All cruised out

Today is the last port of my last cruise for 2016… Limon, Costa Rica. As I write this, I am sitting at a coffee shop… doing what I do best.

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having a coffee in Limon, Costa Rica

Cruises have been a great way to see a lot of places, and I have had a great time on all of my adventures. Still, it is time to take a break and explore a new kind of travel.

Yes… I had already realized this months ago when I ordered the Scamp. Still, the Scamp wasn’t due until mid-January, so I opted for one last hurrah… a cruise through the Panama Canal.

Sure, the Scamp plan morphed into a Scotty trek. Bring… it… on.

So… why am I tired of cruising? Well… I love waking up in a new city and/or country each day, but… well, the average cruiser repulses me. There… I said it, it’s not me… it’s you.😛

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having a beer in Colon, Panama

Ungrateful, entitled, lazy… these are the words that pop in my head at the moment. Yes… this is a generalization, but it my frame-of-mind at the moment. Maybe I will take my next cruise on Fathom.

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Maybe… maybe not. For now though, I am focused on the Scotty adventure. Yes… I am 3,266 Scotty miles from Atlanta, but I craving some time in the tin can.

Seven cruises in 12 months

On Wednesday I will be boarding a Holland America cruise ship headed toward the Panama Canal. This will be my seventh cruise in 12 months. Here is the rundown…

  1. November 29 to December 6, 2015: Caribbean
  2. April 2 to 16: Intercontinental (Fort Lauderdale to Southampton)
  3. May 19 to May 23: Caribbean
  4. June 26 to July 3: Caribbean
  5. August 13 to August 20: Alaska
  6. September 22 to October 2: Pacific Coast
  7. November 30 to December 11, 2016: Panama Canal
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cruising in Alaska

2016 was an eventful year. I also spent time in Ocala (Florida), Orlando, Louisville, Cleveland, Daytona Beach, Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Diego, London and Puerto Vallarta.

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near the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

I was also able to work in a few camping trips to Lake Lanier, Amicalola Falls, and Ooltewah (Tennessee). I hope to make 2017 the year of camping now that Scotty is in the mix.

Inspiring Young Vandweller

Meet Becky, she’s a young woman who wasn’t content to live a boring, mundane life so she hit the road in her Casita Travel Trailer and has been a full-time RVer for many years now. She tells us all about how she makes a living on the road, saves for the future and yet has an amazing life filled with joy, travel and fun. A life we all wish we had!

Today’s electrical (mis)adventure

It was my intention to install the adapter to convert the four-way flat to seven-way round on my Jeep Renegade. If this is gibberish to you, don’t fret… this meant nothing to me a few days ago. Basically, the adapter will allow Mindy’s electrical parts to work with Mork’s stuff.😛

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Mission accomplished… well, sort of.

I was able to get the bracket and adapter installed, but no power going to the lights on Mork.

After consulting with a forum, I learned that I needed to attach the group wire. Oops!

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OK… done. But… still no power. Plus… I learned that I would need to have the blue wire hooked up in order for the brake light to work. And… the black wire would need to be connected in order to get power from Mindy to Mork.

BTW… if you’re just joining the Mork & Mindy escapade. Mork is my 1981 Scamp travel trailer, and Mindy is my 2016 Jeep Renegade.😉

So… I have decided to step away from the colorful wires and leave this one to the pros.

My Scotty arrived

My Scotty was delivered yesterday to the lot where I will be storing him… about five miles from my home.

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I found the books shown above inside the camper. They appear to be from the original owners, as they have copyright dates of 1980 (Trailer Life’s RV Repair & Maintenance Manual), 1973 (Chilton’s Camper Trailers Repair & Maintenance Guide), and… gasp, 1961 (Outdoor Life Complete Book of Camping).

I spent an hour or so driving around the parking lot to get accustomed with pulling a tow vehicle. No… I have not perfected the art of backing up, but I feel much more comfortable with the process than I expected.

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I made another trip over today to attempt to get model numbers for my refrigerator, range, and furnace. Can you tell I am excited?

Todays Lesson: If your camper is not level, do not attempt to lie down in the back, as it will tip over. Hahahahaha!😛

Man Quits $80K Job to Work in Grocery Store Part Time

Yves quit his job even though he had it all: a big salary, health benefits and a pension plan. He sold his downtown condo, too. Why did he decide to drastically simplify his life? Because he was unhappy and unfulfilled. A couple of years ago, he went on a 10-day silent retreat and, after much soul-searching, realized that his job and his stressful lifestyle needed to go. Now, a year and a half later, he’s living a minimalist lifestyle in a small bachelor apartment, riding his bike to work, and working 3 days a week at a grocery store. He has more time to spend with the people he loves, and a lot less stress. Does he regret his downshifting decision?