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Where in the World…

…has this blog gone? Why such a long silence? What have we been up to?

As my southern dad used to say, “A little of this, a little of that.” We’ve been here and we’ve been there. Most people don’t move from home to home very often. As full-time RVers, we’re moving all the time. Just this spring we drove through five states in one day to move our “house” from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.*

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Ever since my husband and I sold what full-time RVers call a “sticks and bricks” house to roam the country, I’ve been hit with ideas. They come at me like little missiles — bam! bam! bam! — bombarding me dozens of times a day.

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Who lives in this town? What do they do to make a living? Who hates seeing this storm coming the most? Why?

I take a lot of photos. A lot. After a day on the road I can easily end up with more than a hundred images, often taken out the window of the RV as we’re moving along. The US countryside still fascinates and mesmerizes me, even after eight years of criss-crossing it.

So do I write?

Yes. Daily journal entries — keeping track of where we’ve been and the day’s highlights. Blog posts. Plus work on the Rollin RV Mysteries.

All of this writing is wedged into the full-time job I share with my husband: full-time RVing. It’s easy to think of full-time RVing as being on vacation all the time, but there’s a lot of work involved: planning destinations, figuring out the routes (to avoid narrow, winding roads and too-short tunnels), plotting ways to skirt nasty weather and wildfires. And once we’re where we will be staying for a few days or a few weeks, we have to learn (or remember, from a previous visit) where to find groceries, gas, propane, and other necessities.

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Finding places to explore — hikes or attractions that appeal to us — takes time. We devour all the newspapers, brochures, and magazines we can find to see what’s nearby and what’s happening in our new neighborhood.

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And it’s so worth it!

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So the next Walt and Betty novel (aka the Rollin RV Mysteries) is in the works. And as soon as it’s available, you’ll be the first to know!

* For all of our travel adventures check out Bob and Ellen’s Great RV Adventure at http://bobandellen.wordpress.com. The blog is usually out of date — I have all kinds of reasons for that — but you’ll get the idea of what it’s like to experience life on the road as a “full-time RVer.”

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Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."