The cats are settling in. Or, “Hurry up! We want to go for another walk!”   Recently updated !

When we touch base with friends, the question we hear more than any other is, “How are the boys doing??”  “The boys” are our cats, Karma ( Grey Tiger Tabby ) and Mojo ( Black ).  They are 7 1/2 year-old mixed breed rescue cats, and they round out our little family. We got the […]

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The Brew Ridge Trail   Recently updated !

My brother Mike and his wife Toni have the most scenic driveway surfing we’ve yet encountered: a flat site on the banks of the Rockfish River, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with wooded hillsides on 3 sides of us.  They have a little slice of heaven in Nelson County Virginia, and […]


We’re on the Road! Or, “I have no idea where to put that.” 3   Recently updated !

After years of dreaming, wishing, and planning, we’ve finally done it!  We sold our house, got rid of 90% of our possessions, and are living full-time in a 29′ Holiday Rambler Traveler motor home!  This has been a huge transition for us: we have each lived in the Keys more than 20 years, the longest […]

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RV Solar Part 3: Results, lessons learned and component list with pricing   Recently updated !

  Part 3 – Results, lessons learned and component list with pricing I had to work the next day, but when I tested the system the following weekend, I saw a max of 26.2A going into batteries that were just 3% drained by heating a cup of water in the microwave for a few minutes. […]


RV Solar Part 2: Installation   Recently updated !

Part 2 – Installation   As mentioned earlier, UPS damaged one of the panels, so there was a delay while AMSolar shipped another one. In the meantime, I laid out all of the other components on a table like a big schematic and walked through all of the steps I had ahead of me and […]

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RV Solar Installation – Part 1: Planning   Recently updated !

Last year, after some thought and planning of future trips in our RV, we decided to install solar power on our 29’ Holiday Rambler Traveler class A RV.  This document is going to cover my experience with my DIY installation and the decisions I made in the process. About me: I have no professional training, […]


Big Changes for JenEric! 1   Recently updated !

Dear Friends and Family, After years of dreaming and planning, we are finally doing it: Eric & Jeanette are moving into their RV and are going to travel full-time! We will be hitting the road to adventure in mid-December. As we enter this final month of preparation, our emotions are all over the place. We’re […]

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What’s up with that duck??? 4

We are often asked, “So what’s the deal with that duck??”  That duck hails from Britain and is a seasoned world traveler who has become such a part of our family that the bar in our house has been christened The Rubber Duck Pub.  So grab a pint or fill your glass and settle in […]


Viair 400P-RV Air Compressor Review

The tires on my 29′ Class A are 245/70R19.5 and need to be inflated to 100 to 110 PSI, depending on the load, so this is significantly more difficult than a normal 35 psi car tire. Many coin operated compressors at gas stations aren’t up to the task and we plan to camp in remote […]

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Low Key Hideaway bottle wall

Cedar Key for the Holidays

I’m not the first one to say it, but there’s Something Special about Cedar Key, FL.  Originally, we were planning on just Christmas, but after hearing about the place from online friends and realizing we had the opportunity to meet a community of other travelers, we decided to stay for an extra week. We’re glad we […]


Madrid and Final Thoughts

June 22, 2012 We spend our last full day in Spain exploring in Madrid, the capital.  It’s a large, modern, bustling city.  We are frankly running out of steam and can’t do it the justice it deserves, so decide just to have a quiet sort of walkabout day.  We head for the Royal Palace and […]

Hey! They've got a MM0 (okay, well a KM0) too!

Pinnacles at El Torcal

Flamingo and Ibex and Hoopoe, OH MY!

June 21, 2012 Sadly, it’s our last day with Sterling and Teresa.  We got an early start and headed off to the Reserva Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, a large, shallow saline lake which is home to one of the largest nesting colonies of flamingos in Europe.  During good years, upwards of 20,000 pair of […]


Ronda & Montajaque

June 20, 2012 Today we’re off to visit Ronda.  Sterling and Teresa continue their excellent hosting – we would highly recommend their establishment to anyone (reviews from Mr. Angry of Dursley notwithstanding.  You know who you are…).  They’ve provided comfortable accommodations, taken time off to chauffeur us around, have translated for us, cooked excellent meals […]

Go Espana!  (Spanish flag on the pinnacle looks tiny from here)

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Back in Olvera

June 19, 2012 Yesterday was spent mostly traveling back to Ceuta.  The trip down from the mountain is like fast-forwarding through time.  The closer to the coast we get, the more modern the infrastructure, towns and vehicles.  After the twisting narrow cobbled lanes of Chefchaouen, straight, paved wide roads seem odd and I think we’re […]


The Chefchaouen Laundromat

The laundry facilities at Chefchaouen deserve their own post.  When the river from the ravine reaches town, it is first channeled into a water treatment and distribution facility which feeds the town.  The remaining water runs under the bridge at the top of town, where it splits into three channels: one down the center of […]

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