Switching the Blog Over

To those of you who are switching over to our ReadyToGoFullTimeRVing.blogspot.com

I apologize in advance. . .when I did the import from the old blog to the new. . .

it meant everything showed up in the list.

 

If you are on a reader such as Google Reader. . .you can just go to your main page and

mark all as read. . .otherwise. . .I am so sorry to inundate you. . .I didn’t know any

other way to do it. . .

 

I’m a very novice computer geek. . .I only know what I read. . .and try out!

 

Thanks for following. . .we really appreciate it!

 

Janice

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Conquering the Royal Gorge Bridge

I am currently in the process of moving my blog. . .

If you wish to continue reading our blog posts please check out our newest story here:

All about our Summer Trip 2012 – Conquering the Royal Gorge Bridge

Please change your feed settings to our new blog. . .as I will be phasing out this blog within the next month. . .

Hope to see you over there. . .if not, thanks for following us here, and continue to enjoy the journey.

Janice and Dave Evans

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Summer Trip 2012–Travel Days

 

I am currently in the process of moving my blog. . .

 

If you wish to continue reading our blog posts please check out our newest story here:

All about our Summer Trip 2012 – traveling through Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado

 

Please change your feed settings to our new blog. . .as I will be phasing out this blog within the next month. . .

 

Hope to see you over there. . .if not, thanks for following us here, and continue to enjoy the journey.

 

Janice and Dave Evans

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Full Time RV Travel–Glen Rose TX

Glen Rose TX is another one those county seats with a beautiful courthouse. . .

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It is also home to the Dinosaur Valley State Park

and Fossil Rim Wildlife Preserve,

both would be fascinating for kids. . .

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but I was here to see the last “wild” river in Texas, the Paluxy River,

which runs right through the heart of town. . .

and has the claim of being the only “undammed” river in the state.

2012-04-12 Paluxy River Big Rocks Park - the only undammed river in the State of Texas - empties into the Brazos River - headwater is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paluxy_River

We enjoyed the river from the very aptly named Big Rocks Park. . .

Dave enjoying the rocks

as you can imagine, kids of all ages would enjoy climbing over, under,

and through this natural jungle gym. . .

Seeing as how we are now in the Prairies & Lakes Region of Texas, I was fascinated when my brother in law told me there are no natural lakes in Texas.  I guess that explains why the Paluxy River is the only “wild” river in the state. . .all the rest of them have been dammed to form “reservoirs.”

2012-04-12 Paluxy River Big Rocks Park - the only undammed river in the State of Texas - empties into the Brazos River - headwater is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paluxy_River

after checking for rattlesnakes,

I just stood back and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the river. . .

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While we enjoyed our stay at Cedar Ridge RV Park

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on the outskirts of Glen Rose. . .

I might actually advise staying 30 minutes away,

in Granbury TX. . .and driving over to Glen Rose for a day trip.

 

More links and info for Glen Rose TX:

Downtown Glen Rose

Bird Sanctuary

Big Rocks Park on the Paluxy River  (the only undammed river in Texas.)

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Full Time RV Cooking–Revamping Recipes to only Feed Two People

I have been working on all our favorite recipes,

and whittling them down to only

feed the two of us, with NO leftovers. . .

 

Not sure what happens at your place,

but here. . .I carefully store the leftovers

with every intention of being sure

they get used. . .and then before I know it. . .

ewwww. . .

I’m cleaning containers out of the fridge. . .again. . .

 

thus my quest. . .

NO LEFTOVERS

 

Here’s a successful adaption. . .

homemade biscuits from an episode of the

Martha Stewart show. . .

her recipe made about two dozen. . .

This adaption makes four

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1 cup self rising flour
1 teeny pinch baking SODA
1/2 stick unsalted butter cut into pieces

pulse this dry mix in the food processor until crumbly or do the same with a fork

mix in enough buttermilk to form a ball. . .

 

cut and bake in a greased baking dish

at 400* for about 15 – 20 min

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Full Time RV Travel–Fuel Prices–How will they affect you?

Lots of discussions these days on all the RV forums. . .and on the FaceBook RV Groups about fuel prices. . .

 

How will prices affect your RV travel?

 

Here’s how we calculate it. . .

 

First off. . .we budget a specific amount for fuel each month. . .in our case $600. . .most months we use less, so we bank the difference. . .that helps out in those times we are traveling more.  Now this is the exact same amount we budgeted when we were still working full time, and driving two vehicles back and forth. . .and around. . .

 

then we calculate cost per mile. . .right now it works out like this:

Diesel = $4 per gallon

Mileage towing  = 8 mpg (average)

Cost per mile = 50 cents per mile

Thus, our summer trip to Colorado and back will cost roughly $1500. . .but, once we get there, the rig will stay parked for 5 months. . .so our fuel costs will go down considerably during that time, as the truck gets about 12 mpg not towing. . .or 25 cents per mile.

