alphabet, and we’d love it if you’d share it.
…have Bob and Ellen gone? The blog has been quiet, but we’ve been busy.
Over the winter we left Yuma for southern California and were mesmerized by how green the desert and hills looked after all the rain that had fallen in the months before.
It might not look like much, but that stretch of desert is usually a delicate shading of brown, tan, and beige. We passed several cars and trucks at pull-outs where people had come out to peep at the desert flowers.
Though full-time RVing means giving up chores like raking leaves and painting the house, we still have cleaning and waxing to do: Continue reading
Sometimes you just find cool stuff when you travel…
…like the toll road around Denver. Good thing I saw a sign early on that said they take a photo of your license plate and then mail you a bill for the toll, or we would have been confused by these empty booths…
…and these signs: Continue reading
“She’s done it again. Ellen Behrens has created a can’t-put-this-book-down mystery,” writes Marcella Gauthier in her review of Yuma Baby for the Escapees Magazine.
This review means more to me than most because it’s by a fellow RVer for fellow RVers. The Escapee RV club has (so I’ve heard) about 50,000 members all over the country, and I’m happy to be among them. But when Marcella called me “a favorite author of the RVing community,” in her column, I glowed.
Writers are advised to imagine the ideal reader while we’re writing, and it’s helped me. Several readers have told me they feel as though I’m Betty (I’m not, though we’re pretty similar in some ways) and that I’m “talking” just to them (I am). RVers have sent notes and posted reviews saying they appreciate the details of their RVing lives finding a way onto the page, because so few other novels do this, so few other characters in fiction are RVers.
All of this is to say that I’m humbled every time someone sends an e-mail, stops me at an RV park, or writes a review saying they enjoyed reading about Walt and Betty and their Rollin adventures.
It’s easy to lose heart when you spend so much of your energy inside your own head, wondering if anyone will understand the words the come out, much less enjoy them.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
We didn’t get to Yuma during the 2015-2016 winter season except for a brief stop-over on an otherwise snowy trip north to pick up our Jeep (has it been over a year already?!?!), so we were more than ready to spend some time there in late 2016 and early 2017.
It’s a good place to unwind and practice my photography… Continue reading
Every time we re-visit someplace, we try to see something different. This past January, while in Yuma, Arizona, we decided to take a day off from running the fitness trail and drive up to the Yuma Proving Grounds, which is about twenty miles north of town.
The directions say, “Turn at the big guns.”
Next step: stop at the visitor processing center for vetting before entrance onto the proving grounds. The Army officer and staffers in the office were fascinated with Bob’s late-1960s Air Force experience and we were given our visitors’ passes after a short wait. Continue reading
My dictionary says an oddment is something left over. So here are some things that just didn’t fit into other posts… leftovers, you could say. Oddments. Odd oddments, at that. Things you don’t see every day. Like…
…three antique cars, each pulling a teardrop camper, spotted leaving an Idaho RV park this past autumn.
Maybe you’ve seen some of these little signs tacked to posts and trees outside Boise… Continue reading
Let’s get one thing straight: there is nothing boring out there. There are no dull stretches of highway. Every small town holds something amazing. If you look around and think, “There’s nothing here,” look again. Look harder — because you’re missing something.
Staying near Boise, Idaho, this past September, we sometimes drove a country road that took us past a farm with alpacas.
Or this crop that caught our eye (and nose): Continue reading