Drink Me, Eat Me. (Packing for the long haul)

There are two approaches to travel. One approach is to pack a suitcase or a backpack and suspend the rigors of everyday life for as long as your schedule/bankroll will allow. When your time and or money runs out, you return home and resume business as usual. The other is to haul your life down the …

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A Special Talent

Have you ever heard of MacGyver? For those of you not in the loop, MacGyver was a TV program about the titular character secret agent Angus MacGyver. No matter what the problem, MacGyver was able to create the very doohickey needed to do something like  fix a jet engine so that the good guys can …

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‘Bama Facelift

The first week of travel on our annual winter excursion usually includes stops at various businesses that cater to people with RVs. This is the time of year we schedule what I call “facelift work” or “stuff Ben thinks is a good idea to do.” It’s become a ritual. People who own trailers and RVs …

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Crosses and a Bus, Part I

If you spend any time in the town of Gauley Bridge West Virginia, you'll likely notice two of its most notable landmarks--other than the obvious New and Gauley Rivers that converge to form the Kanawha River. At the beginning of the Kanawha are two large rock formations. On one stands a bus. On the other …

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Zip, Zam, Zowie!

I am afraid of heights. Not paranoid, just fearful. Over the years I've been on top of 20 foot ladders, cliffs and other scary places and done OK. I've even parasailed. Then again, I've gotten the yips just standing on the edge of a diving board or looking down a stairwell. Then Ben said "let's …

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