 

If fuel goes up to $5 per gallon as predicted. . .our costs will change about 12 cents per mile. . .or there abouts. . .

 

I’ve stated it several times. . .when folks say how much cheaper it is to live in an RV. . .I must somewhat disagree. . .it’s just living life. . .and living life costs money. . .

 

For example:

Sticks and Bricks    vs   RV Living Full Time  (assuming you no longer have a home to maintain)

Mortgage pymt      =      RV payment and maintenance

Utility Bills               =      RV Parking Space

Fuel Costs                 =     Fuel Costs

Medical

Auto Insurance

Food

Phone

Misc Living Expenses

 

You get the picture. . .living is living whether you are doing it in a house or an RV on the road. . .

 

Now, where things can change drastically is how many day trips you are doing. . . how much sight seeing. . .how much eating out vs cooking at home. . .paying for tours. . .etc. 

All these things can only be calculated on an individual basis. . .we quickly discovered that while we enjoy sightseeing very much. . .playing tourist gets old in a hurry. . .and having somewhere to go, and something to see every single day, just wears me out.

 

So when we are going to be in an area with just tons, and tons to see and do. . .we plan a longer stay, and spread out the excitement. . .

 

I’d love to hear about your experiences with traveling, budgeting, and sightseeing. . .

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My Incredible Luck–I Gotta Share

 

Since yesterday was our last day at Lake Conroe for a few months,

I wanted to make one more pass with the camera. . .I was really trying

to get a shot of a water moccasin that I had spotted at one of the ponds. . .

alas. . .no luck!  but. . .I did get this incredible shot

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of this momma Mallard. . .she’s set her nest up right at the edge of the hot tub. . .

and then. . .the most incredible thing happened.

I had walked around to the “Bass Pond” and sat down at a picnic table. . .

because I could hear birds all in the edge of the brush, I had turned on the camera,

and was scanning with the high power lens to see if I could get a shot of one of them. . .

Lo and behold. . .this is what flew right into my view finder. . .

I just held down the button and started clicking. . .

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I was thrilled. . .

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Full Time RV Living: One Last Hurrah. . .

Sunday we had visitors. . .

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the awesome Austin. . .and big sis Mac . . .

that would be beautiful McKensie for short

if all the grands are grown up. . .adopt the great nieces and nephews!

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along with Mom and Dad.

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Austin was so exhausted from swimming. . .

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walking down to the lake,  playing on the swings,

and having ice cream. . .

Austin and Alyssa in the bluebonnets at Lake Conroe March 2012

 

 

I’m surprised he stayed awake long enough to get this shot. . .

Since we won’t be back in Texas ‘til October,

and since we were so close. . .

A wonderful afternoon with my two beautiful cousins, Iris and Georgia

on Monday we drove over to Cleveland to meet up with my cousins. 

I love getting together with them. . .I wish we had lived closer growing up,

I know we missed a lot of fun times.  So thankful for FB so we can stay in touch!

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Today, in preparation for our trip to San Antonio tomorrow,

I’m adding magnetic latches to all the drawers and doors. . .

we’re hoping these will eliminate the need for the spring loaded

rods we’ve been using to hold the drawers closed.

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and on a completely different subject. . .

this gives a whole new meaning to the term. . .

walking the dog.

The things you see in an RV park. . .LOL!

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Full Time RV Living: Sharing the Good News

I originally started this blog to share tips and tricks about full time RV’ing,

so when I find great tip and tricks from others, I like to share those too. . .

 

This article:

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Fulltime RVing…

written by fellow RV’ers. . .since they boondock,

they may share tips you will never hear from me. . .

a dedicated full hookup guru. . .

 

Check it out. . .great information!

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Evans Escapades: Winding Down at Lake Conroe

Yesterday, I headed out on my own for some shopping therapy. 

Since Dave was gone part of the week, he stayed home for some down time of his own. . .

 

As sometimes happens when we are parked in one place for a month, not much is happening. . .

so I have been going on walks to entertain myself. . .

Blackberries in Bloom - Lake Conroe Thousand Trails - March 2012

the blackberries are blooming. . .

 

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the honeysuckle are gorgeous. . .

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ducks on the lake. . .I swear they were having a conversation.

Emily - Skeet Shooting - Williford Family Reunion - Mar 2012

my awesome grand. . .note the skeet in the background. . .we were so proud

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Dad holding court at family reunion. . .my cousin seems amused!

and so it goes. . .heading to San Antonio next week. . .

 

See you down the road. . .

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